Fellowship Projects

2017 Awardees: General Category

M. Mahdi Assefzadeh

Project Topic: A THz pulse-radiating array for long-range high-speed wireless communication and hyper-spectral imaging.

Project Description:

A novel THz pulse generation technique, Direct Digital-to-Impulse (D2I), capable of radiating high-power picosecond pulses, is introduced in this project. Based on this architecture, a digitally programmable THz pulse-radiating array in silicon is proposed, which can radiate 1.9ps pulses with 10kW peak pulse EIRP, 100GHz repetition rate, and 3-bit amplitude modulation capability. The array will form narrow beams of broadband THz pulse radiation, which can be used in a high-resolution, long-range active spectral imaging system. In addition, this array will enable a 300Gbps wireless link over a 300m distance. This will be the first broadband, high-power, and highly directive beam-steerable THz source with a repetition rate of 100GHz and integrated digital programmability.

 

Mustafa Bakr

Project Topic: Innovative solutions for adaptive transceiver front ends/mobile commutations for internet of things.

Project Description:

By 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) will consist of 50 billion resource-constrained “Smart Things” that will provide critical every-day services in applications as diverse as Smart Cities, Smart Production, or Connected Cars. These applications require a dependable IoT despite hostile environments and deliberate attacks both on software and hardware level (tunable front ends – filters and antennas), where dependability summarizes aspects such as reliability, safety and security that enable users to put trust into the IoT. Today’s approaches to construct an IoT do not guarantee dependability, that is why the envisaged research activity on advanced front ends founds a perfect match with the current challenges of IoT. During the three-four years the doctoral program, current limitation of filters and antennas will be analyzed to propose innovative design solutions in the field of “Internet of Things and mobile communication” in order to improve the state of the art, propose new tuning methods and miniaturization techniques.

 

Tammy Chang

Project Topic: Integrated solar and radio-frequency energy harvesting for the internet of everything.

Project Description:

To reach the level of ubiquitous deployment expected for the Internet of Everything (IoE), energy harvesting is a promising and necessary functionality for providing power to a high volume of wireless devices, and will require harvesting from multiple sources to increase the lifetime and reliability of IoE devices. The research objective of this project is to develop a compact module to harvest both solar energy as well as radio-frequency (RF) energy with a single physical aperture, enabling dedicated RF and ambient solar energy harvesting within a compact form factor. This will be accomplished with a 3D antenna design that enables high optical transmission without compromising the radiation efficiency of the RF antenna, such that it may be mounted above a solar panel and provide stable power delivery for IoE functionality.

 

Chandrakanth Reddy Chappidi

Project Topic: Generalized reconfigurable mm-Wave Tx architecture and antenna interface with active impedance synthesis.

Project Description:

Classical methods of fixed-frequency narrowband transceivers need to be fundamentally rethought, as the next generation communication paradigm seems to be more heterogeneous not only in terms of frequencies, but also the devices they connect and serve. In such a connected paradigm, where techniques such as massive MIMO is expected to play a role, current architectures are not scalable. My research focuses on new methods to enable programmable, frequency-agile, waveform-agile transmitters without sacrificing efficiency. Tied to this, we also want to address the fundamental trade-offs between energy efficiency and spectral efficiency through new methods of network synthesis that can be mapped into transmitter architectures. The vision is to enable such approaches in reaching towards field programmable / universal transmitter architectures.

 

Chen Jiang

Project Topic: Novel ultra-high speed terahertz communication system on silicon.

Project Description:

The demand of wireless links throughput is expanding drastically nowadays. However, the spectrum resources we can utilize is becoming more and more limited in conventional radio frequency bands. On the other hand, vast unallocated spectrum exists in terahertz range, which can easily provide an ultra-wide bandwidth for very fast wireless communication. The line-of-sight nature of terahertz communication also makes it more secure compared to low frequency broadcasting. My project is majorly about exploring and developing novel modulation schemes, high efficiency transmitter and high sensitivity receiver architectures as well as high performance terahertz circuit blocks (oscillators, switches, mixers, etc.) that are suitable for integration on silicon to implement high performance terahertz wireless communication systems for future applications.

 

Souheil Nadri

Project Topic: High power submillimeter-wave varactor frequency multipliers based on quasi-vertical Schottky diodes.

Project Description:

Submillimeter-wave technology has received substantial attention in the past decades, for its use in a variety of important applications, including radio astronomy, spectroscopy, plasma diagnostics, radar, imaging, and potentially communications. One of the factors that limit the widespread of this technology is the lack of high power solid state sources, often coined the “terahertz gap”. Frequency multipliers are the best candidates to provide a source of stable, reliable, and compact power at terahertz. However, their efficiencies significantly degrade after each multiplication stage, leading to very low powers at 1 THz. One way of addressing this issue is to increase the input power to the first multiplication stage. Thus, power handling has become a major concern. This project proposes a transformative approach to improve the thermal management and output power of frequency multipliers, by investigating new device geometries, fabrication processes, design innovations, and electrical and thermal characterization techniques. The end goal is to prototype and characterize a 520 GHz multiplier chain, with 10 mW of output power.

