National Science Foundation funds collaborative research between Louisiana Tech and Grambling

Jul 6, 2022 | Engineering and Science, General News, Partnerships, Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research, innovation and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in the United States.

The National Science Foundation has awarded Louisiana Tech University $300,000.

The project that received this funding is entitled “IRES Track I: Towards a Green and Self-Powered Internet of Things (IoT) using Vibration Energy Harvesting,” is under the direction of Dr. Hamzeh Bardaweel, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Nanosystem Engineering.

Over the span of three years, 18 undergraduate students will be recruited from two Louisiana institutions, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, to participate in international activities at the University of Sheffield, UK.

During the six week stay at the University of Sheffield, students will be engaged in research activities that are focused on raising students’ awareness of potential applications and environmental impacts of eco-friendly green energy harvesting systems.

Energy is a central focus of research within the College of Engineering and this project will contribute to the field of green energy generation by answering questions related to utilizing systems as reliable eco-friendly power sources for IoT sensors.

“The outcomes from this project will have significant societal impacts,” said Bardaweel. “Results from this project will help answer fundamental questions about how it may be possible for greener solutions to be used as power sources.”

The outcomes will be presented at the ASME-IMECE Undergraduate Research and Design Exposition and two annual on-campus recruitment and dissemination workshops at both Louisiana Tech and Grambling.