June 1, 2011

Tektronix, Fluke and Keithley Help Advance Engineering Education in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City – Danaher, a Washington, D.C. based science and technology company, today announced that its test and measurement subsidiaries, Tektronix, Fluke and Keithley, have joined the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) with a $300,000 donation of laboratory test equipment and cash scholarships for faculty training. The goal is to help provide increased opportunities for engineering students to obtain practical, hands-on experience using electrical and electronic testing and measurement in manufacturing and research and development applications.  Tektronix, Fluke and Keithley are global leaders in the test and measurement industry and have a long history of working with universities and vocational schools to help develop the next generation of highly skilled engineers.

Through HEEAP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (ASU), Portland State University’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (PSU), Intel Corp., Siemens and other industry partners are collaborating with top technical universities in Vietnam to advance electrical and mechanical engineering curricula and support the country’s growing high-tech industry. 

HEEAP works closely with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and leadership at partner universities and technical colleges to implement programs and broad infrastructure that supports faculty training, curricula development and hands-on student learning experiences. Students gain the technical expertise, language proficiency, and the soft skills and competencies needed to succeed.

Tektronix, Fluke and Keithley donations to the program will include a range of industry leading oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, power supplies, arbitrary waveform generators and other instrumentation to be used by students at the HEEAP partner universities.  Scholarships will provide funding for faculty from the partner universities to participate in HEEAP training programs to develop and implement instructional improvement projects. 

“Support from partners like Danaher and its subsidiaries, Tektronix, Fluke and Keithley, is a critical piece of the HEEAP initiative, giving  students in Vietnam access to state-of-the-art tools that provide the real-world knowledge and experience that will help them be successful in a highly competitive marketplace,” says Jeffrey S. Goss, director, Vietnam Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program and assistant dean, Global Outreach and Extended Education for ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

“We are pleased to support this program and the universities in Vietnam,” says Jim Lico, Executive Vice President, Danaher Corporation and President, Danaher Asia. “Today’s engineers need to deal with ever more complex embedded designs. It’s important to keep the curriculum current with rapidly evolving technology.  Our intent is to help students quickly master the basics and move to advanced topics and independent research by using a combination of basic to cutting-edge test equipment. Our faculty scholarships will help provide the training that enables tighter integration of the lab-oriented project work with engineering curriculum. This is our commitment to Vietnam as we seek to build our presence in this important market and we look forward to a very successful partnership with HEEAP.”

The HEEAP initiative in Vietnam was initiated in 2010 with funding from USAID, Intel and ASU. For more information, visit www.heeap.org.

About Danaher
Danaher is a U.S.A. based diversified technology leader that designs, manufactures and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial, and commercial customers. Our premier brands are among the most highly recognized in each of the markets we serve. Based on the foundation of the Danaher Business System, our 48,000 associates serve customers in more than 125 countries and generated $13.2 billion of revenue in 2010. For more information, please visit Danaher’s website at www.danaher.com.

About Tektronix    
For more than 60 years, engineers have turned to Tektronix for test, measurement and monitoring solutions to solve design challenges, improve productivity and dramatically reduce time to market.  Tektronix is a leading supplier of test instrumentation for engineers focused on electronic design, manufacturing, and advanced technology development.  Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix serves customers worldwide and offers award-winning service and support. Stay on the leading edge at www.tektronix.com.

About Fluke
Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools.  Fluke tools deliver the testing and troubleshooting capabilities that are critical to keep commerce and industry running smoothly.  Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, metrologists and building diagnostic professionals who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment calibration processes for quality control as well as conducting building restoration and remediation service.  In the past five years, Fluke tools have won more than 50 industry awards including Test and Measurement World Best in Test , Control Engineering’s Engineer’s Choice and Plant Engineering Product of the Year. Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Please visit Fluke’s website at www.fluke.com.

About Keithley Instruments
With more than 60 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments has become a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems.  Our customers are scientists and engineers in the worldwide electronics industry involved with advanced materials research, semiconductor device development and fabrication, and the production of end products such as portable wireless devices.  The value we provide them is a combination of products for their critical measurement needs and a rich understanding of their applications to improve the quality of their products and reduce their cost of test.  In 2010, Keithley Instruments joined Tektronix as part of its test and measurement portfolio.  Keithley’s website is www.keithley.com.

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