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College of Engineering and Computing


Faculty and Staff

Mohammod Ali

Title: Professor, Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
E-mail: alimo@engr.sc.edu
Website: Microwave Engineering Lab
Phone: 803-777-1488
Fax: 803-777-8045
Office:

Swearingen
Room 3A32
301 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Mohammod Ali

Biography

Mohammod Ali (M’93–SM’03) received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, in 1987 and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, both in electrical engineering, from the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. From January 1998 to August 2001, he was with Ericsson Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC. Since August 2001, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina at Columbia where currently he is a Professor. He had held appointment as a Visiting Research Scientist with the Motorola Corporate EME Research Laboratory, Plantation, FL, during June to August 2004. More recently in the summers of 2010 and 2011 Dr. Ali was a Summer Faculty Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). He also spent a year on sabbatical leave at the AFRL at WPAFB from 2013-2014. Dr. Ali is the recipient of the 2003 National Science Foundation Faculty Career Award. He is also the recipient of the College of Engineering and Computing Young Investigator Award, Research Progress Award and the Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor Award from the University of South Carolina in 2006, 2009, and 2011 respectively. Prof. Ali was the Technical program Co-Chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society’s International Symposium in Charleston, SC in 2009. Prof. Ali was an Associate Editor for the journal IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters from 2008-2013. He is the author/coauthor of over 160 publications and 8 US patents. His research interests include conformal antennas, reconfigurable antennas, broadband structural load bearing antennas, metamaterials and metasurfaces, aircraft antennas and their coupling reduction, MIMO antennas, and wireless power transfer and wireless sensors. His specific research interests are in the fields of: new active device (MEMS, GAN devices, varactors, VO2) integration with antennas and phase shifting structures; novel materials (structural composites, fabrics, liquid metal) and their exploitation to design antennas, DC bias networks, and power supply routes; 3D printing of metamaterials for antennas as well as radomes; RF heating or energy focusing using both low and high frequency techniques; the application of magnetic materials into RF structures for antennas, co-site interference reduction, and metamaterials; beamforming/MIMO in the handheld and base stations for 5G and beyond.

Prof. Ali serves in the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society’s (APS) International Symposium. He has organized specials session for the IEEE IWAT conference and the IEEE APS Symposia in the past. He has also served in the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE SmartGrid Conference, European Association for Antennas and Propagation Conference (EUCAP), and the APMC Conference. Currently he serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering and the Hindawi International Journal of Antennas and Propagation.

Research Interests

  • Conformal Antennas – broadband, load bearing, reconfigurable, pixelated, phased arrays; broadband endfire, X, Ka, and 60 GHz phased arrays
  • Reconfigurable Antennas - for handheld and wearable wireless communications – MIMO in the handheld, phased arrays for wearable
  • Metamaterials and metasurfaces – broadband metamaterials for conformal aircraft antennas, broadband absorption materials, cross-talk reduction in printed circuit boards, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) suppression in power converters, electromagnetic wave sink, high-intensity radiated fields (HIRF) suppression
  • Wireless power transfer and wireless sensing – near and far field wireless power transfer, wireless sensing, e.g. moisture sensor

Education

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 1997
  • M.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 1994
  • B.Sc. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), 1987

