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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Guoan Wang

Title: Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-6303
Fax: 803-777-8045

Room 3A12
301 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208


Research Interests

  • Smart RF passives/systems: MEMS based RF components/systems, on-chip tunable RF components/systems, High performance on-chip components characterization and process optimization 
  • MEMS/NEMS and their RF and Bio-medical applications 
  • Novel materials and their mmwave applications 
  • 3D IC and system integration. 


  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006. 

Representative Publications

  • Guoan Wang, Farid Rahman, Tian Xia and Hanqiao Zhang, “Patterned Permalloy and Barium Strontium Titanate Thin Film Enabled Tunable Slow Wave Elements for Compact Multi-band RF Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 49, No. 7, pp. 1-4, July 2013
  • Guoan Wang and Bo Pan (Eds.), Passive RF Component Technology: Materials, Techniques and Applications, Artech House, ISBN 10: 1-60807-199-5, November 2011
  • Guoan Wang, Amit Bavisi, Wayne Woods, Hanyi Ding, and Essam Mina, “A 77GHz Marchand Balun for Antenna Applications in BiCMOS Technology,” Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, Vol. 53, No. 3, March 2011
  • Guoan Wang, Ramanan Bairavasubramanian, Bo Pan, and John Papapolymerou, “Radiofrequency MEMS-enabled Polarization-Reconfigurable Antenna Arrays on Multilayer Liquid Crystal Polymer,” IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagations, Volume 5, Issue13, pp. 1594-1599, 2011.
  • Guoan Wang, Michael Romeo, Cliff Henderson, and John Papapolymerou, “Low Cost Reliable RF MEMS Switches with Photo-definable Mixed Oxide Dielectrics,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Volume 16, Issue 3, June 2007 Page(s):550 – 555
  • Cesar Lugo, Guoan Wang, John Papapolymerou, Zhiyong Zhao, Xiaoyan Wang and Andrew Hunt, “Frequency and Bandwidth Agile Millimeter-Wave Filter Using Ferroelectric Capacitors and MEMS Cantilevers,” IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 55, No.2, Feb. 2007, Pages: 376-382
  • Guoan Wang, Todd Polley, Andrew Hunt, and John Papapolymerou, “A High Performance Tunable RF MEMS Switch using Barium Strontium Titanate (BST) Dielectrics for Reconfigurable Antennas and Phased Arrays”, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, Volume 4, 2005 Page(s):217 – 220


  • Wayne Woods, Guoan Wang, and Hanyi Ding, “Millimeter-Wave On-Chip Switch Employing Frequency-Dependent Inductance for Cancellation of Off-State Capacitance,” US Patent 8,405,453 B2
  • Wayne Woods, Guoan Wang, Hanyi Ding, Jason Xu and Amit Bavisi, “Method of Manufacturing a Through Silicon Via on Chip Passive MMW Bandpass Filter,” US patent 7,772,124 B2
  • Guoan Wang, Hanyi Ding, Wayne Woods and Essam Mina, “Coplanar Waveguide Integrated Circuits Having Arrays of Shield Conductors Connected by Bridging Conductors,” US patent 7,812,694
  • Dane Thompson, Guoan Wang, Nikolas Kingsley, Ramanan Bairavasubramanian, Emmanouil Tentzeris, John Papapolymerou, Gerald DeJean, and Ronglin Li, “Multilayer Electronic Component System and Methods of Manufacture,” US patent 7,834,808 B2
  • Guoan Wang, John Papapolymerou, Todd Polley and Andrew Hunt, “Tunable Dielectric Radio Frequency Microelectromechanical System Capacitive Switch,” US patent 7,786,820 B2
  • Guoan Wang, Hanyi Ding, Essam Mina and Wayne Woods, “Methods of Fabricating Coplanar Waveguide Structures,” US patent 8,028,406
  • Amit Bavisi, Hanyi Ding, Guoan Wang, Wayne Woods, and Jiansheng Xu, “ Structure for a Through-Silicon-Via On-chip Passive MMW Bandpass Filter, US Patent 8,120,145
  • Hanyi Ding, Kwan Lam, Guoan Wang and Wayne Woods, “Circuit Structure and Design Structure for an Optionally Switchable On-chip Slow Wave Transmission Line Band-stop Filter and a Method of Manufacture,” US patent 8,106,728 B2
  • Guoan Wang and Wayne Woods, “On Chip Slow Wave Structure, Method of Manufacture and Design Structure,” US Patent 8,130,059 B2
  • Guoan Wang and Wayne Woods, “Method, Structure, and Design Structure for an Impedance-Optimized Microstrip Transmission Line for Multi-band and Ultra-Wide Band Applications,” US patent 8,164,397 B2
  • Hanyi Ding, Essam Mina, Guoan Wang and Wayne Woods, “Compact On Chip Branchline Coupler Using Slow Wave Transmission Line,” US Patent 8,188,808B2
  • Essam Mina and Guoan Wang, “Vertical Coplanar Waveguide With Tunable Characteristic Impedance Design Structure and Method of Fabricating the Same,” US Patent 8,212,634B2
  • Michael Keene, Guoan Wang, Wayne Woods and Jason Xu, “Solution for On Chip Modeling of Open Termination of Fringe Capacitance,” US Patent 8,365,117

Professional Experience

  • 2011 – present: Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina 
  • 2006 – 2011: Advisory Engineer/Scientist, IBM Corporation 
  • 1997 – 1999: Supplier Quality Engineer, Motorola (China) Inc 


  • Senior Member, IEEE 
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters 

Honors and Awards

  • Young Faculty Development Award, Southeastern Center for Electrical Engineering Education,2013 
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2012 
  • IBM Patent Application Invention Achievement Award, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 
  • NASA Tech Brief Award, 2007