Anthony Grbic’s Group

Anthony Grbic

Anthony Grbic

Anthony Grbic received the B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 1998, 2000, and 2005, respectively. In January 2006, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is currently a Professor. His research interests include engineered electromagnetic structures (metamaterials, metasurfaces, electromagnetic band-gap materials, frequency selective surfaces), plasmonics, antennas, microwave circuits, wireless power transmission systems, and analytical electromagnetics/optics.

Dr. Grbic received an AFOSR Young Investigator Award as well as an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award in 2008. In January 2010, he was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2011, he received an Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, a Henry Russel Award from the University of Michigan, and a Booker Fellowship from the United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (USNC/URSI). In 2012, he was the inaugural recipient of the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in the Department of Electrical and Computer Science, University of Michigan. Anthony Grbic served as Technical Program Co-Chair for the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting. He is currently Vice Chair of AP-S Technical Activities, Trident Chapter, IEEE Southeastern Michigan section. He was an Associate Editor for IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.


Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Jordan Budhu received his Ph.D.E.E from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2018 under the advisement of Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii in the Antenna Research, Analysis, and Measurement (ARAM) Laboratory. He received his M.S.E.E. degree with Distinction in 2010 from California State University Northridge under the advisement of Professor Sembiam Rengarajan. In 2006, he won the first place award for his undergraduate senior project. In 2012, he won the Best Poster award at the IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Class-Tech Annual Meeting. In 2010, he was awarded the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship from UCLA. He was named a Teaching Fellow at UCLA 2018 after teaching over 7 quarters. In 2018, he was recognized by the department and awarded the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Excellence in Teaching Award at UCLA. Soon after, he was selected to be the Head EE Department TA at UCLA for the Fall 2018 quarter, a position selected to be awarded to a single candidate of nearly 100 TA’s in the department. In 2019, he was selected as a finalist for the USNC-URSI Ernst K. Smith Student Paper Competition at the 2019 Boulder National Radio Science Meeting, of which he subsequently won the first place award for best paper. He was with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2011 and 2012. He is now a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Michigan in Professor Tony Grbic’s Lab. He is also a member of both IEEE APS and the Bioelectromagnetics Societies.


Steve Young received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, the M.S. degree in Engineering Science from Naval Postgraduate School in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2016. Between 2003 and 2009, he served in the U.S. Navy and Department of Energy Naval Reactors division, designing nuclear reactor plant instrumentation and control systems. In 2018, he joined Anthony Grbic’s research group in the University of Michigan’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests include optical properties of natural and engineered electromagnetic structures (including stratified media, photonic crystals, dielectric metamaterials and metasurfaces), nonlinear electromagnetics, and wireless power transmission.

Dr. Young is also President of Xondas, Inc., a Michigan wireless power transfer company. He is a licensed professional engineer. 


Current Members

Faris Al Solamy

Faris Al Solamy received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and computer engineering from King Abdulaziz University, KSA, in 2012. From Feb. 2013 to August 2015, he worked as an antenna engineer at KACST (King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology). During that period, he has spent most of his time in South Africa, to work on collaborative project between KACST and CSIR. His tasks included the design of a wide scanning angle antenna for radar applications. In August 2015, he joined the research group as a graduate student.


Cody Scarborough graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2017. Throughout his undergraduate degree, he was employed at Applied Research Laboratories and subsequently at the University of Texas as an undergraduate research assistant. His work has included projects in global navigation systems, wireless communication networks for vehicular technology and the efficient computation of radiation from cyrptographic integrated circuits. As a graduate student in Dr. Grbic’s lab, he studies time-varying electromagnetic structures and metamaterials. His research interests include the study of wave phenomena, non-linear electronic devices, solid-state physics, spatio-temporal periodicity, microwave systems and optics.


Chun-Wen Lin received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 2016 and 2018, respectively. From 2015 to 2018, he had been working in the Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory, National Taiwan University. During this period, he pursued research in absorptive frequency selective surfaces. In 2017, he also interned in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as a Research and Development engineer and earned the Honorable Mention among more than 150 interns in the final competition. He joined the group as a Ph.D. student in September 2019. His current research interests include electromagnetics, optics, and curved metamaterials. He is the recipient of the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship at University of Michigan.


