We check Instagram and Twitter on our mobile phones, use our car’s GPS system to navigate, and hop onto our coffee shop’s Wi-Fi to stay in touch with the rest of the world. But how often do we think about the way these communication systems work?

Elias Alwan, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has dedicated his career to this question. Alwan is a specialist in the radio frequency (RF) communication field, and was recently part of a team that won a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project developing a communication framework for connected cars.

Last month, he won an NSF Career Award in the amount of $500,000 for a project entitled “Next Generation Universal Radio Platform with On-Demand Operation across UHF to Sub-Terahertz Bands.” One of the NSF’s most prestigious honors, Career Awards are granted in support of early-career faculty members who most effectively integrate research and education.

The goal of this project is to study, design, and develop wideband multifunctional adaptable transceivers for operation across the 5G, millimeter-wave, and sub-THz spectrum.

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