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LED Inventor to Speak at Collin Electronic Design Competition


April 11, 2005 – Dr. Bob Biard, inventor of the Light Emitting Diode (LED), used in everything from pens to computers, will speak at Collin County Community College District (Collin) during the twelfth annual electronic design contest from 8:30 a.m.- noon, Saturday, April 30 in the foyer of Heritage Hall at Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Blvd., in Frisco.

Dr. Biard will present “Light Emitters from LEDs to VCSELs” at 10:30 a.m. Former chief scientist at Honeywell micro switch division, Dr. Biard holds a master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. He also holds 35 U.S. and 17 foreign patents for devices including LED and Read Only Memory (ROM) that are used in lasers, traffic lights, computers and cordless and cellular phones.

Free and open to the public, the Engineering and Emerging Technologies electronic design competition will include demonstrations in Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), interior and architectural design and Digital Signal Processing (DSP), featuring the Infinity Project, a DSP system developed by Southern Methodist University, Texas Instruments and Hyperception.

The electronic design contest categories include function generators, microprocessors, engineering mechanics, power supplies, DSP projects, wooden truss bridges and multi-meters.

For more information, call the Engineering and Emerging Technologies Division at 972.377.1715.

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