The EM Lab's Gilbert Carranza was invited to the Texas State capital to present his undergraduate research. The goal of his research is to develop computer tools for designing true 3D circuits. Gilbert is an awardee of the MERITUS program funded by UTEP's Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI). Congratulations Gilbert!!!
The EM Lab's Jesus Gutierrez was featured on the University of Texas at El Paso's Graduate School Website for his interest in Scientific Arts and his research into optical invisibility.
Link to Web Feature
Paul Deffenbaugh was highlighted in UTEP's series "Twenty in Their 20's" for his shear awesomeness. The photograph shows him 3D printing in micro gravity. The very cool highlight appears about 60% of the way down from the top of the web page at the link below. Congratulations Paul!!!
Link to Highlight
Along with other groups, the EM Lab and some of its students were featured in a new Pathways to Innovation video produced by the University of Texas at El Paso. Congratulations EM Lab!!!
Link to Video
Monday, 8 August 2016
Today the EM Lab welcomes its newest member, Prya Darshni. Prya comes from Bangalore, India, and her research will concentrate on 3D printed microwave circuits incorporating spatially-variant anisotropic metamaterials. She brings an incredible amount of intelligence, energy and enthusiasm. It will be incredible to witness all of the amazing things she will accomplish at UTEP. Welcome to the team Prya!!!
Thursday, 28 July 2016
After a thorough evaluation of his application and proposal, Gilbert was selected to be appointed as an Undergraduate Student Assistant through a collaborative program between the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) and the Division of Student Affairs – On-Campus Student Employment Opportunities (OCSEO) Program. His research project is titled "Exploration of Layout and Signal Routing in 3D Printed Circuits." Congratulations Gilbert!!!
This week (July 11-18, 2016), Dr. Raymond C. Rumpf was featured as the Inventor of the Week by the Office of Technology Commercialization at UTEP. This entailed a series of seven incredible posts on Facebook that covered Dr. Rumpf's research, his vision for the future, his team, and some details about his personal life. What an awesome series of posts about Dr. Rumpf!!
Monday Post | Tuesday Post | Wednesday Post | Thursday Post | Friday Post | Saturday Post | Sunday Post
Dr. Raymond C. Rumpf was honored by SPIE with a promotion to the rank of Senior Member! Dr. Rumpf has been a member of SPIE for nearly 20 years, has served as an Associate Editor for SPIE Optical Engineering for nearly 10 years, has served as a Chair for Advanced Fabrication Technologies at Photonics West for almost as long, and published numerical articles in SPIE journals. Way to go Dr. Rumpf!!
SPIE Profile for Dr. Rumpf
The EM Lab's Prya Darshni was awarded "Best Outgoing Student" from PES University. Her research was on the topic of 3D microwave filters. Her novel ideas, passion, and hard work put her well above her competition. Awesome job Prya!
Congratulations Jose Avila for defending your MSEE thesis titled “Dielectric Prism Antenna.” The response from your committee behind closed doors was “He is incredible. How do you find and train students like this?” Our response was, “We don’t. He is just that good.” You are brilliant and this was awesome work. We are looking forward to continuing to work with you for you PhD. Great job!
Jennefir Digaum, an EM Lab collaborator, won second place at the 2016 Graduate Research Symposium at the University of Central Florida. The award category was Doctoral Students in Mathemattics, Optics, and Physical Sciences. His research was titled "Spatially-Variant Self-Collimating Photonic Crystal for Beam Bending at Telecommunication Wavelength." Jennefir's work entailed fabricating spatially-variant photonic crystals by multi-photon lithography and testing the structures for their optical performance. Congratulations Jennefir!!
Link to Announcement
The year 2015 was the "Year of Light." Opli Newsletter (the Magazine of Optics) included EM Lab technology in their list of Best of 2015 photonics technologies. In close collaboration with the University of Central Florida, the world's tightest bend of an unguided beam was demonstrated using spatially-variant photonic crystals (SVPCs). The technology is being investigated for applications in high-speed optical interconnects and sensing.
