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FAU Professor Named Program Director for National Science Foundation Networking Technology and Systems Program

BOCA RATON, FL (January 31, 2007) -   Dr. Jie Wu, Florida Atlantic University professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and preeminent authority in the fields of wireless networks, sensor networks and parallel processing, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a program director for the Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program.

              NSF’s NeTS program solicits proposals from the networking research and education community, encouraging investigators to make bold assumptions about the future of networking.

The scope of their program covers all properties of information networks including network architecture, protocols, algorithms, and proof-of-concept implementation of hardware and software. Research scope of the program spans many types of networks that include end-to-end complex wide-area networks and sub-networks including local area networks, ad hoc networks, sensor networks, vehicular networks and optical networks. The NeTS operates with a $40 million annual budget to further research in this field and oversees grant proposals for all universities within the United States.

“Communication and computer networks are one of the world’s most vital infrastructures spanning across many different industries,” said Wu. “It is a distinct honor to be selected as a program director for the NSF’s Networking Technology and Systems program and to help fulfill their important mission.”

Wu will be working in the computer and networks system division in a cluster group with three other directors who are responsible for different areas of research within the NeTS program. Wu’s primary area of responsibility will be in wireless networks and his projects will address issues pertaining to radio communications, mobility, location and the limited power supplies of portable information devices.

“Dr. Wu has long demonstrated outstanding leadership in the development of research programs of the very highest quality,” said Dr. Karl K. Stevens, dean of FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “His selection by the NSF for this very important position is further recognition of his many accomplishments and of the quality of the research programs in our college.”

In this position, Wu will be working from an office in Arlington, Virginia while maintaining his home in Florida and working with his graduate students at FAU.

              “This important appointment demonstrates the excellence and caliber of research being conducted by Dr. Wu and his colleagues at Florida Atlantic University,” said Dr. Larry F. Lemanski, vice president for research at FAU. “We are extremely proud of Dr. Wu’s accomplishments and wish him much success in this new role.”

In 2006, Wu was awarded the “Outstanding Overseas Young Researcher Award” by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and was designated a “Distinguished Research Professor” in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at FAU.   He also serves as the chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Technical Committee on Distributed Processing with a membership of 5,000 worldwide.


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