PhD Candidate, the University of Texas at Austin
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My name is Ahmed Kord (in Arabic: أحمد كُرد). I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, and I work under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Alu. I received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2011 and 2014, respectively.
From Dec. 2016 to Aug. 2017, I was with Eureka Aerospace Inc., Pasadena, CA, USA, as a Part-time Consultant, where I worked on antennas and high-power microwave sources. In 2015 and 2018, I held internship positions at Intel Labs, Intel Corp., Hillsboro, OR, USA, and Qualcomm Inc., Boxborough, MA, USA, respectively, where I worked on various RF circuits and communication systems. Since 2015, I have been involved with the startup company Silicon Audio/RF Circulator LLC, Austin, TX, USA, in the commercialization of my PhD research on magnetless non-reciprocity.
My research interests include multiple interdisciplinary topics in RF/Microwave circuit and system design, applied/computational electromagnetics, photonics, and bio-electronics. I am particularly interested in investigating fundamental concepts in physics with emphasis on practical aspects to develop new devices with superior performance for emerging technologies. My main scientific contribution to-date is the theoretical foundation and experimental validation of the so-called STM-AM magnetless circulators for the advancement of full-duplex radios.
I am also a recipient of several prestigious awards including the Qulacomm Innovation Fellowship Award, the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship Award, the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award, the Graduate Dean's Fellowship Award and the Douglas Wilson Fellowship Award from the University of Texas at Austin, the Graduate Fellowship Award from Cairo University, the Undergraduate Excellence Award from the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, and others.
Outside the realm of exact science, I enjoy reading about philosophy, theology, politics and history, listening to music, watching movies, TV shows and Japanese anime, playing soccer and chess, jogging, and hanging out with friends.