Zachary Fritts graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Bioengineering in the spring of 2020. While there, he worked in the lab of Dr. Tamer Ibrahim, where he helped develop and build a transmit array for ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the human head. He also held internships at Philips Respironics and Ort Braude College of Engineering in Israel. Zachary joined Dr. Grbic’s lab as a graduate student in the summer of 2020. His research interests include metasurface design, RF and microwave circuits, time-varying electromagnetic structures, and biomedical imaging. He is the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Malik Almunif received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Taibah University in 2018 with first honors degree. During his undergraduate, he had two internships at KAUST in the Information System Lab working on embedded positioning systems. Since 2018, he is working in the UM-KACST joint Center for Microwave Sensor Technology. He joined Professor Grbic’s group in January 2021 as a graduate student.


Administrative Staff

Michelle Chapman
Radiation Laboratory Research Process Manager
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan
Phone: (734)763-2273
Fax: (734) 764-2106
Email: chapman @ umich.edu

Past Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Jorge Ruiz-GarciaFeb. 2022 – present
Dr. Jordan BudhuJan. 2019 – Jul. 2022
Dr. Steve YoungOct. 2018 – Dec. 2020
Dr. Younes Ra’diFeb. 2016 – Sep. 2016
Dr. Carl PfeifferJan. 2015 – Feb. 2016
Dr. Francis ElekSep. 2013 – Sep. 2014
Dr. Mohammadreza F. ImaniMay 2013 – Jan. 2014
Dr. Derrick LoveJan. 2009 – Jan. 2010

Past Visitors

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al-Afari
Research Engineer
KACST, Saudi Arabia
Sep. 2015 – Jan. 2016
Dr. Davor Zaluski
Postdoctoral Fellow
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Sep. 2014 – Feb. 2015
Dr. Mauro Ettorre
Research Scientist
Institut d’Electronique et de Télécommunications de Rennes, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Rennes, France
Oct. 2010 – Oct. 2011, June 2012 – Aug. 2012

Past Visiting Ph.D. Students

Michele Del Mastro
University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France
May 2019 – Dec. 2019
Francesco Verni
Dipartimento di Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni (DET), Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
Sep. 2017 – Jul. 2018
Mahsa Ebrahimpouri Hamlkar
School of Electrical Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Aug. 2016 – Feb. 2017
Francesco Foglia Manzillo
University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France
Apr. 2016 – Oct. 2016
Josip Loncar
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia
​Jun. 2015 – Jul. 2016
Dario Bojanjac
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Sep. 2014 – Feb. 2015
Erio Gandini
University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France
Jun. 2011 – Dec. 2011

Alumni

Brian Raeker
Senior Systems Engineer
KBR Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI
Ph.D.
2021
Luke Szymanski
Technical Staff
Group 92: Advanced Sensors & Techniques, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Boston, MA
Ph.D.
2021
Zhanni Wu
Postdoctoral Scholar
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Ph.D.
2021
Nikolaos Chiotellis
Antenna Research Engineer
Apple Corp.
Cupertino, CA
Ph.D.
2019
Brian Tierney
Electrical Engineer
Radar Advanced Concepts Group​, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Washington DC
Ph.D. 2016Lai Wei
Analyst
Quantitative Investment Strategy Team, Nomura Securities
New York, NY
M.Sc. 2013
Carl R. Pfeiffer
Electronics Engineer
Sensor Directorate, AFRL, Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, OH
Ph.D. 2015Mohammadreza F. Imani
Assistant Professor
School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ
Ph.D. 2013
Gurkan Gok
Sr. Engineer – Research
Raytheon Technologies Research Center
East Hartford, CT
Ph.D. 2014Scott M. Rudolph
Electrical Engineer
Naval Research Laboratory
Washington DC
Ph.D. 2011
Adam Weiss
Electrical Engineer
Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, MI
M.Sc. 2014Erin M. Thomas
Research Engineer
SRI International
Ann Arbor, MI
M.Sc. 2010
Amit M. Patel
Research Staff Member
HRL Laboratories
Malibu, CA
Ph.D. 2013David DuRussel
Associate Staff
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Boston, MA
M.Sc. 2009