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Students will Receive $1,000 Scholarships to CDMA Engineering Certificate Program

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 26, 2000 - Helping to build a world-class team of global wireless professionals, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced the recipients of the Group's educational scholarships at the CDMA Americas Congress. Offered by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Extension, students Joe DeMarco, Giovanni Guanuna and Robert Turner each will be awarded $1,000 to be used toward their tuition for the UCSD Extension certificate program in CDMA Engineering.

"The mobile communications industry continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, resulting in a growing demand for engineering professionals," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The CDG is pleased to offer scholarships to students who demonstrate a desire to learn about CDMA technology, and looks forward to their future contributions to the wireless industry."

The recipients were selected based on the applicants' interest in enhancing their careers with expanded knowledge of CDMA technology. Offered by UCSD Extension in the name of the CDG, the scholarships cover approximately one-half of the tuition cost for the university's specialized certificate program in CDMA engineering. The scholarships are available to individuals not currently employed in the wireless telecommunications industry. The certificate program is designed to educate engineers and other interested professionals in the fundamentals of CDMA engineering.

DeMarco is currently employed by IPD Batteries, a product development company, where he is a design engineer and product manager. He expects to develop his knowledge about CDMA technology as it applies to customer needs and new markets. DeMarco received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from San Diego State University.

Concurrently completing a master's degree in international business administration at the United States International University and working for Solar Turbines, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, Inc., Guanuna hopes to obtain a better understanding of CDMA principles and RF design engineering upon completion of the UCSD certificate program. He received a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering from Brigham Young University.

Turner's background in mechanical engineering serves as his foundation for entering the CDMA marketplace. Currently employed by Engage Energy, US L.P., Turner holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.