Education Briefs: UConn Lab Director Receives Presidential Award
Jan 07, 2009 (The Hartford Courant - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Shengli Zhou, director of the Wireless Communication Research Laboratory at the University of Connecticut, has received a presidential award for his work on improving the efficiency of underwater acoustic communications.
Zhou was one of 67 researchers nationwide to receive the 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in a Dec. 19 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award is the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent scientific research careers.
An assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Zhou is believed to be the first UConn faculty member to receive the award, which is given by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Zhou was among 15 scholars nominated by officials at the U.S. Department of Defense.
As part of the award, Zhou will receive a $1 million federal grant during the next five years to expand his research in underwater acoustic communications, which involves transmitter design and receiver processing, as well as the development of an underwater modem prototype.
Communicating and transferring data underwater presents challenges in naval operations, scientific exploration and commercial industry. Radio communications that work effectively on land do not work as well underwater, so they must be replaced by acoustic communications, officials said.
Zhou joined the UConn faculty in 2003.
-- Kate Farrish and Grace E. Merritt
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