Undergradute Scholarship Projects

2019 Cycle 2 Awards (April 2019 Competition)

Mirko De Soricellis (Report)

Project Topic: Dielectric Permittivity Sensor Based on Quarter-Mode Resonant Cavities in Substrate Integrated Waveguide

Impact statement: “I would like to thank the MTT-S for this award because it has improved my motivation and my skills. The IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pregraduate Scholarship motivated and supported me to complete my studies in the microwave field. I’m sure that the knowledge gained during this project will be useful in my future academic/work experiences.”

Estefania Guillena (Report)

Project Topic: Self-tuning Method for Dual-input Power Amplifiers through Machine Learning for 5G Applications

Impact statement: “This scholarship has given me a great opportunity to enter to the world of research, within a subject that I want to dedicate my professional future, such as the processing of digital radio frequency signals. Moreover, I have been able to present my first paper at the INMMIC conference, together with my colleagues and my mentor, Pere Gilabert, from the Signal Theory Department of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.”

Mattia Mengozzi (Report)

Project Topic: Performance Optimization of GaN HEMTs by Combined RF and LF Wideband Load-Pull

Impact statement: “The MTT-S scholarship allowed me to fully concentrate on an extended thesis work, during which I have developed scientific interests in the microwave field. Thanks to the scholarship, I had the opportunity to work on an original research idea. This encourages me to continue with the research on PA performance optimization as a Ph.D. student. Therefore, after the M.Sc. graduation, I wish to undertake a Ph.D. program at the University of Bologna.”

Alex Pham (Report)

Project Topic: Liquid Metal in Continuously-Tunable Filter Design

Impact statement: “The MTT-S UG scholarship encouraged me to explore all the opportunities that the RF and Microwave community has to offer. Attending IMS2019 to present a paper as well as being awarded an Honorary Mention in the Three Minute Thesis Competition has encouraged me to continue research in the field and to pursue my Master’s degree and to consider a future Ph.D. program. I am excited to attend future MTT-S conferences and continue contributing meaningful work to the field.”

2019 Cycle 1 Awards (October 2018 Competition)

Brendon Besler (Report)

Project Topic: Analysis of Pilot Study Data for Microwave Hydration Assessment

Impact statement: “The MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship has provided me with many great experiences that have taught me a lot about microwave engineering. IMS 2019 in Boston was an excellent introduction to the exciting activities going on in industry and academia. My project has made me very interested in the intersection of microwave and biomedical engineering. I am looking forward to completing my M.Sc. studies and continuing my academic pursuits in the field.”

Chung Fong Wong (Report)

Project Topic: A Reconfigurable Dual Sense Fluidic Antenna for Land Mobile Radio and GNSS

Impact statement: “Reconfigurable antenna is a necessity in multi-functional wireless communication systems for the multitude of different standards in smart phones and mobile devices. The IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship motivates me to pursue coursework in wireless communication although I am not a communication student. Furthermore, this inspires me to continue my study and career in microwaves field. Sincere gratitude to MTT-S for the undergraduate scholarship.”

Egor Litvinov (Report)

Project Topic: The broadband phase compensator based on metamaterials for terahertz frequency range

Impact statement: “The IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship motivated me to pursue research in the terahertz frequency range. During the trip of IRMMW-THz 2019 in Paris I got to understand the development and research in this area, which made me decide to pursue a PhD in the area of terahertz biophotonics.”

Samir Nooshabadi (Report)

Project Topic: A High-Power, High-Speed, 220 GHz FSK Transmitter Using Coupled Oscillators

Impact statement: “The undergraduate scholarship from IEEE MTT-S helped me complete my project and solidified my interest in the field of high-frequency integrated circuits and systems. The award has also given me the opportunity to attend a MTT-S sponsored conference. I look forward to being part of the MTT-S community throughout the duration of my studies and beyond, and am grateful for their support.”

Jinchen Wang (Report)

Project Topic: Repetitive Control Power Amplifier Linearization

Impact statement: “It is a great honor to be a recipient of the IEEE MTT-S undergraduate scholarship. This award has become a strong driving force in my continuing research. It motivates me to work in the RF field, and to design fancy circuits to resolve challenging problems in academia and industry.”

Fall 2018 (April 2018 COMPETITION)

Luis Álvarez López (Report)

Project Topic: Mitigation of nonlinear effects in communication systems

Impact statement: “The MTT-S Scholarship allowed me to enjoy research with experienced university professionals who gave me an insight into investigation, which I would like to continue at future stages of my life.”

Louis Grauwin (Report)

Project Topic: Dual-Band Transmitter and Onboard Camera for Experimental Rocket Telemetry Application.

Impact statement: “The MTT-S Scholarship Program had a significant impact on the Eirspace association and our experimental rocket project through funding, but also on a more personal level. It allowed me to attend the IMS 2019 conference in Boston where I was able to meet many researchers and doctoral students, discover new research themes and understand the current and future challenges in the radiofrequencies industry.”

France Gaspari Mbeutcha (Report)

Project Topic: A high-side wideband current sensor for radio-frequency power amplifiers.

Impact statement: “It has been an honor to be a recipient of the IEEE MTT-S undergraduate fellowship, as it gave me a special motivation for embracing research in the field of microwave electronics. In addition, it has helped me defraying the expenses for manufacturing the sensor subject of my work, and for sustaining my period abroad as an exchange master’s thesis student. Finally, it allowed me to attend the European Microwave Conference in Paris, France.”

Dariia Yevtushenko (Report)

Project Topic: Electromagnetic engineering of plasmon-assisted optical nanowire sensors for electron beam diagnostics.

Impact statement: “It is a great honor to be a recipient of the prestigious scholarship from the IEEE MTT Society. This scholarship is actually the first meaningful achievement and recognition in my research career. I hope to attend in 2019 a conference sponsored by MTT-S and get the opportunity to interact with other researchers in the field of microwave theory and techniques. My future career plan is earning a PhD degree in computational electromagnetics.”

Anton Zaitsev (Report)

Project Topic: Development of the optically tunable graphene-based THz devices

Impact statement: “I am grateful for the support from MTT-S. The MTT-S Pregraduate Scholarship has given me access to the large field of discovery going on in THz technologies. It was the first award I won, and I decided to continue my work in Graduate School in the field of Radiophysics. In addition to Optics, I chose this direction in order to expand my knowledge and acquire new skills in the field of THz radiation control devices.”

Keren Zhu (Report)

Project Topic: Body-worn vest for fully-passive Magneto-Cardio-Gram (MCG) monitoring

Impact statement: “Being selected to receive the MTT-S scholarship gave me huge encouragement in pursuing my master’s degree and has been my driven force for continuing my research. The MTT-S scholarship program gave me the opportunity to be connected to the people working in the same research area as I do and provided me with the newest technology developed though the email subscription of the IEEE MTT periodical package.”

Spring 2018 (October 2017 COMPETITION)

Blake Amacher (Report)

Project Topic: Millimeter-Wave, Spiral Phase Plates for Orbital Angular Momentum Wave Generation.

Impact statement: “The IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship allowed me to continue pursing research experience while attending school for my undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Akron. The research performed proved invaluable for gaining insight and experience for research applications, the process of conducting research, and working together with a team of engineers. I would like to thank IEEE MTT-S for providing me with this unique opportunity.”

Anna Broome (Report)

Project Topic: High-density Terahertz Imaging System at 2.8 THz in Silicon

Impact statement: “Receiving the MTT-S Scholarship was a great honor and provided me wonderful opportunities to see cutting edge microwave research and network with others in the field at the 2018 Latin America Microwave Conference. I am very thankful to my advisor, Professor Kaushik Sengupta, and MTT-S for supporting my own research interests in terahertz imaging.”

