USC receives $15M to study genocide, engineering

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The co-founder of Qualcomm and his wife have donated $15 million to the University of Southern California to support research into the Holocaust and to fund engineering school professorships.

USC announced the gift Wednesday from Andrew and Erna Viterbi. The San Diego couple made the donation through the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego.

The Viterbis gave $5 million to endow the executive director's position at the USC Shoah Foundation, which collects video testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.

The remaining $10 million will fund five professorships and graduate fellowships at the Viterbi School of Engineering, which was established with the couple's $52 million donation in 2004.

In addition to co-founding Qualcomm, Andrew Viterbi invented the Viterbi algorithm, which is considered key to cellphone technology.

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