- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A foundation run by University of Illinois graduate and technology executive Thomas Siebel is donating $25 million to the school for a new design center.

The university said Tuesday that the $48 million Siebel Center for Design at the Urbana-Champaign campus is intended to serve as a hub for the design of everything from technology such as cellular telephones to software, medicine and clean-water delivery systems.

Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2017. The school will pay the $23 million not covered by the donation.

Siebel founded Siebel Systems, a software company acquired by Oracle in 2006.

He donated $32 million to the university in 2001 to build what is now the Siebel Center for Computer Science.

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