Ana Čović (Report)

Project Topic: Teeth Grinding Detection and Intervention using Bone Conduction and Wireless Networks

Impact statement: “MTT-S Scholarship had tremendous impact on my choice of graduate school instead of pursuing career in industry. It allowed me financially to explore different areas of interest in Electrical Engineering, before pursuing the Ph.D. studies at the University of Florida. It gave me an opportunity to find the field which aligns the best with my knowledge and skills, and I am very grateful to be selected as one of recipients.”

Silviu Gruber (Report)

Project Topic: Characterization of Passive Wireless Electrocardiogram Acquisition in for Adult Zebrafish

Impact statement: “The MTT-S scholarship has allowed me to test and develop my theoretical knowledge and engineering skills in a practical context. It allowed me to present my work and observe the works of others in a larger academic context. In addition the collaborative nature of this type of project has given me the opportunity to develop my interpersonal and leadership skills.”

Kae-An Liu (Report)

Project Topic: Computation of High-Order Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity Analysis with FDTD and the Complex Step Derivative Approximation

Impact statement: “I would like to thank  MTT-S Pre-Graduate Scholarship for the encouragement, support, and connection it provides.  It gives me valuable perspectives on the academic research community and the industry. Specifically, the trip sponsored by the scholarship to the 2018 International Microwave Symposium is an essential experience in shaping my future career in the field of microwave engineering.”

Maxim Masyukov (Report)

Project Topic: The Development of Chiral Metasurface with Tunable Polarizing Properties in THz Frequency Range

Impact statement: “I would like to thank IEEE MTT-s Society for the given opportunities which allow highly-motivated students to do research at the high level. Also I want to thank my supervisor Dr. Anna Vozianova and the laboratory head Dr. Mikhail Khodzitsky for the help and inspiration.”


Pouyan Keshavarzian (Report)

Project Topic: A Retrodirective Backscatter Transponder for Intelligent Transportation Systems

Impact statement: Reflection amplifiers have become key circuits for the development of scattering devices. These circuits have applications in RFID range enhancement, retro-directive techniques and more. This scholarship allowed me to dive into this interesting research field and learn more about microwave engineering. I am excited to attend IMS 2018 with this funding and further pursue research in this field.

Abraham Pérez Hernández (Report)

Project Topic: Signal processing techniques for the linearization of concurrent multiband communications systems.

Impact statement: The MTT-S Scholarship meant a great impact and an enriching experience to me. I am grateful to my advisors and the MTT-Society for the trust placed in me. Additionally, attending IMS 2018 showed me different points of view of my research topic and gave me an incredible networking opportunity. This inspires me to continue my research career by studying a Master’s Degree and start considering pursuing a Ph.D. program.

Jie Zhou (Report)

Project Topic: Smart microwave phased array transmitter for 5G application.

Impact statement: The IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pregraduate Scholarship motivated and supported me to pursue research in the microwave. During the trip of IMS2018 in Philadephia, I got to know the speedy development of microwave in both academia and industry, which made me to fix my next plan to pursue a Ph.D. in the area of microwave integrated circuits.


Tal Kasher (Report)

Project Topic: Design and Implementation of Electrically Tunable Filter on Thin-Films Enabled Engineered Substrate

Impact statement: I would like to thank the MTT-S for this award as it has expanded my research work and skill. Additionally, attending IMS 2017 showed me the depth of research in the field and gave me an incredible networking opportunity. The UG scholarship has encouraged me to pursue the Ph.D. in Microwave Engineering.

Manuja Sharma (Report)

Project Topic: Design and Development of a Bluetooth-based Continuous Blood Pressure Monitoring Device

Impact statement: I am thankful to the MTT-S award committee for selecting me as one of the award recipients. This award motivated me to work in the RF field and study antenna theory. The travel award further helped me to learn the latest cutting-edge research in the field. Since, I am working in sensor field, I am sure the knowledge I gained will be helpful for my future research work. I am presently a first year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering Department at University of Washington, Seattle.

Ramandeep Vilkhu (Report)

Project Topic: Wearable Sensors for Elbow Flexion Monitoring

Impact statement: The MTT-S Scholarship was a pivotal point in my undergraduate research career. The scholarship not only allowed me to fund a research idea I had come up with, receiving the scholarship also instilled a sense of confidence in me and my future research potential. Furthermore, the opportunity to attend IMS 2017 was an once-in-a-lifetime experience where I was able to interact with leading scientists in the field of microwave electronics.

Minwo Wang (Report)

Project Topic: Calibration Procedure for Cryogenic Noise Measurements

Impact statement: The MTT-S undergraduate scholarship motivated me to work on RF projects and delve into challenging research problems. This research experience provided me the chance to learn technical skills including noise analysis, PCB design, mechanical component design, and RF system measurement. At the same time, I realized the importance of having a solid theory background, so I decided to go to graduate school to dig deeper.

Chun-Kit Wong (Report)

Project Topic: A Terahertz Near-Field Measurement System

Impact statement: It has been an honor to receive the MTT-S Scholarship. This award helps cut down the part-time jobs to concentrate the working in the laboratory. As my immediate career plan, it is hoped that I can pursue a doctoral degree in this field.


Alberto Maria Angelotti (Report)

Project Topic: Enabling Baseband and Radio-Frequency Characterization of Supply-Modulated Power Amplifiers Using a Wideband Nonlinear Measurement Platform.

Impact statement: The MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship has been a great opportunity of pursuing a challenging but rewarding research project that ultimately helped my personal and professional growth. The possibility of attending the 2017 EuMIC conference in Nurnberg, Germany, has given me the possibility of gaining new insight into state-of the-art research in the field of microwave engineering, which will surely result in new ideas for further research.

Armagan Dascurcu (Report)

Project Topic: A Low Noise Amplifier for 5G Applications in 0.13-μm SiGe HBT Technology

Impact statement: MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship encouraged me to pursue a Ph.D. degree in RF/microwave IC design area. It is a great honor to be considered as promising young researcher. Attending IMS 2017, was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in this area, follow state-of-the-art researches, networking with academia and industry.

Anna Goryachuk (Report)

Project Topic: Development of the technique of terahertz pulse spectroscopy for diagnostic malignant tumors during gastrointestinal surgeries

Impact statement: MTT-S Scholarship helped me to realize the real importance of my work and supported me in my research so I could obtain good results and present at four international conferences. At the present moment I would like to continue my work and will try to find an application in the clinic diagnostics.

Konstantinos Katsinos (Report)

Project Topic: A Mode Matching Study of Three Dimensional Microwave Structures Using Eigenfunction Expansions.

Impact statement: The fact that I was selected for the MTT-S Scholarship have had a huge impact on my motivation because it gave me more courage and strength to work even harder on my project. Furthermore it helped me to expand my horizons in many fields by the information’s that I took from the monthly magazines and also helped me to find the subject of my future PhD.

Muhammad Akram Sobri (Report)

Project Topic: Two-Section Flexible Branch-Line Coupler Using PDMS as Substrate and Superstrate.

Impact statement: I would like to thank the MTT‐S Education Committee for granting me MTT‐S Undergraduate/Pre‐graduate Scholarship for Fall 2016. It was a great honor to receive the MTT-S Undergraduate award and give me a great motivation for my scientific research. The financial support I received helped me to focus more of my efforts on my research rather than worry about personal finances.


