Campus: Sonoma State University -- January 7, 2005
Agilent Redirects Equipment Donations From Major Universities
To Sonona State
Scientific equipment used at some of the world's top engineering universities
is now available to students at Sonoma State University thanks to a recent donation
by Agilent Technologies.
The company has donated $150,000 worth of photonics and test and measurement
equipment that gives students an opportunity to track lasers and measure unknown
light sources as part of its continued support of the School of Science and
Technology. This gift is in addition to Agilent's original $1 million equipment
donation in 2002.
The donated equipment is being used in the Agilent Technologies Communications
Laboratory at SSU as part of the new Engineering Science Department, which
includes both bachelor's and master's programs. The equipment consists of fiber
optic and electronic test and measurement instruments.
Agilent also came to the rescue of the School of Science and Technology with the
donation of 75 pallets of Herman Miller furniture valued at approximately $24,500
to help provide office space for faculty and staff during the renovation of the
School's science building, Darwin Hall, over the next two years.
The cubicles and desks, which would have amounted to a nearly $150,000 expenditure
if purchased new, is being used on the second floor of the Schultz Information
Center and at other locations on the campus. Darwin Hall is being completely
evacuated for a $29.5 million upgrade financed by the passage of state bond
Agilent's donations are part of a program to benefit universities and colleges
in geographical areas where the company has offices and plants. Jeff Weber,
Agilent's Sonoma County public affairs manager, says the sophisticated instruments
donated to SSU are similar to equipment given by the company to engineering
programs at larger universities in the U.S. and around the world.
"Agilent is proud to have been involved in helping SSU establish its engineering
degree programs, and our goal with the donations is to enable those programs to
grow and flourish," Weber says. "We value the partnership with SSU and will be
looking for additional ways to support the Engineering Sciences Department."
Agilent test and measurement equipment is used by international global
communication and aerospace and defense companies in the design, development,
manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment and
systems and communications networks and services.
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