Updated October 2,
Click here to learn about the
IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship
We've started splitting this
page onto separate pages for each college. This will take some time,
and we'll probably work hardest on the pages that have the most
class participation (hint hint).
Here's a complete index to our
information microwave colleges; be sure to check this list and
not just scroll down below, as many of these colleges now have their
own Microwaves101 page.
Colorado State University
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indian Institutes of Technology
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Liverpool John Moores University
Massachusetts Institute of
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Montana State University
National Institute of Technology,
National Taiwan University
North Carolina State University
Polytechnic Institute of
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
San Diego State University
Seoul National University
South Dakota School of Mines
University of Arizona
University of Birmingham
University of California Davis
University of California Irvine
University of California Los Angeles
University of California
University of California Santa Barbara
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
University of Kansas
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Oklahoma
University of Ottawa
University of Perideniya
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
University of South Florida
University of Virginia
There are several ways to use
- Are you looking for a college
or university where you can study microwave engineering?
- Or perhaps looking for an
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Below we present a list of microwave
colleges that can help you with all of these problems! Click
here for Microwaves101 contact info and let us know if your
favorite microwave house of higher learning is missing from this
list, and if we add them you will win a free Microwaves101 pocketknife!
"Harvard on the Highway"
ain't gonna make the cut, pal, so don't waste your time!
Some of the college links below
offer contact information for professors involved in the field.
It is true that many of these guys walk around with one khaki pant-leg
accidentally tucked into a white sock, exposing a Birkenstock slip-on,
but cut them some slack (or cut them some slacks?), they have some
glorious things on their minds, which are about twice the size of
This came in from an anonymous
Sun Devil fan...
I was reading yr list of microwave
schools, and it boggled my mind that you would leave off Arizona
State. It is one of the highest ranked EM schools in the country
due largely to the infamous Dr. Balanis, but also has world renowned
radar guru and author George Pan. Throw in UMass alums Jim Aberle
and Elbadawy ElSharawy and you have a veritable team of microwave
Super Friends. I won't even mention the 3 or 4 other average microwave
instructors that round out the group.
Located in eastern Alabama, Auburn
University's Electrical and Computer Engineering department offers
research in microwave topics including microwave integrated circuits,
microwave materials characterization, high frequency packaging and
interconnects, acoustic wave sensors. We've heard they even have
a small semiconductor fab line!
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Auburn, AL 36849.
Office: 403 Broun Hall
Phone: (334) 844-1878
Fax: (334) 844-1809
You might have heard of this
little school in Pasadena California. Turns out they conduct fairly
extensive microwave research activities. Click here
to check out their web site. Dr. Sander Weinreb is one of our favorite
MMW MMIC authors, and he is one of their professors. His website is http://radiometer.caltech.edu. Dr. Ali Hajimiri
is also at CalTech researching silicon for millimeter-wave systems. A few years ago Dr. Hajimiri coined the phrase that silicon is the "army of ants". Lately he has made the news applying the silicon infantry to T-rays.
Jan and Dean's song about Pasadena hit #3 on Billboard Hot 100 in 1964
Maybe you've heard of this little
school in Cambridge Massachusetts. But did you know you can study
microwave engineering there? Professor Donhee Ham's web site:
Professor Thomas T. Y. Wong
teaches the Microwaves
Circuits and Systems class. Professor Wong's research interests
include millimeter-wave communication systems, transient phenomena,
propagation effects on high-speed devices and microwave integrated
circuits, microwave measurements and charge transport in solids.
He is the author of the book Fundamentals of Distributed Amplification
published by Artech, and has several patents in the areas of microwave
electronics and wireless system design. Here's his contact info:
Thomas T. Y. Wong, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office: Siegel Hall 316
This link was brought to our
attention by Andrew (thanks Pal!) Their Microelectronics
Research Center dabbles in all kinds of things, but one of their
professors, Dr. Weber is has had a lot of industry experience in
microwaves. His EE 514 course teaches principles, analyses, and
instrumentation used in the microwave portion of the electromagnetic
spectrum, wave theory in relation to circuit parameters, S-parameters,
couplers, discontinuities, and microwave device equivalent circuits,
RF amplifier design, microwave sources, optimum noise figure and
maximum power designs, microwave filters and oscillators. Doesn't
look like he missed many microwave topics, maybe he could retire
someday and take over here so the Unknown Editor can be promoted
to Towel Salesman at Nassau Beach...
