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EE Professor Receives Over $500,000 Grant for PC Cluster

Dr. Yul Chu. assistant professor of electrical engineering at UTPA, received a $502,637 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program to build a fast cluster computer called the High Performance Pan American Cluster (HiPAC)that will support engineering and science research projects.

IEEE Winners

Jose R. Pintor Student of the Year Award

Jose is a second time recipient of the EE Alumni Scholarship and is a member of IEEE. After graduation he plans on traveling to Austria to serve as a volunteer for one year with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Later, he plans to pursue a master's degree in Germany.

"The scholarship has been a determinant factor that has allowed me to pursue and achieve my goal of getting my degree at UTPA"

IEEE Winners

Dr. Wenjie Dong received $500,000 grant from Department of Defense

Believing there is a better way, Dr. Wenjie Dong of the Department of Electrical Engineering, won a grant totaling almost $500,000 for three years from the Department of Defense to develop ways for multiple independent mobile robots to share information and work together. Using the example of an undersea search, each robot would operate on its own during the search, but would also tell other robots what it had found. Other units could then determine if they were merely duplicating another robot's work and move to a new area that is not being searched.


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