SUNY Poly researcher receives grant for night-vision project

2022-05-28 09:54:44 By : Ms. Grace Xie

By Traci DeLore (

MARCY, N.Y. — A professor of nanoscale engineering, Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, at SUNY Polytechnic Institute has received $699,000 from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for a research project aimed at boosting night-vision technology.

It is part of a research effort led by SRI International and in collaboration with Vanderbilt University for an Enhanced Night Vision in Eyeglass Form (ENVision) project. If a second phase of the project is funded, SUNY Poly anticipates receive a total of $1.4 million as part of the overall $6 million initiative, which seeks to address challenges with current night-vision systems that limit the wearer’s agility and comfort. SUNY Poly researchers will focus on developing image intensifier components to reduce the size and weight of a night-vision system and the strain on the user.

“On behalf of SUNY Poly, I am thrilled to congratulate Dr. Shahedipour-Sandvik for this DARPA/SRI International grant, in collaboration with Vanderbilt University, that will support the development and fabrication of the planar-image-intensifier system for enhanced dual-band night-vision goggles, providing an excellent example of how SUNY Poly’s research can have a tangible impact on real-world technologies that provide enhanced capabilities and save lives,” SUNY Poly Acting President Tod A. Laursen said in a press release.

The four-year research effort at SUNY Poly will center around the use of III-Nitride ultra-wide bandgap materials to create in image-intensifier system that is slimmer and weighs less than those currently used in night-vision systems. Combined with Vanderbilt University’s meta-optics research to enable a wider field of view and enhanced infrared-based vision, the new systems are expected to be more effective while remaining lightweight to reduce the wearer’s neck strain.

“I am thankful to DARPA and SRI International for this collaborative grant, which will not only allow us to thoughtfully engage with our project collaborators, but also provide an excellent opportunity for students and postdocs to work with top-level scientists to research and produce more effective night-vision system components that will support the effectiveness of personnel who require state-of-the-art enhanced night-vision capabilities,” Shahedipour-Sandvik said. She was recently appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees as SUNY’s senior vice chancellor for research.

SUNY Poly’s research will support two Ph.D. students and one post-doctoral researcher for the duration of the proposal with a number of other students able to gain first-hand, leading-edge research experience at various levels.

SUNY Poly, located just outside of Utica in the town of Marcy, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nanoscience, engineering technologies, sciences, and humanities.

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