Lab Members

DWSL Personnel

Dr. Kapil Dandekar

Principal Investigator

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Kapil R. Dandekar is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel Univerity. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. Kapil holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include:

  • Software defined / cognitive radio prototyping
  • Reconfigurable and metamaterial antennas for wireless systems
  • Smart textiles for biomedical monitoring applications
  • Inkjet printed antennas
  • Smart antenna/MIMO systems for wireless communications
  • Sensor networks for air quality and homeland security
  • Free space optical and ultrasonic communication
  • Ultrawideband communication

Alex Lackpour

Ph.D. Student

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Alex works on spectrum policies and machine learning-based techniques for cognitive spectrum access. He is also a Member of Technical Staff at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratory.

Yuqiao (Joe) Liu

Ph.D. Candidate

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Joe is working on RF circuit and hardware design for ultra-wideband communications and on-chip interconnects. He holds M.S. (2006) and B.S. (2004) degrees from Nanjing University of Science and Technology.

Marko Jacovic

Ph.D. Candidate

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Marko Jacovic is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering. He received his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering in 2013, and Master’s in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering in 2015, both at Drexel University. His primary research interests include FPGA Implementation of DSP algorithms, OFDM synchronization methods, software defined radio development, and dynamic spectrum access techniques.

Oday Bshara

Ph.D. Candidate

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Oday is a Ph.D. candidate working on wireless channel modeling at millimeter wave frequencies. He received his BSc. in Computer Systems Engineering from Birzeit University in 2008. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, and received his MSc. in Electrical Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2014. His research interests are in physical layer aspects of wireless communications.

Xaime Rivas Rey

Ph.D. Student

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Xaime is a Ph.D. student currently working on Augmented Reality and Software Defined Radios. He received his BSc. in Industrial Engineering from the “Escuela Politécnica Superior de Ferrol, Coruña” were he graduated as a Valedictorian in 2014. He received the EAGLES Scholarship in 2015, and obtained his dual MSc. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and in Industrial Engineering from the “Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales, Madrid” in 2016. His research interests are application development with Augmented Reality, Software Defined Radios, MIMO communications and hardware design.

Md Abu Saleh Tajin

Ph.D. Student

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Tajin received his Bachelors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2015. His primary research interest is RF technology.


Simon Begashaw

Ph.D. (2019)

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Dissertation: “Enhancing Multi-User Wireless Networks With Pattern Reconfigurable Antennas”

Current: Apple, Cupertino, CA

Simon developed physical layer algorithms for smart antenna systems, with an emphasis on interference alignment. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2010) from Villanova University. Before joining DWSL, Simon worked as an RF engineer at V-Comm.

Danh Nguyen

Ph.D. (2017)

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Dissertation: “Agile Spectrum-Sharing Wireless Systems using Software-Defined Radios and Reconfigurable Antennas”

Current: Senior Hardware/Systems Engineer, Qualcomm, Boxborough, MA

James Chacko

Ph.D. (2017)

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Dissertation: “FPGA-Based Reconfigurable Physical Layer Architecture for Wireless Applications”

Damiano Patron

Ph.D. (2015)

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Dissertation: “Compact Reconfigurable Antennas for Wireless Systems and Wearable Applications”

Current: Staff Scientist, WiTricity Corporation, Boston, MA

Nikhil Gulati

Ph.D. (2015)

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Dissertation: “Online Learning for Exploiting Diversity in Adaptive Wireless Networks”

Current: Senior Data Scientist, GE Digital, San Ramon, CA

John Kountouriotis

Ph.D. (2013) (Posthumous)

Dissertation: “Using Reconfigurable Antennas for Wireless MIMO Communications”

Obituary - John Kountouriotis (1979-2013):

It is with great sadness that we have to inform that John Kountouriotis has passed away on 1 October 2013 after a long illness. At the time of his death, John was a doctoral student at the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL), advised by Dr. Kapil Dandekar. He had also been working with Adant, a communication company that develops antenna systems for wireless communications.

John is survived by his wife Yianna, and we express our heartfelt condolences to her and the rest of his family and friends.

