Madhu S. Gupta received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is presently both an Adjunct Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at University of California, San Diego and the RF Communications Systems Industry Chair Professor at San Diego State University. Along with his other technical interests, his work concerns noise and fluctuations in devices that are active, nonlinear, very small, or used in high-speed/high-frequency applications. Dr. Gupta is an IEEE Fellow; has served as the Editor of IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters and IEEE Microwave Magazine and of three IEEE Press books; has been a conference organizer and Chair of Technical program Committee of IMS2010; and has received the 2008 Distinguished Microwave Educator Award from IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society in addition to a number of awards for outstanding teaching. He also firmly believes that every technical talk should be entertaining, enlightening, and inspiring. Dr. Gupta is presently the President-Elect of the IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (to become the President in 2013).
This talk is aimed at graduate (and advanced undergraduate) students who are preparing for, or are considering, a career in the field of RF and microwave engineering. The pre-requisites for appreciating the talk are minimal, and include some familiarity with electromagnetics and radio frequency electronics.
The talk consists of three components of about equal duration:
- What is Microwave Engineering: how it is different from low-frequency or optical engineering; what are its theoretical underpinnings; to what applications is microwave engineering put, and what makes microwaves particularly suitable, or even unique, in those applications; why is it necessary to study RF and microwave theory even if all you want to do is "just design circuits".
- What are the Frontiers of the Field: what is the present state-of-the-art in this field, and the challenges for the future; what technological developments and newer applications are driving the future evolution of the field; what are some of the open research problems; how is the practice of microwave engineering likely to change in coming decades.
- How does it Contribute to Quality of Life: how microwave engineering meets the human needs of communication, safety and security, decontamination and environmental remediation, health and biomedical applications, agriculture and food treatment; material processing; power generation and transmission; space exploration; material processing; and the generation, transport, and efficient utilization of electrical energy.