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New wireless communications laboratory

Agilent Technologies Inc., the world's premier measurement company has sponsored a new laboratory at the University of Leeds, equipped with its very latest testing equipment.

The laboratory, located in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds, will support teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in broadband wireless networks, RFID and sensor networks.

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is the top electronic and electrical engineering department in the UK, as determined by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which rated 80 percent of its research activity as internationally excellent or world-leading.

The University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, John Fisher, and Ueli Nussbaumer, Agilent's European Geographic Business Manager, formally opened the laboratory on 06 May.

"Agilent has a lasting commitment to supporting academic institutions in nurturing the next generation of engineers by equipping their laboratories with state-of-the-art test instruments," says Ueli Nussbaumer. "The University of Leeds has a world-class reputation in RF, microwave and wireless research, and it is a pleasure to be able to assist them in this way."

"The Faculty of Engineering here at Leeds has a long history of collaboration with Agilent, spanning more than 25 years," said Professor Roger Pollard, Leeds' Dean of Engineering.   "We are extremely grateful to Agilent for its continued support and in particular, for the generous sponsorship of this exceptionally well-equipped laboratory."

The new laboratory can accommodate up to 64 students at a time. Agilent equipment in the lab includes six Digital Modulation Workstations for generation and analysis of IQ modulated signals up to 3GHz; six RF network analysers; and vector signal generation and analysis instruments used to validate conformance to a wide range of modern digital communications standards.

"This investment comes at a welcome time as it enables us to build on the school's success in the RAE and to continue to use our research expertise to provide an outstanding student experience, and to inspire our students to achieve their full potential," said Professor Paul Harrison, Head of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. We are introducing a range of new four-year integrated MEng/BEng programmes for undergraduates, and extending the range of MSc courses that we offer primarily to overseas students, and students on all of these courses will benefit from the new facility."

"In today's fast-moving technology environment it has never been more important to ensure that our young engineers have the very best teaching and facilities to equip them for shaping the future of the wireless communications industry - and by inference that of the entire global economy, which depends on having a fast, reliable communications infrastructure," added keynote speaker at the launch event, Dr Mike Short, Vice President of 02/Telefonica Europe.  "The University of Leeds has a long-standing reputation for producing some of the industry's best RF and wireless engineers, and this new laboratory and the EPSRC-funded Masters courses it supports will help to consolidate its position among the world's finest research establishments in wireless technology."

About the University of Leeds Faculty of Engineering and School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds is ranked 7th* in the UK for the quality of its research (2008 Research Assessment Exercise); an impressive 75% of the Faculty's research activity rated as internationally excellent or world-leading. 

With 700 staff and 3,000 students the Faculty is a major player in the field with a track record of experience across the full spectrum of the engineering and computing disciplines.  The Faculty of Engineering is home to five schools: civil engineering; computing; electronic and electrical engineering; mechanical engineering; process, environmental and materials engineering.

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is the top electronic and electrical engineering department in the UK (2008 Research Assessment Exercise), with an impressive 80 percent of research activity rated as internationally excellent or world-leading.

With 50 academic and research staff and 400 students, the School is one of the leading academic institutions in the field of electronic and electrical engineering, as well as having an international reputation in the areas of communications, signal processing and microwave engineering. The School has built upon its long established expertise in microwave and RF engineering to lead the world in terahertz technology and the semiconductor, bio- and quantum electronic aspects of nanotechnology.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the web at http://www.agilent.com/.

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*The Faculty of Engineering ranking of 7th in the UK is based on taking the weighted average of GPAs for the engineering related units of assessment (units 23 to 29 inclusive) for all universities with engineering submissions. http://rae.leeds.ac.uk/results.aspx

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