Industry & academia collaborate on engineering lab

Posted By : Mick Elliott
Industry & academia collaborate on engineering lab

Keysight Technologies in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, a new engineering teaching lab located at the university’s new £81m ($122m) Diamond building. The facility, with its unique aluminium diamond shaped exterior façade, will be home to engineering undergraduates.

The new laboratory holds 80 test benches and will be used by the faculty and student of engineering. The key purpose of this lab is to provide the students with access to leading edge industry standard test equipment, allowing them to have the academic and technical skills required to excel in today’s demanding industry.

Keysight equipment includes its MSOX2012A oscilloscopes, U8031A 30V/6A power supplies and 33511B 20MHz arbitrary signal generators.. The equipment was supplied to the university through Keysight’s Premium Distributor Aspen Electronics based in Harrow.

For advanced final-year industry premier solution projects, specialised RF and semiconductor test equipment is available. This includes N991XA FieldFox combination network spectrum analyser, the E4980AL precision LCR meter and the B2902A dual channel source measure units.

It’s expected that 3,000 students each year will use the new laboratory in their electronic engineering studies. The six-story Diamond building boasts specialist teaching facilities including a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, a library, IT services and space for informal study, including a café.

“The Diamond offers the best interdisciplinary engineering teaching space in the country and part of that is due to the excellent facilities and equipment on offer,” said professor Stephen Beck, University of Sheffield’s Electronic Engineering Teaching Lab. “I am excited that we can give students the chance to use Keysight's test equipment.”

“Keysight has always been committed to working with and supporting academic institutions to help develop the next generation of engineers. One of the ways we do this is by helping to equip teaching laboratories with leading-edge instrumentation,’’ said Graham Newton, U.K. sales manager, Keysight Technologies. “University of Sheffield has a world-class reputation and it is a real privilege to be able to support this new teaching lab and all of the future engineers.”

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield is one of the biggest in the U.K. With seven departments and two interdisciplinary programmes covering all the engineering disciplines, 5,000 students, 950 staff and £65M annual research-related income from government, industry and charity, it is one of the best institutions in the world to study or do research in engineering.

The Faculty has a long tradition of working with industry including Rolls-Royce, Network Rail and Siemens. Its industrial successes are exemplified by the award-winning Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing and the £25 million Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC).

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