April 4, 2011

Prashanth Kumar Awarded for Scholarly Work

ECE doctoral student Prashanth Kumar has just been awarded the 2011 Graduate Scholarship Award of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society in recognition of his work in the fields of nuclear and plasma science.

Of many talented graduate students in the fields of nuclear and plasma sciences, few are chosen to receive this award, which includes a check for $1,500 and a year's membership in NPSS.

Kumar is graduating this spring. His work with ECE's Applied Electromagnetics Group has been on the biological and terahertz applications of electromagnetic-pulse technology. The biological application involved using a prolate-spheroidal impulse-radiating antenna to generate fast (100 ps) high-voltage pulses to treat melanoma. The terahertz application involved using switched oscillator antennas to generate high-power terahertz radiation for secure communications and other applications.

Kumar joined ECE in fall 2004 and earned his master's degree in 2006. In 2007-08 he worked on configuring firmware for the control system of the HelCat plasma device in ECE Professor Mark Gilmore's Plasma & Fusion Science Lab.

Kumar received his bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Madras, India, in June 2003. He is a reviewer for the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters and was selected as the Outstanding Graduate Student by the IEEE Albuquerque Section in 2010.

Congratulations, Prashanth.