Analog Devices Inc. named four strategic advocates to the Analog Devices University Program. Strategic Advocates serve as distinguished advisors who provide insight and guidance to the company’s ongoing mission to promote and support hands-on, active learning at engineering universities throughout the world.

Launched in March 2012, the Analog Devices University Program was created with Digilent Inc. and leading educational institutions to enhance engineering students’ educational experience with portable analog design kits, course materials and online support to allow students to experiment quickly and easily with advanced technologies. Students can also use these kits to design, build and test real-world, functional analog circuits anytime and anywhere.

As strategic advocates, the following four educators will provide the Analog Devices University Program advice and support to develop online and downloadable software and teaching materials, online support, textbooks, reference designs and lab projects to enrich students’ education about analog circuits and their application to core engineering and physical science curricula.

  • Robert Bowman, professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering at the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Kenneth Connor, professor, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, education director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center and director of the Mobile Studio Project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Kathleen Meehan, associate professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • John Robertson, professor, Department of Engineering, College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University

“Professors Connor, Meehan, Robertson and Bowman are outstanding educators teaching at some of the best engineering schools in the country. They are passionate about preparing the next generation of engineers to succeed in the workforce and possess a keen, first-hand understanding of the needs of today’s engineering students,” said Samuel Fuller, chief technology officer, Analog Devices. “Through these strategic advocate appointments, Analog Devices is further developing its longstanding partnership with the academic community to help build a real-world, hands-on learning approach that will prepare future engineers for the types of design challenges they will face in their professional careers.”

For More Information and Samples:

  • Learn about Analog Devices’ University Program
  • Get online support and educational material
  • Order samples

For the price of a textbook, ADI and Digilent provide low-cost analog circuit design kits including hardware and software as well as online course materials. The Digilent Analog Discovery and Explorer analog circuit design kits permit essentially all core circuits and electronics courses in electrical and computing engineering programs and electronics intensive courses to be taught without the need for any lab facilities as long as students have computers. This empowers students to apply serious electronics, controls and communications to any project anywhere and anytime, by equipping them with a portable lab no bigger than a smart phone. Recent studies show that students with unlimited access to design tools and hardware -- like the Digilent Analog Discovery and Explorer design kits -- consistently achieve higher academic performance than their peers.