About Us
The Center for Broadband Data Transport Science and Technology will perform cutting-edge research in optical and electrical data transport, switching, and processing to enable the massive scaling required by future generations of information technology systems.

Topics of Study
The Center's four areas of research include photonic links for broadband data transport; terahertz emitters and detectors for short range broadband data transfer and interconnects; wide band gap semiconductors for future communications systems; and remote experimentation and control using the Internet.

Outstanding Research Team
Over 20 prominent researchers from IBM; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Cornell University; University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY); and City College of New York are the founding members of the Center. These leaders in information technology research have published well over 3,000 professional articles and more than 25 books and 30 book chapters. They also have earned a total of more than 20 Fellowships from such prestigious organizations as the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). Two Center members are recipients of the Humboldt Research Award, three are R&D 100 winners, and at least four members have earned Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. Center members also hold over 230 patents.

IBM – Major Corporate Partner
Generous support from IBM was instrumental in the formation of the Center in Summer 2002. The two organizations are an appropriate match – the pairing links Rensselaer, the country's oldest technological university, with the company that initiated the information technology revolution.

IBM's contribution includes a major donation of computer hardware and software provided through its Shared University Research (SUR) Program. The equipment will be used to develop a computer cluster and computer-assisted design (CAD) tools. The cluster will include a server to support remote experimentation and device and circuit design for broadband data transport. Valuable access to IBM's device, processing, and packaging capabilities over the next five years also will provide state-of-the-art technical support for the Center.

In addition, IBM may provide fellowships, internships, and other investments in support of the programmatic and infrastructure development of the Center (on a competitive basis). Center faculty and graduate and undergraduate students also may spend time working at IBM. Other corporate partners, as well as additional university partners, may be invited to join the center in the future.

Contact Information
For more information on the Center for Broadband Data Transport Science and Technology, please contact:

Dr. Michael Shur, Director
(518) 276-2201
shurm@rpi.edu

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