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National Instruments Makes $5 Million Donation to Enhance Engineering Education Worldwide

February 032005
More Than 100 Institutions Receive Grants to Integrate Graphical System Design into Their Curricula

NEWS RELEASE – Jan. 19, 2005 – National Instruments today announced that it donated $4 million worth of NI products and $1 million in cash to more than 100 universities in 25 countries for academic research and classroom projects that improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The contributions, which were funded with $2 million from a patent infringement settlement, are being used for teaching and research applications in areas such as signal processing, control systems and communications.

“The educational grant from National Instruments will provide critical hands-on experience with state-of-the-art software and equipment in a series of courses in mechanical and electrical engineering,” said Dr. George Johnson, a professor from the University of California at Berkeley. “It is particularly beneficial to have the same software for a sequence of upper division courses in circuits, controls, signal processing, instrumentation, design and system analysis. This grant will permit our students to explore the behavior of real systems in far greater depth than is possible now through the use of advanced analytical and data visualization capability of LabVIEW.”

Engineering programs at leading educational institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fudan University in China and Indian Institute of Technology now have access to cutting-edge NI products, including PXI-based RF modules and control hardware, NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suites (ELVIS) and the new NI CompactRIO reconfigurable I/O embedded control systems. With the donated equipment and the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, students can quickly put engineering theories into practice through easy-to-use interfaces and connectivity to thousands of measurement devices.

“National Instruments is dedicated to advancing engineering education by equipping leading universities with resources that give students hands-on experience with engineering concepts,” said Ray Almgren, NI vice president of product marketing and academic relations. “With these grants, we fulfilled 150 proposals from top institutions around the world to add innovative graphical system design and development techniques into their research and teaching applications.”

National Instruments in Academia
National Instruments is committed to enhancing engineering and science education worldwide by providing educators and students with innovative software and hardware to connect the curriculum with the real world. Professors and students benefit from industry-leading, professional tools such as NI LabVIEW graphical development software, which helps students visualize and implement engineering concepts. The integration of LabVIEW in the classroom creates an effective and dynamic learning environment – from RoboLab in primary schools to research laboratories in universities. NI also offers resources to universities for hands-on laboratories, cutting-edge research and student programs and competitions. To learn about educational discounts to qualifying academic institutions, readers can visit www.ni.com/academic.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 41 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past six years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

For additional information on National Instruments, Contact National Instruments or visit their web site at www.ni.com.

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