Engineering faculty receive university outreach grants

Published: Jun 16, 2008 11:56:04 AM
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Auburn Engineering faculty members Prathima Agrawal and Juan Gilbert were two of seven Auburn University faculty to receive competitive Outreach Scholarship Grants from the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach for 2008-09. The primary goal of the program is to provide AU faculty members with resources to connect their research with pressing needs of the state.

Prathima Agrawl

Prathima Agrawal

Agrawal, Samuel Ginn Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Wireless Engineering Research and Education Center, received $20,000 for her proposal, "Communication Infrastructure Pilot Project Proposal for Alabama's Black Belt." The project will deploy state-of-the-art data communication networking capability to select public sites, such as schools, libraries and municipal buildings, within the economically distressed Black Belt region of Alabama.

Juan Gilbert

Juan Gilbert

Gilbert, TSYS Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, shares his award with Veena Chattaraman and Wi-Suk Kwon, faculty members in the College of Human Sciences. Their $10,000 grant supports their proposal, "Bridging the Digital Divide to Enhance Internet Technology among the Elderly." The project will integrate computer and social sciences to develop applications that have the potential to enhance the use of the Internet by the elderly, thus improving their quality of life through increased independence.

The Office of the Vice President for University Outreach has awarded more than $90,000 to faculty initiatives this year. Seven projects were funded out of 18 proposals submitted for the competitive grant program. These projects will contribute greatly to Auburn University's efforts toward improving the quality of life for individuals, organizations, counties and towns throughout Alabama.

For more information on these and the other five awards, visit