Dhruv Bhaskar (Report)

Project Topic: Broadband Doherty Power Amplifier Design and Implementation

Impact statement: IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship was an unprecedented opportunity to explore the field of microwave engineering through a research-oriented standpoint and therefore maximize my learning experience at university. This research work enabled me to learn from and collaborate with experienced graduate/post-graduate students at the iRadio Laboratory, University of Calgary. At IMS2016, where I also represented our MTT Student Branch Chapter, I had the opportunity to learn about emerging technologies, network with leading professionals and also develop ideas for chapter activities to better
promote IEEE MTT. I strongly encourage any student with interest in microwave technology to apply for this award.

Ferran Bolós (Report)

Project Topic: Effect of signals with a time-varying envelope on RF-energy harvesting and wireless power transfer efficiency.

Impact statement: The MTT-S Scholarship program has been important for me due to the opportunity that it brought me to attend to a MTTs sponsored conference. Due to personal matters I could not attend but just the opportunity was very important. Also it has shown me that the research world is plenty in opportunities and research topics that are very interesting. The scholarship allowed me to get familiar with the research world, learn how to use commercial high frequency circuit simulators, to fabricate microwave circuit rectifiers and measure their performance using laboratory equipment such as signal generators, vector signal analyzers, spectrum and network analyzers. In addition I have learned to research literature using the IEEE Xplore database and also I experienced the process of writing, submitting and revising a technical article.

Raymond Botty (Report)

Project Topic: Very Compact, High Quality LTCC Filter Bank Design

Impact statement: I feel so fortunate to have been awarded the 2016 MTT-S scholarship. Being selected for this award allowed me to attend the International Microwave Symposium in San Francisco last summer, an experience which opened my eyes to the state-of-the-art in microwave engineering. While there, I attended their RF Bootcamp program, a Technical Committee in Radar, and a workshop in Digital Signal Generation with DDS. I found that these experiences prepared me well for my first job as an RF Engineer at Thales Communications. Most of my day is spent in the lab doing hands-on work on microwave communications circuits. I am also half-way through a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in RF & Microwaves. I would never have made it this far without the guidance and support of my mentor, Dr. Zaki, to whom I owe my deepest gratitude.

David Garrett (Report)

Project Topic: An Antenna Calibration Method for Dielectric Property Estimation

Impact statement: This scholarship has had an excellent impact on my undergraduate experience. By being encouraged to pursue research, I have discovered an exciting field of study which I am now pursuing in graduate studies. Further, this scholarship has been an excellent way for me to broaden my network, and to connect with likeminded students from around the world. Thank you!

Muhammad Adam Bin Hamidon (Report)

Project Topic: Development of a Health Monitoring Vest For The Elderly.

Impact statement: MTT-S Scholarship program did not only financially assisted the development of my project, but it also gave me the opportunity to experience the various benefits of becoming an IEEE members, specifically the MTT society. These benefits are advantageous and largely impact the development of my final year project. The experience gained from attending one of MTT-S sponsored conference inspired me to go further in microwave related fields, which is only possible for me because of the scholarship.

Liam Kelly (Report)

Project Topic: Dynamic and Efficient RF Lensing for Wireless Power Transfer over Long Distances

Impact statement: I am extremely honored to be among those selected to receive the IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship for the Fall 2015 competition. This award has encouraged me to work towards solving the world’s toughest technical problems and gave me the opportunity to attend IMS 2016, where I met and was inspired by the leading minds in this industry.

Kevin McGrath (Report)

Project Topic: Low Data Rate Model Extraction for Digital Predistortion of RF Power Amplifiers

Impact statement: Attending IMS opened my eyes to the global community of researchers contributing to the RF and microwave field. It was great to meet others from all over the world, to see different areas of research, and especially to see how my own project fitted into the bigger picture. It was very exciting to attend presentations from world experts which gave me the hope of someday creating something that can make a difference.

Ting Qing (Report)

Project Topic: optical vector network analysis based on microwave photonics

Impact statement: I would also like to thank MTT-S society for providing me the scholarship, which is really important for my study and career life. The experience was really impressive and fruitful. The MTT-S scholarship had a strong impact on me and motivated me to continue my study on microwave photonics. Therefore, I decided to pursue my PhD degree in the future.

Giulia Maria Rocco (Report)

Project Topic: 3-D Printed Reconfigurable Components in Substrate Integrated Waveguide Technology

Impact statement: The MTT-S scholarship allowed me to participate in the IMS 2016, which took place in San Francisco. Thanks to this scholarship, I had the opportunity to follow many interesting courses and workshops. Moreover, as a student volunteer, I had the chance to meet and interact with many students from all around the world, sharing with them significant experiences.

Muhammad Usman (Report)

Project Topic: Design and Development of a Six Band Energy Harvesting Solution from Ambient Sources

Impact statement: This project is one of the pioneer pure RF electronics work done at my university and MTT-S scholarship has greatly helped in drawing attention of the electrical engineering department towards this field. I feel honored to have been part of this project and to have inspired my juniors to work in this field primarily because of MTT-S scholarship.


Mariia Borovkova (Report)

Project Topic: Determination of Water Concentration in Biological Tissues by Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy

Impact statement: The MTT-S Scholarship has been a great motivation for my scientific research. It helped me a lot throughout my dual Master degree program of ITMO University (Russia) and University of Rochester (USA). This scholarship helped me to obtain some useful results in my research work. As for my future plans, I am going to continue education at the PhD program in Russia and Finland and work on further development of my research and ways to apply it for other biomedical issues.

Rémy Bouché (Report)

Project Topic: Dual-Band Transmitter and Stabilization Blade Antenna for Experimental Rocket Telemetry Application

Impact statement: The MTT-S Undergraduate Award has been a great recognition. It allowed me to attend IMS2016, where I have met industries and discovered many subjects in the microwave field. Furthermore, the scholarship has been a great financial support for my expenses in this project. I am currently pursuing my study in Electronic Engineering and am expected to graduate next year. I would like to give special thanks to the MTT Society for supporting such projects through this award.

Nicolò Delmonte (Report)

Project Topic: Compact Half-Mode and Quarter-Mode Substrate Integrated Waveguide Filters on Paper Substrate.

Impact statement: The MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarship Awards has been a great accomplishment and a source of motivation for me to continue my studies in the telecommunications and microwave fields. The trip to IMS2016 in San Francisco, which I attended as a student volunteer, has been an interesting formative experience and made me realize the relevance of the microwave industry. My next plan after graduating is pursuing a PhD in the microwaves field.

Alaudi Denisultanov (Report)

Project Topic: Development of Terahertz Emitter Based on Graphene

Impact statement: For me, receiving the IEEE MTT-S Scholarship is a proof of importance and significance of my research. This scholarship inspires me to continue work in terahertz radiation area. Due to the scholarship I significantly advanced my research. I especially appreciate the travel grant to attend IMS 2016, where I met famous researchers working in the terahertz radiation and application topics, and established contacts for future cooperative scientific work.

Giovanni Gugliandolo (Report)

Project Topic: Deposition and electrical characterization of nanostructured sensing materials on microstrip resonators.

Impact statement: The MTT-S Scholarship program allowed me to improve my knowledge in microwave field. Over the past year, I had the opportunity to design, develop and test different resonant structures. In this context, the support from the MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship award enabled me to achieve good results and encouraged me to pursue my career in research. I consider this award the best beginning for my career in microwaves.

Itthinat Jongsuebchoke (Report)

Project Topic: Novel Analysis and Design of Size-Reduction Microwave Devices with Periodic Structures Using Equivalent Transmission-Line Models and Meta-Smith Charts

Impact statement: The MTT-S scholarship has been a great motivation for me as a student. It allowed me to join the 2016 Thai-Japan MicroWave Conference (TJMW 2016) for which I received a best presentation award and met many Thai and Japanese Professors, industry professionals and other students. In addition, I will present my accepted paper in the 2016 International Conference on Electrical Engineering/ Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ECTI-CON 2016).

