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Amit Patel Awarded SMART Fellowship

The Fellowship will support Patel's research on the theory and development of textured electromagnetic surfaces.| Short Read
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Amit Patel, a third year doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering program, was awarded a 2010 Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellowship to support his research in the area of Applied Electromagnetics.

Patel is working with Prof. Anthony Grbic on the theory and development of textured electromagnetic surfaces. The impedance of the surfaces is manipulated in order to control guided waves and directional radiation. Low profile and high directivity antennas based on these surfaces are being developed.

About the Award

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support outstanding undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The Scholarship covers full tuition, a stipend, related benefits, and employment placement after graduation. The 2011 SMART Scholarship application will open August 1, 2010.

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