OSU Dedicates Mechanical Engineering Laboratory to Tektronix

10/9/2002 - At a campus ceremony held Saturday, October 5, Oregon State University (OSU) honored long-term industry partner Tektronix by dedicating a mechanical engineering lab to the innovative leader in test, measurement, and monitoring.

The event dedicated the "OSU Mechanical Engineering, Tektronix Instrumentation Laboratory" and honored Tektronix' long-standing contributions to the OSU College of Engineering, which is in the midst of a 10-year drive to build one of the top-25 engineering programs in the nation. Tektronix CEO and president Rick Wills attended the dedication ceremony, along with several high-ranking Tektronix engineers who are OSU Engineering alumni.

OSU officials recognized Tektronix for the substantial and continuing contributions the company has made to facilitate instrumentation instruction for OSU mechanical engineering students. Over the years, Tektronix has given almost $5 million to OSU, including instrumentation equipment for the lab. More than 1,600 engineering students have learned the basics of instrumentation in this lab before going to work as engineers for Tektronix and other companies.

"One of the Tektronix Foundation's missions is to educate next-generation engineers in order to advance future technology innovation," Wills said. "One demonstration of our commitment to developing capable engineering graduates, well-schooled in fundamentals and hands-on engineering, is to provide students with a quality lab environment. Tektronix is pleased to be able to support equipment for these types of labs."

Ron Adams, Dean of the OSU College of Engineering said the close relationship with Tektronix ultimately helps OSU develop work-ready engineering graduates for Oregon and beyond. "We are very pleased to recognize Tektronix for a partnership that spans more than two decades," Adams said. "And we look forward to an even stronger relationship as we build a top-25 engineering program here at OSU. The beneficiaries of these partnerships are our graduates, and the businesses who employ them."

Gordon Reistad, Head of OSU's Department Mechanical Engineering said, "The education of engineers at OSU has remained strong throughout the years. And it is in no small measure due to the support of companies like Tektronix, which have joined us as partners in education and research."

Tektronix helped equip the OSU lab with ten individual stations with identical, state-of-the-art instruments, including digital oscilloscopes, plotters, function generators, and multimeters. The lab exposes students to modern digital instrumentation and common transducers used by mechanical engineers, and students use the instrumentation to learn installation and application of common transducers such as strain gages, accelerometers, and thermocouples.

In addition to contributions to this laboratory, Tektronix and OSU have a long history of engineering cooperation. The company donates equipment on a continuing basis, advises on curriculum development, participates in collaborative research, and funds professorships. Recently, Tektronix provided substantial funding for the startup of the TekBots™ program, a platform for learning that applies classroom lessons to hands-on projects in which OSU electrical and computer engineering students build robots as freshmen then add functionality during their ensuring years of engineering study. This year, the TekBots program is being expanded into the OSU mechanical engineering curriculum.

Tektronix is also providing OSU with an installation of its TekForge™ software. TekForge, a collaborative open-sourced based software engineering development community portal, will provide students with more realistic industry-oriented experiences. These experiences will improve their practice of sound software engineering skills, which will enable them to be more productive when they join the workforce.

About OSU Engineering
The OSU College of Engineering is the 22nd largest program in the country with more than 3,800 students and research funding in excess of $18.5 million annually. OSU recently launched a $180-million drive to build one of the top-25 engineering programs in the nation. Two important parts of OSU's Top-25 Drive is building mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners and developing engineering graduates with the technical and people skills necessary to succeed in the business world.

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the telecommunications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 50 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and Internet technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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