Behdad receives Department of Defense instrumentation grant
As part of a $54.7 million U.S. Department of Defense effort to improve the research equipment available to investigators at universities across the country, the Office of Naval Research has awarded Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Nader Behdad $272,633 in funding to create a new antenna testing facility. The major new instrument–a near-field antenna measurement system–will be paired with a network analyzer to refine antenna designs for frequencies ranging from ultra-wide band communications in the 600 megahertz spectrum all the way to high-frequency antenna systems operating at up to 18 gigahertz.
Set to be up and running by next year, the new facility will help with ongoing research projects, such as Behdad's current Office of Naval Research project working toward compact antennas for Navy vehicles, but will also help expand the antenna research capabilities of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "You can do all the simulations you want on the computer, but at some point you have to build something, and you need to be able to assure that it is working properly," says Behdad. "This will give us critical infrastructure we need to further our research into electromagnetic antennas."