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Tektronix and Rapid Electronics equip university lab

30th October 2019
Mick Elliott

University of East Anglia (UEA) students are now enjoying a newly refurbished state-of the art Electrical and Electronic Engineering laboratory featuring 36 fully equipped workstations thanks to Tektronix and Rapid Electronics, one of the UK’s leading distributors of educational test equipment.

Located in 320 acres of parkland near Norwich, UEA is a leading member of Norwich Research Park, one of Europe's biggest concentrations of researchers, serving more than 15,000 students from over 100 countries.

The new lab is part of UEA’s recently opened cross-disciplinary learning space – the New Science Building – to deliver high-quality research-led teaching and learning for over 3,000 students annually.

It is central to the UEA’s engineering and computing sciences curriculum and is used by undergraduates in computer systems engineering, BEng/MEng students in electronic and mechanical engineering, and postgraduate students in both schools.

Under the partnership, Tektronix and Rapid Electronics have provided 36 seated workstations, across two laboratories, allowing first and second year students to perform an extensive range of practical electronics experiments.

Each workstation includes Tektronix TBS2014, 100MHz oscilloscopes, AFG1022, 25MHz arbitrary function generators, Keithley 2231A triple output power supplies and Keithley 2110 5.5 digit digital multimeters.

“We are very excited at the opportunity to equip the main teaching laboratories in one of the UK’s top electronic engineering universities with Tektronix and Keithley equipment”, said Maria Heriz, Vice President, EMEA Commercial Operations at Tektronix. “Hands-on experience is a vital component in engineering education and by working with the very same tools they will be using after they graduate and move into industry, future engineers can be immediately productive.”

“We want our students at UEA to be well-equipped for the world of work and we’re incredibly grateful to Tektronix and Rapid Electronics for helping to provide our students with the cutting-edge equipment they need to succeed. Tektronix’s investment will allow us to continue to produce leading scientists and help us achieve our vision of transforming science at UEA”, said Professor Mark Searcey, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science.

Viktoras Cesnulevicius, a BEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering student, commented: “It’s great to have this new learning space and being able to work with industry standard equipment that will help me develop the skills I need in my future career. This lab is a great addition to the ever-growing science school and engineering faculty here at UEA.”

Pictured with UEA students are Edward Keith (far left), Rapid Online and next to him, Dave Mehta, Reseller Account Manager from Tektronix.

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