Current Awarded Grants

Current Awarded Grants (Listed in Alphabetical Order by Principal Investigator)

A Multi-Sensor Calibration Algorithm for Improving Emissivity Retrieval by Integrating Microwave Brightness Temperature Diurnal Cycle

PI: Marzieh Azarderakhsh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering Technology, Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering
Sponsor: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Project Period: August 15, 2016 through August 14, 2019 (Total Award: $70,957)

Abstract: Spaceborne microwave remote sensing techniques have considerable capabilities for supporting investigations of the Earth system. The coherent and consistent spatial and temporal observations afforded by the all-weather, day and night observational capabilities of microwave sensor systems bring a unique and powerful remote sensing tool to the study of geophysical phenomena at regional, continental, and global scales. The quantitative determination of trends and variability in the Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, biosphere, and land surface depends significantly on the availability of contiguous multi-instrument/multi-platform data sets based on as synergistic observations from multiple sensors and platforms. Instantaneous measures of microwave brightness temperature, Tb, are fundamental to estimation of column water vapor abundance, rainfall rate, soil moisture, snow cover, land surface temperature, and vegetation pattern. To understand the atmospheric phenomena such as rain rate, cloud liquid water, and total precipitable water the contribution of the surface should be accounted and be removed from the microwave signal. On the other hand, to extract geophysical information such as snow, soil moisture, vegetation structure, and sea ice the effect of the atmosphere should be removed. Therefore disaggregating the effect of these two sources (i.e. atmosphere and the surface) is important, and directly using the brightness temperature in these applications without removing the effect of the other does not provide accurate results. This projects aims to develop a well-calibrated, multiyear, multisatellite, instantaneous land surface emissivity product for frequencies ranging from 7 to 89.0 GHz. Infrared thermal temperatures have been used as the physical temperature (surface temperature) to retrieve microwave emissivities, since there is no global information on physical temperature profiles over land. However, passive microwave emissions originate from deeper layers than the infrared. A difference in depth of origination can cause an inconsistency between diurnal variations of infrared and microwave brightness temperatures, resulting in significant differences of emissivities from day and night retrievals. In the proposed study, the diurnal cycle of the microwave brightness temperature will be constructed over the globe for different frequencies/polarizations using a multi-sensor / multi-platform algorithm. Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) with its unique overpass time (1:30 A.M./P.M.) will provide valuable information at close daily maxima and minima temperatures. Interconsistency between AMSR2 and newly launched Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI) sensor and other non-NASA microwave sensors will be investigated by accounting for differences in the spectral responses, incidence angles, and spatial resolution. Various methods such as the principal component analysis and non-Gaussian spatial texture analysis will be used to derive spatial variation of microwave Tb diurnal cycles. A thorough error and uncertainty analysis will be conducted on all input and output parameters. The final emissivity product from different sensors will then be released to the public.

Episodic and Semantic Memory Effects on Leadership Measurement and Prediction of Leadership Outcomes

hansbroughPI: Tiffany Hansbrough, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Management and Marketing, Silberman College of Business
Sponsor: U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI)
Project Period: January 15, 2018 – January 14, 2020 (Total Award: $145,136)

Abstract: The measurement of leadership is integral to the understanding of leadership processes and leader development. However, predominate approaches rely on retrospective subordinate reports to measure leader behavior, which overlooks rater memory processes as well as other rater effects that may bias leadership ratings. Our research program builds on theory grounded in cognitive psychology to address this deficiency by investigating ways to improve measurement that focus on rater memory processes as they impact memory for, and ratings of, leadership.

We propose a series of four studies that center on the following objectives a) further advance the understanding of rater memory systems; b) develop a theory of measurement that incorporates the rater into the process; c) develop recommendations and strategies to improve the accuracy of leadership measurement; and d) develop a prototype leadership scale based on our theory of measurement. The proposed studies will include criterion measures based on signal detection theory that pertain to accurate recall as well as many measures that may predict future effects of leadership, as suggested by recent reviews of mediational processes in leadership. Moreover, the proposed methodology herein includes a wide variety of novel state-of-the-science approaches.

