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4 January 2007 PR 07/01

Motorola donates equipment to Loughborough University

Motorola has donated a collection of equipment to Loughborough University’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, to assist in its research, development and teaching programmes.

The equipment includes a large anechoic chamber - which is the size of a small room! The chamber will be used by the Department’s wireless and mobile communications research group to study mobile phone antenna performance and wireless networks. The team at Loughborough already works with Motorola researchers in Birmingham on this area.

In addition, two large environmental chambers have also been donated to the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), which is based within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. These chambers will be used by a team of researchers working on testing solar modules for their energy generation and durability, and also on the next generation of solar panel technologies.

Professor Yiannis Vardaxoglou, Head of the Department, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to enable our research to go from strength to strength and we are extremely grateful to Motorola for this donation. It is a good example of industry and academia working together to develop new research avenues.”

Mark Dunton, Motorola’s Loughborough Site Manager commented: “It is great to be able to assist the University with the donation of this equipment. Once we realised that it was no longer suitable for our purposes we were delighted that Loughborough was able to use this equipment, especially since a close relationship exists already between the University and Motorola.”


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  1. About Motorola
    Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications.  Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need.  We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks — along with a full complement of support services.  A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $35.3 billion in 2005.  For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com

  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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