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* Andrew Weiner

May 4, 2009

ECE professor awarded grant for Department of Defense research

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Andrew Weiner, a Purdue University engineering professor, has been named one of nine new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows by the U.S. Department of Defense.

As a fellow, Weiner, the Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will conduct research for the Defense Department on ultrabroadband radio-frequency technology. He expects to receive a grant of $600,000 annually for five years, plus overhead costs.

Weiner is a leader in the field of ultrafast optical signal processing. He proposes to open an essentially new field that will enable the generation, processing and application of radio-frequency electrical signals of unprecedented bandwidth and to show the potential for revolutionary capability in areas such as covert wireless and signature recognition of remote devices.

"Your proposed research met the highest standards," Robin Staffin, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for laboratories and basic sciences, wrote in a letter to Weiner. "A rigorous technical review by a DoD expert group found your proposal well formed and of substantial import in a high-priority area for DoD."

As one of the 17 semifinalists, Weiner also underwent an interview with a panel of experts on the science and methodology of his research.

The nine 2009 fellows were chosen from a pool of 468 nominees. The fellows are top-tier researchers from U.S. universities who conduct long-term, unclassified, basic research of strategic importance to the Defense Department.

Their various research projects are considered crucial in areas such as sensors, functional materials, surveillance, near-shore navigation, communications and information security, energy independence, and force protection.

Weiner is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has published more than 200 journal papers, is the author of more than 350 conference presentations and holds 10 patents.

Among awards he has won are the International Commission for Optics Prize, the inaugural College of Engineering Research Excellence Award and the Curtis McGraw Research Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu  

Source: Andrew Weiner, 765 494-5574, amw@purdue.edu  

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