Wireless @ VTWelcome to the home of Wireless @ Virginia Tech, an exciting university-wide focus on wireless technology. Wireless @ VT is bringing together researchers, facilities, equipment, and expertise from across Virginia Tech to focus on multi-disciplinary solutions to "Invent the Future" of wireless.
Virginia Tech Hosts REU Site
The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involves students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects especially designed for the REU program. Two mechanisms of support of student research are REU sites and REU supplements. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas.
The Virginia Tech REU site is focused on cognitive communications, and hosts 10 undergraduate students for 10 weeks for 3 years. The site recruits, trains, and retains undergraduate students to research by preparing them to think creatively and independently; motivating them to pursue graduate studies; helping them to develop general research skills in an interdisciplinary context; allowing them to gain hands-on experience in cognitive radios, wireless networking, and their applications; promoting a sense of confidence, team spirit, and an appreciation of potential of interdisciplinary collaboration in creating new knowledge; exposing them to the intellectual excitement involved in research activities; and teaching them to effectively assimilate the latest research, assess their own knowledge, present experimental results, effectively prepare reports and publications, and understand the methods for translating research to practice. Cognitive communications is an area of high interest to researchers in wireless communications. The mentors in the project have a strong background in this area and are well suited to carry out the projects with the students. The site has access to a high quality test bed for student experiments. This project recruits a high percentage of the students from underrepresented groups in computing. They especially focus upon minority serving institutions without large research programs. Dr. Tamal Bose is the Principal Investigator of the project, and Dr. Tonya Smith-Jackson is the Co-Principal Investigator. Dr. Carl Dietrich and Dr. Kay Ratchaneekorn are also facilitators in the project. This year, we have four students from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, one student from Georgia Tech, and five students from Virginia Tech participating in the program.
The first group activity was a hike to the Cascades waterfall.