Oakwood Faculty Awarded DoD Grant

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Dr. Darayas Patel

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The Office of Research and Grants at Oakwood University recently announced the award of the Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MIs) the Department of the Army—Materiel Command by the Department of Defense to Dr. Darayas Patel , professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. 

The Research and Education Program for HBCUs/MIs is designed to support the acquisition of research equipment and instrumentation by HBCUs/MIs, augment existing capabilities, develop new capabilities in technical areas of interest to the Department of Defense, and attract students to pursue studies leading to careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines, and impact student participation in research. 

The $205,808 award provides crucial funding to study, “Instrumentation for Research & Education in the Field of Nanophotonic Lasers with Parity-Time Symmetry.” Dr. Patel’s goals for the project are to:

  • enhance research and education programs and capabilities in scientific and engineering disciplines critical to the national security functions of DoD;
  • enhance the capacity of HBCUs/MIs to participate in DoD research programs and activities; and
  • increase the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

 Through this grant, students will learn how to use the equipment ne eded for the project and engage in relevant research that can enhance students’ research capabilities.

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