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 has served as the vice chair of the ECE department from 2019 to present. Dan currently has more than 80 issued patents and more than 200 publications.

Dr. Matthew C. Smith is dual-degreed with a BSEE and a BSNS from USF. He received his MSEE in 2019 and Ph.D. in 2022 in applied electromagnetics from UCSD with focused research on complex E-field pattern synthesis techniques in conductive media (e.g., biological tissue) using multichannel coil arrays. Currently, he is a Post-Doc Scholar/Researcher at UCSD in the Applied Electromagnetics Group under Prof. Daniel Sievenpiper. His primary research areas include self-activated cavity absorbers, rf-plasma interactions, electrically small wideband tunable antennas, and bioelectromagnetics. He retired from Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, CA in 2017. As a Senior Engineering Fellow at Raytheon for over 25 years, he specialized in microwave and millimeter-wave circuits, subsystems, and systems for radar, remote sensing, communications, and EW systems. His design experience includes over fifty fielded and on-orbit microwave and millimeter-wave circuit designs, seven patents (two are NIST validated), and over twenty IEEE/SPIE publications from VHF to W-Band. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

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.

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.
Feng Li obtained her B.Sc. degree in Physics (2018) and M.Sc. degree in Optics and Photonics (2019) from Imperial College London. She is currently a Ph.D. student majoring in Photonics at UCSD under the supervision of Professor Daniel Sievenpiper. She is interested in manipulating electromagnetic wave propagation with engineered periodic structures and possible applications. Her current research topic is on plasma photonic topological insulators.
Rohith M R obtained his B.Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering in 2021 from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India. He is now pursuing his MS degree at UCSD in the Applied Electromagnetics track. His interests include antennas and RF communication systems. He is presently working on active modulation of Electrically Small Antennas to improve the Bandwidth/Efficiency product alongside Matthew Smith under the supervision of Prof. Dan Sievenpiper

Alumni, and their recent positions:

Robert Davis - PhD 2023 - Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Matt Smith - PhD 2022 - UCSD

Yun Zhou - PhD 2022 - Skyworks

Shreya Singh - PhD 2021 - Tesla

Kyle Thackston - PhD 2020 - General Atomics

Dia’aaldin Bisharat - Visiting Scholar 2016, and Post-Doc 2019 - City University of New York

Xianghong Kong - Visiting Scholar 2019 - National University of Singapore

Zhixia Xu - Visiting Scholar 2019 - Dalian Maritime University, China

Aobo Li - PhD 2018 - Apple

Zhixia Du - Visiting Scholar 2018 - Guangdong University of Technology, China

Jiyeon Lee - PhD 2018 - Qualcomm

Sanghoon Kim - PhD 2017 - Amazon

Shiva Piltan - PhD 2017 - Google

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