Link to Opli's Best of 2015
Link to segment on KTSM NBC
Jesus Gutierrez and Cesar Valle, both students with the EM Lab, have selected for Anite Loya Graduate Engineering Fellowships to promote theie research work. These fellowships are recognition of these two outstanding students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Congratulations Cesar and Jesus!
Announcement on ECE Website
The EM Lab has received a new hybrid 3D printer from nScrypt that is capable of building parts made of both plastics and metals with unprecidented resolution. The machine is also equipped with two high power lasers for cutting, trimming, drilling, curing, sintering, and more. The EM Lab will use this capability to demonstrate an array of revolutionary technologies currently under development in their lab.
Professor Rumpf attended the El Paso City Council meeting on 22 September 2015 where he was presented with the Star on the Mountain Award for his outstanding performance at UTEP.
Dr. Raymond C. Rumpf as been awarded with the highly prestigious Schellenger Professorship in Electrical Research, effective 1 September 2015. The purpose of the Schellenger Professorship is to stimulate and promote funded research in Electrical Engineering. Rumpf said the funds from the Professorship will help his team push through the challenges they face for demonstrating 3D printed high frequency circuits which also incorporate spatially-variant anisotropic metamaterials.
College of Engineering Announcement
UTEP Wide Announcement
The EM Lab team has finally completed construction of its anechoic test facility for electromagnetic testing. The room is 27 L x 12 W x 10 H feet large, although it felt much larger when installing the foam. The team plans on building walking platforms and robotic test fixtures for future testing. Great job team! This gives UTEP an incredible capability.
Dr. Raymond C. Rumpf was selected to receive the prestigious 2015 UT-Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. Only a select number of faculty members from across the University of Texas System were chosen for this honor. Winning one of these awards is truly a remarkable achievement. After a rigorous campus-level review, the President of each UT institution forwarded the names of the most qualified candidates for consideration. An external review committee comprised of highly academic administrators and faculty members evaluated the nominations based on many criteria. Congratulations Dr. Rumpf on your phenomenal accomplishments!!
UT System Announcement
The EM Lab won a proposal written to Keysight Technologies to win a vector signal analyzer/generator with a lifetime software license. The equipment is valued at over $400k and gives UTEP the critical capability to test their 3D printed high-frequency circuits with realistic waveforms. Delivery of the equipment is expected during early summer 2015.
College of Engineering Press Announcement
Dr. Rumpf was awarded the highly competitive BUILDing SCHOLARS Mentoring Award for his demonstrated excellence in student research mentoring. Congratulations Dr. Rumpf!!
Dr. Rumpf was honored by recieving the 2015 Dean's Teaching Award for his outstanding efforts teaching and mentoring students at the University of Texas at El Paso. Congratulations Dr. Rumpf!!
The EM Lab, in close collaboration with the University of Central Florida, has demonstrated the world's tightest optical bend. This was achieved using what they call "spatially-variant self-collimation." The team expects the technology will have applications in optical interconnects and optical networking that will ultimately let high speed digital computers run off of light.
Video Aired on Fox News
El Paso Times Article
A team from the EM Lab won the honored "Best Business Plan" award at the recent Paso del Norte Venture Competition held in El Paso, TX, in March 2015. The team was Ubaldo Robles, Edwin Ramirez-Homs, Leandro S. Brandi, Jesus J. Gutierrez, and Edgar Bustamante and it was mentored by Jeni Clark and Raymond Rumpf. The business plan was developed to commercialize patent pending technology that will dramatically improve antennas in mobile phones. Their technology will improve battery life, increase data speed, and allow more components to be packaged into mobile phones.
Cesar R. Garcia was awarded the prestigeous Best Dissertation 2015 for the entire College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. His dissertation was titled "3D Printed Spatially Variant Anisotropic Metamaterials" was truly revolutionary and the technologoy may be the holy grail in electronics packaging. It allows components to be packaged very tightly without causing interference and coupling that degrades and antennas and limits how fast data can be sent.
