U.Va. Engineering School Wins Hewlett-Packard Co. Grant; Innovative ‘Technology for Teaching’ Grant Targets Student Achievement

May 25, 2006 — The University of Virginia has been selected as one of 40 two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide to receive a 2006 HP Technology for Teaching Grant, which is designed to transform and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology.

U.Va.'s. School of Engineering and Applied Science will receive an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $69,000 (approximately $53,000 in technology and a $15,500 teaching stipend).

Each of the grant recipients will receive HP wireless Tablet PC technology to enhance learning in engineering, math, science, computer science or business courses.

Mircea Stan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at U.Va., plans to use the Tablet PCs to engage students in Advanced Digital Design, a required capstone course for fourth-year students in the computer engineering program. In this course, students work in groups to design a microprocessor system. The grant will enable the student design teams to document their design process and progress by using the Tablet PCs as virtual lab notebooks, Stan said.

The technology also will enable professors and students to access and annotate presentation slides and other software tools. “In engineering, you cannot use the blackboard exclusively, and you cannot always use computer presentations,” Stan said. “Tablet PCs allow the class to be more participatory, so that it’s no longer just a one-way conversation.”

Computer Engineering, a joint degree program of the engineering school’s Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science, graduates approximately 40 students each year. Stan expects the award to attract more students to computer engineering by enhancing the educational and design experience.

The 2006 HP Technology for Teaching grant program is awarding grants totaling more than $7 million to 130 K-12 public schools and 40 two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico, affecting more than 4,000 students nationwide. From 2004 to 2006, HP has committed $36 million in Technology for Teaching grants to more than 650 schools worldwide to support HP’s broader education goal of transforming teaching and learning through the integration of technology.

“The HP Technology for Teaching initiative focuses on transforming teaching and learning through technology,” said Bess Stephens, vice president, philanthropy and education, HP. “By integrating mobile technology in meaningful ways into their classrooms, instructors can increase student achievement and interest and prepare them for greater success in the competitive global workforce.”

More information about the 2006 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach.

U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science

Founded in 1836, the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science combines research and educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Within the undergraduate programs, courses in engineering, ethics, mathematics, the sciences and the humanities are available to build a strong foundation for careers in engineering and other professions. Its abundant research opportunities complement the curriculum and educate young men and women to become thoughtful leaders in technology and society. At the graduate level, the Engineering School collaborates with the University’s highly ranked medical and business schools on interdisciplinary research projects and entrepreneurial initiatives. With a distinguished faculty and a student body of 2,000 undergraduates and 650 graduate students, the Engineering School offers an array of engineering disciplines, including cutting-edge research programs in computer and information science and engineering, bioengineering and nanotechnology. For more information, visit www.seas.virginia.edu.

For more information, contact Mircea Stan by phone at (434) 924-3503 or by email at mircea@virginia.edu.