He also wrote a text book:
Introduction to Microwave Circuits: Radio Frequency and Design Applications
Wiley-IEEE Press; 1 edition (January 9, 2001)
We'll try to buy a copy and evaluate
his efforts on our microwave textbook page.
Here's some contact info:
Professor Robert J. Weber
50011 Ames, IA
anywhere in Iowa
What's this, a graduate-level
course on MMIC design? Click on this
link to see some great student reports on their MMIC design
projects. Taught by professors Moore and Penn. JHU is in Baltimore.
We've all been within six miles
of Kansas, every time we fly over it at 30,000 feet, and we've heard
they've "got crazy little women there..." oops, that's
Kansas City Missouri... but Kansas is definitely where Dorothy
and Elvira are from! Did you
know that Kansas State is a great place to learn the trade! This
just in from Matthew of Skyworks... Dr. Kuhn is the type of professor
who is there because he loves to teach. He believes that to learn,
students need to get in the lab and actually build something as
well as understanding the theory. What a novel concept, huh? His
students get to design cool projects like satellite downconverters
and RFICs. His students have landed jobs at companies like Texas
Instruments (we won't hold that against them), Motorola, Skyworks,
Peregrine, Honeywell, Maxim, Garmin to name a few. Oh, and K-State,
JPL and Peregrine are teaming up to putting one of his
transceiver RFICs on a Mars scout mission. Pretty good for being
stuck in the middle of the Kansas prairie. Here's Professor Kuhn's
link worth checking out on the Communication
Research Laboratory, and another one on VLSI
William B. Kuhn, Ph.D.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
2061 Rathbone Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-5204
Phone: (785) 532-4649
Fax: (785) 532-1188
famous Kansas campus where hundreds are trained...
Liverpool John Moores University
The RF & Microwave Research Group (RFM) here does some interesting work on microwave heating, among other things.
of Science and Technology
University of Missouri-Rolla
recently changed their name to better reflect their S&T mission.
Thanks to Chad for pointing this out! "MUST" has organized
an Electromagnetic Compatibility Lab (EMC)
consortium which you can check out
here. Say, they've got some great microwave calculators on their
site, maybe we should hire them...
This just in from Kyle, a research
assistant at MSU:
"MSU - Microwave and Millimeter
Wave Electronics Lab, I strongly suggest potential students of the
black arts microwave engineering to take a look at the program offered
here in the Rocky Mountains. Current work of the lab includes investigations
into waveguide-based power combiners with a future focus of micromachined
devices suitable for submillimeter-wave applications and investigations
into the development of radio-frequency integrated circuits utilizing
commercial CMOS process technologies. Dr. James P. Becker is the
lab's director and is currently in the process of preparing the
NSF project - CCLI "Weaving a Microwaves Thread Through the
Curriculum" to further strengthen the microwave presence in
MSU's Electrical Engineering department. "
Here's a photo
of an MSU probe station and PNA
That sounds really cool! Here's
a link to Becker's lab: click
here. Here's a photo of professor Becker and his contact info:
Professor James Becker
535 Cobleigh Hall
Tel: (406) 994-5988
NCSU's College of Engineering
ECE department offers Analog, RF and Mixed Mode course of study.
Here is their web
site. Thanks to Bill! Now all we need is for Bill to volunteer
someone as a contact... Located in Raleigh, something like 6 million
people live within 90 miles, or maybe the statistic is 90 people
live within 6 million miles.
Laboratory (ESL) at Ohio State does some cool microwave research.
Topics include antennas, metamaterials, antenna arrays, RFICs, ultrawideband
radar, the list goes on and on. Who's have thought that the Buckeye
State had such a great microwave school? John Volakis is director
of the ElectroScience Lab. Thanks for the info, Bob!
John L Volakis
The ElectroScience Laboratory
The Ohio State University
1320 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
We added Purdue at the request
of Sean, soon to be an alumnus... thanks, we can't believe we forgot
about this fine university located in Indiana 125 miles from the
Chicago (home of the Blues
Brothers) for so long!!
Sean says there's some pretty
cool microwave research going on, even though the microwave staff
is fairly young. They also somewhat recently (~2001) built the largest
academic cleanroom (nano.purdue.edu).
