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BSC Hosts VLSI System Technology Workshop

Bluefield State College recently hosted a two-day workshop--Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) technology--for professional development of faculty and staff from West Virginia and Virginia. Faculty from eight community and technical colleges attended the event. Frank Hart, chairman of BSC's Division of Engineering Technology and Computer Science, welcomed faculty visiting from other institutions. The workshop was directed by Dr. Shekhar Pradhan, department head of electrical engineering technology at Bluefield State. "VLSI is the emerging technology of this information age," Pradhan noted. "Bluefield State College, being a leader in this technology, is helping other colleges and universities by providing this training." Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Bluefield State has also established a working arrangement with the University of Southern California/Marine Delray for fabricating VLSI chips designed by BSC students. Through another grant from the National Science Foundation, Bluefield State College has acquired six state-of-the-art SUN workstations to implement VLSI design. The VLSI workshop was funded by the community and technical college component of the State College System of West Virginia. Dr. Pradhan is the project director/principal investigator for all of these grants.