Representative Publications

  • N.H. Chamok, M.H. Yilmaz, A. Arslan, and M. Ali, “High-Gain Pattern Reconfigurable MIMO Antenna Array for Wireless Handheld Terminals,’’ IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, (in press).
  • N.A Bishop, J. Miller, D. Zeppettella, W. Baron, J. Tuss, and M. Ali, “A Broadband High-Gain Bi-Layer LPDA for UHF Applications,’’ IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, pp. 2359-2364, May 2015.
  • N.H. Chamok, T. Anthony, S.J. Weiss, and M. Ali, “Ultra-Thin UHF Broadband Antenna on A Non-Uniform Aperiodic Metasurface,’’ IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, vol. 57, pp. 167-180, April 2015.
  • X. Jin, J.M. Caicedo, and M. Ali, “Near-Field Wireless Power Transfer to Embedded Smart Sensor Antennas in Concrete,’’ Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society (ACES) Journal, 30(3):261-9, March 2015.
  • Md. Nazmul Alam, R.H. Bhuiyan, R. Dougal, and M. Ali, “Design and Application of Surface Wave Sensors Non-Intrusive Power Line Fault Detection,’’ IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 339-347, Jan. 2013.
  • Md. R. Islam and M. Ali, “A 900 MHz Beam Steering Parasitic Antenna Array for Body Wearable Wireless Applications,’’ IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 61, no. 9, pp. 4520-4527, Sept. 2013.
  • R.H. Bhuiyan, R. Dougal, and M. Ali, “A Miniature Energy Harvesting Device for Wireless Sensors in Electric Power Systems,’’ IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 10, pp. 1249-1258, July 2010.
  • M.Z. Azad and M. Ali, “A Miniature Implanted Inverted-F Antenna for GPS Application,’’ IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 57, pp. 1854-1858, Jun 2009.
  • A.T.M. Sayem, M.G. Douglas, G. Schmid, B. Petric, and M. Ali, “Correlating Threshold Power with Free-Space Bandwidth for Low Directivity Antennas,’’ IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, pp. 25-37, Feb. 2009.
  • M.Z. Azad and M. Ali, “Novel Wideband Directional Dipole Antenna on a Mushroom EBG Structure,’’ IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, pp. 1242-1250, May 2008.
  • M. Ali, A. T. M. Sayem and V. K. Kunda, “A Reconfigurable Stacked Microstrip Patch Antenna for Satellite and Terrestrial Links,’’ IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 56, pp. 426-435, March 2007.
  • K.M.Z. Shams and M. Ali, “Wireless Power Transmission to a Buried Sensor in Concrete,’’ IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 1573-1577, December 2007.
  • M. F. Abedin and M. Ali, “Effects of EBG Reflection Phase Profiles on the Input Impedance and Bandwidth of Ultra-thin Directional Dipoles,’’ IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 53, no. 11, pp. 3664-3672, Nov. 2005.
  • M. Ali, G. Yang, and R. Dougal, “A New circularly polarized rectenna for Wireless Power Transmission and Data Communication,’’ IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol. 4, pp. 205-208, July 2005.
  • M. F. Abedin and M. Ali, “Modifying the Ground Plane and its Effect on Planar Inverted-F Antennas (PIFAs) for Mobile Phone Handsets,’’ IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol.2, issue 15, pp. 226-229, 2003.

Patents

  • M. Ali, R.H. Bhuiyan, R. Dougal, and M.N. Alam, Non-Intrusive Cable Fault Detection and Methods, US Patent Number: 9,103,864, August 2015.
  • M. Ali, J.M. Caicedo, and X. Jin, Wireless Power Transfer to Embedded Sensors, US Patent Number: US 8,913,952, granted December 16, 2014.
  • M. Ali, R.H. Bhuiyan, and R. Dougal, Non-Intrusive Energy Harvesting Systems and Methods, US Patent Number: US 8,564,298 B2, granted Oct. 22, 2013.
  • M. Ali, “Inverted-F antenna for flip-style mobile terminals,’’ US patent number: 6,885,880, granted April 26, 2005.
  • R. Sadler, M. Ali, and G.J. Hayes, “Multi-frequency band inverted-F antennas with coupled branches and wireless communicators incorporating same,’’ US patent number: 6,563,466, 13 May 2003.
  • M. Ali, “Capacitively Coupled Plated Antenna,’’ US patent number: 6,535,166, granted March 18, 2003.
  • [M. Ali, “Dual-Band Antenna Having Mirror Image Meandering Segments and Wireless Communicators Incorporating Same,’’ US patent Number: 6,184,836, granted – 6 February 2001.
  • R. Sadler, G. Hayes, and M. Ali, “Compact, broadband inverted-F antennas with conductive elements and wireless communicators incorporating same,’’ US patent number: 6,218,992, granted -17 April 2001.

Courses Taught

  • ELCT 361 Electromagnetics
  • ELCT 371 Electronics
  • ELCT 564 RF Circuit Design for Wireless
  • ELCT 862 Antennas and Radiation
  • ELCT 864 Microwave Devices and Circuits
  • ELCT 891 Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Applications of Microwaves