Professor Dan Sievenpiper's Applied Electromagnetics Group
Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego



Group Members

Dan SievenpiperProfessor Dan Sievenpiper joined the UC San Diego faculty in 2010. He received his BS in 1994 and his PhD in 1999 from UCLA, where he studied photonic crystals and other periodic structures, and invented the high impedance electromagnetic surface. Dan joined HRL (the former Hughes Research Laboratories) in Malibu, CA in 1999. During the following 11 years, he and his team developed new electromagnetic structures, with an emphasis on small, conformal, tunable, and steerable antennas. Dan held a variety of technical and management positions at HRL including Director of the Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory. In 2010 he joined UC San Diego, where his research is focused on artificial media, and the integration of active electronics with electromagnetic structures and antennas to enable new capabilities and applications. In 2008, Dan received the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal, and also the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Piergiorgio Uslenghi Letters Prize Paper Award. In 2009, he was named as a Fellow of the IEEE, and in 2019, he was awarded the John D. Kraus Antenna Award. During 2010-2017, Dan served as an associate editor of IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. He also served as the chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administrative Committee on New Technology Directions from 2013-2014, and as the general chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium and URSI Radio Science Meeting which was held in San Diego in 2017. He serves as the vice chair of the ECE department starting in 2019. Dan currently has more than 70 issued patents and more than 160 publications.

Matthew Smith is dual-degreed with a BSEE and a BSNS (Biology) from USF. His design experience includes over fifty fielded and on-orbit microwave circuit designs, seven patents, and twenty IEEE/SPIE papers from VHF to W-Band. As a Sr. Engineering Fellow at Raytheon for over 25 yrs., he has specialized in microwave wave circuits and subsystems for radar, remote sensing, communications and EW systems. He is pursuing his PhD at UCSD with focused research in the areas of bioelectromagnetics, magnetic near field focusing arrays, body-centric communications and WLP arrays. He is a Sr. Member of IEEE.
Kyle Thackston received his B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University in 2015 and 2016 respectively, where he was a research assistant at the Center for Implantable Devices. His research there focused on inductive wireless power networks for medical implants. Now a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering, he is interested in medical and biological applications of electromagnetics. Currently he is researching mechanisms by which cells could communicate through electromagnetic fields. 
Shreya Singh received her B.Tech. degree from IIIT- Delhi, India in 2016 in Electronics and Communication Engineering where she designed passive microwave circuits. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Electromagnetics at UCSD- working on Line Waves and Topological Insulators. Her research interests include EM wave propagation and antenna theory.  

Yun Zhou obtained her B.S. degree from the School of Electronic Science and Engineering in Nanjing University, China and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in UC Irvine prior to joining UCSD. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. in UCSD under the supervision of Prof. Sievenpiper and Prof. Bandaru. Her research is now focusing on phononic topological insulators.

Sara Kandil received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University in 2014 and 2017, respectively.  She worked during her M.Sc. as a research assistant at the Center for Nanotechnology at Zewail City for Science and Technology. Her research there focused on studying plasmonic coupling in nanosandwich structures for biomedical sensing, and using the eigenmode projection technique to model gold nanocubes. She is currently a Ph.D. student at UCSD majoring in photonics. Her research interests include plasmonics and metamaterials.

Dia'aaldin Bisharat received his BS degree in physics-engineering from Washington and Lee University, Virginia in 2013, and his PhD degree in electronic engineering from City University of Hong Kong in 2018. From Sep. 2011 to Aug. 2012, he was a visiting student at University College London, UK, and from Mar. 2016 to Feb. 2017, he was a visiting graduate student at the Applied Electromagnetics Group at UCSD. His previous research focused on millimeter-wave antennas, metamaterials and surface waveguides. Currently, he is a postdoc scholar at UCSD, where he researches novel approaches for guiding electromagnetic waves such as 1D plasmonics, photonic topological insulators, and spin-orbit interactions.
Robert Davis received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) in 2018. Prior to UCSD, he did research on topics ranging from atmospheric cloud tracking at CU to quantum metrology at NIST. Now a PhD student in Applied Electromagnetics, he is interested in light-matter interaction, periodic structures, and translating condensed matter theory to practical EM designs. Currently his research includes integrating photonic topological insulators with traditional microwave technology, and understanding the effects of real space topology on photonic band structure.
Xiaozhen Yang received her B.S. degree in 2018 and M.S. degree in 2019 in Electrical Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and the Ohio State University, respectively. Now she is pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Applied Electromagnetics at UCSD. Her research interests include periodic structures and nonlinear devices.
Erda Wen received his B.S. from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in 2016, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2017, respectively. He worked as a graduate researcher in Electroscience Laboratory, Ohio from 2017 to 2019 and he is currently pursuing his PhD in Applied Electromagnetics at UCSD. His research now mainly focuses on photonic topological insulators and magnetic human body communication.
Jiyoon Park received her B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2020. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Electromagnetics in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UCSD. Her research interests include chiral metasurfaces, photonic topological insulators and their application.


Xianghong Kong, Visiting Scholar 2019      

Aobo Li - PhD 2018 - Apple

Zhi-Xia Du - Visiting Scholar 2018 - South China University of Technology, China

Jiyeon Lee - PhD 2018 - Qualcomm

Sanghoon Kim - PhD 2017 - Amazon

Shiva Piltan - PhD 2017 - Google

Dia’aaldin Bisharat - Visiting Scholar 2016

Chao Wang - Visiting Scholar 2016 - Huawei

Yong Luo - Post Doc 2016, Shanghai University, China

Yunbo Li - Post Doc 2016, Southeast University, China

Ebrahim Forati - Post Doc 2016 - TDK

Jessy Yang - B.S. 2016

Mei Li - Visiting Scholar 2016 - Chongqing University, China

Minu Jacob - Ph.D. 2016 - Keysight Labs

Jiang Long - Ph.D. 2015 - Apple

Abas Sabouni - Post Doc 2015 - Wilkes University

Hiajian Hou - Visiting Scholar 2015 - Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Jeremiah Rushton - M.S. 2014, Los Alamos National Lab

Fei Gao - Visiting Scholar 2014 - Bell Labs, China

Zhangjie Luo - Visiting Scholar 2014 - Sichuan University, China

Yunshun Zhou - M.S. 2014 - Northrop Grumman

Ryan Quarfoth - Ph.D. 2014 - HRL Laboratories

Kristian Madsen - M.S. 2014 - Anokiwave

Han Lin - M.S. 2014 - SpaceX

Ming Huang - Visiting Scholar 2013 - University of Electronic Science and Technology, China

Hiroki Wakatsuchi - Post Doc 2013 - Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan