Snapshots: Research and Creative Work – Antenna Maker Awards $100K Research Grant to Wireless Lab

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The college’s Advanced Wireless Systems Research Center has won a two-year, $100,000 research grant from a Western New York antenna manufacturer to co-develop high-efficiency compact anten­nas for railway transpor­tation systems and, potential­ly, other applications.

Patanjali Parimi, director of the research center and principal investigator for the grant, said STI-CO Industries of Orchard Park made the award to take advantage of the college’s state-of-the-art wireless lab and equipment, his professional experience and the center’s doctoral-level and post-doctoral research staff.

“This is the first company to sponsor our research,” Parimi said. “We hope to continue to attract funding from other companies, as well.”

STI-CO has clients in law en­forcement, emergency response, transit and other realms in the United States and Canada.

Under terms of the grant, administered through the Research Foundation, Oswego’s wireless center will be responsible for design, simulation, measurement and preliminary prototyping of miniaturized, omnidirectional antennas. Scientists will test a variety of synthetic materials and other techniques to achieve size reduction. STI-CO will produce a final prototype and manufacture the wideband antennas.

The agreement calls for the collaborating researchers to disclose any new data, discoveries or inventions to the Research Foundation’s Technology Transfer Office for potential patent protection.

The center’s research laboratory in the Shineman Center features signal generators, signal analyzers, network and impedance analyzers, and computers running cutting-edge software packages. An anechoic chamber for testing in an environment free of reflections of sound and electromagnetic waves recently opened in Wilber Hall.

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