Lab Members

DWSL Personnel

Dr. Kapil Dandekar

Principal Investigator

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Kapil R. Dandekar is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel Univerity. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. Kapil holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include:

  • Software defined / cognitive radio prototyping
  • Reconfigurable and metamaterial antennas for wireless systems
  • Smart textiles for biomedical monitoring applications
  • Inkjet printed antennas
  • Smart antenna/MIMO systems for wireless communications
  • Sensor networks for air quality and homeland security
  • Free space optical and ultrasonic communication
  • Ultrawideband communication

Cem Sahin

Ph.D. Student / Lab Manager

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Cem is the guru of wireless and network security at DWSL. He shares equal passion for teaching and research. He is the recipient of multiple Teaching Excellence Awards. His research interests include reconfigurable antennas for network security, cross-layer protocol design, and efficient multimedia streaming. Cem holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering (2011) from Drexel University.

James Chacko

Ph.D. Candidate

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James utilizes his Computer Engineering background to build high-performance, scalable baseband hardware designs on FPGAs. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Drexel University in 2009. James' research interests include scalable communication systems, physical layer design, software-defined radios, and high performance/parallel signal processing.

Danh Nguyen

Ph.D. Candidate

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Danh works on various aspects of hardware and software system design for adaptive communication systems and MIMO testbeds. His research interests are SDR implementations and hardware architectures for Massive and Multiuser MIMO, as well as high performance signal processing software. Danh holds B.S. (2009) and M.S. (2014) degrees in Computer Engineering from Drexel University.

Simon Begashaw

Ph.D. Student

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Simon is developing Physical Layer algorithms for smart antenna systems, with an emphasis on Interference Alignment. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2010) from Villanova University. Before joining DWSL, Simon worked as an RF engineer at V-Comm.

Yuqiao (Joe) Liu

Ph.D. Student

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Joe is working on RF circuit and hardware design for ultra-wideband communications and on-chip interconnects. He holds M.S. (2006) and B.S. (2004) degrees from Nanjing University of Science and Technology.

Alex Lackpour

Ph.D. Student

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Alex works on spectrum policies and machine learning-based techniques for cognitive spectrum access. He is also a Member of Technical Staff at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratory.

Marko Jacovic

Ph.D. Student

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Marko Jacovic is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering. He received his Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering in 2013, and Master's in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering in 2015, both at Drexel University. His primary research interests include FPGA Implementation of DSP algorithms, OFDM synchronization methods, software defined radio development, and dynamic spectrum access techniques.

Oday Bshara

Ph.D. Student

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Oday is a Ph.D. student working on wireless channel modeling at millimeter wave frequencies. He received his BSc. in Computer Systems Engineering from Birzeit University in 2008. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, and received his MSc. in Electrical Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2014. His research interests are in physical layer aspects of wireless communications.

Xaime Rivas Rey

Ph.D. Student

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Xaime is a Ph.D. student currently working on Augmented Reality and Software Defined Radios. He received his BSc. in Industrial Engineering from the "Escuela Politécnica Superior de Ferrol, Coruña" were he graduated as a Valedictorian in 2014. He received the EAGLES Scholarship in 2015, and obtained his dual MSc. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and in Industrial Engineering from the "Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales, Madrid" in 2016. His research interests are application development with Augmented Reality, Software Defined Radios, MIMO communications and hardware design.

Ilhaan Rasheed

Ph.D. Student

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Ilhaan is developing vital sign monitoring techniques for the Bellyband smart textile device. His research interests include wearables, internet of things and wireless security. Ilhaan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University (2015).

Stephen Wolfe

B.S./M.S. Student

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Stephen is a BS/MS student currently working on using reconfigurable antennas and adaptive beamsteering algorithms onboard UAVs to improve air-to-ground communication links.

Chase Hamilton

B.S./M.S. Student

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Chase is a B.S./M.S. student currently working on a cognitive radio software platform for educational and competitive applications.

Logan Henderson

B.S. Student

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Logan is a B.S. student currently working on BeamViewer, a mobile Augmented Reality framework that can dynamically visualize and control radiation patterns for reconfigurable antennas.

Rebecca Cargan

Undergraduate Volunteer

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Rebecca works on signal processing and prototyping platforms for Multi-User MIMO communications.


