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Professor William Whittow BSc, PhD, SFHEA, SMIEEE

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Professor of Radiofrequency Materials

Prof. Whittow is a Professor in Radiofrequency Materials in the Wireless Communications Research Group (WiCR). He has 20 years of experience in RF devices and materials. He became a Lecturer in 2012, a Senior Lecturer in 2014, a Reader in 2018 and a Professor in 2020. He is Deputy Leader of the School’s Communications Research Theme. He has > 240 publications including ~ 75 journal papers and > 20 invited talks. His h-index is 25 with > 2,200 citations. He is a named Investigator on EPSRC grants totalling > £9m (GoW). He has successfully led two EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Innovation projects on dielectric measurements alongside industry sponsors. He has completed more than 10 consultancy projects. He has delivered invited seminars on material characterisation at the European School of Antennas (ESoA) in Greece (2015) and in Loughborough (2019).

He has specialist expertise in RFID tags on metal industrial parts; measurement of dielectric properties; inkjet printed antennas; phantoms to mimic RF properties of fat and muscle; wearable antennas; 3D antennas; 3D-printed challenging materials for RF devices; analytical RF models; controlling the relative permittivity.

More than 70 of his peer reviewed journal papers can be freely downloaded here.

He is PI of the EPSRC Grant: Anisotropic Microwave/Terahertz Metamaterials for Satellite Applications (ANISAT).

He is CI on EPSRC Grand Challenge GrantSynthesizing 3D Metamaterials for RF, microwave and THz applications (SYMETA).

Additional EPSRC Grants include 3D printed 3D patch antennas (PI, EP/K011383/1); Embedded intelligence and RFID tags for manufacturing (CI, EP/P027482/1; CI, EP/K014137/1); Synthetic nanomaterials and artificial dielectrics (R-CI, EP/I01490X/1).

He is an Associate Editor for IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation. He was previously the Coordinating Chair of Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (2007-2011).

He is a strong advocate for Women in Engineering and was the inaugural winner of the Women’s Engineering Society “Men As Allies” Award in 2017.

PROFESSOR WILLIAM G. WHITTOW BSC, PHD, SFHEA, SMIEEE

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, LEICS. LE11 3TU, UK.
W.G.Whittow@lboro.ac.uk.  +44 (0)1509 227105

—————— EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ——————

PROFESSOR   ◊    ANTENNA ENGINEER   ◊    MANAGER 

  • I have 20 years of research experience related to antennas, electromagnetics and Radiofrequency Materials. I have ~ 250 published / submitted papers andabstractsand am PI/CI on > £12M income from grants / industry (FEC). My multi-disciplinary active research interests include 3D printing; and inkjet printing; 3D substrates; anisotropic materials for satellite antennas; material characterisation; ceramics; metamaterials; reconfigurable antennas, RFID tags; phantoms for on body communication; specific absorption rates (SAR); synthetic materials and wearable antennas. In parallel to my research, I was previously the Coordinating Chair of the Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (LAPC).

—————— CURRENT POSITION —————— 

 Professor in Radiofrequency Materials      LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY, UK

  • Lecturer from April 2012, Senior Lecturer from 2014, Reader from 2018, Professor from 2020
  • Writing interdisciplinary research grants
  • Currently supervising 3 PhD students and have supervised 10 to graduation
  • Developing novel metamaterials & antennas using synthetic materials (EPSRC EP/N010493/1)
  • Invited Lecturer: European School of Antennas “Advanced Materials for Antennas”, 2014, 2019
  • Teaching:  Electromagnetic Compatibility; Personal Radio Communications; Antennas; and Engineering Project Management.  
  • Teaching feedback scores average 4.71 / 5 on all modules since 2012 I have data for
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Director of PG Admissions in WSMEME, 2017 – Current
  • Winner of the 2017 Inaugural Women in Engineering Men as Allies award
  • Highly Commended at the 2017 Loughborough Academic Awards for going above & beyond in support of my personal tutees, project students and taught students
  • UG Admissions Tutor, 2014 - 2017: Strategizing; Open Day talks; Outreach activities
  • BAE Systems Bronze Chairman’s Award on covert body worn antennas, 2013
  • Associate Editor (AE) for IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation; Board Member for Electronics Journal, and IoT and Sensor Networks;Guest Editor for 2 Journal Special Issues in 2019; Reviewer for IEEE TAP, APWL, Phys. in Med. & Biol.; EuCAP (AE)

 —————— PUBLICATIONS —————— 

—————— FUNDED GRANTS —————— 

£12.3M (FEC) income as a named Investigator with > £1.8M (FEC) as PI; £9.2M from EPSRC (GoW)

