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PSU's Maseeh College Dedicates New Tektronix Video Image Processing Lab
Author: David Santen, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-8789)
Posted: February 6, 2006

A state-of-the-art facility for video and image processing in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University has been equipped and constructed through donations from Tektronix, Inc.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) dedicated its new Tektronix Video Image Processing Laboratory (VIP Lab) on Friday, January 27, 2006. The lab, located in the Fourth Avenue Building (Lower Level, 1900 SW Fourth Ave.), is unique in the Portland metropolitan area. Distinguished guests at the dedication ceremony included Tektronix Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Richard H. (Rick) Wills, Portland State President Daniel O. Bernstine and Robert D. Dryden, dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

With over $400,000 in equipment and cash donations from Tektronix, the VIP Lab provides invaluable research opportunities to students and faculty. The equipment includes a Motion Picture Expert Group (MPEG) portable analyzer, MPEG transport stream monitors, MPEG test systems, picture quality analysis systems, and a real-time spectrum analyzer.

“Thanks to the support of Tektronix, Portland State has a unique, state-of-the-art university research facility in the area of video and image processing—another example of the considerable educational benefits industry partnerships can offer our community,” said Robert Dryden.

“There are quite a number of regional companies active in video processing, resulting in the need for video and image processing and testing facilities. To meet this need from local industry over the last ten years, Portland State has offered an annual short course in video compression and a graduate sequence, along with undergraduate senior design projects, in image processing,” said Fu Li, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the VIP Lab. “The support of Tektronix to equip and build this lab has made our curriculum more complete and improves our ability to serve the community.”

“Providing students with real world experience prior to graduation is very important to their success,” said Rick Wills, Tektronix chairman, president and CEO. “The rapid pace of technology advancements in the video marketplace makes it increasingly important for students to learn using the latest technology. As the industry leader in video test, measurement and monitoring, we equip broadcast centers the world over with our equipment, and we are very pleased to be able to give these students a head start as they enter the workforce and to further enrich PSU’s engineering program.”

Other regional display cluster companies include Clarity Visual Systems, Digimarc Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, InFocus Corporation, Intel Corporation, Pixelworks, Planar Systems, Sharp Laboratories of America, Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions, and Xerox Corporation.

Located in the heart of Oregon’s Silicon Forest, Portland State University’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science is uniquely positioned to deliver progressive engineering and computer science education. By teaming with regional industry and government, faculty members keep the curriculum current and prepare Portland State students to make an immediate contribution to the workforce through participation in Senior Capstone design projects, internships and research opportunities. During the 2005–2006 academic year, the Maseeh College has a total enrollment of over 1,800 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Maseeh College consists of five departments: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Technology Management and Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

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Sources:
Pamela Gesme Miller (503-725-8135)
PSU Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
Alisha Goff (503-627-7075)
Tektronix, Inc.

For Immediate Release (#06-020)