 

Valentina Palazzi

Project Topic: Novel compact zero-power wireless sensors based on the harmonic radar principle, featuring low environmental impact and high integrability, for the next generation IoT applications.

Project Description:

New emerging trends in RF design, such as Internet of Things (IoT), ubiquitous intelligence and wearables electronics, call on next generation sensors to be wireless, energetically autonomous, able to operate in variable environments without needing periodical maintenance and be conformal to the hosting object.

This research is dedicated to the development of a particular class of zero-power wireless sensors, which relies on the harmonic radar principle. The potential of the proposed approach is explored by means of a theoretical analysis and optimization of the single building blocks of the tag, i.e., the harmonic generation, the antenna system and the highly innovative sensors. Thanks to the adoption of highly-scalable, simple and robust architectures, the solutions explored in the project are intended to be suitable for a large-scale mass production. The developed wireless sensors, being able to test different properties, both mechanical and chemical, can be of interest for various scenarios and industrial applications. All the proposed sensor tags are designed to be fabricated on unconventional flexible materials by using innovative technologies, in order to reduce their environmental impact and ease their integration with common objects.

 

Ali Pourghorban Saghati

Project Topic: Near-field microwave sensor for contact-less ultra-wide-band (UWB) dielectric spectroscopy.

Project Description:

Self-sustained microwave dielectric spectroscopy (MDS) of liquids with μ-level sample volumes has attracted special attention over the past decade because of the vast area of applications, from oil exploration and processing, to food/drug safety, and chemical or biological sensing. In such systems, the fluidic carrying the chemical under test is in direct contact with the sensing element, which makes the sensor hardly re-usable. Moreover, MDS operating in the frequency domain is usually time-consuming. However, time-domain spectroscopy can reduces the time of the measurement procedure considerably, since a broad range of frequencies can be covered in a single measurement trial. The proposed research plan addresses the need for compact contact-less MDS sensor performing in time domain.

 

Negar Reiskarimian

Project Topic: Enabling fully-integrated magnetic-free non-reciprocal antenna interfaces by breaking lorentz reciprocity.

Project Description:

The next generation of wireless communication networks is targeting orders of magnitude higher data rate than today’s systems. Various new emergent technologies are under investigation to enable the 5G revolution, such as full-duplex wireless. Enabling these technologies require a re-evaluation and redesign of various layers of the communication system, from the physical (PHY) layer all the way up to the application layer. Specifically within the PHY layer, the conventional reciprocal antenna interfaces of current wireless systems impose fundamental limitations on the radio front-end design and their applicability to these emergent technologies. The aim of this research project is to investigate, develop and demonstrate new fully-integrated magnetic-free non-reciprocal antenna interfaces as well as novel receiver front-end design techniques which benefit from the nonreciprocal behavior of these antenna interfaces.

 

Korkut Kaan Tokgoz

Project Topic: Active and passive device characterizations on CMOS for ultra-high data-rate millimeter-wave and sub-terahertz wireless transceivers.

Project Description:

There is an urgent requirement for ultra-high data-rate wireless systems in today’s world for several different applications; such as backhaul networks. Eventually 100Gb/s or more wireless data-rates are needed to be achieved. Wideband (mm-wave and sub-terahertz) and higher modulation complexity transceivers can achieve the aim, such as our work achieving 56Gb/s at W-band. For these kinds of systems, the requirements are very challenging, and accuracy of the devices greatly affects the end product. For this reason, accurate active and passive device designs, characterizations and modeling of these devices are required. This research focuses mainly on, single-ended and differential de-embedding, transistor layout considerations and modeling, two- and more than two-port passive device characterization methods from DC up to more than 300GHz frequency region.

2017 Awardees: Medical Category

Souvik Dubey

Project Topic: Flexible implant antenna for thermotherapeutic cancer treatment

Project Description:

Radiation therapy and hyperthermia are two common procedures along with chemotherapy in current clinical practices to treat different type of cancers. Chemotherapy causes harmful and painful effects to patients and is usually considered for the last resort. Use of radiation therapy can lead to serious long-term side effects. On the contrary, hyperthermia treatment does not involve harmful radioactive radiation, and can be applied by several methods. One of the most common method is microwave tumor ablation, where a tumor is identified with imaging guidance and exposed to microwave energy by a thin microwave antenna placed into the tumor through surgical operation. The electromagnetic energy radiated by microwave source agitates the polar water molecules trapped in the tissues, which produces heat due to friction between the molecules. The major shortcoming of this approach is patient needs to undergo multiple surgeries to insert the microwave antenna probe into the tumor for every treatment. The proposed research will develop a new method for hyperthermia treatment using minimally invasive surgery. The aim of the research focuses on a study and development of biodegradable miniature flexible implant design to receive microwave energy for hyperthermia.

