A $225,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to Georgios Anagnostopoulos, department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), has begun to help underserved high schools in Brevard County. The grant supports mathematics teachers through the NSF’s AEGIS RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) program. A partnership with the University of Central Florida, which received its own funding, the program also helps public schools in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.
“The AEGIS RET program’s intellectual focus is the field of signal and image processing, a perennially popular electrical engineering field. This field, because of its many everyday applications, is ideal to convey important mathematics and science concepts to teachers and K-12 students,” said Anagnostopoulos.
The two universities began last spring with UCF hosting four mathematics teachers and Florida Tech hosting Becky Dowell, a mathematics teacher at Titusville High School. Her ECE mentors were Veton Kepuska, associate professor, and Jacob Zurasky, a master’s degree student.
“In the next phase, we intend to involve and host many more teachers at Florida Tech. Recruitment will commence next February,” said Anagnostopoulos.
The joint Florida Tech-UCF proposal for the program was one of eight proposals funded by the NSF out of 56 submissions in 2012.