Tech Innovator Qualcomm Supports Digital Design Lab at UL

The world’s leading wireless tech company, Qualcomm, has made a generous donation of $25,000 in support of a Digital Design education at the University of Limerick (UL).  The donation, which was made through the UL Foundation will be used to secure cutting-edge equipment that will enable an enhanced learning experience for students at UL’s Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering.

Pictured (l-r): Sarah Hartnett, Director of Development, UL Foundation; David Guthrie, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Dr Patrick Denny, Lecturer; Dr Karl Rinne, Senior Lecturer; and Prof Colin Fitzpatrick, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, UL.

With approximately 45,000 employees worldwide, Qualcomm is a global leader in the development and commercialization of foundational technologies and products used in mobile devices and other wireless products.

Speaking about the contribution, Professor Colin Fitzpatrick, Head of the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering said: “The ECE department is delighted to receive this gift from Qualcomm and are proud of our association with them. Digital design skills are in huge demand, and this will further enhance the employability of our graduates. We hope that this will be the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship.”

David Guthrie, Director of Engineering at Qualcomm, and a graduate from the ECE Department at UL responded by saying: “Qualcomm is delighted to make a charitable donation to the University of Limerick Foundation through our University Relations Program. UL’s Department of Electronic and Computing Engineering has a long history of producing excellent graduates to the High Tech Industry in Ireland and abroad. The Digital Design Lab will be key to building the technical knowledge and capabilities in future graduates who will work in the Semiconductor Industry.”

Sarah Hartnett, Director of Development at the UL Foundation added: “This gift is such an impactful way to support UL students, as it allows them access to state-of-the-art equipment which in turn results in graduates with modern, world-class skills.  We are very grateful to Qualcomm for their leadership and support in facilitating this.”

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