New Advanced Computing Laboratory opens with donation from Intel

Posted on: 13 February 1998

A new advanced computing laboratory in Trinity College’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering was opened today,Friday 13th February. The Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Thomas Mitchell and the General Manager of Intel Ireland, Mr Frank McCabe, unveiled a plaque to mark the opening. The laboratory will be used in teaching fourth year undergraduates, primarily in Computer Aided Design. It will also be used for research.

The equipment includes 29 high-performance PCs with 200 MHz Pentium processors with MMX technology and a server with a 200 MHz Pentium Pro processor. Together it is worth more than £40,000 and has been donated to the College by Intel Ireland as part of the company’s continuing support for third-level education. Intel has made previous PC laboratory donations to the University of Limerick, UCD and DCU and maintains scholarship programmes for undergraduate and masters students.

Speaking at the opening the Provost underlined the College’s appreciation of Intel’s support. “Collaboration with leading-edge companies such as Intel can only be of mutual benefit in an era when the marketplace is in urgent need of highly-skilled graduates and where researchers need access to the most modern computer equipment such as Intel has made available to Trinity”.

Mr McCabe said “Intel’s commitment to education is based on two complementary approaches: the need to continually upgrade Ireland’s capability to produce the numbers and quality of technical people needed to support high-tech industry and the recognition that a good corporate citizen should return something to the community in which it is located”.

There are currently ten Trinity undergraduates, mostly engineering students, on Intel scholarships – five are on four-year scholarships and five on two-year scholarships. Intel awards a further two scholarships every year to students entering their third year in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The company is also supporting a masters student in the Department who is working on a project of specific interest to the company in its manufacturing processes.