Michigan-based electronics technology company Gentex has donated 12 oscilloscope instruments to the College of Science and Technology at Central Michigan University. Three CMU alumni from the company delivered the machines to Mount Pleasant on Thursday.
“These will update and add to the equipment in our electrical engineering labs,” Terry Lerch, interim director of the CMU School of Engineering, said. “We are grateful to our longtime friends at Gentex for this donation.”
The instruments, used to measure electrical wave signals such as voltage and frequency, are most commonly used to troubleshoot problems in small electronics. Students in computer, mechanical and electrical engineering courses will have access to the machines, giving them hands-on experience with the same technology used in industry. According to Eric Woodward, production manager at Gentex Corp. and CMU alumnus, this benefits the company just as much as the students.
“This is the exact same model used by our company, so students will be using the same technology they would use on the job,” Woodward said. “From our perspective, this parallel experience makes them great job candidates.”
Gentex Corp. is most well-known for automatic dimming automotive mirrors. The global company is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan. In addition to employing more than 50 CMU alumni, it has been an avid sponsor of initiatives within the School of Engineering and Technology and annually sponsors CMU’s Baja and Formula teams.
Gentex’s Woodward, Adam Mishler and Chris Carter, also CMU alumni, were in Mount Pleasant Thursday to deliver the oscilloscopes.