|President Barack Obama talks with the Presidential Early
Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) winners in the
East Room of the White House, Jan. 13, 2010. January 13, 2010.
(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Note: Look for Prof. Grbic in the second row, fourth from the
|Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for
Science and Technology & Director of the White House Office of
Science and Technology Policy; Prof. Tony Grbic; Dr.
Zachary J. Lemnios, Director, Defense Research and Engineering.
Prof. Anthony (Tony) Grbic,
assistant professor in the Radiation Laboratory, was awarded the highly
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE),
announced July 9, 2009 by The White House. The PECASE is the highest honor
bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers
beginning their independent careers. Tony joined U-M in 2006 after receiving
his M.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the
University of Toronto.
Prof. Grbic pursues both experimental and theoretical research in
electromagnetics and microwave circuits. His research program
involves both basic science (e.g. multidisciplinary work on metamaterials
and near-field plates) as well as advanced technology development (e.g.
antenna research and design, wireless component development).
He is a pioneer in the field of electromagnetic metamaterials, publishing
highly influential papers even while working on his dissertation at the
University of Toronto. His more recent work in this area is focused on the
development of a special class of volumetric metamaterials which can
overcome the bandwidth and loss limitations of current metamaterial designs.
The superior performance of these metamaterials will allow them to be
integrated into practical microwave focusing and antenna systems.
now breaking ground in a new area that is of great interest among
researchers, near-field superlenses, by pursuing an entirely new approach to
manipulating and focusing the electromagnetic near field, which relies on
modulated grating-like surfaces referred to as near-field plates (NFPs).
NFP's hold promise for a number of areas including high resolution probing
devices, quasi-optical and optical components, devices for wireless non-radiative
power transfer, as well as antennas and nano-antennas. In this work,
he is actively collaborating with physics professor
[Photo: Cyan James]
The article, “Near-Field Plates:
Subdiffraction focusing with patterned surfaces,” by Anthony Grbic, graduate
student Lei Jiang, and physics professor Roberto Merlin, appeared in
Science, vol. 320, no. 5874, pp. 511-513, April 25, 2008. His research activities have also
been been cited in Scientific American, Nature, Physics World, Physics
Today, New Scientist, Discover Magazine and EE Times.
Prof. Grbic has received an AFOSR Young Investigator Award and an NSF
Faculty Early Career Development Award. He is very active in professional
societies, and is already a frequently invited speaker at professional
conferences and symposiums. He teaches courses in introductory
Electromagnetics, senior level Radiowave Propagation and Link Design, and
graduate courses in Electromagnetic Metamaterials.
The PECASE Awards are intended to recognize some of the finest scientists
and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional
potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the
twenty-first century. The Awards foster innovative and far-reaching
developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in
science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of
participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and
national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for
the nation's future.
Several agencies participate in the PECASE awards.
Prof. Grbic received his award from the Department of Defense, U.S. Air
Force Office of Scientific Research.