An expected outcome of this focus on rater memory processes is a greater understanding of what leadership scales actually access and a prototype of a better scale. Ultimately, this understanding will serve as the foundation for the US Army to develop leadership scales to better support leader development through improved assessment measures.

Retail Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network (RHTTN-North)

ISHTM Donald Hoover Square LOGOPI: Donald Hoover, Senior Lecturer, International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Petrocelli College
Sponsor: State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Project Period: April 1, 2013 through December 31, 2018 (Total Award: $1,347,796)

Abstract: Using a collaborative, partnership driven structure, the RHTTN at FDU will capitalize on the internal and external knowledge and capabilities along with enabling technologies. The RHTTN at FDU is committed to embracing a shared direction, providing access to information from established sources such as New Jersey’s WIBs and Jobs4Jersey programs, capitalizing on information technology, and marketing and servicing the two primary targets: industry specific businesses and jobseekers. By expanding beyond the academic boundaries of the organization, the primary targets of the market should be better served. Program objectives include 1) linking together the stages or steps in the provision of services; 2) expanding into the industry-specific business sector; 3) combining resources, such as facilities, staff, expertise, and knowledge that will be meet the needs of the sector; and 4) matching jobseekers with businesses. In order to make the connections necessary to address the performance deliverables, FDU will first reach out to its existing industry-specific contracts, partnerships, and alliances and then move beyond its boundaries with an expanded focus by reaching out to new organizations in the field. Industry specific associations including the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association (NJRMA), professional associations, job clubs, community service clubs, Chambers of Commerce, and the American Dream, Meadowlands will be included in outreach efforts.

Talent Development Center (TDC): Building and Implementing Career Pathways in Retail, Hospitality and Tourism

ISHTM Donald Hoover Square LOGOPI: Donald Hoover, Senior Lecturer, International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Petrocelli College
Sponsor: State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Project Period: November 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018 (Total Award: $1,420,000)

Abstract: New Jersey has set an ambitious goal to raise the percentage of New Jersey residents who have attained an industry-valued credential or degree from the current 50 percent up to 65 percent by 2025. To support this goal, New Jersey has launched the 65 by ‘25: Many Paths, One Future initiative. The purpose of the Talent Development Center (TDC) grant program is to continue build a skilled workforce to drive the growth of the state’s key industries. The primary goal is to develop career pathway programs and provide training to individuals to earn industry-valued credentials, college credit, enter an apprenticeship program and ultimately earn an associate degree or enter into an articulated agreement towards a baccalaureate degree.

Fairleigh Dickinson University Retail, Hospitality and Tourism TDC will work with LWD and the Talent Network in their respective industry to identify the priority worker training needs of employer(s) in the industry, work closely with industry associations, the state/local economic development organizations, and with the state and local workforce organizations in this effort.

Garden State-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP) - PHASE II 

GSP McClary Photo FULLPI: Marion McClary, Ph.D., Professor, School of Natural Sciences - Biology
Sponsor: Rutgers University/National Science Foundation
Project Period: July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2019 (Total Award Amount: $219,270K)

Abstract: The Garden State LSAMP achieved its 5-year goal of doubling its number of underrepresented minority graduates in STEM disciplines in only 4 years. It performed this remarkable success by developing a transformative system of recruitment and retention based primarily upon innovative use of online education resources and research experiences coupled with best practices. The Garden State LSAMP proposes to expand this success in a system of transitions in Phase II. For entering students, the transformative system will be extended into a consortium of five nearby community colleges all of which are HSIs, and are now active Associate Members of the Garden State LSAMP. Associate membership will allow the community colleges to institute the methods that made the Garden State LSAMP successful. Through a series of interactions, opportunities and sharing of resources, a seamless transition from community college to 4-year institution will be developed. The Garden State LSAMP Scholars will be offered international research experiences as well as greatly expanded opportunities for undergraduate research and graduate studies. The research and international experiences will be integrated into the undergraduate educational experiences to encourage LSAMP Scholars to consider pursuing careers that involve research and especially graduate education. New programs to better prepare and guide these scholars to graduate school will also be a hallmark of the Phase II project.