 

Elizaveta Motovilova

Project Topic: Metamaterial-inspired radiofrequency system design for human head imaging at ultra-high field strength MRI

Project Description:

One of the challenging problems of ultra-high field (UHF) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is creating highly efficient radio-frequency (RF) transmit/receive coils with homogeneous RF-field distributions. The proposed research will focus on the development of new strategies to overcome the limitations of the commonly used RF systems. It will help enable the potential benefits of the UHF MRI such as increased special and/or temporal resolution. The researcher aims to use her research work to facilitate neurological studies and reveal mesmerizing mysteries of the human brain.

2016 Awardees: General Category

Himanshu Aggrawal (Report)

Project Topic: Next generation terahertz receivers and their applications

Impact statement: “It has been a privilege and honor to have my research recognized by the IEEE
Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) and bestow with a fellowship. This
recognition not only promulgated my work but also igniting endless discussions with
like-minded professionals, thus serendipitously cultivating to new ideas. I strongly
recommend every young researcher to apply for this fellowship.”

 

Juan Castro (Report)

Project Topic: Advanced additive manufacturing of 3D RF/microwave electronics based on novel electromagnetic nanocomposite materials

Impact statement: “I would like to express my gratitude to the IEEE MTT-S for awarding this research proposal and sponsoring my attendance to the IMS 2016 in San Francisco, CA. The award allowed me to pursue the proposed research activities and to publish some peer-reviewed papers. I had the opportunity to present a paper during the conference while attending other technical presentations and conference events, also networking and sharing my work with other colleagues, it was an invaluable experience for my professional career.”

 

Tolga Dinc (Report)

Project Topic: Rethinking of the antenna-circuit boundary for enabling millimeter-wave full-duplex wireless communication.

Impact statement: “Receiving the MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award was a great motivation for my research efforts to come up with innovative solutions to the challenging microwave research problems. I am grateful to the IEEE MTT-S society for this award which has improved the quality of my PhD research. This award has encouraged me further to pursue a career in the field of microwave engineering.”

 

Marco Fantuzzi (Report)

Project Topic: A compact-size eco-compatible solution for simultaneous RF energy harvesting and data communication toward next generation UWB-based RFID systems

Impact statement: “I think the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship is one of the most prestigious recognition worldwide PhD students in the fields of RF and Microwave can yearn for. The possibility to win this recognition deeply boosted my self-confidence, further enhancing the value of my present and future research activity.”

Nai-Chung Kuo (Report)

Project Topic: Design of extremely tiny RFID tags

Impact statement: “I am grateful to receive the 2016 MTT-S graduate fellowship. This funding supported
me to attend IMS2016. In the symposium, I was exposed to the latest microwave techniques and
worldwide experts. More importantly, this prestigious fellowship guarantees an impressive resume for my
further pursue of a career in the design of RF integrated circuits and systems.”

 

Fabian Wolfgang Lurz (Report)

Project Topic: Next generation ultra-low-power radar sensors and systems

Impact statement: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the IEEE MTT-S for the support of my research activities through this prestigious MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award in 2016. This
recognition encouraged me to work even more intensively towards next generation ultralow-power radar systems and I am sure it will have a very positive impact on my future career.”

 

Seyedeh-Shirin Montazeri (Report)

Project Topic: Theory and demonstration of novel ultra-low power low noise circuitry for cryogenically cooled applications

Impact statement: “I have been extremely honored and grateful to be a recipient of the 2016 IEEE MTT-S graduate fellowship award. It has been a great motivation for me that my research achievements have been recognized by the MTT-S society and it has provided me the opportunity to connect with other researchers in the field and share ideas and experiences.”

 

Zhengyu Peng (Report)

Project Topic: FMCW-interferometry hybrid radar sensor with continuous beam steering for motion tracking and vital sign measurement

Impact statement: “It was my great honor to receive the 2016 Graduate Fellowship from the IEEE MTT-S. Though I missed the IMS 2016 in San Francisco due to family reasons, the generous financial support from this award help me focus on my research. This prestigious honor also gave me more confidence to stick to my research topic for my PhD and encouraged me to pursue my future career in microwave engineering field either in academia or industry.”

 

Chi Van Pham (Report)

Project Topic: High power, ultra-wideband microwave passive elements with Multiphysics modeling

Impact statement: “It was a great honor that I received the MTT-S Graduate Fellowship award for 2016. This has encouraged me to expand RF/Microwave engineering research in practical applications. The award also provided me an opportunity to attend the IMS 2016 where I presented and reviewed the research project with researchers during technical sections and interacted with industrial exhibitors as well.”

 

Arian Rahimi (Report)

Project Topic: Nanotechnology-inspired multi-layer conductors for high performance microwave passive components

Impact statement: “Receiving the IEEE MTT society fellowship had a huge impact on my academic career as a graduate student as well as the future career. The prestigious fellowship was the greatest motivation as I found my research recognized by the society and continued the in-depth aspects of it. Also, the support that I received to attend IMS 2016 provided the opportunity to talk to industrial partners and decide on future career.”

