Christopher Seiwald spent his high school years using computers in the USF labs, where his father was a professor and chair of the Chemistry Department
Christopher Seiwald understands the impact a
building can have on one person’s future. At a time when access to technology
was hard to come by, he spent hours as a teen in a lab at USF, borrowing time
on the computers at the university where his father, Professor Emeritus Robert Seiwald,
former chair of the Chemistry Department, worked.
“Though I didn’t attend USF as
a college student, I spent some of the most transformative years of my life
tied to USF,” he says. “The professors and people I met there I consider my
As the founder and chief executive officer of
Perforce Software, Seiwald credits USF with playing a key role in his
“I owe my success in software to the early start I
got at USF, and had I not been allowed to ‘borrow’ time on the USF computer
facilities while I was still in high school, I would not be where I am today,”
Today, Seiwald is a donor who helped USF build the Lo
Schiavo Science Center. Built with the support of more than 2,500 donors, the
John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation in August 2013 ushered
in a bold new era of academic rigor at the university.
Uniting hands-on small group learning and
sophisticated laboratories with the social core of a Jesuit education, Lo
Schiavo Science nurtures and cultivates scientists, technologists and health
care practitioners who have the skills to excel and the passion to improve the
Bay Area, the nation and the world.
“The John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for
Science and Innovation is preparing students for a lifelong career in the
sciences,” says Dr. Christina Tzagrakis-Foster, associate professor of biology,
and USF alumnae, Class of 1990.
the heart of one of the nation’s most innovative regions, USF and Lo Schiavo
Science are positioning students and faculty to lead in the jobs and industries
of the future. More information on the John Lo Schiavo Center for Science and