October 24, 2007

The LSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, along with several other “mentor” institutions, leads a consortium of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and minority institutions (MI) in the Minority Leaders Program in Aerospace Sensors, a research program supporting the Sensors Directorate of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The research focuses on aerospace sensor components, processing, subsystems and system simulations and evaluations, algorithm development, and countermeasures techniques. In addition to its research focus, this program also aims to introduce students at all participating schools to aerospace sensor research, and particularly to increase HBCU/MI faculty participation in DOD contracts.

To enhance leadership development among minority and underrepresented students, the Minority Leaders Program emphasizes participation and collaboration of students from high school to all levels of college, as well as of high-school math and science teachers and university professors. The program conducts seminars for the training and development of teachers using new sensor hardware and software technology, along with new laboratory experiments based on that technology. These math and science teachers, with enhanced knowledge of in-sensor related subjects, can then attract more students at their high schools toward enrollment and graduation in university science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs at participating HBCU/MIs, thereby increasing HBCU/MI student participation in the sciences and engineering. The program also identifies opportunities for participation in other related AFRL activities, such as summer training programs.

For further information contact:

Dr. M. Naraghi-Pour (Principal Investigator), mort@ece.lsu.edu, 225-578-5551

Dr. R.C. Woods (Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering), cwoods@lsu.edu, 225-578-5243

Information excerpted from ECE “Tiger Bytes” Department Newsletter, Fall 2007, Issue 4

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