Ph.D. Student Joshua Kovitz Awarded a Prestigious NDSEG Fellowship
Joshua Kovitz, a Ph.D. student, was recently awarded a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. The NDSEG Fellowship is a “highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree”. This fellowship, sponsored by the Department of Defense. On average, only 10% of student applicants are offered a fellowship, and this year there were over 3,000 applications nationwide. The evaluation is based on a review of each applicant’s academic records, personal statements, recommendations, and GRE scores by an evaluation panel. NDSEG Fellowships provide full student support for three years, including full tuition and fees as well as a monthly stipend.
Joshua Kovitz is studying under Prof. Yahya Rahmat-Samii and has been conducting research in applying nature-inspired optimization techniques towards antenna designs for wireless communication systems and reconfigurable antennas. He was also recently awarded the Outstanding M.S. Thesis Award in Physical & Wave Electronics for year 2012. With the NDSEG fellowship, he hopes to begin research in many areas within electromagnetics, including antenna design problems for cognitive radio applications. For cognitive radio, the antenna design represents a difficult challenge, especially in the design of reconfigurable antennas for mobile devices, and the antenna systems can be a major bottleneck in the overall system design.