EE Department News Bytes (Spring 2009)
  • Dean Kai-Fong Lee, Dean of the School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society 2009 John Kraus Antenna Award for exceptional contributions to the field of antennas through innovation. Dean Lee’s award was made "For inventing the wideband U-slot patch antenna and for expanding the U-slot technique to small size, dual/triple band and circular polarization applications."
  • Dr. John Daigle, Professor of Electrical Engineering, was selected for a prestigious Erskine Visiting Fellowship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Drs. Mustafa Matalgah, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Atef Elsherbeni, Professor of Electrical Engineering, received a NASA grant for research on "Techniques for Improving Capacity of Mobile Wireless communication Networks."
  • Drs. Fan Yang, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Atef Elsherbeni, received a NASA grant for research on "Reconfigurable Antenna Designs for Planetary Rovers."
  • Dr. Atef Elsherbeni received a grant from the ACES Society to continue the ACES Electronic Publications Project and Society Web Site Development.
  • Electrical engineering graduate student Matthew Inman and Dr. Atef Elsherbeni presented a short course entitled "Acceleration of the FDTD Technique for Advanced Applications" at the 2009 Applied Computation Electromagnetics Society (ACES) conference held in Monterey, California.
  • Four electrical engineering graduate students and four EE faculty attended the ACES conference. Dr. Atef Elsherbeni was in charge of all the technical activities of the conference, and was assisted by the EE graduate students.
  • Dr. Atef Elsherbeni recently gave an invited talk entitled "GPU Based FDTD Method with MATLAB Graphical Interface" at Florida International University, Miami, Florida.
  • Dr. Atef Elsherbeni recently gave an invited talk entitled "Computational Electromagnetics with Emphasis on Differential Equation Solution Methods for Antenna Designs and the valuation of Target’s Radar Cross-Section," for the IEEE Section at Northern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Dr. Atef Elsherbeni recently gave an invited talk entitled "From Entertainment to Education: The Role of Video Card Accelerated Programs in Electromagnetics Education" at the 35th Annual Conference of The Association of Egyptian American Scholars, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Dr. Atef Elsherbeni and Veysel Demir, a former Visting Scholar, have coauthored a book entitled The Finite Difference Time Domain Method for Electromagnetics with MATLAB Simulations, SciTech Publishing Inc., 2009.
  • Electrical engineering graduate student Bassem Henin, Dr. Atef Elsherbeni, Dr. Mohammed Al Sharkawy, formerly an EE graduate student (M.S. 2003, Ph.D. 2006), and Dr. Fan Yang have coauthored a book chapter entitled "Line Source Excitation of an Array of Circular Metamaterial Cylinders: Boundary Value Solution and Applications" in Metamaterials and Plasmonics: Fundamentals, Modelling, Applications, NATO Science Series, Springer, 2009.
  • Dr. Atef Elsherbeni is serving on the Technical Programming Committees of the 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and the 2009 IEEE International Microwave Symposium and will serve as a session chair at these conferences.
  • Dr. Alexander Yakovlev, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, served as Chair of the session Directive Metamaterial Antennas at the Second Congress on Advanced Materials in Microwaves and Optics held in Pamplona, Spain in September 2008.
  • Dr. Alexander Yakovlev served as an external reviewer for a Candidate of Science dissertation in Physics and Mathematics, I. A. Khromova, Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves in Photonic Crystals and Photonic-Crystal Waveguides with Nonlinear and Anisotropic Inclusions, Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia.
  • Dr. Islam Eshrah, former Electrical Engineering graduate student (Ph.D. 2005), Dr. Ahmed Kishk, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Alexander Yakovlev, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Allen Glisson, Professor of Electrical Engineering, have co-authored a chapter entitled "Corrugated Rectangular Waveguides: Composite Right/Left-Handed Metaguides" in the book Theory and Phenomena of Metamaterials, Vol. 1 that is currently in press.
  • Dr. Alexander Yakovlev is a co-author of a book chapter entitled "High Impedance Surfaces," in the book Theory and Phenomena of Metamaterials, Vol. 1 that is currently in press.
