The U.S. National Science Foundation is investing $104 million in four new engineering research centers over the next five years. Each center will have a specific research focus.
Penn is one of the Principal Investigator, under the direction of Dr. Cherie Kagan, of the new NSF Engineering Research Center for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoTAg).
This IoTAg Center seeks to ensure food, energy and water security with new systems to increase crop production while minimizing energy and water use and environmental impacts of agricultural practices. To accomplish this task, center researchers will focus on the development of low-cost sensor technologies to measure these variables at relevant spatial and temporal scales. The other partner universities, include: Purdue University, University of California, Merced, and the University of Florida.
“For the last 35 years, engineering research centers have helped shape science and technology in the United States by fostering innovation and collaboration among industry, universities and government agencies,” said NSF Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan. “As we kick off a new generation of centers, NSF will continue to work with its partners to ensure the success of these collaborative enterprises and the transformative, convergent research impact they produce.”
The other centers include:
- NSF Engineering Research Center for Advanced Technologies for Preservation of Biological Systems aims to stop biological time by designing methods to cryogenically cool, hold and re-warm living materials without harm, extending our ability to bank and transport them. The center involves four partner universities: University of Minnesota (lead); Massachusetts General Hospital; University of California, Berkeley; and University of California, Riverside.
- NSF Engineering Research Center for Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification seeks to create sustainable, equitable and widespread electrification of vehicles by creating low-cost, ubiquitous, and worry-free charging. The center involves four partner universities: Utah State University (lead), Purdue University, University of Colorado and University of Texas at El Paso.
- NSF Engineering Research Center for Quantum Networks aims to create foundations for the future quantum internet by developing key quantum technologies and new functional building blocks connecting quantum processors over local and global scales. The center involves four partner universities: University of Arizona (lead), Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University.