UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering

IEEE Honors Daniel Sievenpiper with Prestigious John Kraus Antenna Award

Daniel Sievenpiper
Professor Daniel Sievenpiper

San Diego, Calif., July 15, 2019 -- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recognized Daniel Sievenpiper, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego, with the 2019 John Kraus Antenna Award. The award is granted to those whose research contributes to significant advances in antenna technology.

“We are very proud of Professor Sievenpiper’s achievements. His findings in the field of antenna technology have helped the scientific community make advancements that are sure to benefit our understanding of electromagnetics and electromagnetic waves,” said UC San Diego professor Bill Lin, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Historically, interference arises when an object’s metallic surface reflects incoming signals from antennas or other energy sources. As a pioneer in his field, Sievenpiper studies novel materials that can absorb these electromagnetic waves or manipulate the way they interact with their surface to reduce or even eliminate interference. His findings are helping partners in the military and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, in matters of more efficient communication and national defense.

The support and recognition that come with the John Kraus Antenna Award will further Sievenpiper’s studies by inviting connections and opportunities for collaboration, and by furthering future research proposals.

“The recognition of my colleagues really means a lot to me. Many others have also contributed to this work, including many of my former graduate students, and numerous other researchers I have worked with over the years,” said Sievenpiper.

The award’s namesake is John D. Kraus, a renowned specialist in electromagnetics, antennas and radio astronomy. Prior to his passing in 2004, Kraus spent a long life teaching, writing and inventing antennas and radio telescopes. His telescopes have generated catalogs of more than 100 radio sources in space, and have led to the discovery of some of the most distant astral bodies in the universe.

Following in Kraus’ legacy, Sievenpiper’s work has applications for controlling interactions between electromagnetic waves and matter, from radio to optical frequencies. His future interests including working with photonic structures and acoustic waves, constructing small broadband antennas and developing new ways to control radio or optical wave propagation.

Sievenpiper has previously been awarded the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Piergiorgio Uslenghi Letters Prize Paper Award. He has more than 70 patents and 150 publications to his name.

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