Ahmed Kord, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University

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My name is Ahmed Kord (in Arabic: أحمد كُرد). I received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2011 and 2014, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Alu in 2019. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Prof. Harish Krishnaswamy's group in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

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 circuits and systems, applied/computational electromagnetics, and photonics. I am particularly interested in investigating fundamental concepts in physics with emphasis on practical aspects to develop new technologies for a variety of applications, including wireless communication, bio-engineering, and quantum computing. 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 ECE Graduate Student Excellence Award, the Graduate Dean's Fellowship, and the Douglas Wilson Fellowship, all from the University of Texas at Austin, the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship, the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award, 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 2017 International Microwave Symposium, the First Place Award in the Student Poster Competition at the IEEE 2017 Texas Symposium on Wireless Microwave Circuits and Systems, and multiple travel fellowships.

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.