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Stevens' Research Experience for Undergraduates site funded by National Science Foundation

Stevens project receives $305,000 in renewed funding for 3 years

Stevens Institute of Technology

HOBOKEN, N.J. ¯ Stevens Institute of Technology's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site has received a renewed three-year, $305,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, extending from January 1, 2008, through December 2010.

The Principal Investigator (PI) for the project is Stevens Professor Yu-Dong Yao, who is also the Chair of Stevens' Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His Co-PI is Dr. Xiaoyu Hu. Additional Co-PIs and research mentors include Professors Bruce McNair, Hong Man, Yan Meng and Yi Guo.

This project renews a 2005-2008 grant for a Stevens REU site focused on wireless research in cognitive networks. The research aims to increase spectrum utilization significantly for both military and commercial applications.

During the summer months of 2005-2007, the REU site attracted students from across the country and from 14 universities to conduct research at Stevens.

"Students develop software defined radio frequency transmitters and receivers, develop an integrated test bed, and conduct research using the test bed," said Yao. "The project involves collaboration between the host institution and Jackson State University, with half the students and one mentor coming from Jackson State. Undergraduate students participate in a ten-week summer research program at the host institution. The project includes mentorship by experienced computer science faculty members, weekly presentations and seminars, laboratory visits and other professional development opportunities."

The intellectual merit of this project lies in strong research basis and the expertise of the faculty. The projects are in major current research areas that are of interest to the community at large and that have clear practical applications. The research related to dynamic spectrum access techniques may significantly improve the spectrum utilization for future wireless networks.

The broader impacts of the project include providing a quality research experience to undergraduate students, particularly students from underrepresented groups. The project develops strong collaborative ties between the host institution and Jackson State University that will enable the students to continue their research and professional growth after the summer experience. Thus this project has the potential to produce new computer science and engineering graduate students and faculty members and to advance discovery and understanding while promoting learning.

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About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis®, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Stevens offers baccalaureates, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 2,040 undergraduate and 3,085 graduate students, and a worldwide online enrollment of 2,250, with about 400 full-time faculty. Stevens' graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at www.stevens.edu.

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