Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650
Sept. 4, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- A donation from TriQuint Semiconductor is enabling the SMU School of Engineering to secure a permanent clean room facility for teaching and research.

TriQuint, which recently relocated to a new facility in Richardson, has donated a clean room that it installed in its previous headquarters on the Texas Instruments campus. The donation is valued at between $1 million and $2 million.

"There is no way we could find that kind of money at this time," said Gary Evans, a professor of electrical engineering at SMU who has several grants to do research that requires use of a clean room.

Clean rooms are used by engineers to fabricate devices such as lasers and transistors from semiconductor materials such as gallium arsenide, indium phosphide and silicon. The clean room donated by TriQuint will be moved to 3,000 square feet of shell space in the basement of SMU's new Jerry Junkins Engineering facility. Equipment from SMU's existing clean room -- which currently is located in a temporary building -- will be moved to the new facility. TriQuint donated much of the equipment in SMU's current clean room, along with Raytheon and Texas Instruments. The completed clean room will have a replacement value in excess of $5 million.

"We are very happy to be in a position to donate this equipment to SMU," said Dave McQuiddy, corporate vice president of TriQuint. "SMU is a nationally recognized producer of engineering talent and we want to have a strong relationship with them."

Additional funding from Photodigm and SMU is covering the costs of the moving and installing the new clean room, which is being done by L&L Maintenance of Royse City, Texas. The facility, which will be available for use by local industries, is expected to be completed in early 2003. Anyone interested in using the facility may call Evans at 214-768-3032 or Jay Kirk at 214-768-3256.

SMU's current clean room is being used to conduct research on photodynamic therapy for the National Institutes of Health as well as for the development of numerous photonic devices for the State of Texas, the Department of Defense and local industry.