Jean Paul Santos received his Honors B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Utah in 2013 and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2015. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at UCLA under the guidance of Prof. Yahya Rahmat-Samii in the Antenna Research, Analysis, and Measurement Laboratory.
Currently at UCLA, his primary research focuses on antenna designs for military, space, and medical applications. Some of his research interests include microstrip patch antennas, planar and conformal arrays, and textile antennas. He collaborated with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to work on a possible antenna array to augment Direct-to-Earth communications on Mars rovers.
Through the course of his academic life, Mr. Santos has received several awards for his involvement in a wide variety of student life and professional activities. At the University of Utah, he was awarded the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student Award and also the Outstanding Senior Thesis Individual Presentation award in 2013 for his academic excellence. At UCLA, he was awarded the prestigious Tau Beta Pi Lynnworth Fellowship as well as the UCLA Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Masters Thesis Award in Physical and Wave Electronics for his research with the Mars rover antenna array. He is currently supported by the Department of Defense through the Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellowship. He is currently the 1st Annual UCLA Grad Slam 2015 Champion and represented UCLA at the 1st Annual University of California Grad Slam Master’s and Doctoral Students Competitive Research Showcase in Oakland, CA. He recently was a finalist in the student paper competition at the IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation in 2015. Jean Paul is a member of the IEEE, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi.