PreSonus co-founder Jim Odom (center) with Pratul Ajmera, interim chair, LSU Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering (second left) and LSU students.
Baton Rouge, LA (September 9, 2013)—PreSonus Audio Electronics has pledged $200,000 to create a digital signal processing (DSP) laboratory within Louisiana State University’s College of Engineering’s Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
PreSonus, cofounded in 1995 by LSU electrical engineering alumni Jim Odom and Brian Smith, is an active recruiter of the university’s students for both internships and post-graduation employment. Currently, an estimated 16 LSU alumni are employed by the company, including seven engineers.
“As a graduate of LSU Engineering and a Louisiana entrepreneur, I believe that investment in our homegrown technical workforce is essential in our efforts toward economic growth,” said Odom. “Our intention for this grant is to assist LSU Engineering in becoming a top-10 destination for technical education. The burgeoning industry of digital everything will require highly skilled and trained individuals, and LSU is perfectly positioned to meet this challenge.”
LSU’s ECE Division currently enrolls 350 undergraduate students and 102 graduate students. During the past five years, the division has, on average, granted more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, 25 master’s degrees, and more than five PhD degrees annually.
“Jim and Brian provide an exemplary case of entrepreneurial spirit present in LSU’s electrical and computer engineering graduates,” said Pratul Ajmera, interim chair, LSU Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We thank PreSonus for this significant investment that enhances our educational program and helps us produce world-class graduates competitive in the digital media and digital audio industries.”
Notes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, “We are committed to supporting LSU in their efforts and believe that keeping the curricula current and in sync with industry will support the near- and long-term strategic needs of not only the university, but the community as a whole.”
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, PreSonus currently has a staff of 122, with additional offices in Ireland, Hamburg, and Hong Kong. The company is currently building a new 43,000-square-foot headquarters and R&D facility in Baton Rouge.
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