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Recent News

Welcome to our newest group member! [Posted: January 4, 2021]

We are excited to welcome Abbas Sheikh Ansari, who joins us as a joint PhD student with Prof. B. Gholipour. Welcome, Abbas!


Dr. Sanghamitro Das begins Postdoc at SDSU [Posted: November 12, 2020]

Dr. Sanghamitro Das (PhD, 2019) will soon begin a postdoctoral fellowship at San Diego State University. Congratulations, Sangha!


MSc student wins Departmental thesis award [Posted: September 3, 2020]

Jacob Brown (MSc, 2020) is the recipient of the C. R. (Bob) James Award (Winter 2020) -- our ECE Department's highest award for a MSc thesis -- for his thesis, "Applications of embedded metamaterial-based electromagnetic-bandgap structures for dual-band devices and compact tunable bandstop filtering". Congratulations, Jacob, on this excellent achievement and very proud moment for our Group!


Welcome to our newest group members! [Posted: May 4, 2020]

We are excited to welcome three new members to our research group: MSc student Brent Leier, PhD student Nabil Khalid join us from the groups of our late colleagues, Prof. Mojgan Daneshmand and Prof. Pedram Mousavi. Samuel Clark joins us as an NSERC USRA student for the summer, after which he will begin his MSc. Welcome Brent, Nabil, and Sam!


Special Issue on Metamaterials and Metasurfaces [Posted: April 5, 2020]

The IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation has published our Special Issue on Recent Advances in Metamaterials and Metasurfaces, which consists of 34 invited and 27 contributed papers from around the world. My thanks to my co-Guest Editors, Andrea Alù and Ariel Epstein, and Prof. Danilo Erricolo for the opportunity. The issue may be accessed here.


Congratulations, Jacob! [Posted: January 30, 2020]

Masters student Jacob Brown defends his thesis on January 24, 2020 and becomes the latest student to graduate from Prof. Iyer's research group. Congratulations, Jacob!


Major Postdoctoral Fellowship for Dr. Adam Maunder [Posted: January 24, 2020]

Dr. Adam Maunder, postdoctoral fellow in our group and the group of Dr. Nicola De Zanche, has been awarded an Alberta Innovates Postgraduate Fellowship in Health Innovation. Congratulations Adam!


In Memoriam: Dr. Mojgan Daneshmand and Dr. Pedram Mousavi [Posted: January 22, 2020]

The nation is united in grief over the tragedy of the Ukraine International Airlines disaster on January 8, 2020. Our University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and our small community of researchers in the Electromagnetics Group are gutted by the loss of so many of our own, including our dearest colleagues, Dr. Mojgan Daneshmand and Dr. Pedram Mousavi, and their two daughters. For those of us who worked and interacted closely with them, it will take time to come to terms with the senseless loss of two brilliant minds, but also kind-hearted friends. They were loving, generous, compassionate, and cheerful, comforting, and hopeful. As academics, they embodied qualities that the rest of us continue to aspire to: they were highly competent, well-respected in our field, and they developed a close-knit group of graduate students and alumni that they loved, and who loved them, as their own family. May their souls rest in peace.


Congratulations, Sanghamitro! [Posted: September 13, 2019]

Doctoral student Sanghamitro Das defends his thesis on September 6, 2019 and becomes the third PhD student to graduate from Prof. Iyer's research group. Congratulations, Dr. Das!


Our Group Grows! [Posted: August 8, 2019]

Joining our research group this fall are Christopher Barker, who spent two summers with us as an NSERC USRA recipient, and Dr. Adam Maunder, who returns to the U of A as a postdoctoral fellow. Welcome, Chris and Adam!


Congratulations, Jesse! [Posted: June 6, 2019]

Jesse Frohlich recently completed his MEng with flying colours. Congratulations, Jesse!


Doctoral Student Wins Provincial Doctoral Award [Posted: February 7, 2019]

Doctoral student Mitchell Semple has won a two-year Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship. Way to go, Mitchell!


Congratulations, Elham! [Posted: January 21, 2019]

Doctoral student Elham Baladi defends her thesis on January 21, 2019 and becomes the second PhD student to graduate from Prof. Iyer's research group. Congratulations, Dr. Baladi!


News Archives

Congratulations, David! [Posted: September 30, 2018]

Masters Student David Sawyer defends his thesis on September 28, 2018. Congratulations, David!


Prof. Iyer Wins Prestigious Teaching Award [Posted: May 8, 2018]

Prof. Iyer has been named a recipient of the 2018 Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which is the University of Alberta's premier teaching award. More information here.


Doctoral Student Wins National Doctoral Award [Posted: April 5, 2018]

Mitchell Semple, who converted to the PhD program in January 2018, has won a three-year NSERC Postgraduate Doctoral Award, along with the U of A's President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction. Congratulations, Mitchell!


New Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Provincial Scholarship [Posted: November 21, 2017]

Braden Smyth, who converted to the PhD program in July 2017 is a recipient of a three-year Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship. Congratulations, Braden!


Our Group Grows! [Posted: September 1, 2017]

Our newest students are Jacob Brown (MSc) and Jesse Frohlich (MEng) - welcome back Jacob and welcome Jesse!


