PSU gets $125,000 in Intel grants

Portland State was recently awarded Intel Faculty Fellows grants totaling $125,000 for the department of electrical and computer engineering, and the department of computer science.

The grants were part of the $290,000 that Intel contributed to Oregon State University, University of Oregon and PSU.

“Intel is committed to helping our Oregon universities strive for excellence in teaching and learning,” stated Mike Salsgiver, of Intel Oregon, in a press release.

Intel has contributed more than $750,000 since 1999 in private support for engineering education in Oregon.

Out of a pool of 30 competitive proposals, totaling more than $1.31 million, seven proposals were met totaling the $290,000 sum, a 45 percent increase over last year.

Professor Xiaoyu Song, of the electrical and computer engineering department, was awarded $25,000 for curriculum development of a “Low Power IC Design” course.

The class to be developed is very important to both the university’s and Oregon’s future, Song said.

The electrical and computer engineering department and the department of computer science were also jointly awarded $75,000, which will be evenly dispersed into two computer labs, said Professor Cynthia Brown, department of computer science.

Part of the grant will be used to update the general purpose engineering lab, used for graphic and circuit design.

The other half will be used to design a new Linux computer lab.

Professor Suresh Sing, department of computer science, was also awarded $25,000 for developing a class dealing with “Wireless Peer to Peer Computing.” This will be a senior/graduate level course and could be offered in winter or spring term of 2002.