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Ericsson Sponsors CCCC's New Exercise Physiology Labs

Ericsson Sponsors CCCC's New Exercise Physiology Labs

Ericsson, a world leader in wireless technology, presented a $25,000 sponsorship donation to Collin County Community College on April 25 for use in its new physiology labs at the Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco.

Walt Evanyk of Ericsson's intellectual property department presented a check to Carey Cox, chairman of the CCCCD Board of Trustees, at a ceremony at the Superdrome in Frisco.

"This is a great opportunity to give engineering students a chance to work with some applications of wireless technology related to the measurements that will be taken with the equipment in the physiology labs," Evanyk said. "These students are our future employees. The program will help them understand the current and future technologies and their applications.

"In addition, we are supporting the community. This has health and wellness aspects, in hospitals and rehab centers, as well as those in technology. It will address the shortage of skilled telecom engineers. Ericsson will be mentoring and supporting the wireless technology deployment within these labs with manpower, equipment and money."

Responded Cox, "Thank you for your generous gift. We look forward to an exciting creative opportunity with such a giant company as Ericsson."

Wireless technology will be an important component of the latest equipment that will be used in CCCC's physiology program to test and measure world-class athletes, such as those competing this week in the Olympic Trials at the Superdrome.

An example, already in place, is the Imet System 4 portable oxygen lactate analyzer, which a cyclist or other athlete can "wear" to measure his or her oxygen capacity and lactate acid buildup during exercise. This and other equipment will be demonstrated to the public at the open house at University Hall on the Preston Ridge Campus, Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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