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Published: Wed Dec 12, 2012


thumb QiuA strong commitment to advancing the field of wireless communications, and involving students while he does it, has won electrical and computer engineering and Center for Manufacturing Research professor Robert Qiu the 2012 Caplenor Faculty Research Award at Tennessee Tech University.

“Since joining the ECE faculty in 2003, Dr. Qiu has set an example for others to follow in his high-octane pursuit of research,” said Charles Carnal, professor and interim chair of the department. “He has a distinguished record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and books. He is enthusiastically involved with undergraduate students and has influenced many to pursue graduate studies.”

Qiu’s ongoing research projects include spectrum sensing, signal processing and machine learning; cognitive radar systems; large-scale cognitive networking and sensing; and wireless tomography.

“Through various instrumentation grants and Manufacturing Center support, he has built up a state-of-the-art wireless communications laboratory at Tennessee Tech,” said Periasamy Rajan, professor and interim associate dean of the College of Engineering and the interim director of the Center for Energy Systems Research. “His dedicated research has earned a recognition for TTU in the area of wireless communications. In a period of nine years, he has made outstanding research contributions.”

Qiu holds eight patents, has written 150 journal articles and conference papers and six book chapters. He has published two books and two more will be published soon.

He received the TTU College of Engineering Kinslow Award in 2012 and the 2003 Sigma Xi award.

The Caplenor Award is TTU’s premier research award. First presented in 1984, it is named in honor of David Caplenor, former associate vice president for research and dean of instructional development. Caplenor died in 1979.

The award will be presented at TTU’s fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Hooper Eblen Center. The ceremony will be streamed live at