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February 4, 1999           

Contact:
Bob Bruce (503) 725-5714

Source:
Bob Dryden, Vice Chancellor, (503) 725-5718
Wendy Hawkins, Intel education relations, (503) 264-1868

Intel Grants Signal New Educational Opportunities in Engineering

PORTLAND - Intel Corporation is placing nearly $350,000 into the educational future of Oregon engineering students.

The state's largest high technology company today announced the award of four grants to the Oregon University System in support of the Oregon College of Engineering and Computer Science. Three grants of $15,000 each will sponsor targeted undergraduate scholarships, while a fourth grant totaling $290,000 will fund competitive Intel Faculty Fellowships and equip Intel Student Labs.

"These awards represent the largest corporate investment to date in the Statewide College of Engineering and Computer Science," said OUS Vice Chancellor Robert Dryden. "They demonstrate Intel's commitment to helping improving engineering education and opportunity in Oregon, and its leadership in setting a high standard of private support from industry for engineering education in our state. We are extremely grateful. The funds will help to improve engineering education at all levels in Oregon."

Under the grants announced today, the Intel Foundation will establish three undergraduate scholarship programs in engineering and computer science. One will target top students from throughout the state. A second will encourage women to become engineers or computer scientists. The third targets engineering careers for under-represented populations.

The three grants will support a total of 18 scholarships at $2,500 per year in the Joint College, which offers degree programs and courses administered by Portland State University, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. The scholarships will be renewable, up to four years, for students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and continue to major in engineering, computer science and computer-related technical fields.

Scholarship recipients will spend the summer between their freshman and sophomore year working with faculty as undergraduate research interns. During the following two summers, they will be in-line for internships within Intel.

Deadline for applications is March 15. Applications are now available from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Engineering and Computer Science, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751. The application is also accessible on the World Wide Web site at: www.eas.pdx.edu.

Under the largest grant, faculty from the participating institutions will be able to apply to become Intel Faculty Fellows. The grant aims to support innovative projects advancing high tech education. The Fellowships will provide maximum individual awards of up to $25,000, or collaborative awards up to $75,000 to be used for curriculum development, assistantships or internships, financial incentives to teach lower division classes, equipment, or to attract and retain top faculty.

Another portion of the grant will support proposals to equip or upgrade either open labs for computer science and engineering students, or labs to support specific courses.

Intel has been one of strongest advocates of the Joint College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Oregon Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC) created in 1997 by the Legislature to increase engineering capacity and meet the needs of Oregon industries. In October the Council proposed a plan to leverage $9.8 million in industry support for engineering education in the state. Jim Johnson, an Intel executive and ETIC chair, told members of the State Board of Higher Education, "We think industry needs to stand up and invest more in the Oregon system."

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