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Oct. 26, 2004

SMU'S INFINITY PROJECT RECEIVES $200,000 GIFT FROM THE NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION

DALLAS (SMU) -- The National Instruments Foundation has awarded The Infinity Project, the nation's leading secondary engineering education program, $200,000 to develop new innovative curricula for colleges and universities.

Today The Infinity Project's engineering curricula is taught in high schools in 22 states. Leading universities such as Case Western Reserve, Virginia Tech, West Point and SMU have also introduced the curriculum to first-year college students. The NI Foundation's gift will support the development of additional materials designed specifically for college -level students with the ultimate aim of improving the way engineers are taught.

"The NI Foundation is excited to support The Infinity Project, which takes engineering and science curriculum beyond teaching mathematics," said Dr. James Truchard, NI Cofounder, President and CEO. "The graphical, hands-on technology teaches the core engineering and science fundamentals while engaging and inspiring children to become future engineers and scientists."

More than 120 schools across the nation have adopted The Infinity Project. Created to increase student interest and preparedness in engineering, math and science, The Infinity Project introduces young students to hands-on, cutting edge engineering design. Infinity schools are provided with a curricular materials, modern classroom technology, teacher training and extensive on-line support. The award-winning program is headquartered in the Institute for Engineering Education at SMU’s School of Engineering.

"The success of this program has exceeded our expectations," said Geoffrey Orsak, Dean of SMU's School of Engineering and the original developer of The Infinity Project. "With NI's generous support, we look forward to broadening the impact to even more students."

The NI Foundation is a private, charitable foundation established for the purpose of continued promotion of science and engineering education and research. National Instruments is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation, a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. NI is 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. The company also offers resources to universities to support hands-on laboratories, cutting-edge research, student programs and competitions Headquartered in Austin, NI has more that 3,100 employees and direct operations in 41 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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