Dr. Shekhar Pradhan, Department Head of Electrical Engineering Technology at Bluefield State College, recently took part in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) panel review process.
The NSF is a primary funding agency for providing grant money to institutions of higher education throughout the United States. The panel review committee considers proposals submitted by colleges and universities, then makes recommendations to NSF. The process is competitive, and federal money is awarded to selected top proposals.
In the meeting where Dr. Pradhan participated, proposals submitted under NSF's Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Program were reviewed, with panel recommendations for funding forwarded to NSF. A total of $67 million in requests was considered by the panel, with $16 million to be awarded to top proposals.
Dr. Pradhan had earlier written two proposals considered by NSF, which awarded $14 million to one proposal for the purchase of six SUN workstations. The workstations will be used for designing very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits by BSC students. The completed design will be e-mailed to the University of Southern California (MOSIS service)/Marina Del-Ray. USC personnel will fabricate the computer chip designed by BSC students and mail the chip back for student testing.
A separate proposal written by Dr. Pradhan to finance the computer chip-fabrication project (in collaboration with USC/Marina Del-Ray) has also been approved by NSF.