On Campus, March 2015

A researcher at Northeastern University (MA) is leading the way for pioneering sub-aquatic Wi-Fi, which could lead to the first underwater smartphone or wireless router. A few years ago, Tommaso Melodia’s lab became the first to send an underwater tweet. Now, with the support of a National Science Foundation grant, his research is “focusing on the possibility of real-time underwater video streaming.”

“This technology enables you to have a signal on a boat saying this is the location on the scuba diver, to enable voice communications amongst divers and monitor underwater activities…,” said Melodia. Read the article for more details on the first files to be wirelessly uploaded to the Internet under water.

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Thanks to Texas Instruments, a “life-size statue representing a female engineer” is to be installed on the engineering campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The statue is intended to inspire women entering a field in which they are outnumbered by men and is the dream of an international UIUC engineering student from India.

“It means a lot more than a statue at this point,” Sakshi Srivastava said. “It is a symbol that women in engineering have been doing great things, can do great things and will continue to do great things.” Click here to read the article for more information on the statue

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An article from the Democrat & Chronicle (NY), profiled the imaging science program at the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY). “The school known for its expertise in aerial and satellite photography, has now emerged as one of the world’s leading centers for research on drones, small unmanned aircraft.”

With the FAA designating six organizations across the country to conduct research to help devise rules for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States, RIT and MIT are the lead institutions to land one of the six designations.

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