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Microprocessor Lab Opens Under Name of Alumnus

Major Donation
Dean of Engineering Dr. David Lynch, P.Eng., left, poses with donor Len Grenier, P.Eng., at the new microprocessor lab.
Photo by Richard Siemens

Len Grenier, P.Eng., a 1980 University of Alberta electrical engineering graduate, wanted to leave a tangible testimony to his success as an engineer. He also wanted to share his good fortune with current U of A faculty and students. The opportunity recently arose with the sale of his company.

Mr. Grenier established Advanced Light Imaging in 1986 and recently the company was acquired by McKesson Corporation, a major health care information technology company. To celebrate this milestone, Mr. Grenier donated $250,000 to the Faculty of Engineering at the U of A. Last month, an official opening and naming introduced the Grenier Engineering Microprocessor Laboratory, part of the Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex.

Nanotechnology Grows Again
In other U of A news, the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering will make another significant move into that huge field of tiny things, nanotechnology. A memorandum of understanding solidifies a deal to create the Centre of Excellence in Integrated NanoTools, the centre's partners have announced.

The deal will bring in $500,000 from Alberta Innovation and Science, in-kind contributions of more than $2 million worth of trademarked hardware, software, storage systems and services from Sun Microsystems, and $700,000 worth of in-kind contributions from the university.

In 2001 the university was named home to the National Institute for Nanotechnology, a collaboration of the U of A and the National Research Council. The newest deal positions Alberta as a world leader in nanotechnology development, providing researchers with a nanotechnology design infrastructure to develop microchips, microsystems and nanodevices.

"Nanotechnology is a strategic field of research with tremendous interdisciplinary benefits," says Dean of Engineering Dr. David Lynch, P.Eng. The centre, he says, will integrate nanoresearchers in a variety of areas, including information and communication technology, energy and manufacturing.



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