Aug 17, 2001

Top Student Team from National Science and Technology Quiz Gets a Field Trip to Seagate Design Facility in the United States

SINGAPORE - In its effort to foster an innovative, enthusiastic and talented future workforce of engineers and scientists, Seagate is offering the winning team from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU)'s TechnoQuest 2001 an educational trip to visit the Company's research and development facility in Colorado, United States. Now in its seventh year, the TechnoQuest 2001 finals will be held at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza on August 18.

"TechnoQuest is a national level computer quiz with an objective of encouraging interest in computer related technology among the academic community," said Chakrarajan Srihari, chairman of TechnoQuest 2001 Organizing Committee. "Over the years, TechnoQuest has brought together IT talent from Singapore's universities, polytechnics, junior colleges and secondary schools to compete in a dynamic, hands-on environment. We are pleased with Seagate's support in helping us continue developing the next generation of scientists and engineers."

"By investing in science and technology education, we are investing in our future," said Jim Chirico, Seagate senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific Manufacturing Operations. "Seagate is the leader in hard disc drives possibly the most challenging arena in the computing industry. It is therefore in our interest to take an active role in nurturing interest in science and technology to support our ongoing efforts."

The trip will allow the students to observe researchers at work and personally experience how technology is leveraged to create the storage devices that are changing the way we use information in all aspects of our lives. They also get to role-play as "junior engineers" for a day, assisting in fieldwork and interacting with staff members at the facility.

"This will be a journey of experiential learning for the students," added Chirico. "The hands-on exposure is a rare opportunity for a student to see how Seagate uses creativity and innovation to stay ahead of the competition. They will also be tapping the experience and knowledge of IT professionals working on some of the most advanced computing technology in the world."

Seagate has taken a long-term perspective to its social responsibility in Singapore. It actively fosters a healthy balance between its professional performance and the Company's duty as a responsible corporate citizen. TechnoQuest is Seagate's latest community effort, which includes its support of Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), National University of Singapore, Supportive Parents and Resource Conference (SPARC), Singapore Management University (SMU) and Changkat Primary School.

About TechnoQuest
Organized by NTU's Computer Society, TechnoQuest is an annual national level computer quiz open to all university, polytechnics, junior colleges and secondary schools in Singapore to promote awareness and greater exposure to the world of information technology.

About Seagate
Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions and Server Appliances. Seagate's market leadership is based on delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.