PhD student in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Joshua M. Kovitz received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Houston (UH) in 2010 and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012. Currently, he is working towards his Ph.D. at UCLA under the supervision of Prof. Yahya Rahmat-Samii in the Antenna Research, Analysis, and Measurement Laboratory.

While at UH, Joshua was involved with the Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory and conducted research in computational electromagnetics for geophysical applications. He also participated in the NSF REU program, where he worked on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) with wireless sensors in the Wireless System Research Group (WiSeR) under Prof. Rong Zheng. Currently at UCLA, his primary research focuses on practical antenna system design for cognitive radio applications. His primary research interests include reconfigurable antennas, microstrip patch antennas, applied electromagnetics, nature-inspired optimization techniques, vehicular antennas, cognitive radio, wireless communications systems, and MIMO antenna systems.

Mr. Kovitz has received several awards and is actively involved with student and professional groups. At UH, he was awarded the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior of the Year 2010 and the Outstanding Junior of the Year 2009 for academic excellence and student group involvement. He was also honored to participate as the Banner Bearer for the Cullen College of Engineering during the 2010 graduation ceremony. During his time at UCLA, he was awarded the UCLA Electrical Engineering Dean’s Fellowship as well as the UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship. He was the highest ranked student in the 2012 UCLA Electrical Engineering PhD Preliminary Exam within the Physical & Wave Electronics Area and was awarded a University Fellowship. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Masters Thesis Award in Physical and Wave Electronics for his research in nature-inspired optimization techniques applied to antenna designs. He was also awarded a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. He was awarded the Edward K. Rice Outstanding Master's Student for 2012. Recently, he won 2nd place in the student paper competition at the IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation in 2015. Joshua is a member of IEEE, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Phi Kappa Phi. He actively participates in the IEEE APS society and is a current reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and several other conference venues.


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    PhD student in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles