UT ECE graduate student Francesco Monticone received an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award for his project proposal entitled "Molding the Scattering Response with Metamaterials and Plasmonics." The project aims to investigate how plasmonics and metamaterials can be exploited to engineer the scattering response with unprecedented efficiency and flexibility, leveraging on the analogies between scattering and circuit problems. Transplanting relevant concepts from circuit and filter design into the field of photonics may provide new physical insights into scattering phenomena and revolutionize the way we design a variety of devices and systems, for applications ranging from photovoltaics and energy harvesting, to sensing and invisibility.
The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society "awards up to six $1000 pre-doctoral scholarships and up to ten $2500 PhD fellowships each year to encourage students to pursue a career in the area of electromagnetics. The awards are intended to support students involved in research directed by a faculty member at their institution who is a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society."
Francesco joined UT ECE in 2011, and he is advised by UT ECE professor Andrea Alu.