Ahmed Kord, PhD

Senior RFIC Design Engineer, Qualcomm Inc.

Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science

Download a copy of my CV here (last updated on 7/10/2020).

Research Interests

Analog/RF IC and PCB design, applied/computational electromagnetics, RF frontend modules, magnet-free non-reciprocity, circulators, time-varying circuits, wireless communications, biomedical devices.

Education

Ph.D., the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, Aug. 2014 - May 2019

  • GPA: 4.0/4.0

  • Dissertation: Magnetless Circulators Based on Linear Time-Varying Circuits.

  • Courses: RF & Microwave Engineering, Analog IC Design, RFIC Design, Electromagnetic Field Theory, Advanced Electrodynamics, Computational Electromagnetics, Nano-Photonics, Metamaterials, Laser and Optical Engineering.

M.Sc., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 2012 - June 2014

B.Sc., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 2006 - May 2011

Honors and Awards

  1. (2020) Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science.

  2. (2019) Prestigious Graduate Student Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin (Annually awarded to one graduate student in the entire ECE department).

  3. (2019) USNC-URSI Travel Fellowship to attend the 2019 National Radio Science Meeting.

  4. (2018) IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship.

  5. (2018) Douglas Wilson Fellowship in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

  6. (2017) Graduate Dean’s Prestigious Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.

  7. (2017) First Place Award in the Student Design Contest on Magnetless Parametric Circulators at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium.

  8. (2017) First Place Award in the Student Poster Competition at the IEEE Texas Symposium on Wireless Microwave Circuits and Systems.

  9. (2016) Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. (Acceptance rate: 6.2% from the top 18 US schools)

  10. (2016) IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award.

  11. (2015) Travel Fellowship from MTT-S to attend the IEEE 2015 International Microwave Symposium.

  12. (2014) Provost PhD Fellowship from the University of California at Irvine for being among the top 5% of admitted graduate students in all disciplines. (Respectfully declined)

  13. (2014) Electrical and Computer Engineering Fellowship from the University of California at Irvine. (Respectfully declined)

  14. (2014) First Place Award in the Texas Instruments Outstanding Student Designer Contest in the EE 338L/382M Analog IC Class at the University of Texas at Austin.

  15. (2013) Travel Fellowship from Cairo University to attend the IEEE 2013 Antennas and Propagation Symposium.

  16. (2013) Graduate Fellowship from Cairo University for graduating among the top 1% of my class.

  17. (2011) Undergraduate Excellence Award from the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education.

  18. (2011) First Place Award in Tarek Gamal Eldin’s Competition on Analog IC Design at Cairo University.

Publications

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=aOIitp0AAAAJ&hl=en

Patents:

  1. A. Kord, A. Alù, and D. L. Sounas, "Magnetless Non-Reciprocal Devices Using Modulated Filters," U.S. Patent Application No. 16/332,077. (Notice of allowance received on 6/8/2020 - IP is licensed to the startup company Silicon Audio/RF Circulator LLC, Austin, TX, USA)

  2. M. Rinaldi, C. Cassella, A. Alù, D. L. Sounas, and A. Kord, "Microelectromechanical Resonant Circulator (MIRC)," U.S. Patent No. 10/673,407, June 2nd, 2020.

Journals:

  1. A. Kord and A. Alù, “Magnetless STM-AM Circulators: Recent Advances and Future Applications,” Antennas Wireless Propag. Mag., under review since March 31st, 2020.

  2. A. Kord, D. Sounas, and A. Alù, “Microwave Nonreciprocity,” Proc. IEEE, vol. 108, no. 10, pp. 1728-1758, 2020.

  3. Y. Yu, G. Michetti, M. Pirro, A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, Z. Xiao, C. Cassella, A. Alù, and M. Rinaldi, “Radio Frequency Magnet-Free Circulators Basedon Spatiotemporal Modulation of Surface Acoustic Wave Filters,” IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Techn., vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 4773-4782, 2019.

  4. Y. Yu, G. Michetti, A. Kord, M. Pirro, D. L. Sounas, Z. Xiao, C. Cassella, A. Alù, and M. Rinaldi, “Highly-linear Magnet-free Microelectromechanical Circulators,” IEEE J. Microelectromech. Syst. (MEMS), vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 933-940, 2019.

