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An Nsf Grant With Itt Industries

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.105.1 - 5.105.7



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Paul I-Hai Lin

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Hal Broberg

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Session 1350

An NSF Grant with ITT Industries Hal Broberg, Paul Lin Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN


An NSF GOALI grant (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) was approved for the period June 1997 through May 2000. The grant supports applied research in areas related to weather satellite instrumentation, a principal business of ITT (Aerospace-Communications), a division of ITT Industries located in Fort Wayne. This grant, with matching funding from ITT, paid summer salaries for two faculty members from the ECET department and two from the EE department to work full-time at ITT. The professors' ¼ time research release during the academic year was also devoted to the applied research and was supported by the University. The discussion below provides information on the grant process, the areas of applied research, and on how the research and the relationships with engineers and managers at ITT helped the ECET department.

I. Introduction

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is a state-supported commuter campus with about 12,000 students (about 5500 FTE). The School of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science contains 5 departments: engineering, electrical and computer engineering technology, manufacturing technology, civil and architectural engineering technology, and computer science. ECET provides instruction for accredited1 A.S. and B.S. programs in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET), with options in computer engineering technology. There are about 220 students majoring in EET and over 1100 students have received Purdue EET degrees during the past 35 years. The average age of our students is about 28 and most have full-time employment. The Engineering Department provides instruction for accredited2 B.S. programs in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The number of EE majors is approximately equal to the number of EET majors.

ITT (Aerospace-Communications) builds weather satellite instruments for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), builds SINCGARS, frequency- hopping military radios and is one of the top ten employers in the area. Hundreds of engineers work at ITT and over 50 EET graduates and a number of current students work there, primarily as engineers and technicians. Generally, when an ITT employee receives a B.S. degree in EET, the person is promoted to an engineering position.

Four areas of research involving weather satellite instrumentation were selected for study: Adaptive control to improve imaging (visible spectrum) and sounding (IR

Lin, P. I., & Broberg, H. (2000, June), An Nsf Grant With Itt Industries Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8596

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