 

Alexey P. Slobozhanyuk (Report)

Project Topic: Near-field manipulations with microwave metamaterials in order to design highly efficient novel devices

Impact statement: “I would like to thank IEEE MTT-S for the possibility to expand my knowledge in different aspects of microwave theory. The receipt of MTT-S scholarship was a very important indicator of my research progress and motivated me to continue my independent research career after Ph.D. in the field of microwave metamaterials.”

 

Xue Wu (Report)

Project Topic: On-chip THz spectroscopy system

Impact statement: “The IEEE MTT-S graduate fellowship provided me with the opportunity to attend IMS 2016 in San Francisco, CA. During the conference, I broadened the scope of my research by profound discussion with many colleagues in the field. Additionally, the financial support from the award gave me the courage to pursue difficult but fascinating ideas in the field of microwave engineering.”

2016 Awardees: Medical Category

Taiyun Chi

Project Topic: A CMOS multi-functional cellular thermal actuation/sensing array for reconfigurable localized cell heating and manipulation

Project Description:

Applying thermal stress on cells or tissues has a wide variety of biomedical applications. For example, hyperthermia induced by microwave ablation is proven to be an effective method for cancer treatment. Heat shock can effectively reduce the amplitudes and durations of the action potentials in neuron axon hillocks to block the neural signal transmission in a neural network. However, existing thermal applicator devices are typically designed and operated for macroscopic scale clinical applications. We propose a CMOS cellular thermal actuation/sensing array chip for microscopic cellular analysis and characterizations. The cellular thermal actuator array can realize, for the first time, localized heat transfer to the individual cells or cell clusters for cell-/tissue-level studies. In parallel, on-chip temperature sensors are implemented in each thermal actuator pixel to accurately monitor the local temperature distribution. Our platform also supports dielectrophoresis (DEP) operation for cell sorting and manipulation. The proposed CMOS cellular thermal actuation/sensing array platform will serve as a novel low-cost cellular analysis platform, directly applicable for a plethora of high-impact biomedical applications, such as cancer studies, cell-based assays, drug screenings, and neural network characterizations.

Yujia Peng

Project Topic: Development of Frequency Reconfigurable Wireless Power Scavenging System for the Telemetry of Self-sustainable Implantable Sensors

Project description:

The research objective of this project is to develop a novel and simple approach of designing both high-efficiency and miniaturized Wireless Power Scavenging (WPS) system for the telemetry of implantable sensor network using patterned permalloy (Py) thin film embedded in engineered substrate. Incorporating a frequency reconfigurable transmitting antenna into the WPS system, the frequency of the transmitted RF power can thus be tuned to adapt to the frequency shift of the rectenna in sensor network to ensure the maximum power harvesting efficiency. Using patterned Py thin film embedded in engineered substrate, both the frequency reconfiguration and the miniaturization of the devices can be achieved simultaneously. The development of this kind of special substrate has been proved to be an efficient and cost-effective approach to design both tunable and miniaturized devices without deteriorating the performance too much. The research plan of the proposed system has two major goals: (i) Design and implementation of a miniaturized self-sustainable power scavenging system including: the development of miniaturized implantable antenna; development of highly-efficient rectenna; (ii) Design of frequency reconfigurable transmitting circuits for adaptive power harvesting.

2015 Awardees: General Category

Paweł Barmuta (Report)

Project Topic: Method for adaptive high-frequency measurements and automated behavioral modeling of microwave active devices

Impact statement: “The MTT-S graduate fellowship gave me the opportunity to attend IMS, EuMC, and INMMiC conferences in 2015. Many valuable discussions I had led to new ideas and provided necessary boost to my research. I strongly believe that the established network will pay off in the future with further developments and applications of the RSM. The fellowship made me think more broadly, and I would strongly recommend the fellowship to anybody.”

María F. Córdoba-Erazo (Report)

Project Topic: Sub-surface imaging of electromagnetic properties of materials using near-field microwave microscopy

Impact statement: I want to express my sincere gratitude to MTT-S for the economic support and for sponsoring my attendance to IMS 2015 in Phoenix, AR. The award not only allowed me to pursue the proposed research but also to improve my proposal and paper writing skills. During IMS 2015, I had the opportunity to share my work with fellow researchers, attend the technical sessions and continue building a network of colleges working in academia and industry. Additionally, I participated in the Project Connect program where I interacted with undergraduate students and shared my experiences as graduate student.”

Ryan Gough (Report)

Project Topic: Electrical actuation of liquid metal for tunable RF devices

Impact statement: “Receiving a Graduate Fellowship from the IEEE MTT-S has had a profound impact on my research. The financial support provided by this award gave me the freedom to pursue ideas that were off the beaten track, and allowed me to broaden the scope of my research by attending conferences that would otherwise have been out of my reach. I am deeply thankful to the MTT-S for the doors that this Fellowship has opened.”

Song Hu (Report)

Project Topic: Digital intensive hybrid architectures for efficiency and linearity improvement in silicon-based RF power amplifiers

Impact statement: “It was my great honor to receive the 2015 IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship. This recognition has greatly motivated me to further pursue my career in the field of microwave engineering. I also sincerely appreciate the generous financial aid of this fellowship for the conference attendance. It offered me great opportunities to have close interactions with many colleagues in the field.”

