Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) today announced plans to donate $300,000 to San Josť State University (SJSU) College of Engineering. The Xilinx grant will be used to partially support one electrical engineering professor for three years. The college-wide initiative to raise endowments is designed to continue SJSU's tradition of attracting outstanding engineers to the teaching profession.
"The increasing demand for highly paid engineering professionals makes it very difficult for the college to retain professors," said Wim Roelandts, president and CEO of Xilinx. "Xilinx is pleased to support this important program. It will help ensure a steady flow of home-grown electrical engineering graduates for companies in this area."
San Josť State provides Silicon Valley's highest number of electrical engineering graduates and provides an affordable education for students from low income families. About 90 percent of electrical engineering graduates come from families with annual incomes of less than $50,000. Yet nearly 98 percent of those graduates go to work for Bay Area companies.
Funds will also be used to support summer salaries, equipment purchases, and student teaching assistants. Xilinx also plans to assist SJSU in updating its digital design curriculum and develop new course material.
"We are delighted Xilinx has chosen to partner with SJSU," said Donald E. Kirk, SJSU Dean of the College of Engineering. "This is a prime example of the generous support the college receives from Silicon Valley companies."
The College of Engineering's Teaching Excellence Fund provides resources to benefit the department and its programs, faculty, and students. Since the beginning of this year, companies and individuals have committed nearly $1.5 million to the college.
Xilinx is the leading innovator of complete programmable logic solutions, including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined system functions delivered as cores, and unparalleled field engineering support. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Xilinx invented the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and fulfills more than half of the world demand for these devices today. Xilinx solutions enable customers to reduce significantly the time required to develop products for the computer, peripheral, telecommunications, networking, industrial control, instrumentation, high-reliability/military, and consumer markets. For more information, visit the Xilinx web site at www.xilinx.com.
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