CORVALLIS - The College of Engineering at Oregon State University has received a Mobile Technology Solutions Grant from Hewlett-Packard Company that will help students learn about, use and eventually create cutting-edge technologies in wireless electronics.

The grant, valued at approximately $150,000, will include donation of more than 50 personal digital assistants, 25 notebook personal computers, and other equipment that will help facilitate wireless Internet usage and form the core of a mobile solutions technology laboratory the college is developing. "Our whole world is going wireless, everything from home electronics to academia, business and industry," said Richard Billo, professor and head of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at OSU. "Our engineers not only must know how to use this new technology, they will eventually be designing the wireless applications of the future.

"This grant from HP will help OSU students become proficient in this field," he added.

OSU was one of only 10 universities in the nation to receive this type of grant, which is one part of a large program of philanthropy operated by HP. During 2000 the company gave $51.7 million in cash and equipment to nonprofit, charitable agencies and educational institutions worldwide. Other equipment that was part of this grant included a WIN MobiLAN ONE motorized cart, an all-in-one printer, scanner, copier and fax, a digital camera and software.

"HP remains committed to investing in the education and skills of tomorrow's workforce and broadening access to the social and economic opportunities of the digital economy," said Bess Stephens, director of HP Philanthropy and Education. "We are very excited about this opportunity to offer OSU students the technology and education they need to be successful."

OSU operates some of the state's leading programs in computer science, computer and electrical engineering, and other fields of engineering that incorporate advanced electronics. OSU students and faculty are prime users and developers of leading-edge technology and a goal of the school is to enhance teaching and learning.

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Richard Billo, OSU, 541-737-2875