A faculty member at West Virginia University Institute of Technology has received a $20,000 state grant.
Mingyu Lu will use the money to purchase scientific instruments for teaching and research.
Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, received the award for an experimental test bed to study wireless communication in underground coal mines. The award is a 2013 Instrumentation Grant, awarded by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's Division of Science and Research.
"We are extremely proud of Dr. Lu's research and look forward to his continued scholarly contributions with this award. He is such an asset to our College," said Zeljko Torbica, WVU Tech dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences.
The Instrumentation Grant program purchases scientific equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories to encourage undergraduate students in the state to continue careers in science, math and engineering.
Funding for the award comes from the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, which lays the foundation for many of the state's competitive grant programs. Since 2005, the state's Research Challenge Fund has awarded more than $29.7 million for research, supporting 19 higher education institutions across the state.