  • EPSRC EP/S030301/1, EP/S030794/1. £1.1M as PI. Anisotropic Metamaterials for Satellites (ANISAT), 2019
  • EPSRC EP/P027482/1. £1.6M as CI. Embedded Integrated Intelligent Systems…, 2017
  • Enterprise Grant. £67k as PI. Development of a fast dielectric measurement system…, 2017
  • EPSRC EP/N010493/1. £4M as CI. SYnthesizing 3D METAmaterials (SYMETA)…, 2016
  • Enterprise Grant. £40k as PI. Development of a fast dielectric material measurement…, 2016
  • CDT Ph.D Student. £20k as PI. Inkjet printing on curved surfaces, 2015
  • Enterprise Grant. £9k as PI. Market Research for dielectric measurements, 2015
  • EPSRC Equipment Grant from LU: £25k as PI. Dielectric measurement equipment, 2014
  • EPSRC Case Studentship. £125k as PI. Energy harvesting for mobile devices, 2013
  • EPSRC Equipment Grant from LU. £8k as PI. Specialist embroidery machine, 2013
  • EPSRC EP/K011383/1, £100k as PI. 3-Dimensional wearable antennas…, 2012
  • EPSRC EP/I01490X/1. £500k as R-CI. Synthetic antenna structures…, 2011
  • EPSRC EP/K014137/1. £1.9M as CI, Adaptive informatics for intelligent manufacturing, 2012
  • Knowledge Transfer Account. £43k as CI. Indoor TV antenna with integrated tuner, 2011 

—————— CAREER TRACK —————— 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY, UK
NOVEMBER 2010 – NOVEMBER 2011

  • Knowledge Transfer Account to exchange knowledge between industry and academia
  • Designed, fabricated and measured wearable VHF circularly polarised antenna 

COORDINATING CHAIR, LOUGHBOROUGH ANTENNAS & PROPAGATION CONFERENCE, UK
DECEMBER 2007 – NOVEMBER 2011

  • Responsible for all day to day logistics of LAPC 2008 & 2009 and advised on LAPC 2010 & 2011
  • The team expanded the conference from 80 to 280 delegates from > 50 countries
  • LAPC has enhanced Loughborough’s reputation as one of the world’s leading antennas Groups
  • Served on LAPC Advisory Committee & Technical Programme Committee until 2018. 

ANTENNA CONSULTANT, LUEL (part time)
MARCH 2010 – PRESENT

  • Commercial projects for Antrum Ltd., BSKYB, BAE Systems, ESA and MBDA 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY, UK
MARCH 2008 – MARCH 2012

  • Investigated novel integrated microwave antennas using nanomaterials
  • Theoretical, simulation and measurement analysis of heterogeneous substrates
  • Instrumental in assembling international world class team of physicists, nano-fabrication experts and industrial partners and writing EPSRC grant
  • This work led to three international Invited papers
  • Assessed video streaming performance in presence of electromagnetic interference 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY, UK
JULY 2007 – MARCH 2008

  • Worked on M.o.D projects for DSTL and HMGCC in Communications and Pulsed Power Groups
  • Sponsored for SC level security clearance 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY, UK
JULY 2005 – JULY 2007

  • EPSRC proposal EP/C517490/1 that assessed SAR in the head in the presence of metallic jewellery – part of the technical content for this grant was written by myself as a PhD student
  • This work has been discussed at SAR Standards Meetings: IEC 62209 MT1 and ICES TC34 SC2
  • Due to this project and subsequent research, I was asked to present an Invited 4 Day Workshop on this topic at the University of Malaysia Perlis in November 2011 

—————— EDUCATION —————— 

Ph.D, SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY, UK
OCTOBER 2000 – OCTOBER 2004

  • Computational Electromagnetics in Electrical and Engineering Department
  • Dissertation topic: “Specific absorption rate perturbations in the eyes and head by metallic spectacles at personal radio communication frequencies
  • Wrote 3D FDTD code in FORTRAN with perfectly matched layer (PML) absorbing boundaries and validated this with measurements and commercial code
  • Wrote and implemented Genetic Algorithm code to optimise results 

Bachelor of Physics 2(i), SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY, UK
OCTOBER 1996 – MAY 2000

  • Electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, relativity, cosmology and particle physics
  • Problem solving, essay writing, individual and group projects, HTML programming 

—————— NETWORK OF INFLUENCE —————— 

  • LinkedIn (18,700+ Connections); Twitter: @willwhittow (20,800+ Followers) with promoting (Women in) Engineering; Authored several Invited Articles and Talks; Mentor for MenterSET;
  • Judge for two WES Awards in 2019: “Top 100 (Historical) Women in Engineering”; and also “The 2019 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Current and Former Apprentices.”   

Prof. Whittow currently has several areas of active research:

  • 3-D printing
  • Anisotropic materials
  • Antennas
  • Artificial dielectrics
  • Dielectric property measurements
  • Embroidered antennas
  • Heterogeneous substrates
  • Implanted antennas
  • Inkjet printing
  • Metamaterials
  • Microwave sintering of materials
  • RFID tags
  • Specific absorption rates (SAR)
  • Wearable antennas

Prof. Whittow is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently teaching on several UG and MSc modules including: Robotics Project Design and Management; Antennas; and Personal Radio Communications.

Prof. Whittow has ~ 250 publications in total. More than 70 of his peer reviewed journal papers can be freely downloaded HERE.

These papers encompass the following areas: 3D printed RF devices; 3D printed materials; Inkjet printing; Measuring dielectric properties; Metamaterials; Microwave ceramics; On-body antennas and RFID tags.

 

Athena Swan Bronze award

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