Defense Department suggests FAMU-FSU College of Engineering for grant


Florida A&M has been recommended for a research grant totaling $1.9 million.

The U.S. Department of Defense recommended FAMU for the grant, which will fund research over the next three years. The funding will go to specific projects being performed by faculty members at the FAMU-Florida State College of Engineering.

“FAMU is extremely excited about these research initiatives and the faculty’s dedication in conducting research and training the next generation of engineers,” said K. Ken Redda, professor and interim vice president for research in a press release dated March 27. “I appreciate the hard work and dedication of these principal investigators in attracting these competitive grants that help support U.S. military initiatives.”

Four projects at the FAMU-FSU COE will benefit from the funding. The projects include the High Temperature Supersonic Jet Noise by Farrukh Alvi, a professor of mechanical engineering. This project will aim to reduce the noise pollution created by jets utilizing actuation methods that soften the noise made by jet engines.

The grant is being offered by the U.S. DOD Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions. The goal of the program is to increase the number of minority graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.