Alfiero Leoni (Report)

Project Topic: Design and Industrialization of a Tunable Microwave Active Filter.

Impact statement: I would like to thank MTT-S for this scholarship to support my research work and also to financially support my attendance to the IMS 2016. It was an honor and a great experience to participate in this unique event, which gave me the opportunity to get in direct contact with people from around the world who work and do research in this field, making me realize how broad and extraordinary microwave and RF world is. The MTT-S scholarship motivated me to pursue the PhD degree afterwards.

Jeffrey Mays (Report)

Project Topic: Optimization of Wearable Sensors for Body Area Networks.

Impact statement: It is an honor to receive the MTT-S Undergraduate/Pregraduate Scholarship. I am further motivated to pursue research in wearable device optimization. Through this scholarship and attending IMS 2016, I was able to interact with and become inspired by experts in the field of microwave engineering. Thanks again to MTT-S for providing this wonderful opportunity.

Anand Pratap Singh Sengar (Report)

Project Topic: Reconfigurable Smart Broadband Antennae for Wireless Communication Devices

Impact statement: The Undergraduate Scholarship award by IEEE MTT-S (Fall-2015) has given me the opportunity to enhance my learning experience along with practical hand on experience in design. This has been a great learning exposure for me, to be involved in such a project. It has evolved me into a person with technical knowledge as well as made me more inclined towards developing and designing more efficient RF Components that can be used more efficiently directly or indirectly for the betterment of human society. I wish to continue my studies in RF and Microwaves as I am looking forward to pursue Masters in this area of research. I would like to passionately thank IEEE MTT-S for giving me this opportunity.

Xingwei Ye (Report)

Project Topic: Wideband multi-beamforming using programmable microwave photonic signal processing units

Impact statement: It is my honor to receive the MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship. This highly motivating experience has given me a feeling of confidence, and a great start for my professional career. Attending IMS 2016 was a nice opportunity to meet and interact with well-known professionals and aspiring students. As my career plan, I wish to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of microwave photonics.


James Chen (Report)

Project Topic: Design and Implementation of a Tunable Dual-band Microwave Filter

Impact statement: The IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarship has given me the opportunity to explore different RF and microwave research areas. At IMS 2015, I was able to experience the conference atmosphere and see many of the cutting-edge research worldwide. It helped me see the current trends in the field and motivated me to continue my current research and pursue a graduate degree.

Kristian Dimitrov

Project Topic: Design and implementation of fractal antenna for RFID applications.

Impact statement: Receiving the MTT-S scholarship left an imprint in my life as a start of my research career and allowing me to contribute to the academic society. The experience gained during my research, expanded my theoretical knowledge and added to my practical skills. Also it would allow me to meet the scientific and engineering community at ‘Radioelektronika’ International Conference 2016 in Slovakia, where I will be presenting my work. Thanks to this award I was able to get a job in an international company with heavy emphasis on developing microwave and antenna technologies. Following this, I am going to pursue a master degree in the field of microwave and antenna engineering and continue to expand the boundaries of science and engineering.

Li Gao (Report)

Project Topic: Research in bandpass filters integrated with passive components and active circuits

Impact statement: With the support of IEEE MTT-S, I completed a research in RF/Microwave field. It directed me into a new interesting and wonderful world. I have also published several journal papers based on this research which helped me to be admitted by UCSD as a PhD candidate. Moreover, I met many famous Professors during my attendance to the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes for RF and THz Applications. Their passion and persistence on research impressed me deeply, which also inspired me to become an excellent RF/Microwave researcher.

Ciaran Geaney (Report)

Project Topic: Development of an automated system to obtain dielectric property measurements of materials using an open-ended coaxial probe

Impact statement: I would like to thank IEEE MTT-S for the scholarship and for supporting undergraduate research and project work. Through the exposure to microwave engineering research during my project I was inspired to pursue a Master’s degree in antenna design. I would like to continue working with RF and microwave engineering in the context of communications or imaging and sensing in industry, and eventually in a PhD program after gaining some industrial experience.

Chenhui Liu (Report)

Project Topic: Non-contact Hand Interaction with Smart Phones Using the Wireless Power Transfer Features

Impact statement: It is my great honor to receive the MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship. The scholarship provided me opportunities to do serious research in the microwave field and as well as motivated me to continue to be an RF Engineer in the industry. It allowed me to work together with experienced industrial and academic partners, and exposed me to state of art techniques. Sincere thanks to MTT-S for the undergraduate scholarship.

Ludovic Thulliez (Report)

Project Topic: Design of a 2.45 GHz FMCW Radar Altimeter for CanSat.

Impact statement: It has been an honor to receive the MTT-S undergraduate scholarship. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity to enhance my knowledge on radar applications. Working on a project recognized by the MTT-S was a great experience, and attending the EuMW 2015 was extremely rewarding. This project has been achieved in collaboration with the airspace student association of my engineering school, and several other members of this association have already been awarded with the scholarship. I would like to thank the MTT-S for giving us the opportunity to work the topics that fascinate us, and give us the will to pursue in this field.

Esref Turkmen (Report)

Project Topic: A Low Phase Noise X-Band Microstrip VCO with Wideband Tuning Range

Impact statement: Receiving the MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship is a great honor and opportunity for me. This scholarship has encouraged me to pursue my career in the fields of Microwave Circuit Design. I am currently a PhD student at RFIC Group in Sabanci University, Turkey. I would like to continue working in the field of Microwave/Millimeter-wave integrated circuit design.

Miroslav Veljović (Report)

Project Topic: Full-Wave Simulation of Propagation in Human Crowds.

Impact statement: The IEEE MTT-S Pre-Graduate Scholarship has been a great motivation during my master degree studies and a great support for the research work on my thesis. The travel support funds obtained with the scholarship allowed me to present the results of this research at the IEEE International Conference on Microwaves, Communications, Antennas and Electronic Systems (COMCAS 2015), which would otherwise be unlikely. I consider the scholarship an honor and an advantage in my future career.

Yaochen Wang (Report)

Project Topic: Transition Design for Active SIW Components

Impact statement: The MTT-S scholarship supported my research and motivated my interest in microwave circuits. This is the dominant reason for me to continue pursuing a PhD degree in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) upon my graduation from City University of Hong Kong. I am also currently researching on microwave circuits. I appreciate this scholarship to lighten my previous research and provided me with the motivation for future study.

Yuting Wei (Report)

Project Topic: Digital Cancellation of Nonlinear Self-Interference in Full-Duplex Wireless Transceivers

Impact statement: The MTT-S undergraduate/pre-graduate scholarships gave me the strong sense of achievement and motivated me to put more efforts in my study and research. Attending IMS 2015 was an amazing experience for me. I started to discover more interesting research topics in microwave field. I also had an opportunity to talk with senior PhD students and obtained many useful advices for further study and research.


Gaurav Agrawal (Report)

Project Topic: Self-interference cancellation circuits for single-channel full-duplex wireless communication

Impact statement: It has been an honor and highly motivating experience to receive the MTT-S pre-graduate award. The award has given me a feeling of accomplishment, and an urge to contribute back to the microwave and RF community. Attending IMS 2015 was a great learning experience on its own. I had the opportunity to meet the stalwarts of the community and discuss my work with a few of them, which gave me new ideas and insights. As my immediate career plan, I wish to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of RFIC design.

