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Aug 04 2014

NSF Awards NYIT Grant for Sputtering System to Support Nano/Micro-Fabrication Research

NSF LogoNew York Institute of Technology has received a $230,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase a direct current/radio frequency (DC/RF) sputtering system to support multi-disciplinary research on medical sensors, micro power generators, miniaturized flexible tag antennas, and bioengineering applications and implementations. 

“This grant represents a number of firsts for our university—it is the first NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant that NYIT has received, and we will house it in the very first clean room to be fabricated in Nassau County,” said Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at NYIT. “We’ve reached a whole new level in our engineering research expertise. NYIT is taking the lead in the scholarship of discovery and advanced pedagogy in strategically selected key areas that will result in new technologies and educated talents for the region’s economic growth.”

The new system, which will be located on NYIT’s Old Westbury campus this fall, enables the hardware implementation of theoretical research results in the fields of nano and micro electro-mechanical systems (NEMS and MEMS), nano/micro-scale fabrication  and technology development, biotechnology, microwave technology, and photonic technology. 

“NYIT’s research will focus on the development of wireless body area networks (WBANs) for reliable data acquisition in patient diagnosis and health monitoring scenarios, in the comfort of patients home while conducting normal daily activities,” explained Tao Zhang, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science in NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and principal investigator for the grant. The in-demand WBANs, which are wearable or implanted miniature sensors that measure heartbeat, temperature, and other vitals, provide constant monitoring and care in an unobtrusive manner by sending this medical data to health care practitioners via the Internet.  They also offer potential and significant health-care cost savings.

Professor Tao Zhang“This cutting-edge technology will provide our faculty and students invaluable hands-on educational and research opportunities at the interface of engineering and medicine at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “With the help of this grant, nanotechnology, advanced materials science, and the microfabrication of labs-on-a-chip, implantable or wearable devices and sensors, are going to be integrated in the programs and engineering courses we offer at NYIT.”

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