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HP Provides $2.9 Million in Education Grants to Universities Nationwide
Itanium 2 Workstation and Server Grants Deliver Unprecedented Computing Power to Enhance Teaching and LearningPALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 4, 2003
HP (NYSE:HPQ) has awarded 19 universities across the United States $2.9 million in state-of-the-art Itanium® 2-based workstations and servers. The grants are a component of the company's Advanced Technology Platforms - Itanium 2 grant initiative, which is designed to bring the power of high-performance computing to the classroom.
Supported by HP's most advanced Itanium 2 platforms, university faculty will be able to tap into a wealth of computing power and open doors to new ways of teaching that can significantly enhance the learning experience for students.
Each university will apply the equipment for unique purposes, whether supporting advanced brain modeling, sharpening computational quantum chemistry or introducing "learn-by-doing" curriculum, among other projects in science, math, technology and engineering programs.
The universities have been asked by HP to record and measure the impact of their projects and share the results with other institutions. The schools will receive a mixture of equipment configurations, including: one-way HP Workstations zx2000, two-way HP Workstations zx6000, two-way HP Servers rx2600 and four-way HP Servers rx5670.
"Our bioengineering students appreciate the need for a theoretical foundation learned in a classroom, but they crave the opportunity to apply theory to realistic problems," said Professor Andrew McCulloch, vice chairman of Bioengineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego. "For many years, the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering has utilized HP technology to discover new ways to solve complex problems."
Bioengineering is a discipline that combines the descriptive, data-intensive characteristics of biology with theoretically driven, computationally intensive aspects of engineering. According to McCulloch, "The power of the HP Itanium workstations will be especially valuable to hundreds of bioengineering graduate and undergraduate students at UCSD by giving them the ability to perform engineering analyses of biological processes with much greater realism and relevance to real-world biomedical problems than was previously possible."
"The university community is in the midst of a teaching and learning revolution driven by technology, and HP is deeply committed to helping students leverage that power," said Bess Stephens, vice president, HP Philanthropy and Education. "The Itanium 2-based equipment provides these universities access to dynamic tools that are beyond the reach of many of today's classrooms, enabling faculty to enhance course content and labs, while significantly improving students' academic experience."
Of the 19 grants awarded this year in the United States, six were extension grants awarded to universities that previously received an Itanium grant from HP. This funding will allow universities to continue the work they began during the term of their first grant. After a comprehensive review process, HP selected the following universities to receive this year's technology grants:
Two examples of how the grant recipients are applying the new HP technology include initiatives at Purdue University and Rutgers University.
Purdue University will create a High Performance Classroom (HPC) to expose students to an integrated computational environment. HPCs provide faculty an environment that fosters integration of real-world problems into the curriculum and introduces new assignments that were previously impossible because of their high computational needs. As a result, HPC-enabled students will become the first wave of users who "grew up with the grid."
Rutgers University will develop a center of excellence for functional brain imaging that promotes new methods and concepts in modeling and interpretation of brain function in computational algorithmic terms as well as to provide diverse educational opportunities for students in areas of computational neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience. The center's mission is to apply learnings to language, categorization and reasoning knowledge.
More information about the HP grants program is available at http://www.hp.com/go/grants.
HP's Commitment to Education
Over the last 20 years, HP has contributed more than $1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organizations and other not-for-profit organizations around the world. In 2002, HP's giving worldwide amounted to more than $62 million in cash and equipment.
HP invests in education to make a positive impact on student achievement. HP's goal is to make contributions that lead to long-term improvements through systemic changes in schools. HP's education initiatives focus on transforming the teaching and learning experience for students through technology integration; increasing the number of students on a path toward high-tech careers, with an emphasis on groups that are underrepresented in the technology sector; and enhancing student success in math, science and engineering through nationwide and district-wide school reform and teacher professional development.
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(1) Denotes extension grant recipient.
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