NYU-Poly Professor Receives Grant For Frequency Band Research

Theodore Rappaport, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and Auburn University professor Shiwen Mao received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further research the new frequency band, 60 gigahertz, which can be used for long distance outdoor and indoor radio, wireless and other networks.

The grant is under NSF’s Networking Technology and Systems program, which aims to gain a better understanding of the characteristics of the frequency and develop protocols for the future.

Rappaport, who is also the founder and director of NYU Wireless, said the Federal Communications Commission recently approved the frequency band for long distance outdoor use, possibly to replace fiber connections between buildings, as well as indoor networks 

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