The B.U. Council received a progress report from Vice President for Research Bahgat Sammakia today.
Sammakia says the university has been adding new young faculty, especially in its trans-disciplinary areas of excellence, and those researchers have been winning grants and awards.
One of the areas of excellence is smart energy which is looking at, among other things, ways to reduce the energy consumption of large data centers.
Data centers host the cloud computing behind much of the information we access through our mobile devices.
They currently use up to three percent of our country's entire electricity usage. By making the data centers more self-aware and self-regulating, they can use power more efficiently.
Sammakia says the growing prestige of the university's research is attracting better faculty and students.
"Faculty that are passionate about their research are also passionate about their teaching. They go into the classroom with information that is not only educational material, but it includes elements of their research. They bring their research and their ideas and their exciting frontier work right into the classroom," said Sammakia.
Following their meeting, Council members took a tour of the new Center of Excellence Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex which is almost ready to open.
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