Prof. Tony Grbic, Assistant
Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
was recently awarded an NSF CAREER grant for the project, "Advances in
Metamaterial Structures and Devices."
The objective of Grbic's research is to examine new methods of
manipulating microwaves through the application of wave-focusing
metamaterials. Grbic has already achieved some success developing
metamaterials with increased bandwidth and greater efficiency. He
anticipates his research over the next five years will lead to the emergence
of a new class of metamaterials. These composite structures hold promise for
such applications as wireless power transmission as well as near-field
medical imaging; far-field communication; microscopy, lithography,
non-contact sensing and beam-steering.
According to Grbic, "There has been significant research interest in the
field of metamaterials in the past seven years, but very little effort has
been invested into metamaterial education. The proposed education plan fills
this void." In addition to supporting senior year major design projects and
devising a new graduate course exclusively on metamaterials, Grbic will also
develop metamaterial modules to be included in existing undergraduate
courses. Grbic-who has authored a chapter in one of only three texts
currently available on metamaterials-plans to develop a full web-based
curriculum to help encourage the spread of teaching and research focusing on
Tony Grbic is a member of the
Radiation Laboratory in the division of Electrical and Computer
Engineering. He conducts research in applied electromagnetics. Areas of
particular interest to his research group include antennas and radiating
systems, microwave circuits and engineered electromagnetic structures (metamaterials,
electromagnetic bandgap materials, frequency selective surfaces).
The CAREER grant is one of NSF's most prestigious awards, conferred for
"the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most
effectively integrate research and education within the context of the
mission of their organization."
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