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

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

FIU received the awards as part of the 2022 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions Research and Education.

“We have a great relationship with the Department of Defense, which not only supports the multidisciplinary research we do, but also enriches the knowledge of our diverse student body,” said John. L. Volakis, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. professor of electrical and computer engineering. “We are grateful for the DoD’s continued cooperation and funding for new equipment that supports important DoD research programs.”

Finishing the car

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

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“We want to reduce the risk to the military and to reduce the risk of robotic platforms,” ​​said McDaniel, the principal investigator for the DoD project. “Robots may be used in areas without Wi-Fi or GPS, so one of the things we’re doing is developing new information and route planning methods for robots and soldiers.”

It’s like Ant-Man

CEC Professor Daniela Radu has been awarded a DoD award to study how communication between components of computer chips can eliminate the need for wires and make electronics lighter. With DoD funding, FIU is acquiring a transmission electron microscope (TEM), which can capture information as small as a billionth of a meter in diameter. The technology allows teachers to show samples of materials to students at the atomic level.

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“If you replace the electronic information with the light emitted by nanolasers, you will reduce the need for wires and, therefore, move to small-scale, very light components. But to reduce these electronics that emit and receive light, you have to see it on a small scale. You have to be the size of Ant-Man,” said Radu, the principal investigator for the signal.

CEC Professor Cheng-Yu Lai and Associate Professor of Physics Hepin Li o The College of Arts, Sciences and Sciences co-financed, focused on large-scale scientific research supported by participation in the TEM.

Electrical control at the atomic scale

Modern electronics and bio-electronics perform very specific functions and it is important to get all the features right. For example, a medical device that enters the human body must be collected in order to obtain health information and perform the required electronic therapy, but its size and interactions are not harmful to the body.

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CEC Professors Pulugurtha Markondeya Raj and Vladimir Pozdin have received a grant from the DoD to research wearable devices for health monitoring, diagnostics, wide-area communications, and computerized power management . The team purchased an Atomic Layer Deposition device, creating coatings at the atomic scale.

“For undergraduates, this will be a bridge between basic classroom science and next-generation technologies and market potential,” said Pulugurtha, principal investigator of the award. “This allows students to use their basic knowledge of engineering to design and build highly efficient devices at the atomic scale using basic principles.”


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