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WVU Tech Faculty Member Receives $20,000 Instrumentation Award

Dr. Mingyu Lu, a West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) faculty member, has been awarded a $20,000 state grant to purchase scientific instruments for teaching and research.

Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, received the award for an experimental test bed to study wireless communication in underground coalmines. The award is a 2013 Instrumentation Grant, awarded by the W.Va. Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Lu’s research and look forward to his continued scholarly contributions with this award. He is such an asset to our College,” explained Dr. Zeljko Torbica, WVU Tech dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences.

The Instrumentation Grant program purchases scientific equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories to encourage undergraduate students in West Virginia to continue careers in science, mathematics and engineering.

Funding for the award comes from the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, which lays the foundation for many of West Virginia’s competitive grant programs. Since 2005, the state’s Research Challenge Fund has awarded more than $29.7 million for research, supporting 19 institutions across West Virginia.

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