Degree: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
College/School: College of Engineering and Computing
Arvind Merwaday. The next time you use your cell phone, you might want to remember that name, and that‘s because Arvind is conducting research that could impact the next generation of cellular technology.
Arvind’s passion for engineering is rooted in childhood, when he would take apart electronic toys to see how they worked. Today he is researching three issues related to wireless communications technology – improving the capacity of the cellular networks, mobility management and energy efficiency. Professor Ismail Guvenc, Arvind’s advisor, received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and as a result, Arvind is collaborating with other researchers in the U.S. and Japan. His work also resulted in a patent application that could be licensed by a 4G/5G wireless company, and can potentially lead to a revenue stream for FIU.
The 29-year-old researcher has published 11 papers, five in journals, and six conference papers. In fact, Arvind helped build the MPACT Research Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at FIU, from the ground up – developing grant applications and course material, and also designing the website.
In 2015, Arvind completed a six-month internship at Intel Labs in Hillsboro, Oregon. After graduation, he has a full-time job as a research scientist waiting for him there. His work will focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), a network of devices – such as a television or even a refrigerator – which have network connectivity and can send and receive data.