Dr. Rumpf is the featured engineer on EEWeb.com for the week of February 23, 2015. The web feature is an extensive interview with Dr. Rumpf, his background, his research, and advice for student engineers. You can see the full feature at the link below.
Three students from the EM Lab have entered the Paso Del Norte Venture Competition. Together they will work to commercialize a recent technology breakthrough in the EM Lab. The technology uses metamaterials to improve the performance of antennas placed in close proximity. This is a huge problem in mobile phones and these three entrepreneurs have the answer.
The EM Lab was invited to present their research on spatially-variant lattices at the Royal Society in January 2015. The topic of the meeting was on spatial transforms.
Event website, Spatial transforms: from fundamentals to applications
Audio recording of presentation
A group of UTEP students from the EM Lab visited the Army Research Lab (ARL) at the White Sands Missile Range. The highlight of the tour was visiting the ARL's impressive anechoic chambers. The photograph was taken inside the largest chamber. The EM Lab is already collaborating with the ARL on the topic of ultra-wideband antennas, but more and closer collaboration is anticipated in the near future.
The EM Lab was awarded funding by the El Paso Innovation and Commercialization (EPIC) Board. The project will form a spin-off company in El Paso to commercialize a recent breakthrough at UTEP in metamaterials. The technology will be initially applied to improve the electromagnetic compatibility of multiple antennas in cell phones, but many other applications are possible.
Javier Pazos successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "Digitally Manufactured Spatially Variant Photonic Crystals." He performed pioneering work in spatially-variant lattices as well as a number of new device concepts that it enables. Great job Javier!
As part of UTEP's centennial celebration, KTEP radio interviewed the top 100 researchers at UTEP. The interview with Dr. Rumpf aired on June 5, 2014. You can listen the five-minute interview by clicking on the link below.
Dr. Rumpf's KTEP Interview 5-June-2014
Lockheed Martin accounced they are developing a nuclear fusion reactor. Below is a link to an article in Popular Science. Cesar Garcia is the frontmost scientist in the opening photograph of the article. Great work Cesar!!
Popular Science Article
The EM Lab welcomes nine new members!!
Jose Avila, Jose Enriquez, Carlos Rodriguez, Nancy Tepezano, Cesar Valle, Edgar Bustamante, Mark Chavez, Jesus Gutierrez, and Noel Martinez.
Click here to see what they are doing.
The EM Lab was awarded a contract by the Army Research Lab at the White Sands Missle Range to study and develop ultra-wideband antennas with short ring-down time. The antennas will be used in pulsed electromagnetic systems.
The EM Lab was awarded a contract by the Naval Postgraduate School to develop a new class of all-dielectric antennas. Antenna design is too easy using metals and the metals can become problematic at high power or in chemically hostile environments. Our antennas will build on several of our previous breakthroughs in electromagnetics and will be manufactured by 3D printing.
Congratulations Dr. Cesar R. Garica and Dr. Jay H. Barton for earning your Ph.D.! Cesar's research focused on spatially variant anisotropic metamaterials for MIMO antennas. Jay's research focused on all-dielectric frequency selective surfaces for extreme applications.
We developed a way to sculpt the shape of electromagnetic fields including near-fields using spatially variant anisotropic metamaterials. We are using this technology to isolate components placed in close proximity and to improve the performance of devices forced into awkward form factors.
Click here to see spotlight.
R. C. Rumpf, C. R. Garcia, H. H. Tsang, J. E. Padilla, M. D. Irwin, "Electromagnetic Isolation of a Microstrip by Embedding in a Spatially Variant Anisotropic Metamaterial," PIER, Vol. 142, pp. 243-260, 2013.
Cesar R. Garcia was recognized by UTEP as an outstanding graduate student. They put together a spotlight to honor him and show off his research to prospective students and other research organizations. The spotlight discusses his research and background and is a very good read. Congratulations Cesar!!
