Thomas F. Looney, Chair of the NCSSM Board of Trustees; Karen LeVert, Chair of the NCSSM Foundation; Carl Ryden; wife Ashley Ryden; NCSSM Chancellor Todd Roberts; and UNC President Margaret Spellings

Unprecedented Public High School Artificial Intelligence Program Will Prepare North Carolina Students to Be Leaders of the Future Workforce

Made possible by $2 million gift from PrecisionLender® CEO Carl Ryden, The Ryden Program for Innovation and Leadership in Artificial Intelligence at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will teach students to harness the power of AI for good

Durham, N.C. -- December 6, 2018 -- Today, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), a public residential and online high school, announced that an alumnus has donated $2 million to its foundation--the largest gift in the school’s history--to create The Ryden Program for Innovation and Leadership in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, which will empower the students of NCSSM and beyond to take full advantage of the transformative powers of AI and machine learning (ML).

The launch of the Ryden Program will put NCSSM, the only secondary school member of the UNC System, at the leading-edge of public schools in America when it comes to AI learning. The Ryden Program’s goal is to educate the leaders of the future about AI so that they understand this powerful technology’s merits and the ethical considerations it raises. The Ryden Program will place a strong emphasis on ensuring students understand how to merge humanity with ML and how to use AI to solve complex, macro problems affecting society. 

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Originally published Dec. 6, 2018.

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