A $7.75 million gift from Darwin Deason will launch the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security and support the Deason Innovation Gym in Southern Methodist University’s Lyle School of Engineering.
Deason’s gift provides a $5 million endowment, as well as $1.25 million in operational funding, for the new institute, headed by renowned cyber security expert Frederick R. Chang. Chang, formerly research director at the National Security Agency (NSA), joined SMU in 2013.
In 2013, Frederick R. Chang joined SMU. This is a video from his welcoming address.