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Undergraduate Research Opportunities at Wireless @ Virginia Tech

Research at the railroadWireless @ Virginia Tech has opportunities for undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience in multiple aspects of wireless communications.Wireless @ Virginia Tech has supported undergraduate student researchers throughout its existence, including through a summer research site in Cognitive Communication that was supported by the National Science Foundation's (NSF’s) Research Experiences for Undergraduates program from 2009 through 2014.

Undergraduate students who work with Wireless @ Virginia Tech will have opportunities to participate in research activities such as laboratory and field measurements, computer simulations, and preparation of project reports and proposals. In some cases, undergraduate students may be involved in system design or theoretical work. Undergraduate students will typically work as part of research teams that include faculty, graduate students, and / or other undergraduates. Options include voluntary work for experience and for-credit independent study or undergraduate research. Paid research positions are sometimes available, particularly for students who have already demonstrated their interest and commitment through work with the group.

We continue working to prepare undergraduates for research in wireless communications through a new grant called Wireless Communication Testbeds for Authentic STEM Learning (WCT). The WCT project aims to reinforce fundamental communication engineering concepts through hands-on interactive sessions in which students use their knowledge to operate real radios in challenging environments.  These interactive tutorial exercises use the Internet-accessible, FCC-licensed Cognitive Radio and Network Testbed (CORNET).  Students will receive real-time feedback on their performance in tutorial exercises and other experiences that will adapt engaging approaches used in game applications.  Students will participate using standard web browsers on PCs or mobile devices.

Related elective courses are available and recommended for students interested in continuing work in wireless communications. The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering maintains a list of ECE Specializations and concentrations at https://www.ece.vt.edu/undergrad/specialize. Wireless-related courses will fall under the Communications, Digital Signal Processing, Networking and Antennas and Satellites areas of specialization.

For more information please contact Dr. Carl Dietrich.

 

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