  5. A. Kord, H. Krishnaswamy, and A. Alù, "Magnetless Circulators with Spur Suppression Based on N-Way Cyclic-Symmetric Time-Varying Networks," Phys. Rev. Appl., vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 024046 (1-14), Aug. 2019.

  6. C. Cassella, G. Michetti, M. Pirro, Y. Yu, A. Kord, D. Sounas, A. Alù, and M. Rinaldi, "Radio Frequency Angular Momentum Biased Quasi-LTI Nonreciprocal Acoustic Filters," IEEE Trans. Ultrason. Ferroelectr. Freq. Control (UFFC), vol. 66, no. 11, pp. 1814-1825, Nov. 2019.

  7. A. Kord, M. Tymchenko, D. L. Sounas, H. Krishnaswamy, and A. Alù, "CMOS Integrated Magnetless Circulators Based on Spatiotemporal Modulation Angular-Momentum Biasing," IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Techn., vol. 67, no. 7, pp. 2649-2662, July 2019.

  8. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, Z. Xiao, and A. Alù, "Broadband Cyclic-Symmetric Magnetless Circulators and Theoretical Bounds on Their Bandwidth," IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Techn., vol. 66, no. 12, pp. 5472-5481, Dec. 2018.

  9. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Active Microwave Cloaking Using Parity-Time-Symmetric Satellites," Phys. Rev. Appl., vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 0540401 (1-15), Nov. 2018.

  10. D. L. Sounas, N. A. Estep, A. Kord, and A. Alù, "Angular-Momentum Biased Circulators and Their Power Consumption," IEEE Antennas Wireless Propag. Lett., vol. 17, no. 11, pp. 1963-1967, Nov. 2018. (Invited)

  11. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Pseudo‐Linear Time‐Invariant Magnetless Circulators Based on Differential Spatiotemporal Modulation of Resonant Junctions," IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Techn., vol. 66, no. 6, pp. 2731‐2745, June 2018.

  12. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Magnetless Circulators Based on Spatiotemporal Modulation of Bandstop Filters in a Delta Topology," IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Techn., vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 911‐926, Feb. 2018.

  13. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Achieving Full-Duplex Communication: Magnetless Parametric Circulators for Full‐Duplex Communication Systems," IEEE Microw. Mag., vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 84-90, Jan. 2018. (Invited)

  14. A. Kord and I. Eshrah, "Generalised Asymptotic Boundary Conditions and Their Application to Composite Right/Left-Handed Rectangular Waveguide with Double-Ridge Corrugations," IET Micow. Antennas Propag., vol. 8, no. 13, pp. 1014‐1020, Oct. 2014.

Conferences:

  1. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Non-Reciprocity Based on Synthetic Momentum Bias," in Proc. IEEE Int. Symp. Antennas Propag. (APS/URSI), Atlanta, GA, July 7-12, 2019. (Invited)

  2. A. Kord and A. Alù, "Magnet-Free Circulators Based on Linear Time-Varying Circuits," USNC-URSI Nat. Radio Sci. Meeting (NRSM), Boulder, CO, USA, Jan. 9-12, 2019.

  3. G. Michetti, C. Cassella, F. Pop, A. Kord, D. Sounas, A. Alù, and M. Rinaldi, "A Quasi-LTI Frequency-Selective SAW Circulator," in Proc. IEEE Int. Ultrasonic Symp. (IUS), Kobe, Japan, October, 2018.

  4. G. Michetti, C. Cassella, F. Pop, A. Kord, D. Sounas, A. Alù, and M. Rinaldi, "A Quasi-LTI Frequency-Selective SAW Circulator," in Proc. IEEE Int. Ultrasonics Symp. (IUS), Kobe, Japan, 2018. (Nominated for Best Student Paper Award in the Physical Acoustic section)

  5. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Broadband Non-Reciprocity in Spatio-Temporally Modulated Metamaterials," SIAM Conf. Math. Asp. Mater. Sci., Portland, OR, July 2018. (Invited)

  6. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Low-Loss Broadband Magnetless Circulators for Full-Duplex Radios," in Proc. IEEE MTT-S Int. Mircow. Symp. (IMS), Philadelphia, PA, June 2018.

