The Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center (BWAC) was created as a result of a clear realization that the enormous bandwidth increases that have recently hit both the cellular and networking fields requires a new research center with a new research direction that addresses the revolutionary landscape that faces the wireless field. The time is ripe to go beyond just wireless internet to broadband access and its numerous applications. This will be the focus of the new BWAC Center.
There is a close partnership between BWAC and the Wireless @ Virginia Tech research group. A large number of BWAC researchers are also members of Wireless @ VT, with both groups sharing testbed facilities, equipment, and other research infrastructure. It is through these types of partnerships and collaborations that BWAC hopes to build the new foundations for research and development in advancing wireless technology to meet the needs of the present and the future.
The Virginia Tech BWAC Site Director, Dr. Jung-Min "Jerry" Park, received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN in 2003. He is currently a professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech). His areas of expertise include cognitive radio networks, wireless communications and networking, network security, and applied cryptography. Dr. Park is a recipient of a 2008 NSF CAREER Award, a corecipient of the 2008 Hoeber Excellence in Research Award, and a recipient of a 1998 AT&T Leadership Award. He is a senior member of the IEEE and ACM, and a member of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA). A complete list of BWAC's Virginia Tech faculty can be found on our People section. We also maintain a list of current BWAC Member Universities and contact information for them as well.