Abhishek Kumar Jha (Report)

Project Topic: Study, design and fabrication of various resonant sensors for microwave testing of advanced composites

Impact statement: “IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship contributed significantly and materialized valuable investment in my education that reflected a notable transformation in my research. This award lightened my financial burden, kept me focused, and highly productive throughout my doctoral. I could attend my first IMS only due to this award, where I came across like-minded personalities and various experts of microwaves from the world that changed my outlook on research and cement myself more in the microwave community."

Zhenguo Jiang (Report)

Project Topic: Ultra-sensitive balanced receivers for spectroscopic terahertz sensing and imaging

Impact statement: “The MTT-S graduate fellowship is recognition of my work, and is also an encouragement for me to pursue further in this field. With the support from MTT-S, I was able to attend IMS 2015 and build connection with researchers and students having similar research interest, which gave high contribution to my professional growth.”

Raúl Loeches-Sánchez (Report)

Project Topic: Advanced microwave filtering devices based on signal-interference techniques

Impact statement:MTT-S Graduate Fellowship award has provided the research activities I have been developed with recognition, giving a boost to my professional career. There is no doubt that this distinguished award opens doors to new job opportunities. Thanks to this fellowship, I was able to attend IEEE MTT-S IMS for the first time."

Jiang Long (Report)

Project Topic: Study on non-Foster circuit and its microwave and antenna applications

Impact statement: “It was my honor to receive MTT-S fellowship. The fellowship provides me not only the financial support during my PhD study, but also the opportunity to attend IMS 2015 in Phoenix to share my research with prestigious fellows, which inspired me for my future researches. It is also a huge motivation for me to stick to the research in microwave applications and keep on innovating.”

Daniel Oloumi (Report)

Project Topic: Oil reservoir monitoring using ultra-wideband radar technology

Impact statement: Receiving the prestigious MTT_S graduate fellowship was a great honor for me as a PhD student. This award motivated me to work harder and enthusiastically towards my PhD research as it was recognized by the MTT Society. This award was very impactful to enhance my research performance and make me a better researcher. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the MTT society for making this program possible for graduate students. I hope the outcome of my research can be helpful for industrial or academic problems.”

Shihan Qin (Report)

Project Topic: High-performance nonreciprocal RF front-ends with distributedly modulated capacitors for full-duplex radios

Impact statement: “The MTT-S Fellowship provides me not only with monetary support to help continuing my research, but more importantly a recognition of my research work that may impact the world. I have been able to explore many ideas that would not be readily touched without this support. I also had a great journey in IMS 2015 that the fellowship sponsored and encouraged me to attend. Thank you, MTT-S.

Christian Schulz (Report)

Project Topic: Novel plasma diagnostics: A driving force behind plasma based key enabling technologies

Impact statement: “It has been an honor to have my Ph.D. research project recognized by the IEEE MTT-S and to have been awarded a MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award. The financial support helped me to
focus on my research topic and the obtained results directly influenced several publications. Additionally, attending the IMS 2015 was an excellent preparation for the challenges I have to face in my current and future work and it gave me a solid foundation for my personal and scientific development.”

2015 Awardees: Medical Category

 
 

Xuebei Yang (Report)

Project Topic: Miniaturized Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectrometers for biomedical sensing
Impact statement: It is my great honor to receive the highly prestigious IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award for Medical Applications 2015. This award represents the acknowledgement of my PhD work on miniaturized Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectrometers. Encouraged by it, I have further investigated in this research area and published a paper at International Microwave Symposium 2016, which was nominated as one of the finalists for best student paper award. In addition to the acknowledgement and encouragement, thanks to the financial support provided by the fellowship, I attended International Microwave Symposium 2015 held in Phoenix, AZ, where I had a highly joyful and fruitful conference experience.

Fritzi Toepfer (Report)

Project Topic: Micromachined Millimeter-Wave Near-Field Probe for Skin Cancer Diagnosis
Impact statement: The International Microwave Symposium in Phoenix in 2015 was the third IMS that I attended. Every time I am impressed by the high quality of the presented research. I highly value the conference as an outstanding opportunity to (re)connect with other researches in the field and to engage in fruitful discussions and exchange thoughts and experiences. It was a great honor to receive the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship award for my research. It is a great motivation to continue research and development in the field of medical applications of microwaves and reassured me that valuable ideas are recognized and can attract ideal and financial support. In the future I want to continue to use my engineering knowledge and experiences to develop solution that benefit patients, doctors and the healthcare system. As a first step, after my PhD project I will participate in the Clinical Innovation Fellowships Program, during which I, together with a multidisciplinary team, identify clinical needs by field observation directly in a hospital department. Based on these, our team will develop an innovative solution to a medical problem for which my experience from the PhD project provides a perfect background. I strongly believe that the recognition through the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship helped me to stand out from the other applicants for this program and to be chosen as a Clinical Innovation Fellow Candidate and that it will continue to have a positive impact on my career.

