Motorola Inc. donates $10,000 to engineering

Funds will be used for scholarships, projects

by Sally Claunch
The Shorthorn staff

The College of Engineering received $10,000 from Motorola Inc. during an information session Wednesday.

The session, attended by 250 students, was co-sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honors society, and Motorola.

Software engineer Robert Harris said his company's Fort Worth branch actively recruits employees from the university.

"Twenty-five percent of our engineers come from UTA - that's why we give back to the school," he said.

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Alumnus Manish Mehta puts the finishing touches on a billboard for the Motorola Inc. presentation co-sponsered by Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honors society. Motorola accepted resumes and presented a $10,000 check to the Engineering Department during the assembly.

Associate Dean Ray Wimberly said $4,000 will be used for student projects, and $6,000 will be given away in $1,000 and scholarships.

"The money will be used to support projects of interest to Motorola," he said.

The scholarships will be awarded to students Dec. 2.

Applicants must be engineering juniors, enrolled full time in 3000-level or higher engineering courses and must have U.S. citizenship or be a permanent resident of the United States.

Applicants must also turn in a 25-word essay on the topic "My Interest in Telecommunications Engineering."

Students can get more information about the scholarship from the dean's office in 631 Nedderman Hall.

Jerry Beaty, engineering operations manager for Motorola, said the company has given the College of Engineering about $100,000 in equipment and scholarships and has sponsored student organizations during the last three years.

But, he said the company's involvement started earlier.

"We've actively worked with the department and student organizations during the last four years," he said.

Motorola also accepted resumes from students at the session to fill the following positions: software engineer, electrical engineer, product process device engineer and information technology engineer. The company will hire for full-time positions, summer interns and will review co-op students' applications.

Motorola will be on campus Monday to recruit fall 1999 and spring 2000 graduates. It will return in February to recruit spring, summer and fall 2000 graduates.

Electrical engineering senior Viney Kharbanda said Eta Kappa Nu holds information sessions with different companies every semester.

"We hold these sessions to get UTA engineering recognition, funding and give our society credibility," he said.

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