The Center for Advanced Communications (CAC), a Villanova/Ben Franklin/National Science Foundation Center, was founded in 1990 to help stimulate regional industrial competitiveness by encouraging collaborations with industry (both large and small companies), emphasizing team-based interdisciplinary engineering, involving undergraduate and graduate students, and preparing students to work successfully in industry. Over the past decade, the Center has provided an integrated and creative environment for university, industry, and government to focus on computational, informational, and communication issues.
The CAC has five state-of-the-art research labs:
- the Antenna Research Lab (ARL)
- the Wireless Communications and Positioning Lab (WCPL)
- the Radar Imaging Lab (RIL)
- the Radio Frequency Identification Lab (RFIDL)
- the Acoustics and Ultrasound Lab (AUL)
The labs were established from external funds. Each lab has its own Director and is maintained from revenues generated from research contracts and grants.