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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Matt Cartwright (17th District of Pennsylvania)

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) applauded a National Science Foundation (NSF) $616,054 federal grant awarded to a University of Scranton professor to fund an atmospheric research project.

Nathaniel Frissell, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and electrical engineering at The University of Scranton, was awarded the CAREER grant, a highly competitive award. NSF CAREER grant is a special funding program that is only available to early-career, tenure track faculty members and must include tightly integrated research and education components.

Dr. Frissell’s research will build on his previous studies of how space weather events affect the communications and GPS technologies that Americans rely on every day. The funding supports two research assistants at Scranton who will conduct data analysis and run models and code implementation using a new server that the grant will also fund.

“America’s leadership in technology is due in large part to the work that goes on in places like the University of Scranton,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “This kind of research not only moves us forward on innovation, the students who take part in it can then become part of a highly skilled workforce that attracts space and technology businesses to our area. I applaud Dr. Frissell and the University of Scranton for their pioneering work. In Congress, I will continue to support National Science Foundation initiatives that lift up Northeastern Pennsylvania’s best minds.”

“I am excited about the opportunities this grant gives for scientific discovery, engineering development, and the education and training of future technological leaders of America. This grant will bring new cutting-edge research to the University of Scranton while furthering America’s ability to lead in the fields of space science, space weather, climate, and communications,” said Nathaniel Frissell, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and electrical engineering at The University of Scranton.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research, innovation and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting-edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.