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Contacts:
UC San Diego: Denine Hagen
(858) 534-2920, dhagen@ucsd.edu

Microsoft: Barbara Wilcox, Grant/Jacoby
(312) 664-5008, bwilcox@monyek.com

$700,000 GRANT FROM MICROSOFT RESEARCH PROVIDES LEADING EDGE SOFTWARE AND COMPUTERS COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION AT UC SAN DIEGO

San Diego, Calif.--(July 1, 1999)--Computer science and engineering students at UC San Diego’s Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering will study computer science, software engineering, multimedia Web design, and database design this Fall using a newly outfitted Microsoft Windows NT Laboratory.

Microsoft Corp.’s Research group, based in Redmond, Wash., announced today that it will donate 100 Pentium 450 computers loaded with the most recent version of Windows NT Workstation, Visual Studio 6.0, Microsoft Office 2000, Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), and other software. The grant also includes a Pentium multi-processor server and two workstations for curriculum development. The total value of the grant is estimated at $700,000.

Microsoft Research purchased the hardware from Micron Electronics, Inc. Micron will donate its time to set up the lab and train the faculty on the new equipment. Each Micron system will ship with Micron University, an online training resource with courses for every kind of user. Micron University provides users with a comprehensive computer training and technology program, aimed at providing individuals with education, support and web-based community resources.

"This lab donation will tremendously enhance the quality education we provide for our students," said Paul Kube, vice chair of undergraduate education for UC San Diego’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. "Currently, we primarily teach software engineering and Internet applications on UNIX systems, but Microsoft Windows NT is gaining prominence in the corporate arena. We feel it is to our students’ advantage to be exposed to a variety of platforms and tools."

Kube says that students will be able to use the lab to work on projects from a number of different courses. With 100 workstations available to students, professors will be able to incorporate more hands-on programming projects into the curriculum.

Jeanne Ferrante, chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, said, "The emphasis of the grant is to improve the undergraduate computer science education. It will also enable our faculty and staff to develop new instructional materials and provide resources for current and future research projects."

"The grant is part of Microsoft’s overall commitment to computer science and engineering education," said Randy Hinrichs, program manager, Microsoft Research University Programs: "Visual Studio 6.0 and Microsoft Windows NT provide an excellent enhancement to the learning environment used in UC San Diego’s computer science department."

"The University of California San Diego has an excellent undergraduate computer science program, and through this grant, they will be able to provide their students with a breadth of technology experience to address the challenges of a highly technological world in industry and research," Hinrichs said.

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego is ranked among the top 10 engineering schools in the nation. The Jacobs School awards 450 undergraduate degrees and 150 graduate degrees each year. The School’s 118 faculty members conduct leading-edge research that fuels economic prosperity and creates innovations to improve our quality of life. Visit the Jacobs School of Engineering at www.soe.ucsd.edu.


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