Dr. Tali Freed, Director of PolyGAIT, and Larry Rinzel taught a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID ) Systems Design class during the spring and fall quarters in which multidisciplinary student teams create, build and test prototype RFID systems for companies and organizations. The industry clients of the Spring class included the U.S. Navy, PG&E, and Deluxe Labs. The Fall class designed RFID systems for Bloom Energy, Defense Micro-Electronic Activity, Periscope Cellars, and a second-phase, integrated system for the Navy.
The RFID system installed at Diablo Canyon Power Plant by PolyGAIT has received attention in the press and the industry. To read an article on the project in the RFID Journal published last summer, click here http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/7787/1/1/
In April, Dr. Freed led 24 College of Engineering students to the RFID Journal Live conference in Orlando, Florida. This practitioners conference was co-located with the research-oriented IEEE on RFID conference. The Cal Poly students assisted in the organization and operation of the conference as session moderators. They also produced a joint report from these conferences, reflecting the status of RFID research and development, and the state of the art of commercially available RFID products and systems.
Dr. Freed, who served as an Excellence Award Judge at the IEEE on RFID conference, also taught an Operations Research course at the Monterey Naval Postgraduate School during the summer. In the class, U.S. Navy MBA students performed optimization projects on problems such as Transport of Troops and Supplies to Afganistan, Instruction Flight Scheduling, and Washington D.C. Commuter Flow Optimization. The course was taught using Distance Learning (DL) to students located in Maryland, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C., and Dr. Freed is currently preparing DL Operations Research and RFID courses for industry.
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