Anthony Grbic

Professor
Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Anthony Grbic

Professor
Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Teaching

EECS 230 - Electromagnetics I 

Course Objective:
To provide an introduction to transmission-line analysis, electrostatics, magnetostatics, and time-varying fields.

Course Description:
The course covers the following topics: waves and phasors, transmission lines, vector calculus, electrostatics, magnetostatics, time-varying fields (Faraday's law and displacement current).   There are 6 laboratories which cover a range of topics. Laboratories 1-3 cover transmission lines, the Smith Chart and magnetically coupled circuits. In laboratories 4-6, students develop a wireless power system

ECS 430 - Radiowave Propagation and Link Design 

Course Objectives:
1. To develop a theoretical and practical understanding of wireless radiowave propagation, antennas, system noise, and the hardware realizations used in applications such as telecommunications, remote sensing, and satellite communications.
2. To acquire practical experience in wireless radiowave link design and to develop professional skills in team dynamics, project management, and product development.

Course Description:
The lecture topics include: fundamentals of electromagnetic propagation and radiation; radiowave propagation in different environments (near earth, troposphere, ionosphere, indoor and urban); antenna parameters; practical antennas; link budget analysis; system noise; fading and multipath interference. Practical wireless systems such as point-to-point microwave links, mobile, satellite, radiometer and radar systems are also covered. The course includes lectures, labs and a major design project in which student teams develop and implement practical wireless systems.

EECS 531: Antenna Theory and Design

Course Objective:
To provide an introduction to the fundamental principles of antennas and electromagnetic propagation.

Course Description:
This graduate antenna course covers: fundamental antenna parameters, plane waves and polarization, radiation from elementary sources, the radiation integral, reciprocity and reaction theorems and duality, Friis equation, linear wire antennas and image theory, loop antennas, antenna array analysis and synthesis, self impedance, mutual impedance, the induced EMF method, aperture antennas (equivalence principle, slot antennas, horn antennas, plane wave expansion), small antennas, broadband antennas (Yagi Uda array, traveling-wave antennas, spiral antennas), helix antennas, printed antennas (microstrip antennas, printed inverted F antennas).

EECS 598 - Electromagnetic Metamaterials  

Course Objective:
The course provides students with the fundamental concepts needed to conduct research in the field of electromagnetic metamaterials. The field of metamaterials is relatively new and few resources are available to graduate students that wish to learn about this research area. Textbooks and graduate courses on the subject matter are scarce. Therefore, the student is left to learn from research papers scattered throughout numerous journals. In response to this need, I developed this special topics course.

Course Description:
The course covers engineered structures possessing tailored electromagnetic properties, or properties that are difficult to achieve using conventional materials. The course content includes classical microwave structures like periodically loaded transmission lines and waveguides, corrugated surfaces, wire arrays, and more recent structures such as high impedance surfaces, electromagnetic bandgap structures, negative refractive index and artificial magnetic media. Optical structures including photonic bandgap materials and metal-dielectric plasmonic media are also touched upon. The course allows students to develop an intuitive understanding of the electromagnetic response of various structures through exact and approximate methods. Effective medium theories, distributed circuit concepts and periodic analysis are utilized to gain understanding.