Loughborough University and NI Team Up to Prepare Engineers for the Future

11/6/2002 - National Instruments and Loughborough University announced a joint initiative to deliver comprehensive training and education on computer-based instrumentation to both NI customers and engineering students. The initiative extends NI support of the Loughborough University undergraduate programme and makes the University the first NI regional training facility site in the UK.

By supplying state-of-the-art engineering tools, such as the LabVIEW graphical development software and data acquisition hardware, NI has already played a vital role in teaching and research development at Loughborough's Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department. Through this initiative, NI extends its sponsorship to the Department's new Computer Systems Engineering programme, helping students to enhance their career opportunities through training and experience with cutting-edge commercial development tools and hardware. Loughborough also has further standardized on NI software by purchasing a campus-wide licence, giving all Loughborough students access to NI software, such as LabVIEW.

"Our teaching and research staff have built a wealth of directly relevant expertise as a result of working with NI technology," said Peter Smith, Loughborough Head of the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department and Professor of Photonics Engineering at Loughborough. "NI LabVIEW graphical development software plays a key role in much of the Department's internationally respected research work including mobile phone antenna testing, assessment of drug delivery devices, and the simulation of multifunction displays such as aircraft cockpits."

As part of the initiative, Loughborough University is using its expertise of NI technology to develop and host training courses for NI customers in the communications, defence, healthcare, and transportation industries. In addition to annual conferences and training seminars, the University will host up to 10 training courses a year for approximately 150 NI customers.

"We are committed to ensuring the success of NI customers," said Robert Morton, NI UK Area Sales Manager. "With the impressive facilities at this University and its excellent geographic location, we can extend our high-quality, affordable training solutions to more of our diverse client base."

NI has more than 20 certified training centres around the world offering training to a broad-based audience, from engineering students to highly experienced engineers. NI also provides instructor-led seminars and hands-on workshops, as well as online, self-paced, and on-site training. Interested parties may attend courses at the company's Austin, Texas headquarters or in regional training centres worldwide.

About National Instruments
National Instruments leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. NI increases the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world. For the past three consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

About Loughborough University
Loughborough University has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Approximately 30 percent of the University's income is used for research. The university has earned three Queen's Anniversary Prizes for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; and for pioneering research in optical engineering.

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