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Press Release 08-174
NSF Launches Third Generation of Engineering Research Centers with Awards Totaling $92.5 Million

Five new centers will pursue innovations in biorenewable chemicals, green energy systems, communications networks, medical implants and smart lighting.

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Photo of Alex Huang who works on ways of integrating renewable energy sources into the power grid.

Alex Q. Huang, Progress Energy Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, will direct the new NSF Engineering Research Center for FREEDM Systems that will be headquartered at North Carolina State University. The center will investigate ways to integrate renewable energy sources into the nation's power grid.

Credit: Roger Winstead, NC State University


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Photo of CIAN Director Nasser Peyghambarian and student Aytekin Ozdemir discussing nework subsystem.

CIAN Director Nasser Peyghambarian (left) and Ph.D. student Aytekin Ozdemir discuss a 40 Gbps all-optical clock recovery subsystem, a critical function for next-generation, ultra-high bit-rate networks.

Credit: College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona


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Photo of Jag Sankar of North Carolina A&T State University.

Jagnnathan "Jag" Sankar, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, will lead NSF ERC research to create "smart" implants for craniofacial, dental, orthopedic and cardiovascular interventions.

Credit: Division of Research and Economic Development, North Carolina A&T State University


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Photo of the Smart Lighting ERC.

NSF Smart Lighting ERC researchers will investigate and use the distinctive properties of advanced materials to create lighting devices that are similar to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), but possess fully controllable and tunable characteristics.

Credit: E. Fred Schubert, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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