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The Toolsmith Endowment Fund

The Toolsmith Endowment Fund was created during our 50th Anniversary year to build a sustainable discretionary funding base for Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill. The fund is named to honor a paradigm of computer science research developed by our department’s founder, Dr. Fred Brooks. The computer scientist as toolsmith refers to the idea that successful computer scientists create tools and solutions to address the needs and enhance the work of others. In the words of Dr. Brooks, “A toolmaker succeeds as, and only as, the users of his tool succeed with his aid. However shining the blade, however jeweled the hilt, however perfect the heft, a sword is tested only by cutting. That swordsmith is successful whose clients die of old age.”

To honor the Carolina way of computer science, the Toolsmith Endowment Fund supports undergraduate student projects, graduate student fellowships, course development, and other important and urgent departmental needs. We greatly appreciate the support of the generous donors who made this fund possible.