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Research Staff

Current Graduate Students

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Mr. Ahmed S. Arman, Ph.D Student

Ahmed Shah Arman received his B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in March, 2016. He joined the Microwave Engineering Lab of USC as a research assistant in January 2018 and is working under the supervision of Professor Dr. Ali. His research focuses on the design and application of Electromagnetic Bandgap (EBG) structure for cosite antenna coupling reduction and Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) health monitoring system for power plant cables using interdigitated capacitance sensor and time-frequency domain reflectometry technique. He loves to play soccer, pool, table tennis and computer games in his leisure time. He has authored/coauthored several papers.

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Mr. Ahmad H. Abdelgwad, Ph.D Student

Ahmad H. Abdelgwad was born in Fayoum, Egypt, in 1987. He received the BSc. and MSc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Fayoum University, Fayoum, Egypt, in 2009 and 2015 respectively. He works as an assistant lecturer with the Electrical Engineering Department, Fayoum University. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, USA. His research interests include electromagnetic-circuit modeling of multi-element antenna systems, performance evaluation of user equipment devices, reconfigurable MIMO and diversity systems. He has authored/coauthored multiple papers.

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Mr. Michael Brown, Ph.D 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.

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Mr. Md Nazmul Al Imran, Ph.D Student

Md Nazmul Al Imran received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh in 2016. In 2016, he joined Bangladesh Water development Board as an assistant engineer. He worked in Dredger division from 2016 to 2017. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of South Carolina. He has joined Microwave Engineering Laboratory in January 2018. His research interests include RF antennas, sensor design and integration. Currently, he is working on Interdigital Capacitive sensor for cable health monitoring. He has authored/coauthored several papers.  

 

Our Alumni

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Mr. Michael (Dillon) Lindsay, M.S, 2019

Michael (Dillon) Lindsay received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2018. He received M.S. degree in December 2019 under Dr. Mohammod Ali in the Microwave Engineering Laboratory in conjunction with the Savannah River National Laboratory. His research interest involve characterizing new materials for RF heating by combining experimental data and simulation results along with resonant geometries for these materials.

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Mr. Ankit Patel, M.S., 2019

Ankit Patel completed his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at University of South Carolina in Spring 2019 under supervision of Prof. Ali. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication from Gujarat Technological University, India. His area of interest is in the field of wireless communication and induction heating/welding of thermoplastic composites. He worked on a project called induction heating of thermoplastic composites in the presence of susceptor (Monel) and induction heating of carbon fiber reinforced composites. 

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Dr. Michael Wright, Ph.D, 2018

 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. He completed his Ph.D in January 2018 and he has been working with Ball Aerospace in Colorado. He has authored/coauthored several journal and conference papers. His research interest include frequency reconfigurable antenna systems, CLAS, and direct-write antenna fabrication techniques.

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Dr. David Zeppettella, Ph.D, 2018

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. He obtained an MS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Dayton and a BE in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University,  He completed his Ph.D on multifunction RF structured at UofSC in 2018. He has over 19 years of engineering experience working at laboratories associated with both the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. 

Mr. Paul Czeresko, MS, 2017

Paul Czeresko received his B.S. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in 2016. He completed his M.S Degree under Professor Ali in 2017 with his thesis on electromagnetic bandgap structure design to improve the isolation between antennas. While obtaining his M.S, he was a 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. He joined Cobham, PA after graduation. 

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Mr. Dhruva Poduval, M.S., 2017

Dhruva Poduval completed his M.S Degree in 2017 under Professor Ali. He obtained his B.E in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Mumbai University in 2014. His thesis was on aperture coupled patch antennas arrays. Some of his research interests include phased arrays, wearable antennas and circularly polarized antennas. After graduation he worked at RF2 Antenna in Wake Forest, NC and now at Apple. He has authored/coauthored journals and conference papers. 

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Dr. Nowrin Chamok, Ph.D, 2016

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 a M.E. and PhD. degree in 2014 and 2016 in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina.  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. He is now working at Boston Scientific in CA.

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Dr. Md. Nazmul Alam, Ph.D, 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, M.S, 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 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. under the supervision of Prof. Ali in 2013. He is currently working for Harris Corporation in Melbourne, FL.

Mr. Hamad AlDossary, M.S, 2013

Hamad AlDossary received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2011. He was a graduate research assistant at the Microwave Engineering Lab from 2011 to 2013. Hamad was conducting research on a microstrip patch phased array antenna design and analysis using low loss GaAs SPDT switches. Hamad completed his M.S. thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ali in 2013.

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Dr. Md. Rashidul Islam, M.E, 2010 & Ph.D ,2012.

  Md. Rashidul Islam (S’10) received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, in 2004. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as a microwave transmission network designer in Telekom Malaysia International Bangladesh. He was a graduate research assistant with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina from August 2007 to August 2012. He received the M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, in 2010 and 2012 respectively. During January to May 2012 he was a research intern at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York where he worked on millimeter wave antenna arrays. Since August 2012, he has been working as an antenna engineer in the Reference Design group of Motorola Mobility in Libertyville, Illinois. His research interests include portable and wearable antenna design, antenna arrays, reconfigurable antennas, and electromagnetic dosimetry. He is the author of several international conference and journal papers.

Mr. Anas Mazady, M.S, 2012

Anas Mazady completed his M.S thesis under the supervision of Professor Ali in 2012.