2014 Awardees: General Category

Pawan Agarwal (Report)

Project Topic: Low Power V-Band Beamforming Transceivers for High Data Rate WiGig Applications.

Impact statement: “I would like to sincerely thank MTT-S for granting me the prestigious MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award. The Fellowship has provided me with a substantial boost in not only my research activity but also daily life, due to significant financial support. The Fellowship also provided me the honor to not only present my work at IMS 2014, but also experience amazing ideas presented by my worldwide colleagues in the vast field of microwave engineering."

Riccardo Danieli (Report)

Project Topic: Development of High Efficiency and High Linearity Power Amplifiers for Space Applications.

Impact statement: “This fellowship has been useful in supporting my study so far. My near term goal is to complete the Ph.D. program, besides improving my capabilities and knowledge in several microwave engineering fields. For the future, I hope to have the possibility to join either a Company or a University where I can continue my research." 

Kunal Datta (Report)

Project Topic: Field Programmable RF Power Amplifiers and Transmitters.

Impact statement: “Receiving the MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award for 2014-2015 was a great honour for me. This award has greatly motivated me to pursue future research in the field of microwave engineering. It has opened up new opportunities for me in both academia and industry by recognizing my contribution to the field of microwave engineering as a graduate student. I would strongly urge all future graduate students to apply for this award." 

Ezdeen Elghannai (Report)

Project Topic: Distributed Impedance Matching Technique for Antennas for Wireless Communication Applications

Impact statement: “It is of my great honor to be selected as one of the recipients of the highly prestigious IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award of 2014. I am very proud that my Ph.D. research project was recognized by an internationally well-known society in the Microwave field such as the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). This award was of great support to facilitate the cost of some sophisticated measurements which was needed to validate proposed techniques in my research project . Additionally, attending the 2014 International Microwave Symposium and participating in the Student Awards Luncheon was  definitely a lifetime experience, let alone the great networking opportunity I had by attending IMS 2014." 

Gian Piero Gibiino (Report)

Project Topic: Nonlinear Characterization and Modeling Approaches for Digital Predistortion and Dynamic Envelope Tracking Control of High-Efficiency RF Power Amplifiers

Impact statement: “I am honoured of having received the MTT-S graduate fellowship, which further motivated my research efforts in RF and microwaves. Thanks to the economic contribution, I participated to IMS 2014 in Tampa. The event was very stimulating and gave me the possibility to meet people with the same research interests, thus catalyzing the creation of networks."

Ruonan Han (Report)

Project Topic: Towards Terahertz System-on-Chip: From Devices to Applications

Impact statement: “It was my great honor to receive the recognition from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) with this fellowship award. This not only better introduces my THz integrated circuit work to the Society, but also provides opportunities to more closely interact with the colleagues in the field (and get their feedback). I sincerely appreciate this fellowship for its generous financial aid, and the way it shaped my career ambition in the academia."

Song Liu (Report)

Project Topic: Accuracy improvement in broadband dielectric measurements of biological liquids using transmission lines up to 110 GHz

Impact statement: “The MTT-S graduate fellowship gave me the opportunity to attend the prestigious annual microwave conference, IMS 2014. The travel grant also paid part of my cost of attending the ARFTG 2014 conference. Most importantly, I was able to fabricate microwave microfluidic and on-wafer calibration devices to accurately measure liquid biological materials on-wafer from 10 MHz to 110 GHz. This, I believe has a huge impact on non-invasive monitoring of biological cells, proteins etc." 

Xingsheng Luan (Report)

Project Topic: Building an on-chip radio frequency oscillator based on integrated optomechanics

Impact statement: “For a young graduate student who just started exploring and trying to join in the cutting-edge researches, a financial support to start his/her own research program in a lab is extremely important. For me, the MTT-S Fellowship played exactly this role. With this Fellowship, I received my first formal research project. This totally changed my way of viewing my research. I now have a clearer goal and am more focused on a very specialized topic to really make a breakthrough in this field. It also guided me to think more about how to transfer our research into real technologies and relate it to daily life applications."

Kyriaki Niotaki (Report)

Project Topic: Design of Multi-Band Substrate Integrated Waveguide High Efficiency Power Amplifier

Impact statement: “I am honored to be one of the 2014 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship Recipients. The MTT-S Graduate Fellowship has definitely motivated me to further continue my research activities. It also gave me the opportunity to attend the 2014 IMS conference, Tampa, Florida where I created a network of contacts that are expected to increase my career opportunities in the near future."

Umer Shah (Report)

Project Topic: Radio Frequency/ Microwave Micro‐electromechanical Systems (RF MEMS) for Ku and K Band Frequency Agile Circuits for Communication and Radar Applications.

Impact statement: “It was a great honor that my research activities received such a prestigious recognition - the MTT-S Graduate Fellowship award for 2014. The financial support I received helped me to focus my efforts on my research. The award has also motivated me to further my research on RF MEMS, enabling me to write two new papers which will be presented at the International Microwave Symposium 2015. I am certain that this will greatly impact on the possibility of receiving future research funding."

