Albany State University receives grant from the National Science Foundation

Albany State Grant
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ALBANY, Ga. – Albany State University announced in a recent press release that it has received a grant in the amount of $199,963 from the National Science Foundation for a Catalyst Project on the design, fabrication, and testing of a cost-effective microwave absorber.

“Undergraduate students will gain experience in using a state-of-the-art 3D electromagnetic simulation software and in the operation of the Vector Network Analyzer. Material property engineering is the key in this research. Electrical property of any dielectric material (such as Teflon, plastic, etc.) that is naturally available, can be adjusted to any value by printing pre-designed metal patterns on it. In the current project, this engineered material will be used in designing a microwave absorber, which will absorb a frequency of incident electromagnetic wave. This engineered material will find application to absorb harmful radiation (if any) from 5G antennas,” said Dr. Arun Saha, ASU professor of physics and engineering.

Catalyst projects from the NSF provide support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These enable the universities to work toward establishing research capability of the university faculty in an effort to shore up STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in education and research at the undergraduate level.

“ASU is honored to have been chosen for this grant by the National Science Foundation. Engaging in this research will apply a new method of hands-on learning for our students and will enrich the lives of the diverse constituencies served by the University,” said ASU President Marion Ross Fedrick. “This grant will be a positive addition to the research being performed at ASU. When we add these research-focused activities to the curriculum, our students will not only benefit but will be able to make a real impact on the scientific purview,” said Dr. Angela Peters, ASU provost and vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Zephyrinus Okonkwo, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences states, “This grant will provide our campus community an enhanced interdisciplinary research opportunity to develop new techniques, procedures, and deliverables. These deliverables will add value to our students’ education at ASU, as well as to our faculty research capabilities.”

“We plan to reach out to our education partners: tier one universities, research centers and technology companies,” Dr. Okonkwo added. These partnerships will provide diversified opportunities for ASU students in research at local institutions.
In addition, ASU has plans to share this research with the local K-12 community by engaging with them on the topic of electromagnetics, through demonstration of small projects during classroom visitations, campus visits, career fairs and summer camp activities supported by NASA and NSF- HBCU STEM projects.