Reporter 442, 8 November 1999

Filtronic funds for fifteen

One of the University’s most successful electronic engineering graduates is to help students follow in his footsteps by sponsoring their studies. Fifteen budding communications engineers each year are to have their tuition fees paid by Filtronic, the company founded by Professor David Rhodes.

Filtronic will also provide the undergraduates with £1,000 bursaries and guaranteed vacation work, bringing the potential value of the sponsorships to over £10,000. Professor Rhodes graduated from the school of electronic and electrical engineering in 1964 and is still a part-time member of its staff.

"The new Analysis and Business in Communications IT degrees will give students the skills and knowledge they need to secure jobs in the fast-expanding communications industry," said Professor Chris Snowden, former head of the school and Filtronic technical director.

The four year MEng and three year BEng programmes - developed jointly by the school and Filtronic - include modules on finance and business as well as core technology subjects such as software engineering and high-frequency communications.

1999 marks one hundred years of Leeds electronic engineering and the centenary is being celebrated by an exhibition. The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has its roots in the physics department, but was granted full departmental status in 1899. The exhibition in the school’s foyer has been mounted by the University Archive. More

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