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MEDIA CONTACT: Marc Kozlin 561-297-1399, mkozlin1@fau.edu

FAU Receives Research Grant to Bridge the Gap Between Research, Education, and Industry BOCA RATON, FL (April 14, 2011) –Shihong Huang, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of computer & electrical engineering and computer science (CEECS), within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University, was recently awarded a $65,000 research grant to work on a series of projects with two undergraduate students for research & development on web-based applications that can be accessed without the restriction of geographical location. The students will work with Huang in her lab at FAU’s Boca campus to complete projects for ProntoProgress, a software company based in Fort Lauderdale. ProntoProgress will provide funding for one year, which includes a $35,000 membership in the NSF-sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (CAKE). “The goal of the projects is to focus on both research and education while also bridging the gap with industry relations,” said Huang. “Not only will the research provide helpful tools, but it also will afford these students real-world software development experience to complement their coursework within the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The projects also provide mentoring and training to help students gain various skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.” One such project is the Bluewater Inventory Charts and Compliance System (BICCS) Project and consists of an inventory and customer management system focused on the nautical industry, more specifically for large boats and yachts. Clients of the system will use the BICCS to manage their inventory, activate/deactivate corrections for nautical charts, place new orders, and print reports for inventory to demonstrate compliance with new and changing sea laws. For more information, contact Marc Kozlin at 561-297-1399 or mkozlin1@fau.edu.

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About Florida Atlantic University: Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu. About the Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (CAKE): The Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement was established as part of a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF,) jointly with Florida International University. The center provides a framework for interaction between university faculty and industry in the critically important areas of information technology, communication, and computing. Using a collaborative approach, the advanced research carried out by CAKE will fortify other areas of science and technology. This center is one of only 12 NSF-supported facilities of its kind in the United States. For more information about the center, contact the center’s coordinator: Jean Mangiaracia ceecs@fau.edu or the director, Dr. Borko Furht bfurht@fau.edu.


FAU Receives Research Grant to Bridge the Gap BetweenResearch, Education, and Industry