JnJeffrey Nanzer, Dennis P. Nyquist Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, receives a 2019 Outstanding Young Engineer Award of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S).  This award recognizes an outstanding young MTT-S member who has distinguished himself/herself through a sequence of achievements which may be technical (within the MTT-S Field of Interest), may constitute exemplary service to the MTT-S or may be a combination of both. The award will be presented at the 2019 IEEE International Microwave Symposium to be held in Boston this coming June.  Dr. Nanzer's citation reads: “For Outstanding Early Career Contributions in Distributed Phased Arrays and mm-Wave Photonic Wireless Systems.”

Dr. Nanzer received the B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and in computer engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA, in 2003, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, in 2005 and 2008, respectively.

From 2008 to 2009, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with Applied Research Laboratories, University of Texas at Austin, where he was involved in designing electrically small HF antennas and communication systems. From 2009 to 2016, he was with The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USA, where he created and led the Advanced Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Technology Section. In 2016, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 refereed journal and conference papers, authored Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Remote Sensing for Security Applications (Artech House, 2012), and co-authored the chapter “Photonics-Enabled Millimeter-Wave Wireless Systems” in Wireless Transceiver Circuits (Taylor & Francis, 2015). His current research interests include distributed arrays, radar and remote sensing, antennas, electromagnetics, and microwave photonics.

Dr. Nanzer is a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Standards Committee, the AP-S Education Committee, and the USNC/URSI Commission B. He was a founding member and the First Treasurer of the IEEE AP-S/MTT-S Central Texas Chapter. He was a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2018, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2017, JHU/APL Special Achievement Awards in 2014 and 2016, and the JHU/APL Outstanding Professional Book Award in 2012. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Antenna Standards Committee. From 2016 to 2018, he was the Chair of the Microwave Systems Technical Committee (MTT-16), IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.