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Tokgoz appointed Summer Faculty Fellow at U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

TokgozCagatay Tokgoz, assistant professor in the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering at Lamar University, was awarded a Faculty Fellowship from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Sensors Directorate. The prestigious award is granted only if there is significant interest from the Air Force in the research performed by a faculty member.

Tokgoz is one of a handful of researchers in the U.S. whose expertise resides in the development and application of efficient asymptotic techniques and solutions in computational electromagnetics to antenna placement on large structures such as aircraft, making his research and expertise of great interest to the CREATE-RF, a program funded by the Department of Defense and administered through AFRL.

He worked with the CREATE-RF team for 12 weeks at AFRL in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, conducting research on computational methods for antenna designs over the summer of 2017. He developed efficient electromagnetic algorithms and solutions to predict co-site interference between airborne antennas.

“Numerous antennas with various communication purposes are installed on a typical modern aircraft,” Tokgoz said. “These antennas are expected to operate independently without being significantly affected by the aircraft and each other. The careful placement of the antennas becomes extremely crucial to minimize co-site interference among them as well as platform effects.”

The algorithms and solutions developed during the fellowship are planned to be integrated into the software tools being developed by the CREATE-RF team. These new capabilities are expected to greatly assist the U.S. Air Force in optimum placement of airborne antennas and minimization of co-site interference among them.

This joint work with AFRL has a great potential to open many opportunities for future collaboration with Lamar University.