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FVSU awarded $538,000 from Department of Defense

Fort Valley State may be able to help out the Department of Defense while giving some of their students a research opportunity.

The department awarded the school with a grant totaling $538,000. Uppinder Mehan is the dean of the college of arts and sciences.

"This could certainly be the beginning of a relationship with the department of defense. I hope it's a fruitful relationship," Mehan said.

The grant will fund the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to improve target detection by satellites and other machines.

"It's a bit of an arms race between the targets that are identified by people that mean us harm and our ability to be able to figure out what those targets are and take action and time," said Mehan.

Xiangyan Zeng, a computer science professor, applied for the Department of Defense grant. She says it will pay stipends for three undergraduate students who will help her with the research.

"I recruit the students based on their strength in mathematics and computer programming," said Zeng.

The grant will last three years.

Mehan says this is the university's second grant from the Department of Defense.


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