GSU receives $1.8 million in research grants


Two grants totaling $1.8 million from the U.S. Air Force have been awarded to two Grambling State University professors.

Yenumula B. Reddy, a computer science professor, and Naidu Seetala, a physics professor, are the recipients of the awards to conduct research on cognitive radio cloud network, high performance GP-GPU computing, robotics and structural material applications.

The grants are an integral part of the Air Force research program to develop and implement war-fighting technologies in air, space, and cyberspace. One of the research projects will address the technical barriers involved in developing ultra-high temperature ceramic materials for use in aerospace defense and national security applications.

“These grants, like many others that the university has received, showcase the ability of our faculty to engage in cutting edge applied research with broader national implication,” said Ken Koroma, associate vice president for grants and research administration. “Think about,” continued Koroma, “our faculty on these grants, using nano material in ceramic, will develop and characterize structural systems to be used by the U.S. Air force in propulsion and thermal protection systems. That is fantastic.”

The grants will also provide educational and research opportunities for GSU students. They will have hands-on research experiences by working directly with the faculty. Five students will receive internship positions every year at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.