All in the Family

For Sanjay Chandra, BS ’87, giving back is a family tradition.
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Sanjay with his children Shivani, Deepak and Malini.

Chandra, a Distinguished Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering and a managing partner for Trinity Investors, credits his parents for what he and his family have been able to achieve — academically, professionally and personally.

“I’m a first-generation immigrant, and it is because of my parents’ incredible support that we were set up with an opportunity for success,” he says. “I’m very thankful for their sacrifices.”

With his parents’ example in mind, Chandra has paid it forward to provide generations of Longhorn engineers with their own opportunities for success. Last fall, he and his family — wife Manisha and children Deepak, BS ’18, Shivani and Malini — gave a generous gift to support the future of the Cockrell School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Hundreds of students, faculty and staff members, alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the naming of the Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“Sanjay chose to give back to this department because of the powerful impact that his academic experiences had on his life and career,” Cockrell School Dean Roger Bonnecaze says. “He and his family have been a fixture within the Cockrell School community for many years. Through the resources and educational experiences made possible by this gift, the Chandra family will leave a lasting legacy on our school.”

The Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the largest department in the Cockrell School, with more than 2,200 students and 80 faculty members. With programs consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally, it is a national leader in research and education. The Chandras’ transformative support will further strengthen student programs, faculty teaching and breakthrough research across the department.

“Through the resources and educational experiences made possible by this gift, the Chandra family will leave a lasting legacy on our school.”
Dean Roger Bonnecaze

“When asked to name the department, I requested that it be named the Chandra Family Department because of how important family is to my core values,” Chandra says. “I hope this gift helps to instill a legacy of philanthropy and impact for many generations of Chandras to come.”

The true impact of the Chandra family’s legacy will be realized far into the future — but Sanjay says that it was put into motion many years ago.

“I wouldn’t be here without my parents,” Chandra says. “It’s because of their foresight to imagine a greater future for my brother and me that this gift is possible.”

Many of UT’s departments, programs and buildings are named to recognize and honor the incredible impact of a donor’s gift. The Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering reflects a legacy of philanthropy in the Chandra family, and Sanjay Chandra’s transformational gift will:

Support graduate and undergraduate student programs in electrical and computer engineering

Accelerate technological breakthroughs in computing, AI and medicine

Invest in the teaching and research of ECE faculty

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Changing the world

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