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NJIT Professor Receives Career Award from National Science Foundation To Improve Wireless Services

Symeon Papavassiliou, Ph.D., an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), won the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Early Career Development Award to develop software tools and network architecture to better manage wireless and wired networks.

Papavassiliou, of Fort Lee, will use the grant, $420,000 over five years, to assure that users of those networks - cell phones, hand-held computers, video games - receive better service even during heavy network use.

As winner of the NSF Early Career Development award, Papavassiliou was recognized as a faculty member with unusual promise. The Faculty Early Career Development Program at NSF supports the early career-development of teacher-scholars who are likely to become academic leaders. Awardees are selected on the basis of career-development plans that integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution.

Papavassiliou, of Fort Lee, said his research would specifically address problems now associated with wireless networks.

“Although new radio technology will allow for expanded wireless connections such as the speed and rate of data transmission, commonly known as bandwidth,” Papavassiliou said, “if not managed properly, this bandwidth expansion will not meet the requirements of future users.”

Wireless users, he said, will benefit from this research by obtaining higher communications speed, less network congestion and fewer communication lapses.

Papavassiliou will also use the NSF grant to help NJIT develop its wireless network knowledge with new courses; graduate student advising; undergraduate project supervision; participation in an outreach program; lectures at technical high schools; and enhancement of NJIT labs.

“Among the objectives of the education plan,” he said, “is to create an attractive research and educational environment in which both graduate and undergraduate students can work together to learn and discover.”

Papavassiliou joined the department of electrical and computer engineering at NJIT in August 1999. Prior to coming to NJIT, he worked as a senior technical staff member at AT&T Laboratories, Middletown, and for four years as an adjunct professor at Polytechnic University, New York City. He is a member and key investigator of the New Jersey Center for Wireless Networking and Internet Security, based at NJIT, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His research has been recognized and funded by many industry and government organizations including MITRE Corp., Eatontown; Panasonic, Princeton; Northrop-Grumman, California; The New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology and the U.S. Army.

Papavassiliou received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and a master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University.

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