FIU joins forces with other universities to pioneer small health and environment-monitoring devices

FIU will partner with North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Virginia on a national nanotechnology research effort to create small, wearable, self-powered devices that will help people monitor their health. Members of the FIU ASSIST team include Drs. Masoud Milani, Gustavo Roig, Joong-ho Moon, Shekhar Bhansali and Neera Bhansali.

The National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), will be headquartered on NC State’s Centennial Campus and is a joint effort among the four institutions. The center, funded by an initial five-year $18.5 million grant from NSF, also includes five affiliated universities and about 30 industry partners in its global research consortium. NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) are among the largest and most prestigious grants made by the engineering directorate of the federal agency.

“We are honored to play such an important role in groundbreaking research that has the potential to save lives,” said Amir Mirmiran, dean of FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing. “This is recognition of FIU’s strategic investment and hard work in nanotechnology research that will have a tremendous impact on our local and global communities.”

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