Dawson, Palacios, Stonebraker win Deshpande grants

March 19, 2008

The MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation announced it is awarding $500,00 in grants to seven MIT research teams currently working on early stage discoveries. Three of the awardees include EECS faculty members. The role of the Deshpande Center is to act as catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship where funding of proof-of-concept explorations and validation for emerging technologies make possible the transition from MIT labs to the marketplace.

Joel Dawson, the Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power and Electrical Engineering at MIT, received a spring 2008 grant for a new architecture for highly efficient broadband RF transceivers. These high data rate transmitters will increase battery life in handsets and reduce heat generation in base stations. Read about Dawson's research group.

Tomas Palacios, Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is awarded the Deshpande spring 2008 grant for his work on gallium nitride high-electron mobility transistors. He will take a new approach to the fabrication technology of gallium nitride semiconductors to reduce the cost and improve the performance of electronic products. His award is a renewal of a spring 2007 grant.

EECS Adjunct Professor, Michael Stonebraker received the 2008 Deshpande grant for his work on integrating the deep web with the shallow web, a project which will provide sophisticated search capability for the 'deep web' of pages dynamically generated from data entered into forms.

Congratulations to Joel Dawson, Tomas Palacios and Michael Stonebraker!