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Motorola Foundation Professor and IRIM Associate Director for Research Ayanna Howard and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Outreach Director Leyla Conrad received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) continuing grant to add a robotics component to Georgia Tech’s SURE program.
Funded with co-support from the Department of Defense and NSF’s Division of Engineering Education and Centers, the program supports undergraduate students in an immersive, ten-week summer robotics research experience designed to attract qualified underrepresented students into graduate school in the fields of engineering and science.
Scheduled to launch in May 2014, the robotics program will be offered in conjunction with the ongoing Georgia Tech SURE program, which was established in 1992. Adding a robotics component to the SURE program is important not only to diversify research options for students but is also timely as the strategic importance of robotics and automation technologies to the U.S. economy continues to increase.
This program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Site: Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) (1263049) and is co-funded by the Department of Defense in partnership with the NSF REU program and NSF's Division of Engineering Education and Centers.