A West Virginia University engineering faculty member was recently honored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his work to optimize wired and wireless computer networks.

Daryl Reynolds, an assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in WVU s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, received the NSF s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award for more than $400,000 over a five-year period.

The CAREER program is the NSF s most prestigious award in support of the early career development activities of junior faculty who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Reynolds is one of 359 faculty members in the nation to receive the CAREER award so far this year. The NSF expects to award a total of about 400 for 2008.

Currently, wired and wireless networks are optimized separately from the start,said Reynolds, who specializes in multimodal network optimization.Optimizing them together will improve network performance.

An example of where this would be useful is in the power industry,he said.Networks are mostly wired, but the industry wants to add some wireless ones. The goal is to make these networks work better together.

The NSF award will help Reynolds support two graduate students to assist with his work, buy software, equipment and computers, travel to conferences and cover other research expenses.

The CAREER Award is unique in supporting both research and teaching in an integrated way,he said.It will enable me to better serve West Virginia University in both areas.

A native of Houston, Reynolds received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his masters and doctorate in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. He has been on the WVU faculty since 2002.

WVU sCollege of Engineering and Mineral Resourcesis dedicated to the development of engineering practice, science and research. It offers degrees at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels, with 10 engineering and computer science undergraduate programs accredited by ABET , the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. The colleges academic departments offer undergraduate majors and dual majors in engineering specialties, computer science and biometric systems.