UT Pan American partnership with Intel provides enhanced high tech education for students
By Janice Odom, Director of University Relations
Posted: 04/12/1999
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EDINBURG, TEXAS — The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Computer Science will receive the first gift of Pentium® III computers donated by Intel Corporation to an educational institution in Texas, corporation officials announced today (March 19).

“We feel very fortunate to have a corporate partner like Intel. The contributions of funding, equipment and intellectual capital help us provide students with the most advanced education in the high tech field,” said Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez, president of UT Pan American.

UTPA President Miguel A. Nevarez, left, Intel Texas Site Manager Bruce Sohn and Computer Science Department Chair Pearl Brazier “High tech is the fastest growing, highest paying sector of the Texas economy, and with the help of friends like Intel, UTPA is preparing students for future success in the various technology fields.”

The 30 Pentium® III computers, valued at $70,000, will be used by the UT Pan American Department of Computer Science to establish a new Systems Laboratory, which will primarily support the “systems” courses, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The corporation’s gift also will augment the department’s Intel-donated Advanced Studies Laboratory.

"Intel is committed to enhancing the computer science and engineering educational opportunities in the Valley," said Bruce Sohn, Intel Texas Site Manager. "Our cooperative effort with UT Pan American will have a positive impact on the economy of the region. The university will produce a skilled labor force to meet Texas' needs for the future."

This is not the first time Intel Corporation has contributed to UT Pan American. Over the years, the company has donated more than $1.4 million worth of equipment and scholarships to the only comprehensive university in the predominantly Hispanic Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

“Our students, faculty and the entire region benefit from our partnering with corporations like Intel,” said President Nevárez. “In fact, we consider Intel to be our ‘corporate partner’ model. For a number of years, this organization has helped us not only with extremely significant gifts of high tech equipment, but Intel personnel has also provided guidance as we’ve developed our academic programs in computer science and engineering. Intel also provides internships for our students and important career opportunities for our graduates.”

“Intel has certainly played an important role in the growth of the Department of Computer Science,” said department chair Pearl Brazier. “Intel’s contributions have given our students the chance to use state-of-the-art equipment, which in turn prepares them for success in today’s high tech job market.”

During today’s announcement, President Nevárez also mentioned that Margie Diaz Kintz, president of the Intel Foundation, has served on the UT Pan American Foundation Board of Trustees for a number of years and has been a strong proponent of corporate partnerships that benefit UT Pan American.