Wireless engineering students awarded $10,000 in design challenge

Published: Sep 11, 2007 4:26:39 PM
Media Contact: Cheryl Cobb, cobbche@auburn.edu, 334.844.2220

The Cypress University Alliance announced a team of students from Auburn University's wireless engineering program placed first for the North American region in the Cypress Innovator Design Challenge. Representing both the hardware and software options of the wireless program, the students will receive $10,000 collectively for their innovative scoring systems for fencing matches, utilizing Cypress semiconductor programmable radio on chip (PRoC) devices.

"This is quite an honor, and I believe it reflects the outstanding quality of our students in the wireless engineering program," stated Vic Nelson, professor and assistant head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Nelson, along with Richard Chapman, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, taught the joint senior design class in which the winning students created their design. The professors will receive another $10,000 donation for the department and have expressed their interest in seeing this portion used to fund future student projects.

The eight-month Cypress challenge tested the team's abilities to develop new ways to use Cypress technology, such as Cypress semiconductor PRoC devices. The other regions in the competition included teams representing Europe and the Middle East, China, Japan and Korea, India and Southeast Asia and the remaining parts of the world. All regional first place winners have been guaranteed an interview with Cypress concerning potential internships, co-ops or full-time employment positions.

To learn more about Cypress or the Innovation Design Challenge, visit www.cypress.com/cua.