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. 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. Dan currently has more than 70 issued patents and more than 120 publications.

Aobo Li received his dual Master degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in Telecommunications and Shanghai Jiao Tong University majoring in RF. Mr. Li also worked as an application engineer in National Instruments for one year. During his Master’s program, he focused on Phased-Array systems for satellite communications and power harvesting for WPT (Wireless Power Transmission) applications. Currently, Mr. Aobo Li is pursuing his Ph.D degree at University of California, San Diego. His research interests include High-Power Antennas, RF Circuits, Phased Arrays and Rectifying Antennas.
Jiyeon Lee received her B.Sc. degree in electronics and electrical engineering from Hongik University, Seoul, Korea in 2007. She then worked as a software engineer at SK C&C, Korea for three years. She joined the master's program in UCSD and received the degree in circuit and system engineering focusing on analog circuits in 2013. Currently she is pursuing a Ph.D degree and her research interests include artificial impedance surfaces, metamaterials, antenna, and communication circuits.
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.  

Xianghong Kong received his B. Eng in Information Engineering from Southeast University in 2013. Now he is pursing his Ph. D degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and he is a visiting scholar in Applied Electromagnetics at UCSD. His research interests include transformation optics, metamaterials, Fano resonances, and photonic topological insulators.
Zhi-Xia Du received his B.S. degree in applied physics in 2014 from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, where he is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering. His research there focused on microwave circuits and wireless power transfer. He received the Best Student Paper Prize in the 2015 National Conference on Microwave and Millimeter Wave Technology. Now he is a visiting research scholar in the Applied Electromagnetics Group at UCSD, focusing on time-modulation metasurfaces.
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.


Sanghoon Kim - PhD 2017 - JMA Wireless

Shiva Piltan - PhD 2017 - Google

Dia’aaldin Bisharat - Visiting Scholar 2016

Chao Wang - Visiting Scholar 2016 - Huawei

Yong Luo - Post Doc 2016

Yunbo Li - Post Doc 2016

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 - Skyworks

Abas Sabouni - Post Doc 2015 - Wilkes University

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

Jeremiah Rushton - M.S. 2014

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