Air Force awards FIU $4.8 million to establish a center for origami antennas

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded FIU a $4.8 million grant to launch the Center for Physically Reconfigurable and Deployable Multifunctional Antennas. The center will be led and directed by researcher Stavros Georgakopoulos, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing and inventor of foldable origami antenna systems.

Launch of Transforming Antennas Center means future jobs in groundbreaking technology

TAC, a play on the word “tactical,” was recently launched thanks to a $4.8 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). The center held a ribbon cutting this month, which was attended by several government leaders, including Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, who serves on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee in the House of Representatives.

The power of one small basic research investment

AFOSR issued the funding opportunity announcement for the first CII and a team from Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida International University won in open competition. Concurrently, AFRL began taking notice of origami basic research as a promising concept for transition to Air Force applications and provided an additional $20 million of funding to a number of small teams around the lab.