More Awards for MSc Students [Posted: June 21, 2017]

MSc student Mitchell Semple has won NSERC's Canada Graduate Scholarship, along with the U of A Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship; MSc student Braden Smyth has been selected for the U of A Doctoral Recruitment scholarship as he begins his PhD this July. Congratulations Mitchell and Braden!


IEEE award for another doctoral student [Posted: October 31, 2016]

It has happened again! The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) has awarded doctoral student Stuart Barth its 2016 Doctoral Research Grant (fall competition). Congratulations Stuart!


Our research group continues to grow! [Posted: September 6, 2016]

Joining our research group this year are two familiar faces: Braden Smyth and Mitchell Semple are our newest MSc students. Welcome Braden and Mitchell!


IEEE award for doctoral student [Posted: June 8, 2016]

The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) has awarded doctoral student Sanghamitro Das its 2016 Doctoral Research Grant (spring competition). Congratulations Sangha!


Congratulations Justin Pollock! [Posted: May 31, 2016 (Image: Nov. 15, 2016)]

Doctoral student Justin Pollock defends his thesis on May 31, 2016 and becomes the first PhD student to graduate from Prof. Iyer's research group. Congratulations, Dr. Pollock!


Our group is growing! [Posted: August 31, 2015]

This September, David Sawyer (BSc, Eng. Phys. U of A) joins our group as a MSc candidate, and Stuart Barth begins his PhD studies. Welcome David and welcome back Stuart!


Congratulations Stuart Barth! [Posted: June 19, 2015]

Masters student Stuart Barth defends his thesis on June 19, 2015 and will continue as a PhD student in Prof. Iyer's research group. Congratulations, Stuart!


Doctoral student awarded prestigious provincial scholarship [Posted: May 14, 2015]

Elham Baladi, who joined our group in September 2013 is a recipient of a two-year Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship. Congratulations, Elham!


Prof. Iyer receives IEEE AP-S Undergraduate Teaching Award [Posted: May 19, 2015]

Prof. Iyer has been named the 2015 recipient of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award. The award will be presented at the 2015 IEEE AP-S symposium in Vancouver, BC.


Two students awarded scholarships for summer research [Posted: May 14, 2015]

Our group welcomes Mitchell Semple and Braden Smyth, both 3rd year U of A Engineering Physics students, who will be conducting summer research in our group as recipients of NSERC USRA awards. Welcome Mitchell and welcome back Braden!


Postdoctoral Fellow joins group [Posted: December 8, 2014]

Postdoctoral Fellow Naveen Gnanamoorthi joins our group and will lend his expertise on the analysis and design of helical structures. Welcome, Naveen!


Doctoral student awarded major provincial scholarship [Posted: June 10, 2014]

Sanghamitro Das, who joined our group in September 2013 is a recipient of a three-year Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship. Congratulations, Sangha!


Prof. Iyer recognized for undergraduate teaching [Posted: May 11, 2014]

Prof. Iyer is a recipient of the 2014 Provost's Award for Early Achievement in Undergraduate Teaching. More information here.


Undergraduate student awarded scholarship for summer research [Posted: April 2, 2014]

Braden Smyth, a 2nd year U of A Engineering Physics student, will be conducting summer research in our group as the recipient of an NSERC USRA award. Welcome Braden!


IEEE award for masters student [Posted: March 27, 2014]

The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) has awarded masters student Stuart Barth its 2013 Pre-Doctoral Award. Congratulations Stuart!


Congratulations, Linh Nguyen! [Posted: January 18, 2014]

Masters Student Linh Nguyen defends his thesis on December 10, 2013 and becomes the first student to graduate from Prof. Iyer's research group. Contratulations, Linh!


U of A EE Profs Featured in national Globe and Mail Information Feature [Posted: November 29, 2013]

Prof. Iyer and four other professors in our Department have been showcased in a national special feature of the Globe and Mail, advertising the Department's state-of-the art laboratories and our collaborations with industry and government. See the feature here.


Our research group continues to grow! [Posted: September 12, 2013]

Joining our research group this year are two new doctoral students: Elham Baladi and Sanghamitro Das. Welcome Elham and Sangha!


Student wins U of A Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship [Posted: July 29, 2013]

Masters student Stuart Barth has been awarded a U of A Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship. Congratulations, Stuart!


New experimental facility profiled by the University [Posted: July 24, 2013]

Our near-field antenna and metamaterial characterization facility has been profiled on the U of A Dept. of ECE website. You can check out the story here. Edit [August 15, 2013]: This story has been picked up on uAlberta news and can be seen here.


Undergraduate students awarded scholarships for summer research [Posted: May 17, 2013]

Hailey Pineau and Ian Thomson, 3rd year U of A EE Students, will be conducting summer research in our group as recipients of NSERC USRA awards. Welcome Hailey and Ian!


Doctoral student wins three-year scholarship [Posted: May 17, 2013]

Senior PhD student Justin Pollock is the recipient of a three-year NSERC PGS-D scholarship. Congratulations, Justin!