Integrated Care for the Underserved of Northeastern New Jersey

Robert McGrath Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS
Project Period: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019 (Total Award: ($843,367)

Abstract: The primary aim of the proposed project is to improve the behavioral health care of underserved populations by increasing the knowledge, skills, and competencies of psychology trainees in the context of integrated primary care, via didactic and experiential training. Specific objectives for the three-year period include: (1) placing doctoral students in a health center where they will be trained to work as part of the primary care medical team, under the joint supervision of licensed clinical psychologists and primary care physicians; (2) developing protocols for training students and for stepped care that are appropriate to the setting; (3) providing didactic training to students in a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology about integrated care; and (4) disseminating information about the program to other programs in the region.

Integration Hands-on Learning Experiences for Secure Embedded System Design & Security Data Analytics for Computing and Engineering Students

mondalPI: Kalyan Mondal, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering and Director, Center for Cybersecurity & Information Assurance
Sponsor: The National Security Agency (NSA-DOD)
Project Period: September 7. 2017 – September 6, 2018 (Total Award Amount: $298,472)

Abstract: Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) has been offering two undergraduate degree programs, at its Metropolitan campus, in Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) with concentrations in cybersecurity, information assurance, and forensics, as a CAE-CDE institution. A new MS degree program in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (MSCSIA) was developed and will start in Fall 2017. All these programs offer students a project-based learning and some hands-on lab exercises. Still, there is further need to improve student cyber-defense learning experiences not only in the computing fields but also in engineering. This proposal is developed with the dual goal of offering new NSA/DHS recognized focus areas to the current CAE-C degree majors as well as extending cyber defense education to the engineering students by introducing hands-on cyber experiences in existing or new courses.

This proposal includes three subprojects. The first one with co-PIs Rao and Mondal proposes a “model curriculum for secure embedded system design” (as applicable to IoT) both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We introduce specific hands-on exercises, based on “private” networked Raspberry-PIs. Several pedagogical enhancements to the FDU courses are proposed to satisfy the model curriculum.

The second subproject led by co-PI Phillips addresses the need to introduce hands-on exercises involving OS kernel modifications, driver development, etc. to Systems Programming. Using the inexpensive and yet very powerful Beaglebone Black platform, several student lab exercises are proposed as part of a new course on Advanced Systems Programming. Such programmatic enhancements will help students in CS, Computer Engineering and Cybersecurity enhance Linux OS for secure embedded software design.

The third subproject led by co-PI Rudniy, proposes applying “Big Data” software systems like Apache Metron and Spot to analyze cybersecurity data. Currently, an existing multi-server system will be enhanced for this purpose. Such a system will be used to develop several cybersecurity lab exercises where data analysis for tracing attacks and forensics are of prime interest. This effort may lead to developing a program to offer a focus area on Data Security Analysis.

We will fully document and disseminate all the system architectures, lab exercises, codes, and test results through technical conferences, project webpage, and personal interactions to CAE-C institutions.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

PI: Teresa Moore, DNP, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Allied Health
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS
Project Period: July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2017 (Total Award Amount: $2,354,268; Current Loan base available for disbursements: $750K)

Abstract:  NFLP funds provides loans for our students in the Masters in Nursing Education Program, in the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program with the education focus and in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) Organizational Leadership track. The thirty-three (33) credit Nursing Education Program prepares students to teach at the Baccalaureate level or higher.

