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ECE Doctoral Student Christopher Merola Qualifies as Finalist for Antennas and Propagation Society Student Paper Competition

Christopher Merola

Christopher Merola

Doctoral student Christopher Merola of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been notified that he is a finalist out of 171 entries in the 2018 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Student Paper competition, taking place on July 10 at the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting in Boston. Merola’s paper is titled “A Class of Cavity-Based UWB Multi-Beamformers with Applications to Sub-6 GHz 5G,” and his advisor is ECE Professor Marinos Vouvakis.

To choose the finalists, three independent blind reviewers from around the world were assigned to each entry paper, and the total scores were then used to rank the papers. The reviews, the recording of the scores, and the selection of the finalists and honorable mentions were organized and monitored by the Student Paper Competition Committee as charged by the AP-S Society Education Committee.

“As a finalist, you are required to bring a poster presentation of the research you described in your submission,” as the AP-S Student Paper Competition Committee wrote to Merola. “The Student Paper Competition Interactive Forum (poster session), where the finalists’ posters/presentations will be judged by leading members of our society, is anticipated to take place on Tuesday, July 10, from 8:00-11:40 a.m.”

As a finalist, Merola will receive a $1600 stipend to be used to offset some of his expenses to attend the symposium, including fabrication of the required poster. In addition, the society will provide a ticket for Merola to attend the symposium banquet immediately following the award presentation. (May 2018)