Damiano Patron

Ph.D. (2015)

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Dissertation: "Compact Reconfigurable Antennas for Wireless Systems and Wearable Applications"

Current: Staff Scientist, WiTricity Corporation, Boston, MA

Nikhil Gulati

Ph.D. (2015)

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Dissertation: "Online Learning for Exploiting Diversity in Adaptive Wireless Networks"

Current: Senior Data Scientist, GE Digital, San Ramon, CA

Kevin Wanuga

Ph.D. Student - ABD (2015)

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Dissertation: TBD

Current: InterDigital Communications, Inc.

Doug Pfeil

Ph.D. Student - ABD (2015)

Dissertation: TBD

John Kountouriotis

Ph.D. (2013) (Posthumous)

Dissertation: "Using Reconfigurable Antennas for Wireless MIMO Communications"

Obituary - John Kountouriotis (1979-2013):

It is with great sadness that we have to inform that John Kountouriotis has passed away on 1 October 2013 after a long illness. At the time of his death, John was a doctoral student at the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL), advised by Dr. Kapil Dandekar. He had also been working with Adant, a communication company that develops antenna systems for wireless communications.

John is survived by his wife Yianna, and we express our heartfelt condolences to her and the rest of his family and friends.

Prathaban Mookiah

Ph.D. (2011)

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Dissertation: "Reconfigure Antennas for Wireless Network Security"

Current: Analytical Modelling Scientist, SAS Institute, San Diego, CA

Nicholas Kirsch

Ph.D. (2009)

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Dissertation: "Experimental Analysis of Power Control and Element Spacing for Unobtrusive MIMO Antenna Systems"

Current: Assistant Professor in ECE, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Daniele Piazza

Ph.D. (2009)

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Dissertation: "Reconfigure Antennas for Adaptive MIMO Communication Systems"

Current: Vice President and COO, Adant Technologies, Pleasanton, CA

Chao Liang

Ph.D. (2006)

Dissertation: "A Game-Theoretic Approach to Power Management in MIMO-OFDM Ad Hoc Networks"

Current: System Engineer, Augusta Technology, Santa Clara, CA

Brandon Katz

M.S. (2016)

Dissertation: "Enabling Real-Time Wireless Channel Based Encryption Key Generation"

Current: Researcher, Advanced Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD.

Michael Williams

M.S. (2015)

Current: Alcatel-Lucent, NJ

Boris Shishkin

M.S. (2013)

Current: Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs, Cherry Hill, NJ

Rohit Bahl

M.S. (2012)

Thesis: "Impact of Reconfigure Antennas on Interference Alignment"

Current: LTE Firmware Engineer, Intel Mobile Communications, San Diego, CA

Magda Bielinski

B.S. / M.S. (2012)

Current: Engineer II, Dynetics

Srikanth Annangi

M.S. (2012)

Current: Senior Applications Engineer, Synopsys, San Jose, CA

David Gonzalez

M.S. (2012)

Current: Software Engineer, Intel Corp., Allentown, PA

Mikhail Chernyavskiy

M.S. (2012)

Thesis: "Compact Multifunctional Dipole Antenna Array for MIMO Systems"

Current: Communications System Engineer, Lockheed Martin, Newtown, PA

Guillermo Sosa

M.S. (2011)

Thesis: "A Joint Bit-loading and Symbol Rotation Scheme for Multi-Carrier Systems"

Current: IEEE, Uruguay

Kevin Johnson

B.S. / M.S. (2011)

Current: System Validation Engineer, Intel Corp., Allentown, PA

Mihnea Elian Dumitru

M.S. (2010)

Thesis: "FPGA Implementation of Diversity and Spatial Multiplexing for MIMO Free Space Optical Interconnects"

Current: Wireless Software Integration Engineer, NEST Labs, CA

Renee Dorsey

B.S. (2008) / M.S.

Thesis: "Impact of Reconfigure Antennas on Interference Alignment"

Current: USPTO

Rocco Dragonne

M.S. (2008)

Thesis: "Quantifying the Effects of Mutual Coupling in Ultra-wideband Multi-band Multiple Input Multiple Output Systems"

Current: VP Engineering, DataRay Inc., Bella Vista, CA