On Tuesday, Zachary Silva successfully presented and defended his MS thesis entitled, “Optically Transparent Antennas for Multi-Modal Sensing.” The thesis is a remarkable survey and synthesis of transparent RF electronic materials and design principles. Zach currently works for Sandia National Labs and is planning to continue in the PhD program. Congratulations, Zach!
The ORS team of undergraduate researchers consisting of Jesse Jiang, Siddharth Kotapati, Kibeom Kim, and Volkan Gurses won the “Peer Review Award” at the ORS banquet on Monday, 15 April 2019. This award is decided by the 80+ ORS students who review one another’s end-of-year research project posters, evaluating them on the quality of the project and presentation. Bill Copich of Anaren (this year’s team sponsor) was on hand at the banquet to join the team on stage.
This group, led by Mohammad Alhassoun, presented their culminating research poster entitled “24 GHz RFID Tags”. No surprise that their presentation went well, as this group presented their work at both the IEEE RFID 2019 conference and the National Council on Undergraduate Research NCUR 2019 in the weeks leading up to the ORS banquet. Apparently, practice really does make perfect.
This is very much an “insider tradition” to the IEEE RFID conference, but every year Pavel Nikitin composes an original tune (usually tinged with Russian folk music influence). We typically play this tune at the conference banquet. Although he was not present for this year’s conference, below is a link to the 2019 composition about not waiting until the last minute to make your conference presentation.
After the recent cancellation of Apple’s rollout of the AirPower, the wireless charging solution for the many different personal iDevices we have all bought over the years, there has been a lot of speculation about why these charging technologies have been so difficult to launch. A recent WSJ article by Joanna Stern presents a nice article about the difficulties (and quotes a GT emag prof as well). You can read the rest of the article in the Wall Street Journal here “Apple Didn’t Solve Our Horrible Gadget-Charging Mess and Nobody Else Has, Either.”
The author does a good job of explaining (with PlayDoh) some lay-physics about why wireless charge mats are so difficult to achieve: