Marquette University: GE Healthcare Donates Computer Equipment to Marquette University

Released: June 23, 2005

MILWAUKEE- GE Healthcare has donated computer equipment valued at more than $300,000 to Marquette University to enhance classroom learning opportunities. 60 computers, 94 monitors and other new and used equipment will provide Marquette students access to technology that will help them prepare for careers in hi-tech fields after graduation.

“GE Healthcare is proud to give back to the local community where our employees live and work. We are committed to help develop talent in the community,” said Annette Busateri, community relations manager for GE Healthcare.

In the College of Engineering at Marquette, 30 of the computers will be wired together to create a high performance computing cluster. This high speed computing system will be used primarily as a research tool for a variety of engineering courses.

“This fast computing cluster will help engineering faculty and students solve ever increasingly complex problems,” said Dr. Lars Olson, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette. “We will use this cluster to make advancements in wide ranging areas from cardiology to combustion.”

The remaining computers have been distributed across campus. Several of them have been wired together to create another high performance cluster in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science’s bioinformatics lab, and others are being used for faculty research. The additional computers have been used to update departmental networking needs.

Amy Buckley, supply chain manager for GE Healthcare, who received a Masters of Business Administration from Marquette in 2002, facilitated the donation.

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