If you are in a position to drool without career damage, check out
the list of equipment that Purdue's
Professor Chappell's research
group focuses on applied electromagnetics. This has taken his group's
research in three distinct, yet related directions; advanced packaging,
integrated sensors, and wireless sensor networks. If you check out
their web site you'll realize they pretty much have all of the future
microwave bases covered, including advanced packaging, anisotropic
conductive adhesives, metamaterials, vertical packaging for mixed
signals, laser assisted circuit manufacturing, integrated sensors,
integrated and miniaturized mass spectrometers, sensor networks
and antennas, adaptable motes for intelligent sensor networks, environmental
monitoring, electro-textiles, high power RF, and passive intermodulation.
What else is there?
Professor Chappell's group's
specific stuff with some research links is here:
Shown below is Professor Chappell's
group winning the Eta Kappa Nu Turkey contest in Fall 2005, raising
money to feed distressed families a November turkey dinner with
all the trimmings. A Solid Gold photo of a Solid Gold team! Why
can't more microwave CEOs set a similar example? Probably because
they are all Republicans!
RPI has some great stuff going
Microelectronics & Photonics
Electric Power, Power Electronics,
Plasma Engineering and Electromagnetics
More to come!
Dr. Madhu Gupta heads the microwave
department at SDSU.
This recommendation comes from
alumni Chris... Texas A&M has two excellent microwave labs there,
quite independent from each other and both run by IEEE fellows.
|Dr. Kai Chang's
lab specializes in microwave components, antennas, and integration.
Here's their web site.
Dr. Chang came to Texas A&M after a very successful career
in the defense sector at Hughes and TRW.
|Dr. Cam Nguyen's
lab specializes in ultra wideband radar, super-resolution radar,
and RFIC design. Dr. Nguyen also hails from industry. The lab
has a nice
Texas A&M is also home to
the "NASA Center for Space Power". If you're interested
in the beautiful yet feasible dream of beaming power from a GEO
solar satellite to the earth using microwaves, this is the school
to go to. Microwave Pioneer Bill Brown of Raytheon originally proposed
this idea. He collaborated with Dr. Chang in his later years and
transferred his entire archives and extensive equipment to the NASA
Located in the heart of Tucson
Arizona, U of A offers some solid courses in microwave engineering.
Dr. Hao Xin runs the department and his interests are:
- Microwave and Millimeter
- Active Microwave Devices
- Electronically Scanned
- Novel Materials for
Hao's web site is
here. Here's his contact info:
Dr. Hao Xin
ECE 525, University of Arizona
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham sent us a nice link to a broadband Wilkinson design which appears here thank to Alan. This university does work in communications, emerging device technology, superconductors, radar, you name it!
The School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering's web site is here:
There are several famous academics on current staff , who may be accessed from here:
of California Davis
to visit the UC Davis web site, this link was provided by knife-winner
Morgan! UC Davis is located near Sacramento, CA, the state capital
and home of the
Governator! We borrowed this paragraph from their web site:
"The Microwave Microsystems
Laboratory is headed by Professor Anh-Vu Pham. Our group is conducting
research in RF IC and transceiver design, RF MEMS, microwave wide
band gap power transistor modeling, and integration and packaging
techniques for RF/microwave applications. We are developing and
integrating RF components for wireless, optical, and sensing communications
systems. We have recently extended our research interests to nano-electronic
circuits and MEMS for chemical/biological sensors and biological/non-biological
University of California Irvine
Here is a link to some cool work rencently done at UCI:
of California Los Angeles
UCLA's web site is here.
Their microwave department is called Antenna Research, Analysis
and Measurement (ARAM) Laboratory. Dr. Yahra Ramat-Samii is one
of their microwave researchers. Together with UCSB, UCLA has formed
the California NanoSystems
Institute, where everyone sweats the small stuff.
of California Santa Barbara
Perhaps nowhere in the nation
will you find a more attractive student body, but get your mind off this,
microwave engineering is serious business. Together with UCLA, UCSB
has formed the California
NanoSystems Institute, where everyone sweats the small stuff.
