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Dan Sievenpiper

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Professor, ECE

Office: Jacobs Hall 3209
Phone: (858) 822-6678

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UCSD Applied Electromagnetics Group


Professor Dan Sievenpiper joined the UCSD faculty in 2010. 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 11 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. At UCSD, his research is focused on artificial media, and the integration of active electronics with electromagnetic structures and antennas to enable new capabilities. In 2008, Dan was awarded the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal. In 2009, he was named as a Fellow of the IEEE. Since 2010, he has served as an associate editor of IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. He is also currently the chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administrative Committee on New Technology Directions. Dan has more than 70 issued patents and more than 60 technical publications.

Research Interests

Periodic structures, artificial impedance surfaces, metamaterials and metasurfaces, antennas, integration of active electronics with electromagnetic structures, active impedance matching, high power microwave generation or mitigation, biological applications of electromagnetics.


- Highly anisotropic artificial impedance surfaces

- Anisotropic grid generation

- Nonlinear metasurfaces to counter HPM DEW

- Broadband antennas using non-Foster loaded arrays

- Electrically small antennas

- Metasurface based micro-plasma devices

- High-power microwave amplifier

- Active and nonlinear artificial impedance surfaces

- Dense magnetic coil array for non-invasive brain activity mapping

Select Publications

F. Gao, F. Zhang, M. Huang, D. Sievenpiper, "Programmable Screen for Patterning Magnetic Fields", IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, accepted for publication.

H. Wakatsuchi, S. Kim, J. J. Rushton, D. Sievenpiper, “Waveform-Dependent Absorbing Metasurfaces”, Physical Review Letters 111, 245501, December 2013

H. Wakatsuchi, J. J. Rushton, J. Lee, F. Gao, M. Jacob, S. Kim, D. F. Sievenpiper, “Experimental Demonstration of Nonlinear Waveform-Dependent Metasurface Absorber with Pulsed Signals”, Electronics Letters, vol.49, no.24, pp.1530-1531, November 2013

S. Kim, D. Sievenpiper, “Theoretical Limitations for TM Surface Wave Attenuation by Lossy Coatings on Conductive Surfaces”, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol.62, no.1, pp.475-480, January 2014

R. Quarfoth, D. Sievenpiper, "Artificial Tensor Impedance Surface Waveguides", IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 61, pp. 3597-3606, 2013

H. Wakatsuchi, S. Kim, J. Rushton, D. Sievenpiper, "Circuit-based nonlinear metasurface absorbers for high power surface currents", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 102, issue 21, pp. 214103-4, 2013

D. Sievenpiper, “Nonlinear Grounded Metasurfaces for Suppression of High-Power Pulsed RF Currents”, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol. 11, pp. 1516-1519, January 2012

D. Sievenpiper, D. Dawson, M. Jacob, T. Kanar, S. Kim, J. Long, R. Quarfoth, "Experimental Validation of Performance Limits and Design Guidelines for Small Antennas", IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 8-19, January 2012

D. Sievenpiper, "Superluminal Waveguides Based on Non-Foster Circuits for Broadband Leaky-Wave Antennas", IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol 10, 2011