  7. Y. Yu, F. Pop, G. Michetti, P. Kulik, M. Pirro, A. Kord, D. Sounas, A. Alù, and M. Rinaldi, "2.5 GHz Highly-Linear Magnetic-Free Microelectromechanical Resonant Circulator," in Proc. IEEE Int. Freq. Cont. Symp. (IFCS), Olympic Valley, CA, May 2018.

  8. Y. Yu, G. Michetti, A. Kord, D. Sounas, F. Pop, P. Kulik, M. Pirro, Z. Qian, A. Alù, and M. Rinaldi, "Magnetic-Free Radio Frequency Circulator based on Spatiotemporal Commutation of MEMS Resonators," in Proc. IEEE 31st Int. Conf. Micro Electro-Mech. Syst., Belfast, UK, Jan. 2018. (Nominated for Best Student Paper Award)

  9. D. L. Sounas, A. Kord, and A. Alù, "Magnetless Nonreciprocal Devices Based on Angular Momentum Biasing," USNC-URSI Nat. Radio Sci. Meeting (NRSM), Boulder, CO, Jan. 2018. (Invited)

  10. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Recent Advances on Angular‐Momentum Magnet‐Free Circulators," in Proc. IEEE Int. Symp. Antennas Propag. (APS/URSI), San Diego, CA, July 2017.

  11. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Differential Magnet‐less Circulator Using Modulated Bandstop Filters," in Proc. IEEE MTT-S Int. Mircow. Symp. (IMS), Honolulu, HI, June 2017.

  12. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Electromagnetic Devices for Next-Generation Wireless Communication Systems," in Proc. IEEE Texas Symp. Wireless Microw. Circ. Syst. (WMCS), Baylor, TX, March 2017.

  13. A. Kord, D. L. Sounas, and A. Alù, "Ultrathin Active Cloak with Balanced Loss and Gain," in Proc. IEEE Int. Symp. Antennas Propag. (APS/URSI), Fajardo, PR, July 2016.

Work Experience

Senior RFIC Design Engineer, Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA, USA, June 2020 - Present

  • Worked on sub-6GHz integrated circuits and systems.

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, May 2019 - Present

  • Working on CMOS integrated circuits and systems for a variety of applications including wireless communications and MRI biomedical systems.

Interim Engineering Intern, Qualcomm Inc., Boxborough, MA, USA, May 2018 - Aug. 2018

  • Worked on sub-6GHz integrated circuits and systems.

Part-time Consultant, Eureka Aerospace Inc., Pasadena, CA, USA, Dec. 2016 - Aug. 2017

  • Worked on antennas and EM analysis of high-power microwave sources.

Research Scientist, Intel Labs, Intel Corp., Hillsboro, OR, USA, June 2015 - Aug. 2015

  • Worked on magnetless circulators for full-duplex radios.

Graduate Research Assistant, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, Aug. 2014 - April 2019

  • Worked on magnetless non-reciprocity for wireless communications.

  • Worked on active microwave cloaking for super stealth technologies.

Graduate Research Assistant, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 2013 - Aug. 2014

  • Worked on computational electromagnetics (MoM, FDTD, FEM).

  • Worked on CRLH metamaterial antennas and passive microwave devices.

Teaching Experience

Research Mentor, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, Jan. 2016 - April 2019

  • Mentored graduate students on several research projects in the areas of metamaterials, magnetless non-reciprocity, and RF circuit design.

Teaching Assistant, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, Aug. 2014 - May 2015

  • Electromagnetic Engineering EE325, Spring 2015 & Fall 2014.

Teaching Assistant, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 2013 - Aug. 2014

  • RF and Microwave Engineering, Spring 2014.

  • Circuit Analysis II, Fall 2013.

  • Electromagnetic Engineering I, Spring 2013.

Computer Skills

  • EDA Tools: Cadence Virtuoso & Spectre(RF), Mentor Graphics Calibre, Keysight ADS.

