Agilent gift will expand Kettering's capabilities

May 3, 2002

Kettering University's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department will benefit from a $182,000 donation of equipment from Agilent Technologies (formerly a part of Hewlett-Packard).

Kettering University's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department will benefit from a $182,000 donation of equipment from Agilent Technologies (formerly a part of Hewlett-Packard).

The donated equipment includes six network and spectrum analyzers, one of which is fitted to measure complex impedance (how current and voltage interact). "These instruments greatly expand what we can do," said James McLaughlin, P.E., J.D., associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Kettering. "Faculty are interested in investigating the properties of some magnetic materials using these new instruments," he added.

The analyzers display amplitude and phase information from audio to ultra-high frequencies, and are expected to be used in the laboratory portions of several courses taught in the ECE Department. Those courses may include core courses in circuits, electronics, and feedback control, as well as advanced electronics. The analyzers will also be used in the ABET required Senior Design Project course where students must design electrical systems.

Mike Howell '69, P.E., field engineer for Agilent, worked with McLaughlin to coordinate the donation.