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March 2, 2001

MARCH 16 EVENT TO PROMOTE COLLABORATION BETWEEN METROPLEX ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS

DALLAS (SMU) -- Engineers and scientists from across the Metroplex will display their research at Southern Methodist University on March 16 when the Metroplex Research Consortium for Electronic Devices and Materials (MRCEDM) holds its second annual Spring Poster Festival.

The event will be held from 2-6 p.m. in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom on the second floor of the Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St. Research projects from more than 40 electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, materials scientists and chemists are expected to be on display.

MRCEDM is a two-year-old consortium between Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station in College Station. One purpose of the consortium is to provide basic and applied research to enhance innovation in technical areas such as electronics, telecommunications, and information industries.

In addition to member universities, representatives from more than 60 Metroplex companies have been invited to attend this year's event.

"This will give us additional opportunities for interaction and collaboration," said Zeynep Celik-Butler, professor of electrical engineering at SMU and organizer of the event.

The keynote speech for the event will be given by Stephen Szygenda, dean of the SMU School of Engineering.

For more information on MRCEDM or the March 16 event, visit the organization's Web site at http://www.mrcedm.org.


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