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[1/30/2012] NSF approves Penn State optical wireless applications center

University Park, Pa. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Optical Wireless Applications. The center, which will be in the Department of Electrical Engineering, will be funded by a five-year NSF grant and directed by Mohsen Kavhrad, professor of electrical engineering.

The Georgia Institute of Technology will also participate in the cooperative project.

The center will aim to generate technology that enables manufacturing of specific devices with larger communications capacity by employing integrated opto-electronics device design with interfaces necessary to facilitate collaborative device, system, and network design.

Other engineering faculty who will participate in the project include Kevin Houser, associate professor of architectural engineering; Tim Kane, professor of  electrical engineering; Zhiwen Liu, associate professor of electrical engineering; and Shizhuo Yin, professor of electrical engineering.