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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: April 14, 2000


McClellan Lab to Loan CSUS
$1 million in High-tech Equipment

Students at California State University, Sacramento will soon benefit from the ongoing conversion of McClellan Air Force Base, gaining access to some of the most advanced optical and integrated circuit technology available through a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA).

To kick off the new partnership, DMEA officials will present CSUS with a long-term loan of $1 million worth of equipment at a ceremony 3 p.m., Thursday, April 20 at McClellan Air Force Base, Building 620.

Among those planning to attend are U.S. Congressman Doug Ose, State Assemblyman Dave Cox and Sacramento County Supervisor Roger Dickinson, whose districts include DMEA. Also in attendance will be CSUS President Donald R. Gerth and DMEA Director Ted Glum.

DMEA is a federal engineering laboratory that will remain at McClellan after the base closes in July 2001. It was established to help the Department of Defense stay current in microelectronics technology.

"We're pleased that this equipment can benefit technology education in the region while being accessible to us if needed," said DMEA Director Ted Glum. "CSUS has been and will continue to be a source of high quality electronic engineering graduates for DMEA and other technology firms in the area."

The equipment being loaned to CSUS includes an ALPS-3000 laser unit, designed to carry out microscopic work on optical fibers. There is also fiber optic systems and clean room equipment that students will be able to use to make and test integrated circuits.

The partnership agreement can also allow CSUS students and faculty to carry out research and use other equipment at the DMEA facilities.

The Federal Technology Center, working as DMEA's partnership intermediary, helped establish the agreement.

"Thanks to this equipment our students will be able to blend their knowledge of theory with 'hands-on' experience in the emerging areas of optical engineering and integrated circuit design," said S.K. Ramesh, chair of the CSUS electrical and electronic engineering department, who worked to establish the new partnership.

Media and others planning to attend the April 20 ceremony should make arrangements in advance by contacting Alice Astafan at the Federal Technology Center at (916) 334-9388.

More information is also available from the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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