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UTA Engineering Professor Honored by Office of Naval Research

February 18, 2003

Dr. Qilian Liang, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, has received the prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Along with the award, Liang will receive a research grant of up to $100,000 per year for three years. He is one of only 26 awardees selected from 220 candidates.

ONR Young Investigators are among the best and brightest young academic researchers in the country. The awards are recognition of their research achievements, potential for continued outstanding research efforts, and strong support and commitment from their respective universities. “It’s a great honor to be selected, and this is a wonderful start for me here at UTA,” said Liang, who joined the College of Engineering in fall 2002. “I really appreciate the amount of support I’ve received from the Electrical Engineering Department and the University.” Liang’s near plan is to hire three graduate research assistants and purchase laboratory equipment.

The ONR’s Young Investigator Program supports basic research by exceptional faculty at U.S. universities who received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree within the preceding five years. For the ONR, Liang will conduct research on adaptive self-organizing unattended sensor networks to develop optimal topology for minimal power consumption and robust performance. The research will lead to application of computational intelligence models to wireless sensor networks such as the Marine Corps' Tactical Remote Sensor System.

Liang received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2000. Before coming to UTA, he was a systems designer with Hughes Network Systems in San Diego for a satellite-based GPRS network.

ONR Press Release
Qilian Lang's Faculty Web Page