Campus: San Josť State University -- February 24, 2000

Three Silicon Valley Companies Contribute To San Josť State University College Of Engineering

A total of $500,000 has been contributed or pledged recently by Quantum Corporation, National Semiconductor and Maxim Integrated Products to support endowed faculty teaching and research funds at San Josť State University's College of Engineering.

Maxim's pledge of $300,000, which is designated to support research and professional development activities of junior faculty members in the Department of Electrical Engineering, is a matching grant. For each $500,000 raised in new endowed funds for the department, Maxim will contribute $100,000, up to a total of $300,000. Maxim is helping the college to ensure that it can continue to attract outstanding engineers to the teaching profession.

Quantum Corporation and National Semiconductor are supporting Faculty Teaching Fellowships by each committing $100,000 for this program. The fellowships are designed to enhance the scholarship of teaching, including developing new courses and using technology in the classroom to improve student learning. Both fellowships will be awarded annually, beginning this spring, based on a competitive review of faculty applicants. The funds will support summer salaries, equipment and software purchases, and money for student assistants.

"We are delighted to have these three leading companies as partners and sponsors of our activities to advance teaching and research," said Donald E. Kirk, dean of the College of Engineering. "Their financial support is yet another example of the generous support the college receives from Silicon Valley companies."

These endowments fall within the College of Engineering's Teaching Excellence Fund initiative, which provides resources to benefit departments, programs, faculty and students. Since the beginning of this year, nearly $1.5 million has been committed to the College of Engineering by companies and individuals for the purpose of supporting the highest quality teaching and learning environment.

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