Anthony Grbic’s Group

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.

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, the research group as a graduate student.

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.

Nikolaos Chiotellis received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2012, and the M.Sc. degree in applied electromagnetics and RF circuits from the University of Michigan in 2016. Since Sept. 2013, he has been working toward the Ph.D. degree. He has been the author/co-author of 3 journal papers and 3 conference papers. He was a finalist at the 2015 IEEE AP-S student paper competition. His research interests include electromagnetics, metamaterials, metasurfaces, non-diffracting waves and electrically small antennas for RF circuits.
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Brian O. Raeker received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2014. From 2014 to 2016 he has been employed as an electrical engineer in the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., where he pursued research in developing RF systems for advanced radar countermeasures and using metasurfaces to reshape the radiation patterns of existing antennas. He is the lead author on one journal publication, three conference publications, and one patent application. He is the recipient of NRL’s Alan Berman Research Publication Award and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Mohammadamin Ranjbar received his B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran in 2015. He joined the research group in September 2015. Amin’ s research interests include metamaterials, plasmonics, dielectric metasurfaces, as well as optical trapping and micromanipulation using metasurfaces. Amin is currently working on generating tractor beams using metasurfaces.

Frank Salas was born and raised in New Mexico. He recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. Early in his undergraduate studies, Frank interned for RH Systems, where he worked on circuit design. He later worked at the Center for High Tech Materials as a lab assistant helping with research on III-V semi-conductors. He has received multiple scholarships including the National Science Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of New Mexico. He is a recipient of the Rackham Merit Fellowship at the University of Michigan. His research interests include antenna design, RF/Microwave circuits, metamaterials, and optics. Frank also has an interest in reaching out to at-risk youth.

Debjit Sarkar is an undergraduate Electrical Engineering major at the University of Michigan. He transferred to Michigan from Michigan State University, where he was recognized as the top student in his EE class. He began working in the research group in April 2018, and is currently researching frequency translation through phase control. Previously, he worked at Guardhat Inc. where he modeled device localization and managed mobile app development. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. after graduating in December 2019.

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.

Luke Szymanski received the B. Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015. During his time at UT Dallas, he worked with Dr. Kenneth O in the Silicon Microwave Integrated Circuits (SiMICS) group, and held several internships at RFMD and Qorvo with applications and design groups. In 2016, he joined the research group as a Ph.D. student. His research interests include electromagnetics, metamaterials, and plasmonics.

Francesco Verni
Francesco Vernì was born and raised in Italy. He received the MSc degree “summa cum laude” in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Siena, Italy, in 2015. 
In 2012, he visited for 9 months the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), London, UK, where he joined the Antennas and Electromagnetics Research Group. There, he worked on Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) solver for waves propagation in bianisotropic media. His studies in Siena were fully economically supported by the Diritto allo Studio Universitario (DSU) Toscana scholarship. In 2015, he interned for Ingegneria dei Sistemi (IDS) corporation S.p.A., located in Pisa, Italy, where he worked for the Computational Electromagnetics and Antenna Design Laboratory. He mainly worked on the Iterative Physical Optics (IPO) solver for the analysis of electrically large optics and platforms. 
In 2016, he has been licensed as a Professional Engineer from the University of Pisa. In the same year, he joined the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) for a research program in reconfigurable antennas and advanced computational electromagnetics. Since November 2016 he is a PhD Student at the Politecnico di Torino and a collaborator of ISMB at the Advanced Computing and Electromagnetics (ACE) laboratory. From September 2017 to June 2018, he has been granted with the Blanceflor Scholarship for a visiting period at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. The project is part of his PhD activities related to advanced computational electromagnetics for Metasurfaces. 
His research interest includes integral equations methods, boundary elements methods, periodic structures, layered media, inverse scattering, reconfigurable antennas, metasurface and plasmonic nanostructures.

Zhanni Wu received her B.S. Degree in School of Information Science & Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing China, in 2015. She had been working in the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves, Southeast University since 2013. She joined the research group as a graduate student in September 2015. Zhanni works on tunable metasurface devices.

Philip Yao is an undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering with minors in Math and Physics. He is currently working with Prof. Grbic on Holography using Spatial Light Modulators. His previous experience includes an internship at Collins Aerospace working on flight deck hardware, a study abroad in Aachen Germany working on embedded systems, and an REU at Texas State University in bioinformatics. In the near future, he hopes to enter a Ph.D. program.

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.

Administrative Staff

Alesha Thomas
Radiation Laboratory Administrative Assistant
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan
Phone: (734)764-0500
Fax: (734) 764-2106
Email: aleshtho @

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 @

Past Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Carl Pfeiffer Jan 2015 – Feb 2016
Dr. Mohammadreza F. Imani May 2013 – Jan 2014
Dr. Francis Elek Sept 2013 – Sept 2014

Past Visitors

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al-Afari
Research Engineer
KACST, Saudi Arabia
Sep. 2015 –
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

Francesco Foglia Manzillo
University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France
April – October 2016
Josip Loncar
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia
​June 2015 – July 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


Brian Tierney
Electrical Engineer, Radar Advanced Concepts Group​
​U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, D.C.
PhD 2016 Lai Wei
Quantitative Investment Strategy Team, Nomura Securities
New York, NY
M.Sc. 2013
Carl R. Pfeiffer
Electrical Engineer
Defense Engineering Corporation, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory
Ph.D. 2015 Mohammadreza F. Imani
Postdoctoral Associate
Dept. of ECE, Duke University
Ph.D. 2013
Gurkan Gok
R&D Engineer
Antenna & Connectivity Technology, AGC Automotive Americas R&D Inc.
Ypsilanti, MI
Ph.D. 2014 Scott M. Rudolph
Electrical Engineer
Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC
Ph.D. 2011
Adam Weiss
Electrical Engineer
Ford Motor Company
Dearborn MI
M.Sc. 2014 Erin M. Thomas
Research Engineer
SRI International
Ann Arbor, MI
M.Sc. 2010
Amit M. Patel
Research Staff Member
HRL Laboratories
Malibu, CA
Ph.D. 2013 David DuRussel
Associate Staff
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Boston, MA
M.Sc. 2009