Mao awarded National Science Foundation grant to explore wireless networks

Published: Aug 30, 2013 1:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Morgan Stashick,, 334-844-3591


Shiwen Mao, McWane associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a $250,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the 60 GHz spectrum band. His research, “Exploring the 60 GHz Spectral Frontier for Multi-Gigabit Wireless Networks,” could help to develop more powerful and less expensive wireless applications and services.

The growth of wireless data traffic is leading to spectrum depletion among wireless networks. The massive unlicensed bandwidth in the 60 GHz band, a high frequency communications network, provides potential to meet the world’s surging wireless data demand. Mao will explore 60 GHz propagation and channel characteristics, as well as investigate effective 60 GHz network protocols. His findings will be incorporated into Auburn’s wireless engineering curriculum through seminars, paper topics, course projects and textbooks. Undergraduate students will work on the project through supplement funds from the NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.