George Alexopoulos (Report)

Project Topic: Simultaneous Cooling and Tuning of RF/Microwave Circuits on Low-Cost Multi-Layer Organic Substrates.

Impact statement: The IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pregraduate Scholarship motivated me to further pursue research in the RF/Microwaves area. Through this project, my research group at Georgia Tech (MiRCTECH), and at IMS 2015, I had the opportunity to meet and interact with well-known professionals and aspiring students whose frontier-pushing work and enthusiasm have thoroughly inspired my research efforts and motivation to seek a career in the field of RF/Microwaves Engineering.

Rafael Cerna Loli (Report)

Project Topic: Design and implementation of a wideband beamforming network for LTE and W-CDMA applications featuring a compact 16×16 Butler Matrix

Impact statement: The MTT-S Scholarship I was awarded has been a great start and an outstanding experience and motivation for my professional career as a Telecommunications Engineer. I was able to enhance my knowledge in my research subject, beamforming, and experience performing all the necessary tests in order to optimize my compact 16×16 Butler Matrix. Also, it allowed me to travel to two important MTT-S conferences, IWS 2015 and IMS 2015, where I met many professors, industry professionals and other students looking for the same bright future in microwaves and RF.

Laurence Cheung (Report)

Project Topic: SDR Based Wide-Band Frequency Transceiver for UWB Medical Imaging.

Impact statement: I am very grateful to receive a MTT-S scholarship as this award has aided me throughout my thesis and has encouraged me to pursue higher levels of education. In this program, I was given the opportunity to attend IMS 2015 which had exposed me to industries and to emerging areas of microwave engineering. Attending IMS 2015 was a great experience and I will treasure it as I plan for the future and seek to build a career in microwave engineering.

Alexandre Marque (Report)

Project Topic: Dual-Band Antenna Based on Molded Interconnect Device Technology for Experimental Rocket Telemetry Application

Impact statement: Receiving the MTT-S scholarship was a great motivator for me, proving that my project was recognized by the scientific community. It allowed me to discover people from a variety of backgrounds and helped me to collaborate with well-known industrial and scientific partners. I was even able to attend the IMS2015 conference, which was a great experience, and motivated me even further to pursue my interests in the field of microwave engineering. The project I received the scholarship for was developed at the aero-spatial club at our school, and I am currently sharing the experience I acquired as a result of this project with the next generation of our club members. As a result, several other members have also received MTT-S scholarships. I would like to thank the MTT for making such awards available, and the IEEE Chapters that provide support for these kinds of projects, especially the Bordeaux Electrical Engineering branch members.

Brendan Montgomery (Report)

Project Topic: Compact Antennas With Low Cost Integrated Feed Systems For Space Communications And Arctic Surveillance

Impact statement: The MTT-S undergraduate research scholarship has encouraged and supported me in entering the field of antenna design as well as their integration with feeding networks, optimization approaches, and isolation techniques for improved device efficiency. Support in attending an MTT-S conference will allow me to broaden my knowledge in the field and make connections in the industry.

Thomas Roth (Report)

Project Topic: Design of Active Frequency Selective Surfaces for Wideband Operation

Impact statement: This scholarship was influential in allowing me to pursue my own research topic, as well as fabricate a structure to test the concept. My attendance to IMS through this scholarship and the research experience helped me to decide that I would like to pursue a graduate degree and have a career focused in research related to electromagnetics.

Giuseppe Salvo (Report)

Project Topic: Microwave Noise Characterization of GaN HEMT’s under Pulsed Illumination

Impact statement: The MTT-S Scholarship program gave to me a significant opportunity and one more reason to study and to spend my time in the microwave field. I am very grateful to the society for the award, an important recognition in my career. I am working in the microwave electronics laboratory of the university of Messina and I deal with the characterization of advanced devices, at the same time. I would like to continue working in this fascinating field, especially with measurements system and instrumentation.

Jarosław Szatkowski (Report)

Project Topic: Harmonic Phase Reference for Measurement of Modulated Signals with a Nonlinear Vector Network Analyzer.

Impact statement: The fact of being an IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship awardee is a motivating impulse for a young engineer like me. It gave me a feeling of being appreciated and emphasized the importance of my work, and it influenced me to research deeper into microwaves. The project of harmonic phase reference (HPR) has been successfully developed thanks to the help I received from MTT-S.

Yao Tang (Report)

Project Topic: Portable FMCW Radar Sensor with Smartphone Interface for Indoor Positioning and Motion Analysis

Impact statement: I would like to thank the MTT-S undergraduate scholarship program for supporting this project and my attendance to the academic conference. This amazing scholarship program helped me to better understand important concepts in microwave systems, besides exposing me to the state of the art in this field. On the other hand, this program spurred my decision to a PhD degree on the same topic. I will continue my study on this project in the future. Many thanks once again to MTT-S for this undergraduate scholarship.

Beibei Zhu (Report)

Project Topic: Microwave photonic signal processing based on stimulated Brillouin scattering

Impact statement: I would like to thank MTT-S for this award because it is an appreciated recognition for my work. The MTT-S scholarship also financially supported me to attend IMS 2015, an important and horizon-expanding networking opportunity I would never have. This has encouraged me to pursue my PhD degree in microwave photonics.


Shi Chen (Report)

Project Topic: The Investigation and Optimization of Radio Frequency Low Noise Amplifier Energy Efficiency

Impact statement: It is a great honor for me to win the MTT-S undergraduate scholarship. With the support of this scholarship, I not only completed my project, but was also motivated to pursue higher education in the wireless communication field, besides providing me with the competitive edge in graduate schools application. I would particularly thank MTT-S for offering me travel grant. Attending the International Microwave Symposium 2014 in Tampa, was a special experience, which provided me an opportunity to communicate with outstanding professors and students in the microwave field and exposed me to an amazing international conference.

Ferdinando Costanzo (Report)

Project Topic: Design method for arbitrary concurrent Tri-band Doherty amplifiers and development of a prototype for LTE, UMTS and WiMAX applications.

Impact statement: I would like to thank the MTT-S for this award because it has given me the needed practical and moral support during my thesis work and has stimulated my interest for the research. Among the award’s attributes I consider very important is the international recognition which is a relevant addition to my curriculum vitae. I hope that this can aid me to find a job as a microwave designer.

Jorge Gomes (Report)

Project Topic: Gallium Nitride (GaN) Highly Efficient Power Amplifier Design for Ka-Band Operation

Impact statement: Being a MTT-S scholarship awardee was a great honor for me. It improved my qualification as an engineer. The MTT-S undergraduate scholarship also provided me an amazing opportunity to do undergraduate research in the RF field that I am interested in. I strongly encourage any person interested in the RF field to apply for this scholarship.

Saša Marjanović (Report)

Project Topic: Miniature Microwave Sensors for Agricultural and Environmental Applications.

Impact statement: Being awarded the IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship is a great honor and a much appreciated recognition of my work and academic efforts. It gave me the opportunity to explore the exciting world of microwaves. Witnessing the cutting edge research and industry solutions at IMS 2014 motivated me to pursue a PhD and build a career in the field of microwave engineering.

Andy Morishita (Report)

Project Topic: Liquid-Metal Balun and Amplifier for Frequency Reconfigurable RF Front-Ends

Impact statement: The MTT-S Scholarship program not only gives young engineers like myself an opportunity to develop professionally, but also supplies vital funding for relevant and interesting projects. Through this scholarship, I was given an opportunity to further explore the microwave field and accomplish a project that resulted in a first-author conference publication in IMS 2014. I am very grateful to MTT-S for helping the next generation of RF and microwave engineers.