Prathaban Mookiah

Ph.D. (2011)

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Dissertation: “Reconfigurable Antennas for Wireless Network Security”

Current: Analytical Modelling Scientist, SAS Institute, San Diego, CA

Nicholas Kirsch

Ph.D. (2009)

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Dissertation: “Experimental Analysis of Power Control and Element Spacing for Unobtrusive MIMO Antenna Systems”

Current: Assistant Professor in ECE, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Daniele Piazza

Ph.D. (2009)

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Dissertation: “Reconfigure Antennas for Adaptive MIMO Communication Systems”

Current: Vice President and COO, Adant Technologies, Pleasanton, CA

Chao Liang

Ph.D. (2006)

Dissertation: “A Game-Theoretic Approach to Power Management in MIMO-OFDM Ad Hoc Networks”

Current: System Engineer, Augusta Technology, Santa Clara, CA

Ilhaan Rasheed

M.S. (2017)

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Ilhaan is developing vital sign monitoring techniques for the Bellyband smart textile device. He is the lead engineer developing software infrastructure for DWSL’s Software Defined Radio Grid Testbed. He is the resident software expert of DWSL and has provided support for various lab projects using his advanced Linux skills. His research interests include wearables, internet of things and wireless security. Ilhaan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2015) and M.S. in Computer Engineering (2017), both from Drexel University.

Cem Sahin


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Cem shares equal passion for teaching and research. He is the recipient of multiple Teaching Excellence Awards. His research interests include reconfigurable antennas for network security, cross-layer protocol design, and efficient multimedia streaming. Cem holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering (2011) and M.S. in Electrical & Telecommunications Engineering (2017), both from Drexel University.

Logan Henderson

B.S. (2018)

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Logan is a B.S. student currently working on BeamViewer, a mobile Augmented Reality framework that can dynamically visualize and control radiation patterns for reconfigurable antennas.

Stephen Wolfe

B.S./M.S. (2017)

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Stephen completed his B.S. & M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2017. His investigated the use of reconfigurable antennas and adaptive beamsteering algorithms onboard UAVs to improve air-to-ground communication links.

Chase Hamilton

B.S./M.S. (2017)

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Chase completed his B.S. & M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2017. He worked on a cognitive radio software platform for educational and competitive applications.

Rebecca Cargan

Undergraduate Volunteer, B.S. (2017)

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Rebecca worked on signal processing and prototyping platforms for Multi-User MIMO communications. She completed her B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2017.

Kevin Wanuga

Ph.D. Student - ABD (2015)

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Dissertation: TBD

Current: InterDigital Communications, Inc.

Doug Pfeil

Ph.D. Student - ABD (2015)

Dissertation: TBD

Brandon Katz

M.S. (2016)

Dissertation: “Enabling Real-Time Wireless Channel Based Encryption Key Generation”

Current: Researcher, Advanced Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD.

Michael Williams

M.S. (2015)

Current: Alcatel-Lucent, NJ

Boris Shishkin

M.S. (2013)

Current: Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs, Cherry Hill, NJ

Rohit Bahl

M.S. (2012)

Thesis: “Impact of Reconfigure Antennas on Interference Alignment”

Current: LTE Firmware Engineer, Intel Mobile Communications, San Diego, CA

Magda Bielinski

B.S. / M.S. (2012)

Current: Engineer II, Dynetics

Srikanth Annangi

M.S. (2012)

Current: Senior Applications Engineer, Synopsys, San Jose, CA

David Gonzalez

M.S. (2012)

Current: Software Engineer, Intel Corp., Allentown, PA

Mikhail Chernyavskiy

M.S. (2012)

Thesis: “Compact Multifunctional Dipole Antenna Array for MIMO Systems”

Current: Communications System Engineer, Lockheed Martin, Newtown, PA

Guillermo Sosa

M.S. (2011)

Thesis: “A Joint Bit-loading and Symbol Rotation Scheme for Multi-Carrier Systems”

Current: IEEE, Uruguay

Kevin Johnson

B.S. / M.S. (2011)

Current: System Validation Engineer, Intel Corp., Allentown, PA

Mihnea Elian Dumitru

M.S. (2010)

Thesis: “FPGA Implementation of Diversity and Spatial Multiplexing for MIMO Free Space Optical Interconnects”

Current: Wireless Software Integration Engineer, NEST Labs, CA

Renee Dorsey

B.S. (2008) / M.S.

Thesis: “Impact of Reconfigure Antennas on Interference Alignment”

Current: USPTO

Rocco Dragonne

M.S. (2008)

Thesis: “Quantifying the Effects of Mutual Coupling in Ultra-wideband Multi-band Multiple Input Multiple Output Systems”

Current: VP Engineering, DataRay Inc., Bella Vista, CA