Congratulations to Cheng Qi for his paper, “Low-power and Compact Microwave RFID Reader for Sensing Applications in Space”, which has been awarded the best student paper at the IEEE RFID-TA 2018 conference in Macau, SER China. This work documents Cheng’s work on the RFsat mission with Northwest Nazarene University, which is taking a custom-built GTPG microwave backscatter reader and energy-harvesting tag into space as part of a novel science package. His co-authors are Prof. Josh Griffin (GTPG alum) and Prof. Durgin. Well done, Cheng!
Prof. Pete Rodrigue received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University. From 1958 to 1968, he worked for the Sperry Microwave Electronics Company in Clearwater, Florida, where he conducted research on properties and microwave applications of ferrites and developed parametric amplifiers and microwave acoustic devices. In 1968, Dr. Rodrigue joined the School of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech at the rank of professor and was promoted to Regents’ Professor in 1977. He introduced new microwave courses for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as in continuing education programs.
Congratulations to Tianchong (Michael) Jiang for completing his MS thesis entitled, “Tri-band Object-Resistant Antenna Design.” Tianchong performed an outstanding original design, build, and test for a triple-band ISM antenna. Not only did the antenna function well at the target bands, but incorporated object resistance techniques developed at the GTPG. The methodology will be valuable for designing future antennas in commercial wireless devices.
Congratulations to Stephen Dumas who successfully passed his PhD proposal examination on Monday, 27 August 2018. Stephen is pursuing a PhD in satellite-to-satellite localization in space, which has numerous applications in space debris tracking, jammer identification, and general satellite monitoring. Well done, Stephen!