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Tony Grbic honored as MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer

His research program spans topics such as metamaterials and near-field plates to advanced technology development like antenna research and design.| Short Read
Additional Information:   Prof. Anthony Grbic’s Research Group

   Radiation Laboratory at U-M

   PECASE Award Received by Prof. Grbic

Prof. Anthony (Tony) Grbic, assistant professor in the Radiation Laboratory, has been selected to receive a 2011 Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society “for outstanding early career contributions to the microwave profession.”

Prof. Grbic’s accomplishments as a world-class researcher in the field of electromagnetics and microwave engineering resulted in his being awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2010. His research program spans basic science (especially his work on metamaterials and near-field plates) and advanced technology development (including his work in antenna research and design, and wireless component development).

Prof. Grbic has taught the senior design experience course, Radiowave Propagation and Link Design (EECS 430), the sophomore level introductory course to Electromagnetics (EECS 230), as well as a special topics graduate-level course in Electromagnetic Metamaterials. The latter course was created by Grbic, and serves as a model for the emerging field of metamaterials in the country.

Prof. Grbic joined U-M in 2006 after receiving his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto. In addition to the PECASE, he has received an AFOSR Young Investigator Award, an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, and the University of Michigan Henry Russel Award.

The award will be conferred at the annual Society Awards Banquet to be held during the International Microwave Symposium the week of June 5-10, 2011 in Baltimore.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read