The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) hosted the annual IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation in Vancouver, BC, Canada for 2015. Each year the society holds a student paper competition at the symposium, where students worldwide are invited to submit a double-blind version of their papers to be judged by a committee of experts within the society. Among the 173 papers that were submitted, Mr. Kovitz’ paper on “Dispersion Engineered Right/Left-Handed Transmission Lines Enabling Near-Octave Bandwidths for Wideband CP Patch Arrays,” was chosen as one of 13 finalists to compete in a student poster competition. The paper was co-authored with Prof. Yahya Rahmat-Samii, his PhD advisor, and Prof. Jun (Brandon) Choi, a recent UCLA alumnus now at Syracuse University. The poster competition was held on Monday, July 20, where judges (announced and unannounced) would stop by to discuss the poster during a three-hour period. On Tuesday, July 21, it was announced that Mr. Kovitz, along with Prof. Rahmat-Samii and Prof. Choi, won second place out of 173 student papers and the 13 student finalists. The award and the cash prize were presented at the symposium banquet.

It was also an honor for the AP-S community to host the current 2015 IEEE President, Prof. Howard E. Michel, during the banquet. He is shown to the left in the picture along with Mr. Kovitz (center) and Prof. Rahmat-Samii (right).