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Research Staff

Graduate Students

Michael Brown

Mr. Michael Brown, PhD Student

Michael Brown received his B.S. and M.E. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Michael was an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) researcher at the Microwave Engineering Lab. He joined the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in 2015. Michael is currently working for his PhD. His research interests are at the interdisciplinary boundary of nanomaterials and the electromagentic methods to understand and leverage their properties.

Nowrin Chamok

Mr. Nowrin Chamok, PhD Student

Nowrin Hasan Chamok (S’12) received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, in 2009 and the M.E. degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, in 2014. Since 2011, he has been a Graduate Research Assistant with the Microwave Engineering Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia. His research interests include the fundamental research of broadband multifunctional metamaterial, pattern reconfigurable array design for handheld terminals, and body-worn antenna design. He is the author/coauthor of several conference papers.

Dhruva Poduval

Mr. Dhruva Poduval, PhD Student

Dhruva Poduval is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of South Carolina under the guidance of Dr. Mohammod Ali. He obtained his B.E in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Mumbai University in 2014. At the moment he is working on microstrip patch antennas and phased arrays as part of his Masters thesis. Some of his research interests include phased arrays, wearable antennas and circularly polarized antennas.

David Zeppetella

Mr. David Zeppettella, PhD Student

David Zeppettella is an electronics engineer working in the area of multifunctional structures in the Aerospace Systems Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory. His research is primarily focused on advanced structural concepts involving composite structures that host structurally integrated electronic devices and antennas. Mr. Zeppettella obtained an MS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Dayton and a BE in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of South Carolina. He has 19 years of engineering experience working at laboratories associated with both the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.

Michael Wright

Mr. Michael Wright, PhD Student

Michael D. Wright was raised in St. Petersburg, FL. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Immediately after graduation Michael began pursuing graduate studies in antenna design under Prof. Mohammod Ali at the University of South Carolina. As part of his graduate work, Michael was afforded the opportunity to spend a full year at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH (USA) learning practical and hands-on CLAS (conformal, load-bearing antenna structure) design concepts. Currently, Michael is working as a graduate research assistant under Prof. Ali at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. His research interest include frequency reconfigurable antenna systems, CLAS, and direct-write antenna fabrication techniques.

Mr. Paul Czeresko, MS Student

Paul Czeresko received his B.S. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in 2016. Paul was an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) researcher with the Microwave Engineering Lab. He also interned as an antenna engineer in the Space and Intelligence Systems division of Harris Corporation in Palm Bay, FL. Paul is currently working toward his M.S where his research involves the development of metamaterials for reducing electromagnetic interference.

 

Alumni

Nazmul Alam

Dr. Md. Nazmul Alam, USC 2014

Dr. Md. Nazmul Alam (S’09) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. From 2009 to 2014 he was a Graduate Research Assistant with the Microwave Engineering Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia. He is the author/co-author of multiple international conference and journal papers. His research interests include sensor-based infrastructure health monitoring, RFID, RF circuits and wideband matching of electrically small antennas. He also serves as a reviewer of the IEEE Sensors Journal. Nazmul Alam received his PhD in 2014 in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Ali. Dr. Alam is currently working at Nucurrent in Chicago.

Nicholas Bishop

Mr. Nicholas A. Bishop, USC 2013

Nicholas Bishop received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2011. He was a graduate research assistant at the at the Microwave Engineering Lab from 2011 to 2013. Nicholas was conducting research on conformal load bearing antennas for air vehicle structures, notably a broadband high-gain Log-Periodic Dipole Array (LPDA) and an aperture coupled pixelated reconfigurable patch antenna. Nicholas was an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Graduate Student Fellow working at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio in 2011. Nicholas completed his M.S. thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ali in 2013. He is currently working for Harris Corporation in Melbourne, FL.