Edl Schamiloglu, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, was awarded two Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grants from the Department of Defense.

The first award is from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for $960,156 for a project called "Instrumentation Support for AFOSR Center of Excellence on the Science of Electronics in Extreme Electromagnetic Environments." Co-principal investigators are Payman Zarkesh-Ha, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Sameer Hemmady, a research associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

More than half of the funds on the award are to purchase high-frequency signal and waveform analysis instrumentation. This award complements the 6-year, $6 million Air Force Research Laboratory/AFOSR Center of Excellence project on the science of electronics in extreme electromagnetic environments that Schamiloglu directs with the University of Maryland as partner, awarded in April of this year.

The second award is from the Office of Naval Research for $451,875 for a project called "Enabling the Next Generation Magnetron with Diffraction Output and Other High Power Microwave Sources." The co-principal investigator on this award is Sarita Prasad, a research assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This award is to upgrade one of the two accelerators in Schamiloglu's laboratory and to demonstrate the ability for a permanent magnet solenoid to replace an electromagnet on a high-power magnetron with diffraction output.

Schamiloglu was one of 225 university researchers at 111 academic institutions that have been selected to receive research instrumentation awards, and only one of two who received two awards. The awards total $67.8 million and will be made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program.

The program supports the purchase of equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research and associated graduate student research training.