CORVALLIS - James Ayers, a doctoral candidate in the Oregon State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded an Intel Fellowship from the Intel Foundation for the 2005-06 academic year.

Ayers was selected from more than 200 applicants nationwide and will use the award to continue his research on low-power, mixed-signal circuit design for use in wireless applications. A native of Salem, Ayers now works with faculty adviser Terri Fiez, director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

"This fellowship is a great honor for James and for the College of Engineering here at Oregon State," Fiez said. "As we build a top-tier engineering program here, we're attracting more and more star students, like James, who are participating in collaborative research projects and inventing technologies of the future."

The two-year fellowship includes a cash award, access to an Intel technologist who serves as a mentor to help guide the research, a laptop computer from Intel, an invitation to the Fellowship Forum at Intel in October, and the opportunity to participate in an internship at Intel.

OSU's drive to build a top-ranked engineering program is focusing on recruiting outstanding graduate students, officials say.

Intel's fellowship program is part of a comprehensive higher education program which focuses on advancing innovation in key areas of technology, as well as developing a pipeline of world-class technical talent for Intel's future workforce and the global knowledge-based economy. This year, the Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship Program awarded fellowships totaling $1.8 million to outstanding doctoral candidates at 17 U.S. universities.

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