PhD Student Jonathan Becker Awarded ASEE SMART Fellowship-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

PhD Student Jonathan Becker Awarded ASEE SMART Fellowship-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

PhD Student Jonathan Becker Awarded ASEE SMART Fellowship

Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley campus (CMUSV) PhD student Jonathan Becker was awarded a three-year fellowship through the ASEE SMART scholarship program. SMART stands for Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation. The SMART scholarship program was established by the Department of Defense to help undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of engineering and science earn their degrees, as well as recruit talented engineers and scientists to work at DoD laboratories. Becker is one of 250 finalists selected from more than 3,300 applicants seeking the scholarship.

Becker’s research is in developing algorithms that control adaptive anti-jamming beamforming antenna arrays. “This is important in Electrical and Computer Engineering research because there are currently 5 billion mobile users worldwide,” notes Professor Jason Lohn, Becker’s faculty advisor, and director of the Carnegie Mellon Innovations Lab at the Silicon Valley campus. “This number is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020. As such, the wireless radio spectrums will saturate, and jamming is bound to occur.”

Regarding his time at CMUSV, Jonathan Becker said, “CMUSV has helped me achieve my goals through the help of my advisor Jason Lohn as well as classes taught at the Silicon Valley campus. The Stochastic Optimization class taught by Dr. Lohn and Ole Mengshoel has been very helpful for my research. Classes taught by other professors have provided me with knowledge and tools necessary for me to conduct my research.”