Edl Schamiloglu

Edl Schamiloglu, professor in the UNM Department Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is leading a collaborative team of researchers who recently received a highly selective Multiuniversity Research Initiative (MURI) award from the Department of Defense.

His team prepared a successful five-year, $7.5 million bid titled, "Innovative use of Metamaterials in Confining, Controlling, and Radiating Intense Microwave Pulses."  The team includes UNM Electrical and Computer Engineering Professors Christos Christodoulou and Mark Gilmore, and Professors Rick Temkin (MIT), John Volakis (Ohio State University), Alex Figotin (UC Irvine) and Robert Lipton (Louisiana State University).

This is Schamiloglu's third MURI award and the second in which he is the lead principal investigator.

"Congratulations to Dr. Schamiloglu and his team for receiving this highly competitive MURI award," said Luke Lester, ECE Department chair. "The award recognizes his impressive research in high power sources and will allow this multi-institution research collaboration to make unique discoveries in how low-loss meta-materials can benefit the manipulation of intense microwave pulses."

The goal of the project is to study the interaction of electrons with novel dispersive structures made from meta-materials in order to develop novel sources of coherent electromagnetic radiation.

The challenges the team will face include identifying meta-material structures that have the dispersive characteristics that are useful, but at the same time are low loss and can be manufactured.

The team includes two experimental groups that design and characterize sources, one group that has engineered passive meta-materials, and two mathematicians who can suggest novel structures and designs.

"This balance between the experimentalists and theorists was likely a key element to our success," says Schamiloglu.

Schamiloglu's group will lend their expertise in studying high power sources of coherent electromagnetic radiation from the past 25 years.

In addition to the MURI award, Schamiloglu was awarded his sixth DURIP (Defense University Research Instrumentation Program) grant, which allows him to purchase equipment for his laboratory.

Media contact: Tamara Williams (505) 277-5859; email: tamara@unm.edu