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My alma mater, Penn State Harrisburg, and my current company Samtec have a long history of technical collaboration. The PSU Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering and Technology has been a leader in STEM education – in particular, signal integrity and power integrity. Samtec continues to expand our technical capabilities, as there is an insatiable need for engineering talent.
What are some if the details of the Samtec/PSU Harrisburg technical collaboration?
NFS Grant Expands Access to STEM Education
PSU Harrisburg recently received a $1.5M grant from National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of the grant is to expand access to STEM education for students of all backgrounds.
One of the key investigators on the grant is Dr. Aldo Morales, Professor of Electrical Engineering, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology and Co-Director for the Center for Signal Integrity.
I recently sat down with Dr. Morales for more details on the research program. Additionally, we discussed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and the growing collaboration between Samtec and this premier school. (Yes, I am biased).
What’s the relationship between Penn State and Samtec?
Samtec has had a tremendous relationship with the Center for Signal Integrity for over 15 years. We’re very grateful for their written letters of support for various grants that are invaluable, in particular the $1.5M STEM grant. This grant will assist low income populations and alleviate financial burden to PSU students in the STEM field.
What does the STEM program at Penn State Harrisburg entail?
The School of Science, Engineering and Technology at Penn State Harrisburg offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science Degrees in the following: Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Biology, and Science. In addition, Penn State Harrisburg houses two research centers: The Center for Signal Integrity and Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels.
In the future, how can Samtec support STEM and Penn State Harrisburg?
Samtec can continue to offer internship/mentorship opportunities for our students, improve the annual symposium event on Signal Integrity, and assist in opening more research avenues towards the career path of engineering.
Central PA Signal Integrity Symposium
Harrisburg is often called the “Connector Capital of the World” because of the industry’s long history in Central Pennsylvania. Samtec is a leading contributor to that story with the heart of our Signal Integrity Group located in the area.
The Central PA Signal Integrity Symposium, in its 15th year, offers attendees insight in to latest developments in signal integrity. This year, international experts, such as Samtec’s own DesignCon Engineer of the Year Rich Mellitz, offer their unique insights on SI/PI simulation, testing, analysis and design techniques. Attendees also have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, academics from PSU Harrisburg, and local business leaders.