11:12 AM AKDT, September 1, 2011
West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue University has announced gifts of goods and services worth nearly $74 million to benefit students and researchers in the colleges of Engineering, Science and Technology.
The gifts range from software licenses to diesel engines.
"These gifts are invaluable in enhancing the educational experience for our students and furthering the research of our faculty and staff," said President France A. Córdova. "In many cases, these donations allow our students to gain experience with software and equipment that they will be using in their professional work."
Software worth $8 million from Cadence Design Systems is the first major in-kind gift for this fiscal year, which began July 1. It comes as Purdue reported $66 million worth of in-kind gifts during the 2010-11 fiscal year.
The software from Cadence, which makes a wide range of electronic design and simulation products, is being used by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in a variety of courses in schematic drawing and circuit simulation and design.
The largest gift from the previous fiscal year includes electronic design automation (EDA) software licenses valued at $42 million, donated to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering through a Charles Babbage Grant from Synopsys Inc. The gift is a renewal of the grant, which was first awarded to Purdue in 2006.
The grant gives Purdue access to Synopsys EDA software for use in graduate and undergraduate engineering programs and microelectronic and nanoscale research.
"Access to leading-edge design software enables our students to learn on the same environment as their industry counterparts, increasing the value of the student experience and research at Purdue," said Mark C. Johnson, ECE laboratory manager.
"Furthering math and science education has always been a core value of Synopsys," said Rich Goldman, Synopsys vice president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances. "We are honored to support Purdue University in providing students with access to the latest tools and equipment, supporting their educational experience and preparing them for future careers in the microelecronics industry."
The Charles Babbage Grant from Synopsys provides select universities worldwide with state-of-the-art EDA tools, training, support and technology. It is named for British mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage, who designed and built mechanical computing machines more than 150 years ago. Babbage's machines precipitated the electronic computers of today.
Other 2010-11 in-kind gifts include: