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Agilent Technologies Announces VEE Challenge Winners


VEE Challenge Is Software Programming Competition for Engineering Students

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the winners of the Agilent VEE Challenge 2008, a software-programming competition in Asia where contestants create functioning programs with real-life applications using Agilent VEE. Agilent’s Basic Instruments Division collaborated with leading universities in India, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan to promote the program. The finalists were chosen for their creativity and innovation.

Agilent’s VEE software enables hardware and software from Agilent and other manufacturers to work together seamlessly, and is used in industrial applications such as automation, communications, electronics, and aerospace and defense. It is easy-to-use and can be integrated into a university curriculum. Agilent VEE is an increasingly popular teaching tool, more widely seen in engineering syllabuses and used in lab teaching, post-graduate research work and final year projects.

“We were very impressed by the quality of the programming submissions,” said Ee Huei-Sin, vice president of Agilent’s Basic Instruments Division. “The winning entries displayed innovation, creativity and industry value, optimizing the application’s capabilities. Sponsoring this competition is an excellent way for Agilent to reinforce its commitment to education, as well as developing the next generation of engineers.”

The three winning university teams and their entries are:

* Lin Jing-Min and Professor Chen Yeong Chin of Diwan University, Taiwan: PC-Based Impedance Measurement System
* Liao Yen-Hsun and Professor Lo Yu Ren of I-Shou University, Taiwan: Automated Measurement System for Material Characterization
* Yang Rui and Professor Tan Kok Kiong of National University of Singapore: Motor Dynamics Simulation System

Professor Horizon Gitano from the School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) joined the winners at the award presentation. He was instrumental in setting up the Agilent-USM instrumentation lab at the university in 2007. The lab was designed to expose engineering undergraduates to the Agilent VEE Pro 8.0 Education software and U2300A Series USB modular multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) devices. Through this collaborative effort, USM also incorporated Agilent’s VEE and DAQ into its Second Year Mechanical and Manufacturing curriculum.

The director of Myreka Technologies Sdn Bhd, Mr. Lee Eu Beng discussed the benefits of VEE at the event. Myreka is an authorized Agilent system integrator that develops programs using VEE for BID and provides Agilent VEE training services.


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