TSU engineering college receives $7M in grant money

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:46pm

Tennessee State University reported Tuesday that the college of engineering has received more than $7 million in grant money, most recently securing $100,000 from the National Science Foundation for scholarships and energy research.

The college of engineering’s dean, Dr. S. Keith Hargrove and Dr. Sachin Shetty, professor of electrical and computer engineering, are behind the past four years of grant proposals, which have secured funds from the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, Boeing and others.

Shetty has received more than $3.5 million for his research in cyber and smartphone security, including $700,000 from the Air Force.

Hargrove has developed battery testing and evaluation processes in naval research facilities as part of a $1.2 million award from the National Science Foundation.

That award will also build the TSU Interdisciplinary Graduate Engineering Research Institute, which will combine chemistry, physics and engineering to research cyber defense, energy systems and biological data.

Hargrove has partnered with Fisk University to obtain $1 million for enhanced teacher support, and Fisk plans to use the funds to offer workshops for Metro Nashville teachers.

The millions in funding are impressive, Hargrove said, because the grant proposal process is very competitive.

“The competition typically results in about a ten to fifteen percent success rate,” Hargrove said.