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For Immediate Release  News contact:  Jenni Bullington, UTD, (972) 883-4431, [email protected]


Assistant Professor of Computer Science At UTD

Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation Award

Grant Goes to Junior Faculty Members With Great Promise

RICHARDSON, Texas (September 6, 2001) - Dr. Ravi Prakash, assistant professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been granted a Career Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his work in mobile computing and wireless networking.

The award, worth $250,000 over the next five years, is part of the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development program, also known as CAREER. The Career Award is the NSF’s most prestigious honor for junior faculty members and recognizes and supports the early career development activities of the teacher/scholars who are most likely to become academic leaders of the 21st century. Recipients are selected on the basis of creative career development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their respective institutions.

Prakash’s area of research and expertise involves mobile networks, specifically developing new solutions for mobile ad hoc networking and evaluating the performance of those solutions by computer-simulated experiments, possibly building small prototypes as research advancements are made. No such commercial network currently exists. The research is important because if cellular networks break down - in situations such as natural disasters - or do not exist, such as in Third World countries, on a battlefield or in remote locations, this technology could “pick up the slack” and create its own network via Personal Digital Assistants or mobile computers.

“We are honored to have among our talented staff recipients of such distinguished grants as the NSF Career Award,” said Dr. Andrew Blanchard, senior associate dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UTD. “Ravi is an outstanding researcher, and we are confident his findings will lead to greater understanding - and solutions - in mobile ad-hoc networks.”

Prakash also conducts research in distributed systems, operating systems, cellular telephony and satellite networks. To date, Nortel Networks, Alcatel USA and the NSF have funded much of his research. A member of the Embedded Software Council, Prakash completed his doctorate in Computer and Information Science at Ohio State University and has published articles in scholarly journals, assisted in the development of technical reports and has spoken at numerous conferences.

The NSF established the CAREER program in 1995 to help top-performing scientists and engineers early in their careers continue their commitment to research and education. Career Awards are bestowed each year to approximately 400 junior faculty members at universities across the country. Awards typically range in amount from $200,000 to $500,000 and in duration from four to five years.

Begun in 1950, the NSF was created to promote and advance progress in science and engineering research education in the United States. The NSF supports all fields of science, mathematics and engineering and is an independent federal agency that does not fall under any cabinet department.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls approximately 7,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s Web site at .

Last updated September 6, 2001 / rch

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