Campus Sexual Misconduct: Using Perpetrator Risk Assessment and Tailored Treatment to Individualize Sanctioning

prentkyPI: Robert Prentky, Ph.D., Professor, School of Psychology
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
Award Amount: $1,815,906
Project Period: October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2018

Abstract: The high incidence of student sexual misconduct on college campuses has frequently been documented but never adequately sanctioned with sex offender treatment. Existing scholarship on perpetrator risk and needs assessment and treatment focuses either on adjudicated juvenile or adult sex offenders. College students constitute a unique group that is not addressed by existing research on treatment. Therapeutic sanction of college students merits an approach tailored to the needs and correlates of offending in the college environment. The project will outline the development, implementation, and evaluation of an evidence-based, interdisciplinary response to individualized sanctioning of student perpetrators. Products will include a tailored risk and needs evaluation protocol and a modularized, flexible, multi-component treatment curriculum. Deliverables aimed to facilitate scaling up on campuses nationwide will include a manual with project implementation guidelines that describe the steps in integrating the needs assessment and treatment curriculum into the spectrum of adjudication processes reflected in our sample; a synthesis of feedback from the participating student conduct professionals and clinicians; reactions from the sample of undergraduate women; and explicit recommendations for improving judicial review, encouraging victim reporting, and increasing the safety of campuses for women.

Assessing, Treating & Managing Juveniles with Illegal Sexual Behavior: The Juvenile Treatment Progress Scale Development and Implementation Project

prentkyPI: Dr. Robert Prentky, Ph.D., Professor, School of Psychology
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART)
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Project Period: October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2019

Abstract: Assessment of adolescents with illegal sexual behavior have focused primarily on the presumptive likelihood of sexual reoffending, in spite of low sexual recidivism rates. Adolescents are in a rapid stage of bio-social-psychological development; this is the optimal time to intervene to facilitate healthy relationships and prosocial behavior. The goals and objectives of this project involve a systematic approach to (1) developing, validating and implementing a holistic treatment needs and progress scale (TNPS) (i.e., one that considers idiographic factors and socio-ecological influences) to assist treatment providers in identifying risk relevant treatment needs, (2) developing individualized, responsive treatment plans, and (3) monitoring progress in response to effective interventions. Three demographically and culturally diverse state juvenile justice agencies that provide cognitive-behavioral treatment have been identified as partners.

The Publication and Distribution of The Literary Review

Minna ProctorPI: Minna Proctor, Editor-in-Chief, The Literary Review

Sponsor: The National Endowment for the Arts (ArtWorks: Literary Publishing)

Project Period: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018 (Total Award: $10,000)

Abstract:  The Literary Review NEA grant funds the publication, distribution, and promotion of four issues of TLR, both print and digital, as well as the website ( and digital newsletter, Read More. Little magazines like TLR hold a unique position in literary publishing in that we are dedicated to disseminating and supporting literary art in a system not beholden to the economic burdens of commercial publishing. TLR is committed to publishing well work that we believe in—getting our contributions to as many readers as possible, whether online, via email, or through the quarterly journal; supporting writers through social media community building and online republications from sister magazines, on the presumption that the more times, in more varied ways, that a literary artwork is presented, the more audience it reaches. A grant from the NEA will support:

The NEA grant will enable the TLR to begin paying senior and associate editors, guest editors, and contributors to reinforce our commitment to literary citizenship and reciprocity.

In addition, the TLR will reformulate its board structure, to shift the focus away from editorial (where we feel strong) to publishing (where we consistently lack resources and capability). The plan is to create a new Publishing Board (to replace the Editorial Board); each member will “buy in” for 15 new subscriptions a year as well as a commitment to one marketing or circulation event, which might be organizing an event, hosting a contributor dinner, or orchestrating an online campaign. We will structure the new board in the model of more traditional nonprofit fundraising boards, recruiting members with various skills and a network that extends beyond our current reach.

The TLR will also partner with other literary magazines by bundling subscriptions and also by planning a cooperative booth at the 2018 AWP Book Fair and similar events, with the idea of creating a mini magazine store, where visitors can browse several different editorial visions at once rather than just several issues of one editorial vision.