Dr. Xiaohua Jin, Ph.D, 2012

Xiaohua Jin received her Bachelors and masters degrees from Tsinghua University, China. She received her PhD from UofSC in Mathematics in 2005 after which she worked for several years. She was a graduate research assistant in the Microwave Engineering Laboratory from 2007-2011 working on wireless power transfer to sensor antennas embedded in concrete. Xiaohua Jin received her PhD in 2011 in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Ali. Dr. Jin is currently working at Voorhes College, SC. She is the author of several international conference and journal papers.

Dr. Rashed H. Bhuiyan, Ph.D, 2010

Rashed H Bhuiyan (S’09) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He is the author of several international conference and journal papers. He also served as a faculty member with the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, from 2003 to 2005. His research interests include miniature electromagnetic sensor design, antennas and RF circuits. Rashed Bhuiyan received his PhD in 2010 in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Ali. Dr. Bhuiyan is currently working for Garmin in Overland Park, KS.

Mr. Mohammed Ziaul Azad, M.E, 2007

Mohammed Ziaul Azad (S’05) received the B.Sc and the MSEE degree in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, in 2002 and from the University of South Carolina in 2007, respectively. Technology, Dhaka, in 2004. He was a graduate research assistant with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina from 2003 to 2008. He is the author or coauthor of several refereed journal articles and conference papers. His research interests include antenna miniaturization, diversity antennas, mobile phone and WLAN antennas, GPS antennas, filters, electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) structures and their antenna applications. Dr. Azad is currently working for Amazon in California.

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Dr. Abu Sayem, M.E, & Ph.D, 2007

  Abu Sayem received his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina (USC) in December 2007. Earlier he received his Masters of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Electrical Engineering from USC in 2007. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh in September, 1999. From February 2000 to October 2000 he worked for Ekushey Television Ltd. and from November 2000 to August 2003 he worked for Grameen Phone Ltd., Dhaka, Bangladesh as an RF engineer. He was a graduate research assistant with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina from 2003 to 2008. His research interests include miniature antennas, specific absorption rate (SAR) and bio-electromagnetics. He is the author/coauthor of several journal articles, one book chapter, and various conference papers. His dissertation title was Designing Electrically Small Antennas and the Effect of their Radiation on Humans. Dr. Sayem is currently working for Garmin in Overland Park, KS.

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Dr. Khan M. Z. Shams, Ph.D, 2007

Khan M. Z. Shams received his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina (USC) in December 2007. Earlier he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. He was a faculty member of BUET from 1998 to 2003. Shams joined the Microwave Engineering Laboratory in the Fall of 2003. His research interests are on embedded antenna design for wireless communications, wireless sensors, metamaterials, and metamaterial and antenna interaction. He has authored/coauthored several journal and conference papers. His dissertation title was Novel Embedded Antennas and Engineered Materials in Wireless Communications and Sensing. Dr. Shams is currently working at Nestlab in San Francisco, California.

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Dr. Guangli Yang, Ph.D, 2005

  Guangli Yang received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina (USC) in December 2005. He joined the Microwave Engineering Laboratory as a graduate research assistant in August 2002. He did his Masters in Computer Engineering at USC and Bachelor in Physics from the University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China. During his Ph.D. studies at USC, he focused on conformal multifunctional antennas and rectifying circuits for microwave power beaming and wireless communication. He was a graduate research assistant with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina from 2002 to 2005. His research activities include multifunctional antennas, reconfigurable antennas, diversity antennas, switch technologies, and Hearing Aid and SAR studies for cellular phone applications. Dr. Yang authored/coauthored several journal and conference articles. His dissertation title was Conformal Multi-functional Antennas and Rectifying Circuits for Wireless Communication and Microwave Power Beaming. Dr. Yang is currently a professor at Shanghai University in China.

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Dr. Faisal Abedin, Ph.D, 2005

Faisal Abedin received his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina in December 2005. Earlier he received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1999 and his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina in 2001. He was a graduate research assistant with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina from 2003 to 2005. His research interests are in Electromagnetic Bandgap (EBG) Structures and their antenna applications, antenna miniaturization, diversity antennas, and mobile phone antennas.  Dr. Abedin is working for Lenovo (Earlier Motorola) in Libertyville, Illinois on cell phone antenna design, testing and integration. Dr. Abedin authored/coauthored several journal and conference papers. His dissertation title was Miniaturization and Gain Enhancement of Wideband Low-profile Antennas on Engineered Structures.

Ms. Yanwei Hu, M.S, 2005

Yanwei Hu completed her M.S. thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ali in 2005. Her thesis was on the design and analysis of CPW-fed slot antennas which ultimately resulted in a few journal and conference papers. She is currently working Sunny Opotech North America Inc. in Chicago.  

Mr. Vijay Kunda, M.S, 2004

  Vijay Kunda completed his M.S. thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ali in 2004. Vijay's thesis was on stacked and reconfigurable microstrip antennas which ultimately resulted in a few journal and conference papers. He is currently working for Sun Microsystems in Boston.

Mr. Rachan Usaha, M.S, 2003

Rachan Usaha completed his M.S. thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ali in 2003. Rachan's thesis was on broadband cpw-fed slot antenna operating in the C-band which ultimately resulted in a few journal and conference papers.

Mr. Tuangsit Sittironnarit, M.S, 2002

Tuangsit Sittironnarit completed his M.S. thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ali in 2002. His thesis was on vehicular antenna design which eventually resulted in a few journal and conference papers. Tuangsit is currently serving as an officer in the Thai Military.

 


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