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SMU News & Media Relations
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October 25, 2001


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From left: Torrence Robinson from TI, Felicia Hopson from SMU and Geoffrey Orsak from SMU

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Infinity Project, an engineering education program sponsored by the SMU School of Engineering, Texas Instruments and local school districts across the country, received the Community Involvement Award in the 2001 North Texas High Technology Awards competition sponsored by KPMG.

The award was presented Oct. 24 at a banquet at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. The Infinity Project was selected to receive the Community Involvement Award from more than 20 nominees. The award recognizes impact to the community through a one-time project or effort focused on assisting non-profit organizations, education, economic development, diversity or other endeavor to enrich the community.

The Infinity Project was recognized for its “Visioneering 2001” event held in February 2000. The event drew more than 300 Dallas middle school students to the SMU campus.

The Infinity Project is the first in the country to help school districts incorporate state-of-the-art engineering and advanced technology into the high school curriculum. The program is designed to help students understand the real-world relevance of science and math and attract them to high-tech careers.

Forty high school in 10 states are currently participating in the Infinity Project. Next year, the program plans to expand to 140 schools in 20 states. For more information on the Infinity Project, visit its Web site at