NI donates $5 million to help 100 universities add graphical system design instruction

Austin, TX—National Instruments (NI) reports that it has donated $4 million worth of NI products and $1 million in cash to more than 100 universities in 25 countries for academic research and classroom projects that improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.


Austin, TX— National Instruments (NI) reports that it has donated $4 million worth of NI products and $1 million in cash to more than 100 universities in 25 countries for academic research and classroom projects that improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Funded with $2 million from a patent infringement settlement, NI’s contributions are being used for teaching and research applications in signal processing, control systems, and communications.

'The educational grant from National Instruments will provide critical hands-on experience with software and equipment in a series of courses in mechanical and electrical engineering,' says Dr. George Johnson, professor at University of California at Berkeley. 'It is particularly beneficial to have the same software for a sequence of upper division courses in circuits, controls, signal processing, instrumentation, design and system analysis. This grant will permit our students to explore the behavior of real systems in far greater depth than is possible now through the use of advanced analytical and data visualization capability of LabView.'

The firm’s donation gives users at engineering programs at educational institutions, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fudan University in China, and Indian Institute of Technology, access to NI products, including PXI-based RF modules and control hardware, NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suites (ELVIS), and NI’s new CompactRIO reconfigurable I/O embedded control systems. With the donated equipment and the NI’s LabView graphical development environment, students can quickly put engineering theories into practice with easy-to-use interfaces and connectivity to thousands of measurement devices.

'National Instruments is dedicated to advancing engineering education by equipping leading universities with resources that give students hands-on experience with engineering concepts,' says Ray Almgren, NI’s product marketing and academic relations VP. 'With these grants, we fulfilled 150 proposals from top institutions worldwide to add innovative graphical system design and development techniques into their research and teaching applications.'

NI adds that it’s committed to enhancing engineering and science education worldwide by providing educators and students with innovative software and hardware to connect the curriculum with the real world. Professors and students benefit from professional tools, such as NI’s LabView graphical development software, which helps students visualize and implement engineering concepts. The company reports that integrating LabView in the classroom creates an effective and dynamic learning environment, whether it’s part of RoboLab in primary schools or used in university research laboratories. NI also offers resources to universities for hands-on laboratories, cutting-edge research. and student programs and competitions. To learn about educational discounts for qualifying academic institutions, visit .

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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