Congratulations to Himanshu Aggrawal, Ph.D. student in the department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), for receiving the prestigious GAAS® Ph.D. Student Fellowship at the European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC)! Aggrawal, a member of professor Aydin Babakhani’s group, was recognized for his work in developing next-generation Terahertz (THz) millimeter-wave technology.
“THz waves, which occupy the band from 0.1 mm to 1 mm, are unique in the spectrum because of their potential applications in secure communications, automotive radar, and medical imaging. Despite the interest in using terahertz waves, we currently lack the underlying hardware platform to build upon,” Aggrawal explained. “Our group is currently working to develop this platform.”
“Himanshu is constantly pushing the envelope of mm-wave transceiver. His novel nonlinear sampling idea could be the key component in building the terahertz receiver,” Babakhani noted. “The ultimate goal is to build fast and accurate THz hyper-spectral imaging systems. This is very important for security applications such as detection of explosives and hidden objects. There are also many interesting medical applications such as 3D radar imaging of cancerous tumors,” he added.
“Terahertz is like a glacier, only one-third of the applications are visible. Once we start exploring low-cost THz transceiver solutions, the remaining potent applications become visible,” Aggrawal said. “I’m excited for the future. Terahertz will underpin great societal impact in the time to come.”
Himanshu was also named winner of the Young Engineer Prize by the European Microwave Association (EuMA) at the same conference. However, winning the GAAS Fellowship superseded the Young Engineer Prize, due to higher award criterion.
In 2016, IEEE recognized Aggrawal’s work in next-generation THz millimeter wave technology by awarding him a prestigious MTT-S Graduate Fellowship. He has been nominated for multiple best paper awards and won an honorable mention at the 2014 IEEE International Microwave Symposium.
“I’m ecstatic! Being recognized by both societies (MTT-S & EuMA) is every scholar’s dream,” Aggrawal said.