Bridging the Digital Divide

Up to 30 percent of 16,000 South Bend public school students lack reliable internet access at home. That’s nearly 5,000 students who can’t use school-provided Chromebooks at home to read textbooks and turn in their work online

In 2012, enFocus grew out of Notre Dame’s Engineering, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s program (ESTEEM). Fellows work as nonprofit consultants on tech projects in the local community.

SpectrumX Policy Outreach Director, External Advisory Board member react to release of FCC, NTIA memorandum of understanding

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, August 2, that the two agencies will be increasing their coordination on spectrum management efforts.

Monisha Ghosh, SpectrumX Policy Outreach Director, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and former Chief Technology Officer at the FCC, and Janice Obuchowski, SpectrumX External Advisory Board member, President and Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Technologies, and former Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, within the Department of Commerce, NTIA, offered their comments.

National Spectrum Consortium launches Women in Spectrum Scholarship

The National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) is pleased to announce the Women in Spectrum Scholarship program. NSC intends to name at least 5 Spectrum Scholars during the inaugural year of this program (2022-2023). With this program, the NSC is hoping to further develop the pipeline of talented women engineers entering fields related to spectrum and communications.

SpectrumX hosts center-wide meeting at CU Boulder

On June 16 and 17, 2022, SpectrumX, the first U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Spectrum Innovation Center, held its inaugural center-wide meeting at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The review meeting gave each working group and project team the opportunity to share updates and obtain feedback on their collaborative efforts. Presentations were given on the center’s numerous priorities, including policy outreach, broadening participation, education and workforce development, and research in such areas as use cases and coexistence, economics and policy research, radio and networking technologies, and data and machine learning.

SpectrumX announces initial External Advisory Board members and hosts first meeting

On May 18, 2022, SpectrumX held its first External Advisory Board (EAB) meeting with the center leadership team at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

The first U.S.National Science Foundation (NSF) Spectrum Innovation Center, SpectrumX is the world’s largest academic hub where all stakeholders can innovate, collaborate, and contribute to maximizing social welfare of the precious radio spectrum. The center is composed of 41 founding researchers and staff from 27 universities, and is partnered with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), an NSF Major Facility. Founded in September 2021 with a 5-year, $25M grant from NSF, SpectrumX’s mission is to pursue interdisciplinary research, education and workforce development, collaboration, and policy outreach.

Radio Shop Chat / 6G and the Exploration of New and Additional Spectrum above 100GHz

We want to thank Roger Nichols, 6G Program Manager for Keysight Technologies, Inc. for presenting 6G and the Exploration of New and Additional Spectrum above 100GHz as part of the Radio Shop Chat Series. His presentation provided an overview of how Keysight sees the move to 6G impacting the demand for spectrum from 100 to 400 GHz. In addition, he highlighted the measurement challenges we face for materials, radio channels, components, and systems, including interoperability and co-existence.

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