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Michael Prendergast Donates Oscilloscope

Michael “Puff” Prendergast, Class of 1983, came back to WVU Potomac State College this fall to donate a Tektronix Oscilloscope to the Engineering Department.  An oscilloscope is a laboratory instrument commonly used to display and analyze the waveform of

Michael “Puff” Prendergast, Class of 1983, came back to WVU Potomac State College this fall to donate a Tektronix Oscilloscope to the Engineering Department.  An oscilloscope is a laboratory instrument commonly used to display and analyze the waveform of electronic signals. In effect, the device draws a graph of the instantaneous signal voltage as a function of time.

Prendergast credits Potomac State College for “nurturing a young guy 39 years ago who hadn’t taken high school seriously and who wasn’t in any way, shape or form academically prepared for college and certainly not engineering studies…Potomac State provided me opportunity of my lifetime to gain my academic footing.”

Prendergast went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from WVU in 1985, and later a master’s from Catholic University (MSE,) Washington, DC 1991.   He went on to serve as a sales executive with Tektronix where he retired after 32 years of service this past September to his home in Naples, Fla.

Pictured with Prendergast (center) is Engineering Professor Mohammad Saifi (left) and Dean of Student Experience Lucas Taylor.  Mike can be reached at michapre1@gmail.com from any old classmates/friends.

Pictured with Prendergast (center) is Engineering Professor Mohammad Saifi (left) and Dean of Student Experience Lucas Taylor.  Mike can be reached at michapre1@gmail.com from any old classmates/friends.