Dr. Yimin D. Zhang, Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected as a Faculty Fellow for the 2019 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (AF SFFP). Dr. Zhang will spend eight weeks this summer at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Kirtland AFB, NM, to study novel signal processing techniques that improve satellite communications. He participated in the AF SFFP program in 2012 and 2013 at the Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.

Satellite communications play critical and increasing roles for mobile users in both commercial and military sectors. In particular, satellite communications are the only means to enable connectivity when mobile terminals are not reachable through terrestrial links. The eight-week stay at the Kirtland AFB will provide Dr. Zhang valuable research experience through solving practical problems, and the outcomes are expected to enrich the research spectrum of the Advanced Signal Processing Lab, and will be integrated in classroom instructions.

According to System Plus which provides the oversight and administrative structure for the selection and appointment of applicants, the AF SFFP program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and its objectives are, among others, to stimulate professional relationships among AF SFFP participants and the scientists and engineers at Air Force research facilities, enhance the research interests and capabilities of faculty in the U.S. academic community, and elevate the awareness in the U.S. academic community of Air Force research needs and foster continued research at participates’ institutions.