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Launches Research Internships in Telecommunications Program
New Program Offers Research Opportunities to Undergraduates
The department is launching its new Research Internships in Telecommunications (RITE Site) program this summer, giving 19 undergraduate students from both the University of Maryland and outside universities an opportunity to engage in research in the broad area of telecommunications.
The RITE Site, a four-year program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, matches students in groups of 2-3 with faculty members to conduct team-based, cross-disciplinary research on specific telecommunications-related projects.
Students awarded RITE internships were chosen from more than 75 applicants. Half of the students accepted were from the University of Maryland, while the rest were from other universities around the country. Participants for the Summer 1998 RITE Site program consist of a highly talented group of individuals, having completed at least two years (usually more) of their undergraduate career.
In addition to their individual projects, students will participate in field trips to industry and government labs, hear technical presentations from field leaders in telecommunications, and receive assistance on career planning and graduate school. At the end of the 11-week program, students will demonstrate their projects at the RITE Site Fair, competing against their student colleagues. Some individuals will have the opportunity to continue their research during the 1998-99 academic year.
The summer 1998 RITE Site projects, directing faculty, and participating students include: (1) Virtual Indoor Wireless Laboratory: Prof. A. Papamarcou, Meenakshi Narayanan (UMD), Jeffrey Hazen, (UMD), Julian Requejo (UMD); (2) Multimedia Encoding for Heterogeneous Networks: Prof. N. Farvardin, Jarriel Cook (UMD), Alan Leung (RPI), Teen Sheng (UMD); (3) Computational Models of the Human Auditory System: Prof. S. Shamma, Matthew Guyton (UMD); (4) Rapid Prototyping of Low-Power/High-Performance VLSI Systems for DSP Applications: Prof. K. Nakajima and Prof. S. Bhattacharyya, Justin Bowlus (UMD), Mikhail Itskovich (VaTech), Daniel Roddy (UMD); (5) Real-Time Operating Systems for Digital Signal Processors: Prof. D. Stewart, Zeggai Andermaria (RPI), Thomas Carley (UMD), Lesley Leposo (CMU), Melissa Moy (UMD); (6) Line-of-Sight Optical Communication Links: Prof. C. C. Davis, Ronald de Gunzman (GWU), David Wenzel, (VaTech); (7) Noise Reduction in Headphones: Prof. H.C. Lin, Jiwanjot Tulsi (UMD); (8) Fiber Optics Based ATM Network: Prof. M. Dagenais, John Kim (UMD), Susan Tsao (UMD).
For more information about the RITE Site, please visit http://www.ee.umd.edu/RITE/rite.html, or contact Dr. Lisa Kiely at (301) 4056082.