CRF receives $1.69 million to support STEM research and education | FIU News


The FIU College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) received three awards totaling $1.69 million from the Department of Defense (DoD) to support DoD research, education, and goals.

CRF received the awards as part of the 2022 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions Research and Education Program.

“We have an important and longstanding partnership with the Department of Defense that not only supports the multidisciplinary research we conduct, but also the academic enrichment of our diverse student body,” said John L. Volakis, Dean of the College. of Engineering and Computing and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We are grateful for the DoD’s continued collaboration and generous allocation of state-of-the-art equipment that will support important DoD research priorities.”

Complete a fleet

Professor Dwayne McDaniel and his research team received an award to acquire two Spot robots from Boston Dynamics. Inspired by the biology of a dog, Spot robots are designed to capture data while navigating rough terrain.

“We want to reduce the risk to soldiers and have robotic platforms take the risk instead,” said DoD award principal investigator McDaniel. “Robots will likely be used in areas that don’t have Wi-Fi or GPS, so one of the things we’re going to do is develop new methods of communication and path planning for robots and robots. soldiers.”

See as Ant-Man

A DoD award has been given to CEC Professor Daniela Radu to study how optical communication between computer chip components can eliminate the need for wires, making electronics lighter overall. With DoD funds, the CRF acquires a transmission electron microscope (TEM), which can capture details as small as one billionth of a meter wide. The technology will allow professors to show undergraduate students samples of materials at the atomic level.

“If you replace electronic communications with light emitted by nanolasers, you reduce the need for wires and therefore move towards ultra-small and ultra-light components. But to miniaturize these electronics that send and receive light, you have to be able to see on a small scale. You have to be the size of the Ant-Man,” said Radu, the prize’s principal investigator.

CEC Professor Cheng-Yu Lai and Associate Professor of Physics Hebin Li from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education collaborated on the grant, focusing on quantum science research that will be facilitated by access to TEM.

Control electronics at the atomic scale

Emerging electronics and biomedical electronics perform such specific and important functions that every aspect must be perfect. For example, a medical device that enters inside a human body must be packaged in such a way as to retrieve health information and perform the required electronic therapy, but its size and interactions do not harm the body.

CEC professors Pulugurtha Markondeya Raj and Vladimir Pozdin received a DoD award for researching packaging devices for health monitoring, therapeutics, high-speed communication, and power management for computing. The team will purchase an atomic layer deposition tool, which forms atomic-scale coatings.

“For undergraduates, it will be a bridge between basic science in the classroom and next-generation technology with immediate market traction,” said Pulugurtha, principal investigator of the award. “This will allow students to apply their basic engineering knowledge to design and fabricate highly efficient atomic-scale devices through fundamental principles.”

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