Click here to see spotlight.
The EM Lab has been featured on IET for their work exploring 3D printed antennas and the effects of surface roughness. Congratulations Cesar Garcia, Harvey Tsang, and Jay Barton for this recognition of your extraordinary work!
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The EM Lab achieved a major breakthrough in all-dielectric electromagnetics by demonstrating the world's first spatially variant self-collimating photonic crystal. The technology was developed as an alternative to transformation optics. It has the ability to control the flow of waves in 3D space very abruptly, but can be implemented using just ordinary dielectric materials with low dielectric constant. Congratulations to Javier Pazos and Cesar Garcia on this significant achievement!!.
Click here to read announcement
Publication in PIER.
Article in Interference Technology
Congratulations Jay Barton and Prof. Rumpf for being awarded summer fellowships at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. They will be working together and with some other students from around the United States in the area of high power microwaves.
The EM Lab was awarded a contract by Raytheon for 3D printing of novel 3D structures. The work will lead to new ways to manufacture devices with electrical and/or electromagnetic functionality.
Dr. Raymond C. Rumpf received the highest student evaluation for teaching and was awarded the highly prestigious Miguel Izquierdo Endowment for Outstanding Teaching. He received a record breaking 5.00 in all students' ratings with superb comments from all students. Since joining UTEP, Rumpf has developed and taught four graduate courses in advanced electromagnetics.
The EM Lab team has finished construction of its new anechoic facility. This will give the team extraordinary capabilities for making accurate free space measurements of antennas, frequency selective surfaces, and other scattering devices. Special thanks to Ubaldo Robles, Cesar Garcia, Javier
Under funding from DARPA, the EM Lab team has developed a novel algorithm to spatially vary any geometrical attribute of a periodic structure while still rendering the overall lattice smooth and continuous. Attributes include unit cell orientation, lattice spacing, fill fraction, geometry, material composition and more. The team is using this tool to invent a new generation of metamaterial devices.
R. C. Rumpf, J. Pazos, "Synthesis of spatially variant lattices," Opt. Express 20, 15263-15274 (2012).
Dr. Rumpf, founder of the EM Lab, received the highly prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award for a project titled "Direct Digital Manufacturing of 3D Metamaterial Devices." The research will begin in September 2011. The lab will use the funding to make revolutionary advances in metamaterials and manufacturing metamaterial devices by additive manufacturing (3D printing). The contract lasts for two years.
Dr. Rumpf received the Dean's teaching award on May 2012 for his work developing a new sequence of graduate electromagnetic courses and high ratings from the students. This sequence included Electromagnetic Design, Electromagnetic Analysis Using Finite-Difference Time-Domain, Computational Electromagnetics, and 21st Century Electromagnetics.
In recognition of his pioneering work in 3D printed electromagnetics, Dr. Rumpf received the Research Award for Electrical and Computer Engineering on May 2012.
Jay H. Barton was awarded with a summer fellowship with the Air Force Research Lab at Kirtland Air Force Base. He will be working in the Directed Energy directorate helping to develop electromagnetic technologies in this area.
Eric Berry has recently joined the EM Lab team. His research will focus on developing parallel and GPU simulation codes for electromagnetics and plasma physics.
Ubaldo Robles received three seperate awards for his paper and presentation at an IMAPS Advanced Technology Workship on RF and Microwave Packaging. At this conference he presented his work on impedance elements manufactured by micro-dispensing. His awards included Best Student Paper, Best Student Presentation, and Best Paper. Congratulations Ubaldo!!
February 7-8, 2012.
The EM Lab was awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to print impedance elements (i.e. capacitors and inductors) using micro-dispensing. The technology will be used in 3D circuits, structural electronics, and metamaterials.
The EM Lab at UTEP has teamed with Prime Photonics and Lockheed Martin to develop frequency selective surfaces for high power microwaves. The device will literally be able to filter lightning bolts.