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NMSU engineering receives grant from Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies has made an equipment grant valued at $111,500 to the New Mexico State University Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Agilent, a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard, is a technology company focusing on the communications, electronics, life sciences and healthcare industries.

The Agilent equipment will be used to develop a Very Large Scale Integrated Systems (VLSI) circuit design laboratory. Supervised by NMSU Professor Jaime Ramirez-Angulo, the laboratory is unique in that it will emphasize the design of both analog and digital VLSI circuits.

"One reason our students are in high demand by industry is because of their unique background in the design of both analog and digital circuits," said Ramirez-Angulo. "The almost explosive growth of the wireless communications industry demands a large number of engineers with such backgrounds."

The new laboratory will give students hands-on experience using VLSI in microwave engineering, communications, telemetry and digital signal processing.

Arlene Yusnukis, Agilent's campus manager for NMSU, and Rebecca Sellars of the NMSU Advancement Office, worked with Ramirez-Angulo to develop the successful proposal.

"Agilent Technologies is extremely pleased to award this grant to the Klipsch School," said John Scruggs, senior vice president and general manager for Agilent's Automated Test Group. "As the Web goes wireless, our society will be further transformed, and the technology explored in this lab will be fundamental in that evolution."

"Hewlett-Packard and now Agilent has historically provided very strong support for our programs, and has benefitted through the many NMSU graduates that are now working for them," said Steven Castillo, head of the Klipsch School.

Agilent operates four businesses: test and measurement, semiconductor products, healthcare solutions and chemical analysis, supported by a central laboratory.

Rachel Kendall
March 23, 2000