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Novak wins IEEE AP-S Doctoral Research Grant

Markus NovakA doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University recently earned an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) scholarship to aid his work in electromagnetics.

Markus Novak, a graduate fellow who works primarily out of the ElectroScience Laboratory, is among a few picked by the AP-S to receive a Doctoral Research Grant this year.

Novak was awarded $2,500 to use toward his research proposal, "Ultra-Wideband RF Architecture for 5G Systems.”

“The goal of this research is to develop antennas and transceiver architectures able to interface with a very large portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, unlike current systems, which can only operate in a very narrow band,” Novak said. “This so-called ultra-wideband capability allows us to consolidate many separate functions and systems into a single aperture.”

He said one area where this is particularly relevant is the coming fifth generation (5G) cellular architecture, where new frequency allocations span 50GHz of spectrum. In comparison, all current cellular bands combined span less than 3GHz.

IEEE AP-S awards up to six $1,500 pre-doctoral grants and up to 10 $2,500 doctoral grants each year to encourage students to pursue careers in the area of electromagnetics.

Novak is advised by Ohio State Prof. John L. Volakis.