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NSF Awards $700k to Professors Manohar, Albonesi and Guimbretiere (08/25/2012)


Professors Rajit Manohar, David Albonesi, and Francois Guimbretiere (CS) receive a $700k award from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled "Hardware and Software Architectures for Next-Generation Mobile Platforms." This program will develop a low power platform suitable for systems like e-book readers and smart phones.

Project to teach innovation in ECE receives NSF Grant (9/17/2013)

A multidisciplinary team interested in teaching innovation in ECE has been awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a program aimed at transforming undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (TUES). This team is used to getting awards for research at the frontiers of science and technology. However, this award is special as it is aimed at exploring the frontiers of teaching pedagogy and technology, to enable new vistas to open for students, even at the freshman level. The team consists of Amit Lal, Cornell, ECE;Sheila Hemami, Cornell, ECE;Richard Shealy, Cornell, ECE;Michael Thompson, Cornell, MSE;Kathryn Dimiduk, Cornell, College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute;Chun Hoon Lee, Marquette University, EE;and Alper Bozkurt, North Carolina State University, ECE. [Read more]

Lang Tong receives NSF grant to study U.S. Smart Grid (8/31/2011)

Lang TongThe National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.9M grant to a team of researchers from Cornell University, UC Berkeley, and Georgia State University to study computation and information hierarchy of future smart grids. The principal investigator of this grant is Lang Tong, the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Professor in Engineering from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. 

The electric grid in the United States has evolved over the past century from a series of small independent community-based systems to one of the largest and most complex cyber-physical systems today. However, the established conditions that made the grid an engineering marvel are being challenged by major changes, including the worldwide efforts to address issues of sustainability and climate change. The overall project objective is to support high penetrations of renewable energy sources, community based micro-grids, and the widespread use of electric cars and smart appliances. 

The multidisciplinary research team includes:   Lang Tong and Robert Thomas, ECE, Cornell; Ken Birman CS, Cornell; Tim Mount, Dyson School, Cornell;   Pravin Varaiya, EECS, UC Berkeley; WenZhan Song, CS, Georgia State University.

NSF awards $330K to Amit Lal (8/10/2011)

Amit LalProfessor Amit Lal receives a $330k award from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled "Self-Powered Ultra High Vacuum Technology for Harsh Environment Wireless Sensors." This program will develop technology that helps in realizing highly reliable sensors, based on radioisotope thin films, that provides far greater social benefit than the risk posed by the use of radioisotopes. Specifically the program will develop self-powered vacuum pump technology using miniscule amounts of radioisotopes, required for reliable use of self-reciprocating cantilevers. 

Lal joined the faculty at Cornell University in 2002. His is a member of the Cornell Nanobiotechnology Center, Cornell Center for Materials Research, and the Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future. He is a field member of the Cornell Biomedical Engineering and School of Applied and Engineering Physics. Professor Lal is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

Stephen Wicker receives NSF Award (12/16/2003)

Stephen WickerNational Science Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million Information Technology Research Grant to Cornell University for the development of "Self-Configuring Sensor Networks for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Recovery." The project team, led by Professor Steve Wicker, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, includes molecular biologists, device physicists, telecommunications engineers, information theorists, game theorists, and civil engineers.  

The focus of the research effort will be the development of self-configuring wireless sensor networks that can quickly and reliably determine the location of survivors and the presence of toxic chemicals, biohazards, extreme heat, and radiation at disaster sites. The goal is to more quickly rescue survivors while protecting the lives of rescue personnel against unseen dangers. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Wadsworth Laboratories at the New York Department of Health.