PULLMAN, Wash. — A group of state legislators will get a first-hand look at some of the world-class research and hands-on learning at Washington State University when they take a tour of laboratories in the College of Engineering and Architecture next week.

The legislators who are expected to take the Monday, Dec. 16, tour includes State Representatives Don Cox and Mark Schoesler and State Senator Larry Sheahan, all of the 9th Legislative District.

“The current state recession and economic downturn has put a strain on state funds, but it also underscores the importance of developing a well-educated work force who can become future leaders in high technology industries,’’ said Anjan Bose, dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture. “We hope this tour will help the legislators gain insights into the complexities of preparing our students for high tech occupations as engineers and computer scientists in our state.’’

Among the laboratories that the legislators will visit are the following:
Senior Design Laboratory, Laboratory of Atmospheric Research, Digital Design Laboratory, Washington Center for Asphalt Technology, Biosensor Research Laboratory, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) Laboratory, and Virtual Reality and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory.