Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy (CARA)

The Arecibo Remote Command Center

The Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy (CARA), a center of excellence of The University of Texas System, was created three years ago with the mission to create future leaders in space exploration and related technology development. Dr. Fredrick Jenet led the development of CARA and is currently the center's director. 

At the heart of CARA's programs, lies a fine balance between academics and research that leads students into successful careers in science. CARA has placed UTRGV among the top 10 producers of Hispanic physicists in the United States. In 2013, CARA was identified by The University of Texas System as the first designated research unit of UTRGV that will establish a research culture with national and international prominence. Thus, any proposed centers of excellence at UTRGV could follow CARA’s model and benefit from CARA’s experience.

CARA is a leader in developing radio frequency based techniques for space exploration as well as for creating innovative programs to attract and train the next generation of scientists and engineers with a strong background in modern radio frequency technology.

CARA strongly networks on behalf of UTRGV students, opening doors and creating new opportunities for further training in other institutions. CARA’s network of collaborating institutions includes NASA’s JPL, NASA Goddard,  the US Naval Research Laboratory, the University of New Mexico, the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, and Peking University.

CARA currently runs three integrated research/education programs: the Arecibo Remote Command Center (ARCC), the Low Frequency All Sky Monitor (LoFASM), and STARGATE. In addition, CARA's director is a founding member and current chair of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav). These projects focus on student training and mentoring. Students are actively involved in high priority research efforts and contribute to scientific discoveries.

Dr. Fredrick A. Jenet 
Creator and Director of STARGATE
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