NYU’s Polytechnic Institute is opening a research center for wireless technology in a continuing effort to boost the technology sector in Downtown Brooklyn. The center, expected to open this winter, will be about 23,000 square feet and will be named NYU Wireless. It will combine research in wireless technologies, computing and medical applications. Theodore Rappaport, founder and director of the research center told The Wall Street Journal that, “NYU Poly has always had some good researchers in wireless. What we’re doing now is ramping it to critical mass and creating a new research environment.”
NYU partnered with the National Instruments Corp. of Austin, Texas to launch the center, which further cements NYU’s presence in the area. The NYU Wireless Center is also expected to help support the tech triangle, which includes Downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and DUMBO. Currently, there are more than 500 companies in the triangle in about 1.7 million square feet of space.
There are already over 100 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, along with 25 engineering, computer-science and medical professors doing research on campus.