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Antenna specialist wins IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize

25 November 2015

Professor Yang Hao from Queen Mary University of London has won the £300,000 IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize for his work in the fields of microwave, antennas and electromagnetics.

Professor Yang Hao (courtesy of Queen Mary University of London)

Professor Hao’s ‘Tailoring Microwave Antennas using Smart Materials via Transformation Optics’ research is focused on developing a new generation of antennas with better aesthetics and fundamentally novel designs, which could allow them to be used in new and exciting ways, particularly in satellite communications and the aerospace industry.

One of the long-term aims for Professor Hao’s research is to develop advances in communications that can deliver faster, cheaper mobile phone charging and widespread availability of mobile coverage whilst on board aircraft. His work is likely to result in streamlined antennas, which could in future be integrated into mobile phones, improving network coverage. They could also spell the end of satellite dishes, with the next generation of antennas instead being built into the smart homes of the future.

“The IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize will enable us to take our work a step further, out of the lab towards real engineering applications and industry, says Professor Hao. “We want to make smarter but lower cost antennas, an engineering reality that can be enjoyed by everyone, from those working in satellite communications within the aerospace industry, to people who travel regularly by airplane and would like to be able to use their mobile phone seamlessly throughout their flight.”

“Professor Hao is awarded the Prize in recognition of his research achievements in microwaves, antennas and, in particular, metamaterial antenna innovations drawing inspiration from transformation optics," says Sir John O’Reilly, chair of the IET’s Selection Committee for the Prize. "We hope the Prize will become a springboard for propelling Professor Hao's research to even higher levels, while providing distinct economic benefits to his partners and to society in general.”

Professor Hao will give a talk about his research at the IET A F Harvey Prize Lecture on Thursday 17 March 2016 at the IET in central London. For more information, click here.

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