The United Kingdom's University College London (UCL) has a new wireless communications laboratory-in large part, thanks to generous support from Aeroflex Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. The UCL-Aeroflex Wireless Communications Laboratory is part of the schools Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. It is equipped with about 1.5 million pounds Sterling of test equipment donated by Aeroflex.

The new laboratory equips UCL to perform research into technology for next-generation wireless devices and network. Aeroflex made a similar investment in 2011 worth about 1 million pounds Sterling to the UK's Lancaster University and its School of Computing and Communications.

"Aeroflex's very generous donation will make a huge difference to the work of this Department, and this new equipment will accelerate our research into 3G, and 4G and beyond wireless technologies," says UCL Professor Izzat Darwazeh, who heads the schools Communications and Information Systems Group. "Our relationship with Aeroflex, and the opportunities it provides for our students, helps to prepare them for their future careers, as well as enhancing our worldwide academic reputation." In fact, Aeroflex-which has a manufacturing facility in nearby Stevenage, UK-employs a former post-graduate student of the school.

In addition to donating equipment, Aeroflex also contributes its engineers time to the schools visiting lecture program. "We are very pleased to support UCL in this way, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with them," notes Dr. Hayk Manukyan, Aeroflex's Technical Product Manager and Head of Collaborations with Universities.