Giuseppe Siciliano (Report)

Project Topic: Wireless Sensors in Paper-Based SIW

Impact statement: The MTT-S Scholarship has impacted positively on the choices for my future career, promoting my interest in the microwave applications. It has given me the great opportunity to attend the IMS 2014, an inspiring experience which has enabled me to network with many teachers, managers, and students from all over world, in an explosion of ideas and passion. I look to all that as the true award from MTT-S.

Eduardo Vélez Pellicer (Report)

Project Topic: Wireless Energy Tranfer in magnetic levitators

Impact statement: It was strongly motivating to receive a recognition from such a prestigious institution in a field in which I hope, someday, to develop a successful career in. The scholarship provided to me has been key in the development of the project and the completion of my studies in the field of RF and telecommunications engineering.

Zhenzhou Tang (Report)

Project Topic: Compact Photonic Processors for Processing Microwave Signals Based on a Dual-drive Mach-Zehnder Modulator

Impact statement: I would like to thank MTT-S society for providing me this undergraduate/pre-graduate scholarship, which is really important for my career. It provided me the opportunity to focus on my research on photonic microwave signal processing and it also influenced my decision to pursue my PhD degree in the future.

Lei Zhang (Report)

Project Topic: Thermal Power Reuse in Power Amplifier Design

Impact statement: I was still undecided whether to continue my postgraduate study. I enjoy doing research and analysis but I was just not sure if I had the capabilities to do so. MTT-S scholarship has influenced me and changed my thoughts. It gave me positive feedback and encouragement in my research. It also motivated me to continue my career in the research field and helped highlighted my work by allowing its publication in the MTT-S website. Upon graduation from City University of Hong Kong, I am now pursuing M.Eng degree in Cornell University in the U.S.

Marko Živanović (Report)

Project Topic: Baseband Signal FPGA Programming for Application in Amplifier Linearization Technique that uses Second Harmonic

Impact statement: Receiving a MTT-S scholarship has greatly encouraged me in moving forward in achieving my objective to deepen my knowledge. While I was working on this project, I gained lots of new knowledge in the field of hardware implementation. Attending EuMW 2014 allowed me to network with colleagues from all around the world, provided me with a wider perspective on the progress of technology development and the latest technical resources. Most importantly, by attending EuMW 2014, I was presented with an unexpected opportunity to pursue my PhD in Ecole Politechnique, Montreal, Canada, since I met my current PhD supervisor, Prof. Ke Wu.


Yuan Chai (Report)

Project Topic: Design of Broadband mm-Wave Low Noise Amplifiers in CMOS Process

Impact statement: “Receiving the MTT‐S undergraduate/pregraduate scholarship is a great honor to me. I also consider it a perfect starting point for my PhD research. With the support of the scholarship, I successfully realized my ideas. And through this project, I found more interesting topics that were worth further researches. This encouraged me to continue my research as a PhD student in the microwave/RF area.”

Katalin Frolio (Report)

Project Topic: Design and verification of a Specialized Test Equipment (STE) to support the production of Linearized Block Up-Converters (L-BUCs)

Impact statement: “I would like to express my gratitude to the IEEE MTT-S for selecting me for this scholarship. This project gave me the chance to gain valuable hands on experience in the field of RF engineering and also motivated me to pursue additional graduate education in this field. I am also grateful for the scholarship’s travel grant which made it possible for me to attend the 2014 IEEE IMS in Florida.”

Alvaro Guerrero Uribe (Report)

Project Topic: Investigating Electromagnetic Interference in Intraoperative Monitoring and a Telemetric Solution

Impact statement: “For me, Alvaro Guerrero, the MTT-S Scholarship is something that makes me realize all my hard work and effort is not only being recognized by my advisors, faculty, and coworkers, but also from important members of the IEEE MTT-S community. At the same time this international recognition is a great way to start my career as a professional and set a higher standard in the undergraduate / graduate community.”

Anudeep Kumar Savant Malepati (Report)

Project Topic: FM-CW radar with butler matrix for beam steering of phased array for accurate location

Impact statement: “I am grateful to IEEE and MTT-S for providing the scholarship for my work. With lesser burden on me to struggle for funding my education I can spend more number of hours focusing on my studies which helped to achieve a GPA of 4.0. The scholarship provided me a stage to express my idea which is great for building my profile. It has been a great learning curve for me.”

Zachary Myers (Report)

Project Topic: Application of Bandpass Sampling for Adaptive mm-Wave Software Defined Radio

Impact statement: “The MTTS undergraduate scholarship has had two major impacts on my undergraduate education. First, the research it supported encouraged me to learn about advanced subjects that were not covered by my school’s given coursework while also requiring me to review foundational concepts. Overall, I feel that researching improved my ability to study and perform as a student. Second, the scholarship gave me a competitive edge in applying to graduate schools and to full time job opportunities.”

Alex Pacini (Report)

Project Topic: Wearable miniaturized magneto-dielectric antennas for Body Area Network and wireless power transmission applications

Impact statement: “I am grateful to the IEEE MTT-S for the opportunity I have experienced with this scholarship. My research activity deeply engaged me in both EM theory and simulation. I believe this scholarship will have a fundamental role in my future career that will be for sure in the microwave field. Participating to the IMS 2014 in Tampa opened to me an amazing new scientific world and the possibility to network with people working passionately on the edges of the microwave technologies.”

Michael Recachinas (Report)

Project Topic: Wearable Antenna Design

Impact statement: “The MTT-S undergraduate scholarship provided the opportunity for me to do undergraduate research in a field I was genuinely interested in. Because of this prestigious award and the associated research, I will be continuing on to get my master’s degree in Electrical Engineering specifically in microwave engineering at the University of Virginia and most likely my PhD as well.”

C. Justin R. Smith (Report)

Project Topic: High Efficiency GaN Power Amplifiers in C-Band

Impact statement: “The MTT-S Scholarship program provided the funding necessary to give me the opportunity to take on an additional RF power amplifier design project. This project was my first experience with RF design and provided an essential first encounter with real engineering practices. Exposure to the fundamental and challenging work RF engineers engage in has inspired me to pursue a career in RF engineering”

Yamei Zhang (Report)

Project Topic: Microwave photonic signal processing based on polarization modulator (PolM)

Impact statement: “The MTT-S undergraduate/pre-graduate scholarship brought me a lot, i.e., the great honor, the special international conference experience, the interest on long term research on microwave and the decision on Ph. D degree pursuing. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to MTT society for the support, and I will further a RF/microwave career in the future.”


Bryce Hotalen (Report)

Project Topic: Towards the Development of a Beam-Steering Parasitic Antenna Array

Impact statement: “Receiving the MTT-S undergraduate/pre-graduate scholarship was a great honor. It provided me the opportunity to focus more on my studies and because of this I was able to acquire skills and knowledge that I otherwise would have been unable to. I am now a member of the RF/Microwave industry thanks to that opportunity.”

Xiaoxiao Liu (Report)

Project Topic: Research on Printable Chipless Slot-Loaded RFID Tags

Impact statement: “The MTT-S scholarship has provided me an extremely precious opportunity to explore the field of RF circuits design as an undergraduate at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. I am now pursuing my master’s degree in University of California, San Diego, which can never be realized without the help and encouragement from this scholarship program.”

Vincent Perot (Report)

Project Topic: Substrate Integrated Waveguide Antenna for Millimeter-Wave Imaging

Impact statement: “I am immensely grateful of the support the MTT-S has provided me through this scholarship. It has allowed me to gain a valuable research experience which has confirmed my interest to further my education in engineering. I strongly encourage any eligible person having an interest in RF to apply for this scholarship.”

