Contact: Levente Smith
SMU News & Communications
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March 23, 2006

SMU AND UTD CREATE JOINT LABORATORY

In an historic public-private collaboration, Southern Methodist University and The University of Texas at Dallas have joined to create a gold-standard laboratory for North Texas. The “UTD-SMU Antenna Characterization Lab,” set to launch in May, will provide what administrators believe will be the finest such lab in the southwest.  In this collaborative effort, UTD and SMU bring both equipment and expertise to the facility.  The lab, an innovative joint effort allowing both institutions to share resources, will be co-directed by engineering faculty at the two schools. The UTD-SMU antenna chamber will be used for research and development, education and commercial services. 

“We’re delighted with the opportunity to combine resources with UTD to provide our region with a much-needed research facility of such high quality,” said Dean Geoffrey Orsak, SMU’s School of Engineering. “This new RF measurement chamber will prove to be a valuable facility for the telecommunications industry as well as university researchers.”

“This is an outstanding example of a public and a private university working together to enhance the research capability of the region, to contribute to knowledge in the telecom industry and communications in general and to enhance our nation’s abilities in homeland security,” said Dr. Robert Helms, Lars Magnus Ericsson Professor and dean of Engineering and Computer Science at UTD. The chamber is expected to be completed and ready for testing in July.

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