EE Department News Bytes (Spring 2010)
  • Dr. Lei Cao, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Dr. John Daigle, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Z. Sun (University of Southern Mississippi) have been awarded a NASA space grant project entitled "Joint forward error control coding and network coding in Ad-Hoc wireless networks."
  • Dr. Atef Elsherbeni, Associate Dean and Professor of Electrical Engineering, recently gave an invited plenary talk at Cairo University, Egypt, dealing with the use of GPUs for electromagnetic computations.
  • Professor Veysel Demir from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Northern Illinois University visited the department in March and presented a seminar addressing the efficiency of matrix solutions for FDFD EM solvers. Professor Demir is working with Dr. Atef Elsherbeni, on an invited book chapter in a book to be published by NVIDIA on GPU computations.
  • Drs. Fan Yang, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Ahmed Kishk, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Atef Elsherbeni participated in the technical program committee of the coming 2010 IEEE Antennas and Propagations and URSI symposium.
  • Dr. Atef Elsherbeni participated in the technical program committee of the coming 2010 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques symposium.
  • Dr. Atef Elsherbeni is the technical program chair for the coming 2010 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society conference to be held in Finland in April.
  • Dr. Paul Goggans, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, served as the General Chair for the 29th International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering (MaxEnt 2009) that was held in Oxford last 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 were 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. Paul Goggans, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and EE graduate student Chung Chan are the editors of the MaxEnt 2009 proceedings, Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering: The 29th International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, that was published in December 2009 by the American Institute of Physics.
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk, Professor of Electrical Engineering, presented two invited talks in December 2009, one at Ericsson AB, Ericsson Research entitled "Dielectric Resonator Antennas for Base Station Applications." The second was presented at the Chalmers Antenna System VINN Excellence Center Workshop and was entitled "Wideband Dually Polarized Microstrip Air Patch Antennas and Dielectric Resonator Antennas."
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk presented an invited talk in November 2009at the Microtechnology and NanoScience MC2 entitled "Multifunction Dielectric Resonator for Microwave Circuits and Antenna Design."
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk was invited to lecture at the short course: Artificial EBG surfaces and metamaterials for antennas bandgaps, cloaking, gap waveguides, packaging, miniaturization, gain enhancement, sidelobe reduction held at the European School of Antennas on October 26-30, 2009.
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk presented two invited talks in October 2009, one at the Chalmers Antenna System VINN Excellence Center Workshop entitled "An overview on different antennas applications with emphasis on dielectric resonator antennas. The second was at the Research Day of the Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology Excellence Center Workshop and was entitled "Compact UWB Antenna with Single or Dual Band-notches for Lower WLAN Band and Upper WLAN Band."
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk presented an invited talk in September 2009 at the gap waveguide workshop at Chalmers University, Sweden. The title of the talk was, "MoM analysis of the gap waveguide components and antennas."
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk presented an invited talk in July 2009 at Magdeburg University at Magdeburg, Germany. The title of the talk was "EM Modeling of Surfaces with STOP or GO Characteristics Artificial Magnetic Conductors and Soft and Hard Surfaces."
  • Dr. Ahmed Kishk presented a short course on "Dielectric Resonator Antenna, Theory and Design" at the 2009 Eucap, held in Berlin, Germany, and several invited talks in March 2009. These include:
    • An invited talk at Magdeburg University at Magdeburg, Germany. The title of the talk was "Recent Developments on Dielectric Resonator Antenna."
    • An invited Key Note Talk at the 26th National Radio Science Conference (NRSC 2009). The title of the talk was "Design of Multi-Functions Dielectric Resonator for Microwave Circuits and Antennas."
    • An invited talk at Cairo University, Cairo Egypt. The title of the presentation was "EM Modeling of Surfaces with STOP or GO Characteristics Artificial Magnetic Conductors and Soft and Hard Surfaces."
    • An Invited talk at Alexandria University at Alexandria, Egypt. The title of the talk was "Recent Developments on Dielectric Resonator Antenna."
  • Dr. Mustafa Matalgah, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, served as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2010) to be held in Cape Town, South Africa May 23-27, 2010.
  • Dr. Mustafa Matalgah served as an International Program Committee (IPC) Member of the International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) International Conference on Wireless Communications (WC 2010) to be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada July 15-17, 2010.
  • Dr. Mustafa Matalgah served as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member of the IEEE 72nd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2010-Fall), to be held in Ottawa, Canada, Sept. 6-9, 2010.
  • Dr. Mustafa Matalgah has been selected to be a Member of Editorial Board for The International Journal of Communication Networks & Information Security (IJCNIS).
  • Dr. Alexander Yakovlev, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, is the co-organizer and co-chair of a special session on Homogenization of Metasurfaces and Bulk Metamaterials at Microwaves, THz, and Optical Frequencies to be held at the IEEE AP-S International Symposium, Toronto, Canada, July 11-17, 2010.
  • Dr. Alexander Yakovlev is a co-investigator on a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. The project is entitled "Reflectarray Antennas and Printed Microwave Filters." Other investigators are Jose Encinar, Vicente Losada, Jesus Martel, Francisco Medina, Francisco Mesa, Raul Berral, and Rafael Boix.
  • Dr. Alexander Yakovlev served as a member of the Technical Program Committee of the International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals, and Plasmonics, META 2010, held in Cairo, Egypt, in February 2010.
  • Dr. Fan Yang, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, is serving as a technical program committee member for the 2010 IEEE AP-S/URSI International Symposium.
  • Dr. Vince Rodriguez (BSEE '94, MS '96, PhD '99) was elected to the board of directors of the Antenna Measurements and Techniques Association (AMTA) during the 2009 AMTA symposium which took place in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Rodriguez will serve on the BoD as the AMTA meeting coordinator. Also during the same symposium Dr. Rodriguez's Paper on medium power absorber was chosen among the top 6 papers of the 2009 symposium.
  • Markeeva Morgan (BSEE 2001) has been awarded a national Trailblazer award and a Modern-Day Technology Leader award by the Council of Engineering Deans of HBCUs, Lockheed-Martin Corporation, and US Black Engineer Magazine. The awards were presented at the Black Engineer of the Year Global Competitiveness Conference in Baltimore in February.