SU’s Computer Science receives $378,000 NASA grant


Southern University's Department of Computer Science has received a $378,075 grant from NASA to conduct research and technology development in areas critical to the space agency's mission.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration covers a three-year period, 2015 to 2018.

Southern's computer science students will work on lightning and storm mapping software, according to Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department Dr. Ebrahim Khosravi. Khosravi, the principal investigator on the program, will be assisted by Professor Shuju Bai.

Physics Professor Greg Stacy will supervise physics students on the project. They will participate in electronic testing, data analysis and the upgrade of detectors.

The three-year project is titled TETRA-II: An experiment to study Terrestrial Gamma Flashes and the Role of Energetic Particles."

The project involves a partnership with LSU, three minority-serving institutions. Other institutions involved, include Xavier University in New Orleans, the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon and the Marshall Space Flight Center.