Robin Li, co-founder of, and his wife, Melissa Dongmin Ma, made a donation of $200,000 to the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering.

Li, who founded China’s equivalent to Google in 2000, is funding a data mining and machine learning laboratory that will be named after him and situated in Davis Hall at UB’s North Campus.

Li received a master’s degree from UB in 1994 and is recognized as one of the world’s top search-engine experts. He serves as Baidu’s chairman and chief executive officer and oversees the company’s business and strategy operations.

The lab will allow students and faculty “develop new initiatives in data mining,” which involves taking information form a large set of data to develop algorithms.