College of Engineering

ECE Department, ATMC and Progeny Systems Awarded $750k DoD STTR Grant

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) along with their partners the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC) and Progeny Systems of Middletown, Rhode Island were awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for $750k by the Department of Defense. The ECE department chair, Dr. Dayalan Kasilingam, is the UMass Principal Investigator on this project, which runs from September 2008 through December 2009. The UMass share of the project is $190k for the same period. The new round of funding is for Phase II of the STTR project. UMass and Progeny successfully completed Phase I of the project during the 2007/08 academic year.

The project titled 'Miniaturized Wireless Data Acquisition for Payload Development and Integration' is to design and develop a wireless data acquisition system to be used during torpedo testing. The DoD client for this project is the Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC) of Newport, Rhode Island. As part of this project, Progeny Systems along with their UMass counterparts will develop a fast and compact wireless link which will be used to download sensor data from torpedoes undergoing testing. The work involves designing the appropriate embedded system for data acquisition, signal conditioning and processing, data storage and fast and reliable wireless transmission.

Dr. Kasilingam, whose expertise is in the fields of wireless communications and remote sensing, will be the lead investigator for the UMass team. He is currently being assisted by two ECE students, Michael Morin and Michael Rijo. Michael Morin is a graduate student and is currently in the five-year BS/MS program. Michael Rijo is an electrical engineering senior. ECE lecturer, David Lincoln, will also assist in the development of the embedded components for this project. ATMC's Keith Mackenzie is the UMass coordinator for the project.

Progeny Systems Corporation is a privately-held high-tech small business specializing in electronic systems development for the United States Department of Defense (DoD), and other government and business organizations. Progeny Systems' corporate headquarters in Manassas, Virginia offers a full array of computing systems to support the development, testing and integration of leading edge technology systems for the DoD and commercial customers. Since 1995, Progeny has provided high quality engineering solutions and services to the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, National Institutes of Health, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Fortune 500 customers.

Author: "Dayalan Kasilingam"
Date: 9-10-2008

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