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Queen Mary scientist elected to prestigious international society

A Professor in Antennas and Electromagnetics at Queen Mary, University of London has been elected as a Fellow to the Institute of the Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional society.

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Professor Yang Hao
Professor Yang Hao

Yang Hao from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science was awarded the honour in recognition of his research contributions to antennas, a device that sends or receives radio and television signals, and wireless sensor technology. In particular, his research has contributed to the development of wearable sensors, which required overcoming many restrictions on antenna design. Many of these devices are now commercially available and provide continuous monitoring support for chronic illnesses and data communications, allowing clinicians and operators to make decisions based on accurate evidence.

His current portfolio of research focuses on the use of extremely small wavelength radios for wireless communications along the human body; artificial materials that have unusual properties not found in nature known as metamaterials; and the characterisation and modelling of nanostructures, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene – a transparent material that is one atom thick yet incredibly strong, which can be used for antenna applications. He leads a £4.6m grant entitled The Quest for Ultimate Electromagnetics using Spatial Transformations (QUEST), which aims to take the key ideas of invisibility cloaking and make them practically useful for wireless technology.

Commenting on his membership, Professor Hao said: “I am very honoured to be elected as a Fellow of IEEE. I am thankful to the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council who has funded much of my research and colleagues both at the University of Birmingham, where I started my career, and Queen Mary, University of London where I developed the theory for modelling electromagnetic waves and designed reliable antennas for body-centric wireless communications. It would not have been possible without the support of many others and I would like to dedicate this honour to all my students and postdocs, both past and present.”

Professor Hao joined Queen Mary’s Antenna Engineering Group in May 2000 as a lecturer, and was promoted to Reader in 2005 and to Professor in 2007. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognised in the technical community as an important career achievement.

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