Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center to be established at Auburn University

Published: Sep 24, 2013 5:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Morgan Stashick, , 334-844-3591


Prathima Agrawal, Samuel Ginn professor in Auburn University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Wireless Engineering Research and Education Center (WEREC), has received a National Science Foundation grant to establish the Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center (BWAC). The center will support broadband wireless development as a platform for innovation, while linking the university with a diverse set of member companies across the broadband industry spectrum.

Along with Auburn University, BWAC will be collaborating with the University of Arizona, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. At Auburn, the center will be housed under WEREC, a program that encourages faculty and students to excel in wireless technology research that is changing the way humans and machines communicate. With the prospect of both faculty and students conducting research in the new center, BWAC will impact the possibilities of research and curriculum development for students in Auburn’s wireless engineering program. Agrawal will serve as Auburn’s center site director while Shiwen Mao, McWane associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, will serve as assistant director.

The center will focus on four areas, which include enabling sharing of up to multiple GHz of spectrum using technological advances; co-existence of heterogeneous devices such as radar and communication systems; providing connectivity for new applications such as wireless devices in tech savvy hospitals; and improving electronic warfare technologies while addressing  national security issues.

Contributed by Alissa Best