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Letter from America - Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne

Todor Cooklev
ITT Associate Professor of Wireless Communication and Applied Research
Director, Wireless Technology Center
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

The Venderly Family Bridge, recently constructed in the Campus The Venderly Family Bridge, recently constructed in the Campus

2012 Featured Faculty Award from the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. William McKinney (left) at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne 2012 Featured Faculty Award from the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. William McKinney (left) at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne

In 2011 I was honored to receive a Visiting Fellowship from Japan's National Institute of Communications Technology (NICT), which provided an excellent opportunity to visit Tokyo Institute of Technology. Although my visit was brief I was able to see people that I knew, and also establish some new connections at Tokyo Institute of Technology and NICT. In the future I hope to collaborate more with researchers from Japan, and would welcome the opportunity to make another visit to Japan and in particular Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Other than a brief three-day personal visit in 2002, this was my first visit to Tokyo Institute of Technology since I received my doctorate there in 1995. A great deal has changed since then. I was very impressed not only by the number of new buildings on campus, but also by the size of the new offices and research laboratories. Space for buildings is more expensive in Japan than almost anywhere else in the world. The conditions for research at Tokyo Institute of Technology -- including space, equipment, funding, and atmosphere -- seemed to be world class. In the United States the amount of state funding to universities has been decreasing every year, but it seems Tokyo Institute of Technology continues to enjoy very substantial government funding.

It has been a number of years since I graduated, so I can also reflect on the way research is organized at Tokyo Institute of Technology and in particular the lab system and the weekly seminars. Fourth-year undergraduate students have excellent research experiences and are successfully mentored by master's degree students, who in turn are mentored by PhD students. As a graduate student I am not sure I was fully aware how effective this system is. I think the system promotes very meaningful interactions not only with the professor, but among the students. Other universities also aim for a similar system of successful mentoring but the degree to which this system permeates the culture at Tokyo Institute of Technology is difficult to match. Now, as a faculty member, I am trying to use this system myself with my students.

At present I am with Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as ITT Associate Professor of Wireless Communication and Applied Research. My current research interests include all aspects of modern wireless systems. Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne is a campus of Purdue University with undergraduate and graduate programs in most areas of science and engineering. In the future I would like to help establish more connections between Tokyo Institute of Technology and the university where I currently work.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin No. 25 (February, 2012)