Undergraduate student featured by EEWeb [Posted: February 27, 2013]

Undergraduate student Will York was recently interviewed by EEWeb, an online community dedicated to all things electrical engineering, as their Featured Engineer. Read the interview here.


Doctoral student wins IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship [Posted: February 18, 2013]

PhD student Justin Pollock will receive the 2013 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship at IMS 2013 in Seattle, WA. Congratulations, Justin!


Another IEEE award for masters student [Posted: November 2, 2012]

The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) has awarded masters student Linh Nguyen its 2012 Pre-Doctoral Award. Congratulations Linh!


Antenna and metamaterial measurement facility operational [Posted: August 15, 2012]

We have recently completed installation of a state-of-the-art antenna and metamaterial measurement facility consisting of a shielded anechoic chamber, planar/cylindrical near-field scanner, and vector network analyzer, functional up to 40GHz. The system has been customized for metamaterial imaging/radiation studies as well as conventional near-field antenna measurement. Check out more here.


Masters student wins IEEE MTT-S Pre-Graduate Scholarship [Posted: July 18, 2012]

Masters student Linh Nguyen will receive the 2012 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Pre-Graduate Scholarship at IMS 2013 in Seattle, WA. Congratulations, Linh!


Doctoral student wins three awards [Posted: May 16, 2012]

Doctoral student Justin Pollock receives the NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures NSERC Top-Up Award, and the U of A Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations, Justin!


Our Research Group is Growing! [Posted: May 15, 2012]

Justin Pollock becomes our group's first doctoral student, and Stuart Barth joins our group as our newest MSc. student. We also welcome summer student William York and international summer internship student Deepesh Rai. If you are interested in research opportunities in our group, contact me.


IEEE AP-S/MTT-S Joint Chapter Kickoff Mixer [Posted: February 27, 2012]

Here's an early announcement of our Kickoff Mixer, scheduled to take place on Monday, March 12, 2012. Enjoy free, catered food while learning more about the U of A's activities in electromagnetics, microwaves, and antennas. This will be followed by some exciting presentations and special seminars. More details can be found on our new website, where you can also register for a chance to win some great prizes. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact me.


IEEE Joint AP-S/MTT-S Chapter formed at the U of A [Posted: February 2, 2012]

The University of Alberta is now home to the IEEE Northern Canada Section's first joint chapter dedicated to the activities of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). Watch for announcements about upcoming events, seminar series, and distinguished lectures on our new web site available here. Want to know how you can get involved? Contact me.


Graduate research positions available [Posted: September 7, 2011]

The beginning of the new school year may have many of you thinking ahead about graduate studies at the U of A and upcoming application deadlines for NSERC graduate scholarships. Our research group is expanding, and is currently seeking talented students with an interest in electromagnetics, microwave engineering, antenna design, and the development of new metamaterial technologies for biomedicine and telecommunications. If these or other related areas interest you, contact me to arrange a meeting.


Student wins two IEEE undergraduate research awards [Posted: July 19, 2011]

Soon-to-be MSc. student Justin Pollock receives the 2011 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Undergraduate Scholarship at IMS 2011 in Baltimore, MD, and the 2011 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Pre-Doctoral Award at APS/URSI 2011 in Spokane, WA for his work in the characterization of cylindrical electromagnetic metamaterials. Congratulations Justin!

UPDATE: Justin has recently been featured on the ECE Department website -- read the article here. Also, find the official announcement of his AP-S Pre-Doctoral Award here.


New graduate course: Antenna Theory and Design [Posted: July 15, 2011]

New for the winter term of 2012, I will be offering a course in Antenna Theory and Design, which presents a comprehensive treatment of antenna concepts from fundamental mechanisms of radiation to the analysis and design of several important classes of antennas. See a more detailed course description here.


Group receives CFI/SEGP infrastructure grant [Posted: January 31, 2011]

Our research group has recently been awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund grant. This award will be used to establish a unique experimental facility for the characterization of metamaterial structures and measurement of antenna radiation patterns at RF/microwave and millimetre-wave frequencies. Read the official announcement here.

UPDATE: In addition to the CFI grant, our group has received matching funding from the Alberta Advanced Education and Technology Small-Equipment Grant Fund (SEGP).


New graduate student joins group [Posted: January 31, 2011]

Linh Nguyen joins our group as a graduate student and will be working on new planar and multilayer metamaterial topologies. Welcome, Linh!


Seminar announcement: Dr. Costas Sarris [Posted: December 3, 2010]

Dr. Costas Sarris from the University of Toronto will present a talk entitled, "Ask what computational electromagnetics can do? Communications, optics, metamaterials and more." The talk will be held on Monday, December 13, 2010 in E6-060 from 3:00pm-4:00pm. More details about the talk and Dr. Sarris are available for download here.


New undergraduate course: Microwave Circuits [Posted: September 1, 2010]

New this fall, I will be offering an undergraduate course called Microwave Circuits (EE478), which examines the behaviour of circuits at microwave frequencies (hundreds of MHz to hundreds of GHz), and the special tools and techniques needed to design such circuits. Check out a detailed course description here.

 

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