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Engineering Students Head to China


Engineering Students Gain Global Perspective in Trip to China

Undergraduates will study semiconductor and integrated circuit design for six weeks in Beijing and Chengdu City.

(June 13, 2008)

Bourns College of Engineering students who are traveling to China are (from left to right) Robert Michael Ballou, Israel Ramirez, Robert J-T Lu, Margaret Ukwu, with Professor Albert Wang, and Dean Reza Abbaschian.<br />
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Bourns College of Engineering students who are traveling to China are (from left to right) Robert Michael Ballou, Israel Ramirez, Robert J-T Lu, Margaret Ukwu, with Professor Albert Wang, and Dean Reza Abbaschian.



RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Four undergraduate students from UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering will travel to China to study semiconductor and integrated circuit design.

They will be accompanied by Albert Wang, professor of Electrical Engineering, a native of Beijing, traveling to Tsinghua University and to the University Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu City as part of a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program. The students participating in the program are Robert Michael Ballou and Margaret Ukwu from the Department of Computer Engineering, Israel Ramirez from the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Robert J-T Lu from the Department of Bioengineering.

“Our collaboration with Tsinghua University and others is an example of how we prepare our students for an increasing competitive global marketplace,” said Dean Reza Abbaschian. “This experience will only strengthen and expand the knowledge provided through Bourns College of Engineering in preparing future engineers.”

The IRES program allows groups of U.S. students the chance to experience the laboratories and culture of China over the next three years. The UCR group will be overseas from June 28 through August 10.

“This offers a tremendous opportunity for students to learn from the Chinese who have taken a leadership role in semiconductor and integrated circuit design technology,” Wang said. “The purpose of the trip is to prepare the next generation of business and technology leaders to be effective in a global environment.”

All expenses are covered and each student receives $2,500 stipend.

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