UC San Diego Materials Science and Engineering


Dan  Sievenpiper

Dan Sievenpiper


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Phone: 858-822-6678

Research focus on novel electromagnetic structures for antennas and other applications.

Professor Sievenpiper's research is focused on novel electromagnetic structures for antennas and other applications. New developments in metamaterials such as artificial impedance surfaces are enabling advances in conformal and steerable antennas, as well as control of electromagnetic interference. Furthermore, the incorporation of active circuit elements into small antennas will enable broader bandwidth and environmental robustness. Many of these technologies may also lead to new developments in other fields such as nano-engineered artificial materials, or biological applications of electromagnetics.

Dan Sievenpiper joined the UCSD faculty in 2009. He received his BS in 1994 and his PhD in 1999 from UCLA, where he studied photonic crystals and periodic structures, and invented the high impedance electromagnetic surface. After graduation, Dan joined HRL (the former Hughes Research Laboratories) in Malibu, CA. During the following 10 years, he developed new electromagnetic structures, with an emphasis on small, conformal, tunable, and steerable antennas. Dan held a variety of technical positions at HRL, including serving as the director of the Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory. In 2008, Dan was awarded the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal. In 2009, he was named as a Fellow of the IEEE. In 2010, Dan was elected to the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administrative Committee. Dan has more than 50 issued patents and more than 50 technical publications.