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Holland Wins Best Paper Award at Antenna Symposium

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Ph.D. student Steve Holland won first place in the student paper competition at The Antenna Applications Symposium, which was held from September 21 to 23 at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. Holland’s paper is titled, "A Fully Planar Ultrawideband Array," with ECE Professor Marinos Vouvakis as a co-author. Each student paper was rated by the audience members based upon technical merit and presentation quality. Holland is currently a third-year doctoral student and works as a research assistant in the Antennas and Propagation Laboratory. 

“The paper introduces the Planar Ultrawideband Modular Antenna (PUMA) array,” writes Holland, “a wideband antenna array topology we have developed that is planar, requiring only standard microwave PCB fabrication technology, thus has extremely low-cost fabrication. In fact, we have also filed a patent application for this topology, which is in the processing stage. The paper included measured results of a prototype array that agreed very well with numerically predicted results, validating our modeling and confirming empirically that the topology works.”

Holland’s work focuses on methods of substantially reducing the cost and complexity of low-profile ultra-wideband antenna arrays. It has led to two patent disclosures: the Banyan Tree Antenna (BTA) array, a vertically integrated topology that achieves ultra-wideband performance without baluns or hybrids in the feed network, and the PUMA array. Holland hopes to pursue a career in academia, combining his passions for teaching and research.

Outside of work, Holland finds time to play the drums and explore western Massachusetts on his bicycle, though he is still trying to get used to the region’s enormous hills.

The Antenna Applications Symposium, and its predecessor, the Air Force Antenna Symposium, have for more than 50 years provided a unique forum for exchange of ideas and information about the practical aspects of antenna design, development, and use in systems.

Papers typically span antenna design based on empirical and/or numerical methods, feed networks, system architecture, integration with other systems and subsystems, materials, compatibility with modern platforms and composite materials, and measurements. (October 2010)