UNT Takes First Prize at NASA-Sponsored Design Challenge

A team of UNT students from different departments of the College of Engineering took first place for their project titled, “Development of a Mesh Network that Supports Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN),” as they became the first UNT students to participate in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge sponsored by the Texas Space Consortium at NASA Headquarters in Houston, TX on November 18th, 2013. The team competed against four other colleges around Texas and will compete again in the second round against ten others.

The team calls themselves the UNT Wifiers and includes Sushil Neupane, Raul Asencio and Christopher Cruz of Computer Science and Engineering; Md. Aasheque Imran of Electrical Engineering; and Aneel Devaraju of Electrical Engineering Technology. Dr. Kamesh Namuduri, the Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering oversees the project.

The project is structured in two semester-long phases. The first phase took place during the Fall 2013 semester, in which the students conducted research to develop a network design. Using a simple computer called a Raspberry Pi, a Wifi network card and DTN technology developed by NASA, the team created a small network that won the team first prize at the competition. In the second phase, which is to take place during the Spring 2014 semester, the team will test their design before completing a prototype. The date of the next competition is April 28th, 2014.

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