Alexey P. Slobozhanyuk (Report)

Project Topic: Nonlinear chiral metamaterials

Impact statement: “I would like to thank IEEE and MTT-S for possibilities to increase my own research potentials, the amount of time I can devote to research and for opportunity to presented and discussed my results at MTT-S sponsored conference (IMWS-Bio 2013) – that was very fruitful. The MTT-S scholarship motivated me to further pursue my Master’s degree and stimulated me to further my graduate education in the related field.”


Alexander Chung (Report)

Project Topic: Millimeter wave front-end CMOS ICs for phased-array transceivers

Impact statement: “The MTT-S scholarship program gave me an opportunity and encouraged me to research on RF related topic as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas. The scholarship also motivated me to further pursue my Master’s degree and encouraged me to further my graduate education by concentrating in the related academic field.”

Muhyin Daud (Report)

Project Topic: Phase-Noise Improvement of Microwave Feedback Oscillator Using Shunt-Stub-Based Ring Resonator

Impact statement: “Being MTT-S scholarship awardee was a great honor for me. It improves my qualification as an engineer. Thus, two months before I graduate, I got an offer from PT. Dua Empat Tujuh (247), Indonesia as an RF engineer. PT. Dua Empat Tujuh (247), Indonesia is a leading ICT company that delivers a total solution to customer with up to date technology. There, I have a chance to strengthen my skill in microwave area by developing and improving a radar system. Thus, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to MTT society for the support.”

Ilker Kalyoncu (Report)

Project Topic: A Passive 4-bit Phase Shifter for X-band frequencies in 0.25-μm SiGe BiCMOS process

Impact statement: “MTT-S Undergraduate-Pregraduate Scholarship is a prestigious award and a great opportunity for young researchers like us. It has boosted my interest in RF/microwave engineering and the recognition of my research by the MTT society has further motivated me to pursue a career in academia. With this in mind, I am going to start studying towards a Ph.D. degree in University of California, San Diego, after finishing my M.Sc. degree in Sabanci University this summer.”

Byung-Hyun Kim (Report)

Project Topic: Motion Insensitive Near-Field Vital Signal Sensor Using Frequency Injection Oscillators

Impact statement: “It is a great honor for me to receive the Undergraduate-Pregraduate Scholarship from the most prestigious society in field of microwaves, i.e. MTT-S. Thank to this scholarship program, I was able to bring my career to graduate school with pleasure. This scholarship motivates the student to continue their career in the field of microwaves.”

Hongmei Liu (Report)

Project Topic: Directional couplers and filter research based on the asymmetrical coplanar waveguide

Impact statement: “The MTT-S scholarship program has strong impact on the decision of my career. With the support of the scholarship and during the research process, I have improved my ability and interests, which influence me on the choice of whether I should get job or do further study. Finally, I find that I am so interested in the RF and microwave circuit field, thus I decided to accomplish the PhD degree to explore and further increase my knowledge. So I must thank the MTT-S scholarship program and I feel that the program is significant for us students.”

Linh Nguyen (Report)

Project Topic: A fully-printed volumetric negative refrctive index metamaterial free-space superlens

Impact statement: “The MTT-S Scholarship has encouraged me to pursuit my career in Electromagnetics and Microwave field. It also supported me to attend the International Microwave Symposium in Seattle, USA. Being there was a wonderful chance for me to be exposed to advancement in Microwave fields both in academia and industry. I was convinced with my decision on enrolling in a Phd program after my graduation.”

Nghia Nguyen (Report)

Project Topic: Transition techniques for Half-Mode Substrate Integrated Waveguides

Impact statement: “It has been a great honor for me to win this MTT-S undergraduate scholarship. It has supported me significantly throughout the project, from which I gained a lot of experience and knowledge in my interest field. This can be considered as a starting point to enhance my research career in microwave integrated circuits. The MTT-S scholarship will also provide me an opportunity to travel to the APMC conference in South Korea this November 2013. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the MTT-S. I hope this program will continue and will be advertised widely so that many more students can get support from a professional organization to follow their research career path.”

Hengjian Ren (Report)

Project Topic: High-Performance Frequency-Selective Structures Using Square Waveguide Sections

Impact statement: “The MTT undergraduate scholarship not only provides me the financial support for my undergraduate research in the microwave field, but also provides me the chance to attend the International Microwave Symposium 2013 in Seattle. I received the award certification at the student award luncheon and met may other undergraduate scholars, graduate scholars and researchers in the microwave field. All of these helped me to decide to pursue my graduate studies and a future career in Microwave and RF discipline. ”

Akshay Shah (Report)

Project Topic: Millimeter Wavelength Imaging

Impact statement: “I would like to thank IEEE and MTT-S for their generous funding and encouragement that enabled me to take up this research. This summer I will be working at Sanford C. Bernstein, as a research associate. I hope to use this business experience along with the academic experience made possible through the MTT-S scholarship to purse an engineering based entrepreneurial venture.”


David Grillet (Report)

Project topic: On-wafer material characterization for biomedical millimeter wave microfluidic sensor applications

Impact statement: “In September 2012, I started to work at the Telecom and Media division in the technology consulting firm Altran in Brussels. Altran is a worldwide consulting firm with lots of clients in the telecommunications and microwave industry. This means I will be able to work for several companies and develop some feeling about how the telecom and microwave industry works. Besides the technical skills I will be able to improve social and other useful skills. Meanwhile, I remain very interested in the microwave research community. I will keep in touch with the research group at my university. At a later stage, I hope to be able to combine my academic and industrial knowledge in a dynamic and team-based research group.”

Jun Ye Jin (Report)

Project topic: Research in waveguide band-pass filter with low insertion loss and high selectivity

Impact statement: “Very honored that I was able to get the Undergraduate-Pregraduate Scholarship from MTT-S. First of all, it identifies my ability to learn and motivates me to study hard in the further. Secondly, the scholarship give me a hand and support me to do more research in the EM/microwave area. Finally, it makes me love MTT Society more. Thanks MTT-S again for offering the scholarship to me.”

Larry Martin (Report)

Project topic: Design, Fabrication, and Integration of Meshed Conformal Antennas for Nanosatellite Applications

Impact statement: “Winning the MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship was a great honor for me. As a student member of the MTT-S, I have had the chance to take advantage of exciting opportunities, like the chance to attend the 2012 International Microwave Symposium in Montreal. I’m very pleased that opportunities like this are available to the students!”

Zulhazmi A. Mokhti (Report)

Project topic: Integration of Agilent PNA-X Vector Network Analyser for Power Amplifier Non-Linear Characterisation and Load Pull Analysis in the Centre of High Frequency Engineering

Impact statement: “The MTT-S scholarship has provided me with an added incentive to work on my Master’s degree project, which had strengthened my research interest in the field of RF power amplifier (RFPA) design. It also presented me with an opportunity to attend the International Microwave Symposium (IMS2012) in Montreal. Participating in this conference exposed me to the level of standard the research community work at, the rapid advancements of RFPA technology, and the various collaboration prospects with industry and academic partners. As such, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to MTT-S for the support and opportunity.”

Stefano Moscato (Report)

Project topic: Project of efficient feed systems of large reflector antennas used for deep space applications

Impact statement: “Thanks to MTT-S scholarship I had the opportunity to join my first International Microwave Symposium in Montreal (Canada). Overall, this is the most important event in microwave world and this participation give me new stimulus to proceed my research activity. Beyond MS degree, I decided to start a Ph.D. carrier at Microwave Laboratory (University of Pavia) and for sure the grant supported me in this important choice.”

