USF Receives Record Gift

USF College of Engineering student works on cellular technology with Agilent equipment (courtesy USF Communications & Marketing)
TAMPA (2011-9-20) -

The University of South Florida has received a record-setting gift that will better prepare its engineering students for the job market.

Agilent Technologies is giving almost 26 million dollars in software to the USF College of Engineering. It's the largest in-kind donation to the university ever.

Engineering Dean John Wiencek says Agilent's "Advance Design System" software shows how wireless devices are affected by radiation.

“So it allows students to actually build a device in virtual space, test it out and sort of get it to a design that's close to perfect and then they can actually build it and test it and tweak it a little bit and actually get it ready to go into a real device.”

Wiencek adds that the experience with the software will eliminate the need for on-the-job training for USF electrical engineering students, making them that much more appealing to possible employers.

“They can hit the ground running and start a job and be able to move right into the core of engineering rather than spending time training and learning the software. Basically, six months lost to a company learning how to run software translates into a lot of lost potential dollars for the company down the road.”

The donation pushes USF's fundraising campaign, dubbed 'Unstoppable,' over the 500 million dollar mark, with an eventual goal of 600 million dollars.

To see a USF Communications & Marketing video about the gift, click here, and for more information about the Unstoppable campaign, click here.

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