2014 Awardees: Medical Applications

Jun-Chau Chien (Report)

Project Topic: Tissue and Cells Identification using Dielectric Spectroscopy in CMOS for Intraoperative Assistance and Flow Cytometry Applications

Impact Statement: MTT-S Fellowship for Medical Applications provides not only the financial support but more importantly the connection with research fellows in the same field, by attending the workshops and conferences, to discuss and brainstorm for the advancement in the characterization of single cells at microwave frequencies using different modalities.

Michael Grady (Report)

Project Topic: Towards the Real-time Measurement of the Subsurface Temperatures of Pressure Sores

Impact Statement: Thank you all for your commitment to my and others technical development. The impact that this fellowship has had on my growth has been immense! Not only has the financial support provided great monetary assistance, but I also have developed a strong desire to continually improve my grant writing skills. Winning a nationally recognized fellowship in my field has given me more confidence that I can continue to become more proficient at grant writing and one day, possibly, positively change the world with a few good ideas. I look forward to the future and growing with this community!

2013 Awardees: General Category

Sulav Adhikari (Report)

Project Topic: Tunable Microwave Devices and System Design Based on Ferromagnetic Material and Silicon Varactor Diode

Impact statement: "It was a big honor for me to be one of the recipients of highly prestigious IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award 2013. The award has not only helped me gain confidence on my ongoing Ph.D. but also it has given me a positive encouragement to do research work. Due to the graduate fellowship award, I am able to get lot attentions of my present research work both from industries as well as academics."

Alírio J. S. Boaventura (Report)

Project Topic: Design of Wirelessly-powered Battery-less Remote Control Systems

Impact statement: "I am honoured and grateful to receive the MTT-S Graduate Fellowship award, which has been a great incentive to pursue R&D in RF and microwave filed. Our project in particular has been greatly publicized on the media in Portugal, which attracted several opportunities of collaboration. The program has also contributed to my decision on conducting further R&D in low cost RFID reader design, and possibly follow an entrepreneurship/industry career. "

Gianni Bosi (Report)

Project Topic: Multiharmonic Characterization of Electron Devices for Micro- and Millimeter-wave Applications

Impact statement: "The recognition of my research activity by receiving the MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award was certainly very pleasing and stimulating. Thanks to the economic contribution, I attended some international conferences as the IMS in 2013 in Seattle. Those events played an important role in my personal and scientific growth. I think that such a kind of initiative is very important in supporting PhD students for their career in the field of microwaves."

Anandaroop Chakrabarti (Report)

Project Topic: Architectures and Integrated Circuits for Linearized, Watt-class, High Efficiency Millimeter-Wave Transmitters in CMOS

Impact statement: "The prestigious MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award has encouraged my research efforts to take up challenging problems and come up with innovative solutions that can benefit the community as a whole. The award also provided an opportunity to attend IMS 2013 and meet the best researchers across the globe working on cutting-edge technology. The whole experience has broadened my horizon and will surely help shape my research career."

David Gustafsson (Report)

Project Topic: High Efficiency and Wideband Power Amplifiers

Impact statement: "The MTT-S Graduate Fellowship award has encouraged me to continue my research and motivated me to work even harder to fulfill my career goals. The Fellowship has also contributed to a better financial situation that has made it easier for me to focus on my research."

Timo Jaeschke (Report)

Project Topic: Next Generation Ultra Wideband mm-Wave FMCW Radar for Industrial, Security and Life Science Applications

Impact statement: "It was a great honor for me to receive the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award 2013 and I want to thank the whole MTT-S community for making the Fellowship Program possible. The Fellowship Award had a big impact on my last year's activities. I was able to extend my research to new and interesting fields, and also got the attention of new industrial partners for supporting my future research work."

Marco Mercuri (Report)

Project Topic: Radar-based System for Non-Invasive Long-Term Home Monitoring

Impact statement: "The MTT-S Fellowship 2013 Award played an important role in supporting part of in my PhD research. Moreover, the travel supplement gave me the chance to attend IMS 2013. This gave me the big opportunity to discuss and to take contacts with experts from all over the world working in my fields and, especially, to live and to understand deeply the role of the MTT Society, increasing further my love for research."

Ibrahim T. Nassar (Report)

Project Topic: A Compact, Efficient 3-D Sensor Node for Embedded Passive Wireless Monitoring

Impact statement: "Receiving the MTT-S fellowship is a great honor for me, I will be proud all my life of receiving this prestigious award. It has boosted my motivation to continue my research toward the PhD degree and fulfill my career goals. It has also provided financial support during my doctoral study and gave me the opportunity to attend the 2013 IMS in Seattle, WA were I had the chance to meet researchers and scientists from overall the world."

Symon K. Podilchak (Report)

Project Topic: Planar Surface Wave Power Routing Guides

Impact statement: "It has been an absolute privilege and honour to have my Ph.D. research project recognized by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) and to have been awarded a Graduate Fellowship. Not only did the award provide a stipend while pursuing research, but I also received funding to attend the 2013 International Microwave Symposium in Seattle. Participating in the Student Awards Luncheon was also truly memorable."

