Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia - October 6, 1999 - ON Semiconductor, formerly a division of Motorola, announced today that it is providing $1.5 million to the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) to create the ON Semiconductor Junior Professorships in Analog Design and the ON Semiconductor Graduate Fellows program.
As the world's leading supplier of analog, logic and discrete semiconductor components, ON Semiconductor is delighted to continue its longstanding association with Georgia Tech's School of ECE with this critical donation. The first ON Semiconductor program will support two assistant professors with proven skills in analog IC design and who exhibit exceptional promise for future program growth and development. According to Dr. J. Alvin Connelly, professor and associate chair in the School of ECE, recruiting will begin immediately for one position and the second will be staffed in 2001. Funding for each position will last three years.
Additional funds from this gift will establish the ON Semiconductor Graduate Fellows Program. These monies will assist the two new faculty members with immediate support of graduate students and will enable them to jump start their research programs in directions of critical interest and importance to ON Semiconductor. Each faculty member will be able to support two M.S. students for three years and one Ph.D. student for four years. This is a total of 12 fellowships and one Ph.D. fellowship per professor for four year terms.
"Intense competition exists for these junior faculty members," Dr. Connelly said. "Currently, the industrial and academic opportunities and pressures for persons with these key design skills make it difficult to hire new faculty members unless there are special incentives. These junior professorships will enable Georgia Tech to attract the best and most qualified new analog faculty members."
ON Semiconductor is a driving force in analog integrated circuit design, large volume production of circuits and systems, and rapid market delivery of new products requiring interdisciplinary design skills. A severe international shortage of electrical engineers with these skills currently exists, and forecasts indicate that it will become even more severe during the next 10 years as wireless, optical communications, and other such technologies grow in market importance.
"We want to continue to recruit the best and the brightest analog engineers," said Steve Hanson, President of ON Semiconductor. "We hope that this gift will send a message to students of engineering that analog electronics is a critical discipline to the future of technology."
For five years, Georgia Tech and ON Semiconductor have enjoyed fruitful educational and research collaborations through the Georgia Tech Analog Consortium, a group comprised of eight faculty members, four other industry partners, and over 50 graduate students. Several students have held analog engineering co-op assignments at ON Semiconductor, and one student who finished his advanced degree at Georgia Tech is now pursuing a successful career at the company.
About ON Semiconductor
ON Semiconductor, formerly a division of Motorola, is the world's leading supplier of analog, logic and discrete semiconductor components with shipments of 15 billion units in 1998 totaling $1.5 billion in sales. These power and interface products are an integral part of electronics that provide the security, convenience and entertainment in today's world.
About Georgia Institute of Technology's School of ECE
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is the largest of the eight schools in the College of Engineering and is the largest academic unit at the Georgia Institute of Technology. ECE offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at its Atlanta, Ga. campus and at Georgia Tech Lorraine, the Institute's European extension campus, in Metz, France.
The Year 2000 U.S. News and World Report rankings placed ECE's graduate electrical engineering program seventh in the nation-its highest ranking to date. Academic and research opportunities are currently offered in the areas of bioengineering, computer engineering, digital signal processing, electric power, electromagnetics, electronic design and applications, microelectronics, optics and photonics, systems and controls, and telecommunications.
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