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Microchip Partners with Texas A&M for Engineering Labs, R&D Projects
Jan 29, 2010
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Microchip Technology Inc., a provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, is partnering with Texas A & M University for undergraduate research, design projects, and engineering labs within the Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Technology (EET/TET) Programs in the College of Engineering.

Microchip Academic Partners receive access to free software, free product samples, and access to technical resources that make it easy for educators to provide hands-on learning in engineering labs around the globe. In addition, the supplier will provide low-cost, easy-to-use starter kits for students to utilize in their senior projects, as well as turnkey curriculum for educators.

Joseph Morgan, professor and Mobile Integrated Solutions Laboratory (MISL) director with Texas A & M University, and Jay Porter, professor and EET/TET program director, have led the integration of Microchip Technology into the EET/TET curricula over the past 2 years.

“When we looked around for a company that could provide a range of microcontrollers, supporting electronics, and software development toolsets at an affordable cost, Microchip quickly became the manufacturer of choice,” Morgan said. “We are pleased that the two capstone design projects that have been transitioned to the private sector for commercialization were both designed around a PIC24 microcontroller.”

In addition to using a wide variety of PIC microcontrollers in undergraduate courses and laboratories, the faculty has developed a series of robotics workshops that have been used for recruitment and outreach to high school and middle school students. The workshops not only introduce students to the mechanical aspects of robotics, but also expose them to the fundamentals of microcontrollers, sensors, and autonomous control software.

“Microchip is pleased to partner with Texas A & M University to promote excellence in higher learning and create successful future engineers,” said Steve Sanghi, president and CEO of Microchip. “We continue our commitment to helping academics excel by providing easily accessible tools, curriculum, and other resources that make it easy for students and professors to use our products in the classroom.”

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