  • Dr. Alexander Yakovlev is a co-author of a book chapter entitled "High Impedance Surfaces: Applications," in the book Applications of Metamaterials, vol. 2 that is currently in press.
  • Dr. Alexander Yakovlev is a co-author of a book chapter entitled "Analytical Modeling of Surface Waves on High Impedance Surfaces," in the book Metamaterials and Plasmonics: Fundamentals, Modeling, Applications, NATO Science Series, Springer, 2009.
  • Electrical Engineering graduate student Xuan Hui Wu, Dr. Ahmed A. Kishk, and Dr. Allen W. Glisson have coauthored a book entitled Generalized Transmission Line Method to Study the Far-zone Radiation of Antennas under a Multilayer Structure, Morgan & Claypool, 2008.
  • Former electrical Engineering graduate student Said M. Mikki (Ph.D. 2008) and Dr. Ahmed A. Kishk have coauthored a book entitled Particle Swarm Optimization in Electromagnetics A Physics-Based Approach, Morgan & Claypool, 2008.
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk has presented a number of invited talks recently, including:
    • "Recent Developments on Dielectric Resonator Antenna" at Minoufia University, Minouf, Egypt, at Alexandria University at Alexandria, Egypt, and at Magdeburg University, Magdeburg, Germany.
    • "Introduction to Dielectric Resonator Antennas" at Abdelmalik Essaiadi, Tituan, Morocco.
    • "Multi-Functions Dielectric Resonator for Microwave Circuits and Antennas" at City University in Hong Kong.
    • "EM Modeling of Surfaces with STOP or GO Characteristics: Artificial Magnetic Conductors and Soft and Hard Surfaces" at Cairo University, Cairo Egypt.
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk has presented invited Key Note Talks on "Design of Multi-Functions Dielectric Resonator for Microwave Circuits and Antennas" at the 26th National Radio Science Conference (NRSC’2009) and at the FIFTH ASTF Congress on Scientific Research Outlook & Technology Development in the Arab World (SRO’2008).
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk presented a Short course entitled "Dielectric Resonator Antenna, Theory and Design," at the 2009 Eucap Conference in Berlin, Germany.
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk served as Chair of Antennas and Propagation Channel Modeling for the Technical Program Committee of the 2009 IEEE Radio Wireless Symposium held in San Diego, California.
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk served as the Antenna Liaison for the 2009 IEEE Radio Wireless Symposium held in San Diego, California.
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk served on the Technical Program Committee for the Conference on Information and Communication Technologies held in Fez, Morocco in October 2008.
  • Dr. Paul Goggans, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, is the General Chair for the 29th International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering (MaxEnt 2009) to be held in Oxford this summer. Dr. Goggans received a 40k grant from the Jaynes Foundation at Boise State University to support MaxEnt 2009. Other members of the local organizing committee are Dr. Lei Cao, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, EE graduate student Chung Chan, and Yixin Chen and Jianxa Xue of the Department of Computer and Information Science.
  • Dr. Elliott Hutchcraft, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Ellen Lackey, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, are collaborating on a NASA grant for the Kennedy Space Center involving materials characterization for their Launch Services Program.
  • Dr. Elliott Hutchcraft and Dr. Ellen Lackey have received a NASA Spacegrant and are working with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on lunar and martian soil simulant characterization.
  • Dr. Elliott Hutchcraft, Dr. Ellen Lackey, and Dr. Jim Vaughan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, have received a contract for a project entitled "Lightning Indirect Effects Analysis of Graphite Composite Structures" from Analex at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Prof. Fan Yang invited Prof. Glenn Boreman from the University of Central Florida to visit the department in March to discuss mutual research interests and future collaboration with the EE faculty. Prof. Boreman gave an interesting presentation on "Infrared Antennas and Frequency Selective Surfaces."
  • Prof. Fan Yang was invited to visit the University of Alabama on April 3 and give a presentation entitled "Frontiers in Antennas and Applied Electromagnetic System Research."