UM gets $5 million grant for satellite 'brain bank'

October 10, 1991|By Ted Shelsby

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration awarded the University of Maryland a $5 million grant yesterday to develop a "brain bank" at the College Park campus to help industry develop new commercial applications for satellite communications.

Anthony Ephremides, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Maryland and co-director of the center, said that the new center will have input from professors at the Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado at Boulder and West Virginia University.

It also has the financial backing of about a dozen industrial partners, including Martin Marietta Corp., Westinghouse Electric Corp. and COMSAT Laboratories.

Dr. Ephremides said the center is looking to industry to match the government's funding and perhaps contribute even more.

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