Professor Robert York runs the Microwave Electronics Lab. He has
posted a whole pile of supplementary information on microwave engineering,
along with the homework assignments, check
it out! has been working on ferro-electric devices, some of
his work is reported on our page on Ferro-electric
phase shifters. His other interests are high-power GaAs and
GaN devices, cool stuff all!
Professor Bob York
ECE Department, ESB
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Admin Assistant: 805-893-5913
of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Zoya Popovic is one of University of Colorado's microwave
gurus, in the areas of intelligent microwave circuits and antenna
arrays. Zoya has rock star status as a microwave researcher, her
name appears on a million IEEE papers,
and maybe half that many DARPA contracts. It
doesn't get any better than UCB for microwave research, if you
are a student or a Fortune 50 company!
Dr. Zoya Popovic
Office: Engineering Center,
Phone: (303) 492-0374
Fax: (303) 492-2758
Here's a link to UCB's Microwave and RF Research Group:
Yes, this school has a microwave
program! Click here
to check out their web site. We copied this from there:
"(U of H) focuses
on high-frequency integrated circuits and antennas, an area which
is becoming increasingly important as computer speeds and communication
frequencies increase. Current research emphasis is on advanced
architectures for next-generation wireless front ends. Through
research and coursework, students will learn valuable computer-aided
design skills that are tightly coupled with experiment."
Here is contact info:
University of Hawaii
2540 Dole Street, Holmes 483
Honolulu, HI 96822
of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
This campus has a great process
facility for material research for compound semiconductors. Here
is their web site.
Here's a link to the material
science and engineering department.
Here's a link to the John
Rogers center. They specialize in integrating organic materials
This information was provided
by Kiran, a proud student of KU, where the mascot is the fearsome
||From the KU
website... The term "Jayhawk" was probably
coined about 1848. Accounts of its use appeared from Illinois
to Texas. The name combines two birds--the blue jay, a noisy,
quarrelsome thing known to rob other nests, and the sparrow
hawk, a stealthy hunter. The message here: Don't turn your back
on this bird.
So why would you want to attend
KU to study microwaves? Here's some KU professors working and well
known in the microwave field:
Dr. Fernando Rodriguez-Morales
* Modeling of active and passive RF and microwave components &
* RF IC design
* System-in-package and system-on-chip approaches for advanced radar
is a NSF funded center at University of Kansas that designs radars,
performs signal processing with the goal of remote sensing of ice
sheets. Unlike self-discredited drug-addled gasbag Rush
Limbaugh, these people actually study the science of
are soaring in Kansas
receiving his diploma
of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass has been educating the
microwave masses for many years, including you-know-who. So how
come they've never profiled the
Unknown Editor in their Alumni Journal? You can learn about
cow-tipping, shade grown tobacco, and perhaps some medicinal herbs
at this ex-aggie college, where the brother of one of the FBI's
most wanted list used to serve as president! They are smart
enough to have already linked to us on their microwave web site:
Check our our new page on the CASA Center,
which is led by UMass!
Here's a microwave contact at
Professor Keith R. Carver
Marcus Hall Room 201F
phone (413) 545-1665
By the way, Dr. David Pozar literally
wrote the book on Microwave Engineering while he taught at UMass.
Go to our book page and buy a copy!
Attention minorities: now that
the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the principle of diversity in
University of Michigan admissions cases, this could be your year
is world renowned for microwave research.
Here's one of Michigan's most
The Twin Cities has a Microwave
Packaging and Circuits Technology group, MPACT. Check out their
web site here.
Headed by Doctor Rhonda Drayton,
MPACT's research involves experimental development and characterization
of high speed interconnects, packaging, advanced microwave materials,
and high speed material's characterization. They are tied in with
the University's Nanofab
center, where you can make some really tiny stuff!
University of Oklahoma
This information came from OU graduate research assistant Lukasz... thanks!
OU historically had a major meteorology program supported by among others a weather radar research. Over time the radar program grew and many faculty members were hired as a part of Strategic Radar Initiative started in 2003. Recently (about two years ago) the radar program at OU was taken even further and another few young and ambitious faculty members were hired with the intention to extend the radar research to include also DoD and other applications. A university group called Atmospheric Radar Research Center was initiated, which recently have been renamed to Advanced Radar Research Center in order to include some of our new research goals. In December 2013 we are expecting to move into our new building that will feature many microwave equipment, micro-fabrication lab, anechoic chambers etc. More information about the faculty and the center on its own can be found at: http://arrc.ou.edu.
