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Engineering Professors Awarded NSF Grant for Wireless Communications

Posted on | August 18, 2011 | Comments Off

Ohta and Shiroma headshots

From left, Aaron Ohta and Wayne Shiroma

Mānoa Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Aaron Ohta and Professor Wayne Shiroma were recipients of a three-year, $344,424 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the use of liquid metal in circuits to create new types of tunable communication systems.

The development of reconfigurable antennas and components that can adjust and adapt to changing conditions could result in communication systems that are more versatile, multifunctional, robust and economical. Liquid metal can be moved and changed, adjusting the properties of circuits, which will allow wireless communications systems to be quickly optimized for various conditions.

Read the news release.