Justin G. Pollock (Report)

Project Topic: Characterization of Cylindrical Metamaterial Structures for Biomedical Imaging and Antenna Beamforming

Impact statement: "The financial stability provided by the MTT-S Graduate Fellowship enabled me to be highly productive throughout the year and investigate numerous practical applications of my earlier theoretical work. I am truly grateful towards the MTT-S for providing a tight-knit community of like-minded researchers, which has greatly advanced the microwave field. I am eternally in the debt of the MTT-S society who has helped me become the researcher that I am today."

2013 Awardees: Medical Applications

Changzhan Gu

Project Topic: Continuous-Wave Radar Sensor for Accurate Respiration Measurement in Motion-Adaptive Cancer Radiotherapy

Project Description: Continuous-wave (CW) radar sensor has been proposed for accurate respiration measurement in motion-adaptive cancer radiotherapy. It provides a non-contact and non-invasive approach for respiration measurement. Instead of measuring the marker, it directly measures the periodic motion of the body, which has better correlation with the lung tumor motion. Moreover, the radar system is insensitive to clothing and chest hair, due to microwave penetration, making it better than the existing contact devices that are sensitive to the surrounding environment. The signal distortion problem in respiration measurement has been thoroughly analyzed. A DC-coupled radar sensor with adaptive coarse-tuning and fine-tuning architectures is proposed for complete respiration pattern measurement without any distortion. The DC-coupled radar will use a two-stage variable gain amplifier (VGA) with software-configured DC tuning architecture integrated in AMI 0.5-μm CMOS process. The radar sensor system will be clinically evaluated in the Southwest Cancer Treatment & Research Center, Lubbock, TX.

Ping Jack Soh

Project Topic: A Wearable Health-Monitoring System for Medical Emergency Alerts Based on Textile Radiators and Indoor Radar supporting Fall-Detection, Localization and Telemetry

Project Description: Falls are the leading cause of accidental deaths for home-bound and semi-mobile seniors over 65 years. Thus, it is imperative that a cost-effective continuous health monitoring system is developed for such group to enable prompt and automatic alerts to emergency response teams. This work intends to design and develop such system applicable for indoors and outdoors, consisting of two sub-systems; first an indoor fall-detection radar system; and secondly, a cost- effective wearable system. This combined system is expected to provide fall detection capability, target localization and wireless telemetry alerts back to a base station. Moreover, the wearable system is intended to be developed fully using textiles, which will guarantee users' comfort, besides being immune against on-body absorption. A novel method of mutual-coupling reduction and back-radiation suppression using bandgap structures is proposed to be investigated.

Cuong Nguyen

Project Topic: Wearable Front-end design of in vivo L-Glutamate Neurotransmitter Monitoring Systems

Project Description: The research project focuses on developing a wireless system for in vivo monitoring L-Glutamate, a predominant excitatory neurotransmitter in mammalian central neuronal system. A miniature and implantable needle-like probe with multiple sensing electrodes will be fabricated using MEMS (micro-electro mechanics system) technology to sense the L-Glutamate signals at different brain sites. Sensors with electrodes modified with iridium oxide nanostructure are expected to have significant improvement in sensitivities. The signals will be recorded, conditioned and amplified using an on-site bipotentiostats, which will be designed and optimized for small current measurement. An RF wireless transceiver will be implemented to transmit signals from the wearable bipotentiostat to the recording base station. The use of RF wireless communication for signal transmitting reduces noises, body motion artifacts and inconvenience for animals and patients in long term experiments. The ability to observe and quantify L-Glutamate signals instantaneously and wirelessly helps us to study the correlation between L-Glutamate and many neuronal diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, neurodegeneration, and depression.

2012 Awardees: General Category

Aritra Banerjee
The fellowship gave me an opportunity to attend conferences such as IMS, RFIC and meet researchers working in microwave engineering and RF design from different countries. It made me familiar with the state of the art research direction and challenges in this area which will surely help me shape my research and career.

Alex Wong
It is my honour to receive the MTT-S Graduate Fellowship award.  This award has encouraged my research efforts towards developing high resolution imaging systems using the phenomenon of superoscillation; it also helps support me financially for the upcoming year.

2011 Awardees: General Category

Nutapong Somjit
The IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship awards for 2010 and 2011 drastically expand my research and career opportunity. I got a job offer as a research associate and team leader at Dresden University of Technology, Germany, immediately after receiving my PhD. The awards from MTT-S also have a great impact on applying for the research funding and other wards (I also won the IEEE AP-S Doctoral Research Fellowship).

2010 Awardees: General Category

Nutapong Somjit
The IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship awards for 2010 and 2011 drastically expand my research and career opportunity. I got a job offer as a research associate and team leader at Dresden University of Technology, Germany, immediately after receiving my PhD. The awards from MTT-S also have a great impact on applying for the research funding and other wards (I also won the IEEE AP-S Doctoral Research Fellowship).

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