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UCR’s College of Engineering gifted new lab equipment

Last fall, B&K Precision Corporation donated 48 instruments valued at nearly $30,000 to the departments of electrical and computer engineering and bioengineering to upgrade their instructional labs. With this new contribution, B&K Precision Corporation has given more than $150,000 to support BCOE in the past five years.

Victor Tolan, president of B&K Precision Corporation, serves on the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering’s (BCOE) Dean Council of Advisors.

“The value we can add to BCOE’s student’s education with the use of these instruments is what’s truly impactful,” said Tolan. “With the help of these tools, students are able to apply concepts learned in the classroom through projects and hands-on learning experiences.”

The equipment donation supports several classes including the Department of Electrical and Computer  Engineering’s EE 100 Electronic Circuits I ⅈ EE 128 Data Acquisition, Instrumentation, and Process Control; and EE 175 Senior Design Projects. The new instruments will also be used by the Department of Bioengineering including BIEN 10 an overview of Bioengineering for second-year students; BIEN 130L Bioinstrumentation Laboratory; and BIEN 175 Senior Design Projects. Members of the college’s student professional organizations are also making use of the new equipment for their projects and competitions.

Bioengineering students using the donated equipment for thier senior project

“Advanced technologies in the classroom leads to more practical, high-impact senior design projects – and that means more employment opportunities for our graduates,” said William Grover, associate professor of bioengineering. “We’re grateful to B&K Precision Instruments for their generosity and for helping enhance our student’s educational experience.”

B&K Precision Corporation’s partnership with BCOE extends beyond the lab. This past summer the company hired three UC Riverside students as interns to work in close proximity with professionals in their desired field, giving them experience working with industry.

For more than 60 years, B&K Precision Corporation has built a reputation for excellence in the design and manufacture of reliable and cost-effective test and measurement instruments. The company’s products are used in a wide range of applications including design, research and development, production line testing, industrial maintenance, and electrical field service. The company is known for its quality, consistency, and value.