Nvidia founder and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, has pledged $30 million to Stanford University to build a new, state-of-the art headquarters for the School of Engineering, the Jen-Hsun Huang School of Engineering Center.

The 130,000-square-foot building is already under construction and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2010.

"The School of Engineering at Stanford is a major source of intellectual energy for Silicon Valley and beyond," said Huang, who earned his master's degree in electrical engineering at Stanford in 1992. "I am proud to help the school build a headquarters that embodies its plans for the future - a place that encourages people to come together to create the next generation of knowledge and technology."

Nvidia has partnered recently with Stanford as a founding member of the Pervasive Parallelism Lab, whose charter is to develop new techniques, tools and training materials to allow software engineers to take full advantage of multi-processor computer systems.

The company is also collaborating with researchers in Stanford's Folding@home distributed computing project, which utilizes the computing horsepower of graphics processing units and idle computers to simulate protein folding to help find cures for life-threatening diseases.