On Thursday, The University of Arizona was granted $30 million over five years to establish a new NSF Science and Technology Center. The New Frontiers of Sound Science and Technology Center, which comes with an additional $30 million funding option over the following five years, will bring together researchers working in topological acoustics.
With topological acoustics, researchers exploit the properties of sound in ways that could vastly improve computing, telecommunications and sensing. Applications could include reaching quantum-like computing speeds, reducing the power usage of smartphones, and sensing changes in aging infrastructure or the natural environment due to climate change.
University of Arizona College of Education Assistant Dean of Research Development, Sara Chavarria is Co-principal investigators for the project, and leading the education and broadening participation efforts.