Campus: Sonoma - May 23, 2007

Agilent donates $500,000 in equipment to SSU Engineering

Agilent Technologies has donated half-a-million dollars worth of test and measurement equipment to Sonoma State University's engineering sciences department as part of its continued partnership with the campus.

The partnership with the university is intended to help engineering students succeed and provide the technology leadership needed for Sonoma County, California and the U.S. to compete successfully in the global economy, said Kenn Wildnauer, technology strategy manager at Agilent and a member of the Engineering Science Advisory Board.

"This donation underscores Agilent's commitment to support Sonoma State's Bachelor of Science in Engineering program," he said.

The equipment donation will help the University in a number of ways, according to Jagan Agrawal, chairman of the department.

"All the items will be extremely useful to us," said Agrawal."They complement what we have in our labs and fill a lot of gaps. Agilent's donation has expanded our instructional and research capabilities significantly and will be particularly helpful in developing labs for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science program."

The equipment includes approximately 150 new and used items -- from oscilloscopes, signal generators, network analyzers, power meters and power sensors to synthesizers and wave meters.

This is Agilent's third major equipment donation to the University's engineering program, including $1 million in 2002 and $150,000 in 2005. The Agilent Technologies Foundation has also donated $80,000 in scholarship funds over the past two years.

Seven Agilent engineers currently serve as adjunct instructors in the department of engineering science, and six engineers are mentoring recipients of Agilent scholarships.

Additionally, Agilent has provided funding for the monthly BSES lecture series on cutting-edge developments in technology and industry, which resumes in the fall of 2007.

Contacts: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057

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