Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Bangor University today opened a new Agilent-branded laboratory. The lab, located in the School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University, is equipped with Agilent instruments and will support the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in electronic engineering.
The School of Electronic Engineering is ranked second in the UK, as determined by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and had the highest percentage of four-star rated publications of any school of electronic engineering in the UK. The school's research activity is rated as internationally excellent/world-leading.
Professor John Hughes, the university's vice-chancellor, and Graham Newton, Agilent's education and research manager in Europe, formally opened the laboratory. The event featured a presentation from Vice-Chancellor Paul Spencer, head of the School of Electronic Engineering. Guest speaker Rear Admiral Paul Thomas also delivered a keynote presentation.
"We are extremely happy to have worked with Agilent to re-equip our new teaching lab with the latest industry-standard equipment," Spencer said. "This equipment is already in use and our students are benefitting from the new environment. We are very grateful to Agilent for its continued support and in particular, for the generous sponsorship of this exceptionally well-equipped laboratory."
"Agilent has always been committed to working with and supporting academic institutions to help develop the next generation of engineers. One of the ways we do this is by helping to equip teaching laboratories with cutting-edge instrumentation,' Newton said. "Bangor University has a world-class reputation in optoelectronics and organic electronics, and it is a real privilege to be able to support this new teaching lab and the young engineers who will be learning in it."
The new laboratory can accommodate up to 48 students at a time. Agilent equipment in the lab includes 27 oscilloscopes, 25 DC power supplies, 25 digital multimeters and two precision source/measure units.
"This investment comes at a welcome time as it enables us to build on the school's success in the RAE and to continue to use our research expertise to provide an outstanding student experience, and to inspire our students to achieve their full potential," Spencer said. "We are introducing a range of new four-year master of engineer programs for undergraduates, and extending the range of masters courses that we offer."
About the School of Electronic Engineering
School of Electronic Engineering can trace its formation back to the establishment of the university in 1884 and was the first Higher Education Institution to offer degrees in electronic engineering, as opposed to electrical engineering, in the UK. The School has been an enthusiastic supporter of Professional Accreditation of courses and has held continuous accreditation with the IEE, now the IET, for over thirty years. The National Student Survey results have consistently given the School an overall satisfaction score of more than 90 percent and graduate employment figures regularly indicate employment rates of approaching 90 percent. In the last UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 the school was rated joint second in the UK and had the highest percentage of four-star papers in the unit of assessment.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal 2011. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
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