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 integrated circuits and systems, applied/computational electromagnetics, 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 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Graduate Fellowship, the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award, the Graduate Dean's Fellowship and the Douglas Wilson Fellowship, both from the University of Texas at Austin, the Graduate Fellowship from Cairo University, the Undergraduate Excellence Award from the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, the First Place Award in the Texas Instruments Outstanding Student Designer Competition, the First Place Award in the Student Design Contest on Magnetless Parametric Circulators at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium in 2017, the First Place Award in the Student Poster Competition at the IEEE Texas Symposium on Wireless Microwave Circuits and Systems in 2017, and multiple travel grants.
Outside the realm of exact science, I enjoy reading about philosophy, psychology, politics, and history, listening to music, watching movies, TV shows, and Japanese anime, playing soccer and chess, jogging, hiking, and hanging out with friends.