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PENNSYLVANIA ANNOUNCES ENGINEERING SCHOOL EQUIPMENT GRANTS

 PENNSYLVANIA ANNOUNCES ENGINEERING SCHOOL EQUIPMENT GRANTS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ben Franklin Partnership Board today approved grants totaling $115,262 to help six Pennsylvania engineering schools purchase classroom and laboratory equipment.
 The Ben Franklin Partnership is a program within the state Commerce Department that promotes, stimulates and encourages applied research and development in Pennsylvania.
 The partnership board approved funds for Drexel University, Gannon University, Lehigh University, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Villanova University, and Widener University.
 Each Ben Franklin grant is matched by private funding. Today's grants will be matched by $211,452 in corporate donations and $223,834 in alumni and other university funds.
 "These grants reinforce our commitment to ensure that Pennsylvania's students are properly trained for the employment challenges of the 1990s and beyond," said Commerce Secretary Andrew T. Greenberg. "The matching funds from corporations and foundations demonstrate that the private sector also views a well-trained work force as a high priority."
 Greenberg chairs the partnership board.
 Today's grants were awarded as follows:
 -- Lehigh University -- $26,245 distributed among four separate allocations that will be matched by a combined $47,309 in private funding and $5,271 in alumni funds. Two $5,000 grants -- each matched by $10,000 from the AT&T Foundation -- will purchase equipment for a computer-based visualization/animation system and for components of a machine used to test material fatigue and fractures.
 Two other grants -- a $9,945 allocation matched by $19,978 from Alcoa and a $6,300 grant matched by $7,331 in corporate funds and $5,271 in alumni contributions -- will be used to purchase computers and related equipment for electrical engineering students. The corporate donors for the second grant are Procter & Gamble ($5,040), Exxon Corp. ($604), and Bell Communications Research Corp. ($1,627).
 -- Drexel University -- $5,019 in separate allocations of $2,500 and $2,519 for equipment in the materials engineering and mechanical engineering laboratories. Matching funds of $10,036 will be provided by Hoechst-Celanese Corp. ($5,000) and Du Pont ($5,036).
 -- Gannon University -- $15,158 -- matched by $30,316 from GTE Electrical Products Group -- will purchase 12 personal computers for the mechanical engineering graphics laboratory and other equipment for electrical engineering students.
 -- University of Pittsburgh/Bradford Campus -- $740 -- matched by $1,644 in alumni funds -- for computer equipment.
 -- Villanova University -- $44,300 -- matched by 14 corporate donations totaling $55,145 and by $90,525 in alumni and other university funds -- for new and upgraded equipment for general use and for students studying chemical, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering. The largest corporate donations are from Ford Motor Co. ($25,000), Bell of PA ($10,000), and Betz Laboratories ($5,000).
 -- Widener University -- $23,800 -- matched by $68,646 in corporate funds and by $126,394 in alumni and other university funds -- for equipment for general and mechanical engineering classes. The corporate donors are Boeing Co. ($60,000) and DuPont ($8,646).
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 /CONTACT: Jon Harwood of the Department of Commerce, 717-783-1132/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Commerce ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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