  • EM Simulators: CST Microwave Studio, Keysight Momentum, COMSOL Multiphysics.

  • Programming Languages: Matlab, C/C++, Python, VHDL, Verilog, Assembly.

  • Graphic Design Tools: Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Office, Google Sketchup.

Measurement Skills

  • Experience with setting up and administrating new RF labs at UT-Austin and CUNY ASRC.

  • Hands‐on experience with Keysight, Rohde&Schwarz, and Anritsu sub-40GHz RF equipment including vector network analyzers, vector signal analyzers, vector signal generators, oscilloscopes, noise sources, power meters, and power supplies.

  • Experience with SCPI programming for automated RF measurements.

Invited TALks and Technical demos

  1. (06/03/2019) Invited talk at the IEEE 2019 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in the workshop titled “Advanced Non-Reciprocal Technologies for High-Frequency Applications Based on Novel Approaches and Nanoscale Concepts.”

  2. (12/02/2018) Invited talk by Analog Devices Inc. in Cairo, EG.

  3. (06/12/2018) Invited talk by Huawei Corp. at the first RFIC Subsystem in Next Generation Wireless Technology Workshop hosted by the Futurewei IC Lab and the Wireless Lab in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

  4. (04/10/2017) Invited talk by the IEEE Solid‐State Circuits Society (SSCS) at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, USA.

  5. (03/24/2015) Interactive technical demo at the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX, USA.

Invitation-Only Workshops and Certifications

  1. (02/02/2019) Startup camp on health innovations and entrepreneurship at UT-Austin.

  2. (12/17/2018) RF and mm-wave measurements with Keysight experts at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) in New York City, NY, USA.

  3. (10/31/2014) Teaching assistance certification at UT-Austin.

Peer-Review Service

  • Journals: IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Microwaves and Wireless Components Letters, IEEE Microwave Magazine, IEEE Sensors Letters, Electronics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics.

  • Conferences: IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (2016, 2017, 2018), IEEE International Student Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology (2013).

Media and Press interest

  1. “Dr. Ahmed Kord (EECE2011) Named Among the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science, Class of 2020, by Forbes Magazine,” Cairo University EECE News, Dec. 5, 2019.

  2. “EE Postdoctoral Research Assistant Ahmed Kord Selected by Forbes to Join the 30 Under 30 Class of 2020,” Columbia University EE News, Dec. 4, 2019.

  3. “Ahmed Kord,” Forbes, Dec. 3, 2019.

  4. “Inventing the Future from the Atom Up,” Forbes, Dec. 3, 2019.

  5. “30 Under 30 in Science 2020: Redefining Impossible from Rockets to Molecules,” Forbes, Dec. 3, 2019.

  6. “WNCG Alumnus Named to Forbes 30 Under 30,” UT WNCG News, Dec. 3, 2019.

  7. "WNCG Student, Faculty Among Texas ECE Awards Banquet Honorees," UT WNCG News, May 10, 2019.

  8. "Texas ECE Honors Students and Faculty at Awards Banquet," UT ECE News, May 7, 2019.

  9. "WNCG Student Ahmed Kord Wins IEEE MTTS Fellowship," UT WNCG News, May 3, 2018.

  10. "Student Wins First Place in IEEE Design Competition," UT WNCG News, July 28, 2017.

  11. "Student Ahmed Kord Receives First Place in Student Poster Competition for Cloaking and Circulator Research," UT WNCG News, July 11, 2017.

  12. "Student Ahmed Kord Receives Graduate Dean's Prestigious Fellowship," UT WNCG News, Oct. 3, 2016.

  13. "Student Ahmed Kord Receives IEEE Doctoral Research Grant," UT WNCG News, Sept. 12, 2016.

  14. "Texas ECE PhD student Ahmed Kord receives 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship," UT ECE News, May 26, 2016.

  15. "WNCG Faculty and Students Showcase Innovation During SXSW 2015," UT WNCG News, March 24, 2015.

  16. "Winners in Texas Instruments Analog IC Design Class Announced," UT ECE News, Dec. 10, 2014.