Keysight Technologies Equipment Modernizes Undergraduate Electronics Labs

A gift from Keysight Technologies will give Illinois Tech undergraduate students access to state-of-the-art testing and measurement equipment in their hands-on engineering laboratories.


Student in class using Keysight equipment

CHICAGO—April 4, 2022— Illinois Institute of Technology has received a gift from Keysight Technologies to modernize the electronics testing and measuring equipment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Walter L. and Virginia B. Cherry Electronics Laboratory.

Undergraduate students will use Keysight’s state-of-the-art testing and measurement equipment in their hands-on engineering laboratories and independent design projects by student organizations, gaining industry-relevant skills that are highly valued in the engineering profession.

“I am deeply committed to modernizing Armour College’s instructional lab facilities in which our students learn, particularly in ways that bring industry-relevant technologies and ideas into the fold. We are indebted to Keysight Technologies for their partnership in helping us accomplish this important goal,” says Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour College Dean of Engineering Endowed Chair Kenneth T. Christensen.

Mark Wallace, Keysight senior vice president, says, “We’re very pleased to engage with Illinois Institute of Technology in provisioning its teaching laboratories with the same type of equipment students will use in the industry. This collaboration reflects Keysight’s strong and long-standing interest in working with the education community to help shape the next generation of engineers and innovators. We look forward to continued engagement with Illinois Institute of Technology.”

The donation supplies 12 lab stations with a suite of equipment that is essential to the profession, which students will use to build and test projects. Each station includes a digital multimeter, waveform and function generator, oscilloscopes, power supply, and precision source measure unit.

The devices are designed to be easy to learn and easy to use. They also support remote access and connectivity, giving students the ability to utilize the equipment even during remote learning for laboratory courses. 

“Our curriculum and laboratory experiments have evolved very rapidly over the years,” says Jafar Saniie, chair of the ECE department and Walter and Harriet Filmer Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Modernizing laboratories and the associated equipment is a top priority for our department, and this donation greatly contributes to our strategic goals.”

Doug Baney, Keysight corporate director of education, says, “This equipment donation not only provides excellence with industry-level electronics test equipment inside the lab, but also supports remote experiential learning for students unable to attend laboratory classes on campus. These flexible solutions help create industry-ready students with outcomes appreciated by the students, the university, and industry.”

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused research university. Illinois Tech is the only university of its kind in Chicago, and its Chicago location offers students access to the world-class resources of a great global metropolis. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, computing, architecture, business, design, science and human sciences, and law. One of 22 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities, Illinois Tech provides an exceptional education centered on active learning, and its graduates lead the state and much of the nation in economic prosperity. Illinois Tech uniquely prepares students to succeed in professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit.  Visit

Armour College of Engineering

Armour College of Engineering has been educating world-class engineers since the university’s founding in 1890. As future engineers who will innovate in the twenty-first century, Armour students learn the principles of the profession and work in an interdisciplinary environment that emphasizes hands-on learning, teamwork, and leadership, all through the lens of our four engineering themes—water, health, energy, and security—that highlight issues vital today and in the future. Armour is home to five departments and nine ABET-accredited undergraduate majors, which provide a wide breadth of exciting programs from which to choose. Illinois Tech alumni have advanced to careers as presidents of companies and professors at major universities—and have become members of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest distinction in the field.

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