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BSC Receives EPSCoR Grant (w/photo)

Bluefield State College has just received a grant from the "West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research" (WVEPSCoR) to purchase a modern printed circuit board and prototyping engraving equipment. "The equipment will be used to train engineering technology students in every aspect of electrical circuit design, from conception through prototype stage," noted Dr. Shekhar Pradhan, BSC Department Head of Electrical Engineering Technology. Recent advances in numerically-controlled machinery make it possible to produce a production-quality printed circuit board prototype a few hours after the design has been modeled using CAD software. With increased competition from the global market, the students must be trained to produce quality printed circuit board prototypes in an efficient way, Pradhan said. The project will also provide reliable equipment that will be used to reinforce electronic design and manufacturing theory that will help students acquire the skills needed by the local industries. The Electrical Engineering Technology Industrial Board at Bluefield State College has recommended this curriculum change in a recent meeting at BSC. WVEPSCoR has awarded $9800 for the project. The grant proposal, which was one of six selected for funding from 18 proposals received by WVEPSCoR, was written by Dr. Pradhan.