Department of Education Grant Will Support 5 PhD Students Doing Research in Bioelectrical Engineering

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the 2015 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program grant application submitted by our department. The project amount is $922,743.

The project director is Athina Petropulu and the co-directors are: W.U. Bajwa, Z. Gajic, K. Dana, M. Javanmard, S. Jha, J. Lindqvist, L. Najafizadeh, A. Sarwate, and S. Zonouz.

The goal of the proposed program is to sustain and enhance the capacity for teaching and research in the areas of bioelectrical engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Rutgers School of Engineering and at national level. To meet this general objective, the ECE Department will train five doctoral students in cutting-edge research in bioelectrical engineering, and also in pedagogical methods, so that they can assume leading roles in academia and industry upon graduation.

An additional objective is to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities doctoral students, who will pursue careers in bioelectrical engineering fields. The proposed research will lead to novel sensors and devices for acquiring bio-related data, novel methods for processing bio-related signals and extracting information of interest, novel computational models of diseases using supercomputers, novel methods for ensuring trust-worthiness, cybersecurity and privacy of biosensors, bio-data, and bio-computation. This research will lead to discoveries that will revolutionize healthcare, and create new employment opportunities.

Rutgers is providing matching support of 25% of the project cost. Recruitment, selection, and funding of students supported by the project will be carried out in accordance with the authorizing statutes.