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The Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center ( BWAC ) is a multi-university research center sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under its Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program.

University of Arizona

There are five member universities that make up BWAC. The University of Arizona Center serves as the lead center. Dr. Tamal Bose serves as both the local University of Arizona Site Director, and the Director of the BWAC Center overall. Dr. Marwan Krunz is the Site Co-Director.

Ole Miss

The Catholic University of America
Dr. Hang Liu, Site Director

Ole Miss

University of Mississippi
Dr. Ramanarayanan Viswanathan, Site Director

University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame
Dr. J. Nicholas Laneman, Site Director

BWAC Fall IAB Meeting Date: October 26 - 27, 2017 at the University of Notre Dame

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Virginia Tech BWAC Site Director Dr. Jerry Park Selected as IEEE Fellow!

Dr. Jerry Park, site director of the Virginia Tech Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center has been selected as an IEEE Fellow as a result of his contributions to dynamic spectrum sharing, cognitive radio networks and security issues. Dr. Jerry Park is also the Associate Director for Affiliate Relations for the Wireless @ Virginia Tech research group.

Jerry Park, Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named an IEEE Fellow. He  is being recognized for his contributions to dynamic spectrum sharing, cognitive radio networks, and security issues.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Jung-Min “Jerry” Park received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA in 2003.  He is currently the Site Director of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I-UCRC) called Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center (BWAC).  Park is also an Executive Committee Member of the National Spectrum Consortium.  His research interests include cognitive radio networks, dynamic spectrum sharing, networking, wireless security and privacy, and applied cryptography.  Current or recent research sponsors include the NSF, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and several industry sponsors.  Park is a recipient of a 2014 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Faculty Fellow Award, a 2008 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, a 2008 Hoeber Excellence in Research Award, and a 1998 AT&T Leadership Award.  He is currently serving on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and the IEEE/KICS Journal of Communications and Networks.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000  plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

Dr. Michael Buehrer, Director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech and faculty member of the Virginia Tech BWAC center was also selected for this prestigious honor for his contributions to wideband signal processing in communications and geolocation. Congratulations to our new IEEE Fellows!

About I/UCRCs

The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Program is influencing positive change in the performance capacity of the U.S. industrial enterprise. Over the past three decades, the I/UCRCs have led the way to a new era of partnership between universities and industry, featuring high-quality, industrially relevant fundamental research, strong industrial support of and collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of university developed ideas, research results, and technology to U.S. industry to improve its competitive posture in world markets. Through innovative education of talented graduate and undergraduate students, the I/UCRCs are providing the next generation of scientists and engineers with a broad, industrially oriented perspective on engineering research and practice.

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university located in Blacksburg, VA. Established in 1872, Virginia Tech has evolved into the leading research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia Tech also ranks in the top 25 research universities in the country.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers more than 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

News & Events

Virginia Tech Tackles the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

A team of researchers from Virginia Tech has been awarded a $2,000,000 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to participate in the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge. Read more..



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Dr. Jerry Park Appointed to Steering Committee for DySPAN 2018

Prof. Jerry Park has been appointed to serve as a Steering Committee Co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN). Read more..

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Dr. Jerry Park Awarded 2017 Dean's Award for Research Excellence

Prof. Jerry Park has been awarded a 2017 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Research Excellence. Read more..

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