Outmane Lemtiri Chlieh (Report)

Project topic: Design of active ultra wideband (UWB) baluns in 90nm CMOS technology

Impact statement: “The scholarship was important for me because it helped sponsor a part of the project and covered the expenses of my travel to MTT-S IMS 2012 conference in Montreal. It also motivated me to pursue a PhD career in RF field with the same research group.”

Raymond T. Rowe (Report)

Project topic: Study of Geometry and Material Effects on Electron Transport in a Hop Funnel

Impact statement: “The MTT-S pre-graduate scholarship had a large impact on the success of my research. The financial support of this scholarship provided me with the means to pursue research that was of interest to me. The MTT-S scholarship has also encouraged me to pursue additional graduate education in the field of microwave vacuum electron devices.”

Patrick Ormond

Project topic: Cryogenic MEMS Reliability Testing

Project Description: The project is part of a large research effort aimed at designing and building an apparatus to measure small differences in the cosmic microwave background radiation. Due to the sensitive nature of the apparatus, the switches in the system must have a fast rate while having low power consumption. The project will be realized in the lab working with has designed switches based on MEMS (microelectromechanical switches) technology. The project will be to verify the reliability of these switches, which is very important as they will be used in a satellite and cannot be easily repaired. This will be done by fabricating a testing chip with many switches in parallel and then using LabView (a computer program) to switch the MEMS very rapidly over millions of cycles, and then record when the switches break down. The switching will take place in a cryogenic chamber to simulate conditions in outer space. This data will then be analyzed to determine the breakdown characteristic of the MEMS switches.

Claudia Vasanelli (Report)

Project topic: Towards green RFID systems

Impact statement: “The MTT-S scholarship program was a great opportunity to improve my technical knowledge by working on a small but real research problem. Thanks to the scholarship, I also discovered IEEE and especially IEEE student activities. Finally, thanks to the scholarship travel grant, I attended the 42nd European Microwave Conference. It was an exciting experience, because I could listen to several interesting sessions about emerging topics and present the results obtained during this research project.”


Robert Henry (Report)

Project Topic: Application of a microwave interferometer for sensitive measurements

Impact statement and future plans: “The IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate Scholarship I received allowed me to gain valuable research experience in the microwave field. My undergraduate research experience was a key factor in my decision to pursue my Masters at the University of Calgary, which I began in September 2012. I am currently working within the Applied Electromagnetics Group here at the U of C focusing on antenna design. Awards like the one I received help undergraduates to gain exposure to research. For me this exposure helped me to transition confidently from undergraduate to graduate studies with greater certainty that I would enjoy my work as a researcher. I believe it is important to continue to offer undergraduate students these experiences since it was such an asset for me in my decision making process regarding my future post graduation. I appreciate the award greatly, both for the financial support it offered me during my undergraduate studies and for the research experience it allowed me to enjoy.”

Valeria Nocella (Report)

Project Topic: Characterization and design of passive components and interconnections in E-band (71-86GHz)

Impact statement and future plans: “As a recipient of the MTT-S Pre-Graduate Scholarship I attended the European Microwave Conference in Manchester, UK (9th – 14th October 2011), that is technically co-sponsored by MTT-S; furthermore thanks to the scholarship, I could cover the expenses related to spent six months (September 2011-March 2012) in Goteborg, Sweden, for my Master Thesis period in Ericsson AB. I graduated in May 2012 at University of Perugia. My intent now is to enter as a candidate to the Ph.D. at the University of Perugia under the advice of Prof. Roberto Sorrentino to continue my research activity in the field of microwave and RF design.”

Sung Ho Park (Report)

Project Topic: Modeling distributed photoconductive terahertz antennas

Impact statement and future plans: “Conducting research and discovering new is surly meaningful not only as academic value but also as one’s personal achievement during his/her life. However, sometimes it could be painful and difficult. When I was conducting research on Photoconductive Terahertz Antenna under Professor Mona Jarrahi, I truly learnt not only scientific and engineering aspects but also the correct approach to solve problems. Yet, as the research continued, there followed more and more challenging problems and seemingly unsolvable questions. As such procedure repeated, I started to question myself if I am truly suitable for study and career in engineering. Yet thankfully, with Professor Mona Jarrahi’s support and recommendation, I did receive MTT-S Scholarship, which significantly motivated and assured myself to further engineering study. With my research experience and the honorable MTT-S Scholarship, I did get accepted to a few renowned engineering graduate schools. Currently, I am pursuing Master’s in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech, while working as Teaching Assistant. I plan to work in industry from next August.”

Rolando Roca (Report)

Project Topic: Smart passive wireless gas sensor using functionalized carbonnanotubes (CNT) with inkjet printing technology

Impact statement and future plans: “The MTT-S undergraduate scholarship had a twofold impact on my education. It was a great recognition for my work as an undergraduate researcher, and many professors took the time to talk to me about opportunities in microwave and RF, both in industry and academia. This award also allowed me to postpone my graduation one semester so that I could take advanced classes that were directly applicable to my research, which led me to pursue a Masters degree in electromagnetics. ”

Eleonora Troysi (Report)

Project Topic: Realization of microstrip patch multiband and circularly polarized antenna for GPS applications

Impact statement and future plans: “After my graduation at the University of Pavia on September 15th, 2011 I started working as System Engineer for Selex Galileo Spa, a Finmeccanica company, in Milan, Italy. Selex Galileo is a leader in defense electronics markets, with a distinctive strength in airborne mission critical systems and a wide range of capabilities for the battlefield and for homeland security applications. In particular, my main occupation basically consists in the development and management oover the entire life cycle of new Radar system for surveillance purpose which is able to provide the capabilities necessary for protection, patrolling and surveillance missions over ground, sea and along coastlines in all the weather conditions.“

Marc Zimmermanns (Report)

Project Topic: Free space reflection measurement methods for characterization of dielectric properties at microwave frequencies

Impact statement and future plans: “First of all, I would like to thank the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society for selecting me for the MTT-S Pregraduate Scholarship 2011/12. This gathering international award had a high impact on my research interests and my personal development, respectively. In this way, I had the possibility to work on my own research project in the field of microwave engineering at the Institute of Microwave Systems, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. In my opinion, this was an excellent preparation for the challenges I have to deal with in my future work. It gave me a solid foundation for my personal and scientific development. In addition, I had the unique opportunity to attend the European Microwave Week 2011 and thus, getting in contact to the international scientific community in my field of research. This experience confirmed me to go on with my scientific career as a PhD student after finishing my Master thesis in October 2012. In summary, it was a great pleasure for me to be considered for the MTT-S Pregraduate Scholarship.”


Raymond T. Rowe (Report)

Project Topic: Use of funnel hops with field emitter arrays

Impact statement and future plans: “I am currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Boise State University under the guidance of Prof. Jim Browning. Receiving the MTT-S undergraduate scholarship allowed me to pursue the investigation of electron hop funnels. The work that was conducted under this scholarship led to an improved understanding of the studied device. This investigation also created new research questions for future work. Receiving this award has helped me discover my desire to pursue additional graduate education. After obtaining a Masters degree, I now plan to continue my education and research by pursuing a PhD at a currently undetermined university.”

Luyu Wang (Report)

Project Topic: Improved electric/magnetic resonators with novel effective media parameters and transmission characteristics

Impact statement and future plans: “This scholarship helped me a lot with the project in the area of metamaterials which I was really into, as well as my first year abroad in Canada. Besides, I was fortunate being funded to attend International Microwave Symposium 2012 in Montreal, where I saw different people from both academia and industry, who have shared exciting ideas with me. With the help of this scholarship, I have figured out that I am not only like being creative, but also capable of doing research. These experiences make me want to continue my studies in a PhD program, and then have a career as a researcher.”