Dr. Jeffrey Nanzer, Dennis P. Nyquist Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, receives a 2018 NSF CAREER award, one of the most competitive and prestigious awards for pre-tenure faculty nationally. Congratulations!
Dr. Nanzer's CAREER proposal is titled "Exploring Dynamic Antenna Arrays for New Radar Sensing Modalities," and the award will allow him to investigate new techniques in dynamic distributed antenna arrays and systems, where individual elements in a distributed array leverage temporal and spatial dynamics to increase wireless capabilities. Dynamic antenna arrays will lead to improved capabilities in radar systems, enabling greater capabilities for sensing the earth and its atmosphere from satellites, improved target discrimination in military radar, and greater safety on autonomous vehicles. This effort will additionally implement an educational plan for teaching new array concepts and established antenna array theory under the new perspective of dynamic antennas.
Jeffrey Nanzer received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and the B.S. degree in computer engineering from Michigan State University in 2003 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2009 he was with the University of Texas Applied Research Laboratories in Austin, Texas as a Post-Doctoral Fellow designing electrically small antennas and communications systems. From 2009 to 2016 he was with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he created and led the Advanced Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Technology Section. In 2016 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University where he currently holds the Dennis P. Nyquist Assistant Professorship. He has published more than 80 refereed journal and conference papers, is the author of Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Remote Sensing for Security Applications (Artech House, 2012), and co-author of the chapter “Photonics-Enabled Millimeter-Wave Wireless Systems” in the book Wireless Transceiver Circuits (Taylor & Francis, 2015). His research interests are in the areas of distributed arrays, radar and remote sensing, antennas, electromagnetics, and microwave photonics.
Dr. Nanzer is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, the Chair of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Microwave Systems Technical Committee (MTT-16), a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Standards Committee, a member of the APS Education committee, and a member of 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 the recipient of the 2012 JHU/APL Outstanding Professional Book Award. In 2017 he received the DARPA Young Faculty Award.