By the way, that link is an excellent example of a college website, we give it five stars... UE.
At OU you can study weather radar like your life depended on it.
Hey, no one said you have to
be a college in the United States to make this elite list. University
of Ottawa's RF and Microwave (RF&M) Group offers it all. We
copied this from their
- Antenna design / optimization
(e.g. holographic antennas; reflectarray antennas).
- Electromagnetic modeling and
realization of passive microwave circuit elements.
- Methods of computational electro-magnetics.
- Use of neural networks for
- CAD tools for linear/nonlinear
microwave device/circuit modeling and design.
- Electromagnetic modeling of
microwave passive devices for MCMs.
- Wireless & mobile communications
- Multi-antenna (MIMO) systems
(capacity analysis, propagation channel, performance)
- Smart antennas
- Propagation channel modeling
- Efficient simulation algorithms
for RF integrated circuits.
- Model-order reduction for
distortion analysis in RF circuits.
- Model-order Reduction for
linear and nonlinear circuits.
- Simulation of high-speed interconnects.
- Sensitivity computation for
linear and nonlinear circuits.
University of Peradeniya
University of Peradeniya is located in Sri Lanka, the island-nation at the tip of the Indian peninsula that is inhabited by >20M people. The University annually accepts 2600 new students, with more than 50% female. The engineering department brings in 400 students each year, with 100 joining the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Microwave engineering is the specialty of Dr. Aruna Gunawardena. His web page can be found here. Below, Dr. G. discusses some of the capabilities and course work:
Although we are on a tight budget, over the past years I managed to develop a reasonably equipped microwave lab. Highlights are one Agilent VNA (13.5 GHz) with 3.5 mm calibration kit, a single HFSS + Ansoft Designer perpetual license, and a dark room equipped with an economy photo-plotter! With this setup, we offer a very practically oriented course where the students design filters, couplers, etc, fabricate them and then test them with the VNA.
Recent acquisitions include a PCB milling machine (S63), a multi-layer press, pick and place machine, and a reflow oven.
Dr. G. is a fan of Microwaves101, and we're a fan of his, for pulling together a microwave education curriculum in a country that does not enjoy the wealth most of us take for granted.
of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Here's a college where you don't
have to dress warmly, but it might help if you were bi-lingual.
Dr. Sandra Cruz-Pol is involved in the CASA Center, which one day
will improve our ability to predict ugly weather in your neighborhood.
Check out our new page on CASA, courtesy
of Dr. Cruz-Pol! These little radars will be so cheap that they'll
be mounted across the country, like cell phone sites. Click on the
thumbnails below for bigger images!
CASA es su CASA!
Dr. Sandra Cruz-Pol
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
P.O. Box 9042
Mayaguez, PR 00681-9042
of South Florida
How does anyone get anything
done at a school that is on Spring Break year 'round? We don't know,
but the folks at USF's Wireless and Microwaves Information Systems
(WAMI) sure do! Here is your contact:
phone (813) 974-2574
Check out the WAMI
web site. Tell 'em to add a Microwaves101.com link when you talk
to them! Larry is also involved with Modelithics.
While Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University is probably known more for electro-optics than
microwaves, this fine campus in Blacksburg Virginia also delves
into microwave topics. Here is their web
site. Learn about Hokies and Skipper here.
Here's more info on VT from alumnus
Joel who wants everyone to know more about the some of the some
of the brilliant minds he studied under at VT. Dr. Charles Bostian
holds records in long distance microwave broadcasting, and heads
the Center for Wireless Technology within the ECE department. Dr.
William Davis is professor in radio technology, and is also in charge
of the antenna research group at VT. Dr. Sedki Riad and Dr. Ahmad
Safaai-Jazi work with time domain reflectometry. Faculty members
are affiliated with the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group,
working with Analog Devices, General Dynamics, Qualcomm, and Raytheon
in developing new standards of industry for wireless technology.
Check out their website at www.mprg.org.
Office: 464 Whittemore
Mailing Address: 302 Whittemore (0111)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Tel: (540) 231-5096
Fax: (540) 231-3004
Finally, here is a picture of a Virginia Tech dormitory... comes with a guard dog!