Research Projects and Grants


RESEARCH PROJECTS

The main research interests of my group are in the Applied Electromagnetics area, which includes Antenna Theory & Design, Passive Microwave Devices, and Novel Electromagnetics Materials. More specifically these research interests include the following: millimeter wave antennas, active phased array antennas, massive MIMO antennas, 5G communication antennas, antennas for IoT, GPS, handheld and portable devices, reconfigurable and frequency agile antennas, null-steering antennas, feeds for reflector antennas, waveguide horns and polarizers, miniaturized antennas for body wearable applications, 3D printed antennas, frequency selective surfaces, metasurfaces, and microwave passive components such as phase shifters, power dividers and beam forming networks using 5G silicon RFICs. Our antenna designs find applications in Handheld and Portable devices, Wireless Communications, Satellite Communications, Radar Applications, Biomedical Imaging, RFIDs, and so more.

SPONSORED PROJECTS

  • The Office of Naval Research (ONR), “Agile Antenna for Troposcatter Communications”, Feb 16 2021 to Feb 15 2023.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), STMD Small Spacecraft Technology Program, “Flat Panel Phased Array Antennas with Two Simultaneous Steerable Beams utilizing 5G Ka-Band Silicon RFICs”, July 1, 2020-June 30, 2022.
  • Fuse Integration Inc., Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), STTR Phase II: “Resilient Directional Mesh Enhanced Tactical Airborne Networks”, Aug 2019-July 2021.
  • NIWC (Naval Information Warfare Center-Pacific), “Design and Development of Ka-/Ku-band Phased Array Antennas”, March 2020-Sept 2020.
  • SPAWAR (DOD Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command), “Design and Development of Ku-band Phased Array Antenna Network Using Heat Sink Radiator and Reflector Element for Beam Steering Applications”, Sept 2018-Sept 2019.
  • SPAWAR (DOD Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command), “X-Band Active Aperture Design and Measurement”, Dec 2017-Dec 2018.
  • Fuse Integration Inc., Air Force Research Lab, STTR Phase I: “Resilient Directional Mesh Enhanced Tactical Airborne Networks”, Dec 2017-August 2018.
  • SpaceMicro Inc., NAVAIR (DoD), SBIR Phase I, “Compact, Broadband, Efficient and High Power Transmit Antenna for Airborne Electronic Attack Platforms”, June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018.
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR), DURIP 16, “Quasi-Far-Field System Upgrade for Millimeter Wave (mmWave) Frequency Expansion of the Existing Antenna Measurement Facility”, July 2016 to March 2018.
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR), “Development of W-Band Millimeter-Wave Links for Nanosat Applications”, Jan 16, 2016 to Dec, 2018.
  • Broadcom Inc., “Miniaturized dual band CP antenna covering L5 and L1 frequencies for GPS/GNSS receive applications”, June 2016 to August 2016.
  • SpaceMicro Inc., Missile Defense Agency, SBIR Phase I, “Innovative Antenna Arrays Enabling Continuous Interceptor Communications”, Dec 23, 2015 to Oct 20, 2016.
  • Knuckledragger Design Inc., “Multiband Antenna Design”, Dec 2013-March 2014.
  • SpaceMicro Inc., SPAWAR, SBIR Phase II program, “High Performance UHF Antenna for Nanosatellites”, August 2012 to July 2013.
  • NextGen Aeronautics, DARPA SBIR, Phase II program, “Platform Independent Omni-Directional Antennas (IODA “YODA”)”, April 2011 to Sept 2013.
  • NextGen Aeronautics, Navy STTR, Phase I program, “Wideband Metamaterial Antennas Integrated into Composite Structures”, from August 2010 to March 2011.
  • SpaceMicro Inc., SPAWAR, SBIR Phase I program, “High Performance UHF Antenna for Nano-Satellites”, Sept 2010 to Jan 2011.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), CAREER Award, “Novel Reconfigurable Aperture Antennas and Arrays for Compact Multifunctional Antenna Solutions”, from August 2009 to July 2014.
  • NextGen Aeronautics, DARPA SBIR, Phase I program, “Platform Independent Omni-Directional Antennas (IODA “YODA”)”, from Feb 2009 to Oct 2009.


SAMPLE ANTENNAS

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