Eight researchers representing five UNC system campuses will benefit from $50.1 million of research instrumentation awards announced last week by the Department of Defense.

The awards, which range from $53,000 to $1.4 million and average about $300,000, were granted to 176 researchers at 96 institutions.

The awards are the result of a merit competition jointly sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Proposals were solicited from university investigators conducting science and engineering research of importance to national defense.

This includes research that underpins advances in materials, structures, and manufacturing science; quantum and nanosciences; computing and networks; electronics, electromagnetics, electro‑optics; acoustics; neuroscience; fluid dynamics; robotics and autonomous systems; and ocean, environmental, and life sciences and engineering.

Recipients from UNC campuses include:

  • Francois Amet, Appalachian State University, ultra-high vacuum sputtering system;
  • Clay Gloster, NC A&T State University, field-programmable gate array testbed;
  • Jon-Paul Maria, NC State University, high-throughput x-ray optics;
  • Ram Mohan, NC A&T State University, 3-D printer;
  • Newman Monrose, UNC-Chapel Hill, next-generation defenses against web-based exploits;
  • Olav Rueppell, UNC Greensboro, monitoring social foraging behavior in a biological model system;
  • Michael Steer, NC State University, transient capture of chaotic microwave signals;
  • Wenye Wang, NC State University, opportunistic communications prototype with spectrum contention and cascades.

View a complete list of winners.


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