Atherton residents fund innovation instituteAtherton residents Mike and Renee Child, who both attended the University of California at Davis, have donated $5 million to their alma mater to fund a new interdisciplinary institute devoted to education, research and outreach, the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The Childs graduated from UC Davis in 1976, Mike Child with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and Renee Child with degrees in psychology and German. One of their daughters is now a UC Davis student, and the other a recent UC Davis graduate.
Both Childs volunteer for the university, Mike Child as a trustee on the UC Davis Foundation board and Renee Child as a member of the College of Letters and Science's Deans' Advisory Council.
The Childs recently made several other gifts to UC Davis, including an endowed scholarship fund for the school of nursing; an endowed research fund at the Center for Mind and Brain; and research support to help engineering faculty and students bring ideas to market.