Francesco Monticone receives Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award

ECE Assistant Professor Francesco Monticone has been selected to receive a 2018 Air Force Young Investigator Research award for his proposal, Robust Topological Scattering and Radiating Structures: Bridging Free-Space Propagation and Surface Waves on Complex Objects.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research will award approximately $13.9 million in grants to 31 scientists and engineers from 24 research institutions and businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). Over 290 proposals were received by the program this year. YIP recipients receive a three year grant totaling $450,000.

The final goal of this project is to provide the U.S. Air Force with a new degree of control of electromagnetic wave radiation, scattering, and wave-guiding on large objects of complex shape (an airplane, a tank, or a photonic chip), with seamless bridging between free-space propagating waves and topologically-protected one-way surface waves localized on a given structure. These advances are expected to open uncharted research directions in the field of theoretical and applied electromagnetics, for applications spanning from robust damage-tolerant antenna systems, to scattering reduction of large complex targets, and topologically-protected invisibility cloaks.

Monticone is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. (summa cum laude) degrees from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2009 and 2011, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, in 2016. Dr. Monticone joined the faculty of Cornell University in January 2017.

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