ESL celebrates 2022 Annual Award honorees

Posted: December 20, 2022
Ally Rice with Chris Ball receiving award
Ally Rice receiving one of her awards with ESL Interim Director Chris Ball

Every year, the ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) celebrates the accomplishments of its students, staff, researchers and faculty. This year, ESL also celebrated its 80-year anniversary as a center-of-excellence lab at the forefront of radio frequency (RF), optics and electromagnetic research. Since 1942, ESL has consistently maintained a national and international preeminence in electromagnetics and RF systems.

This year’s honorees represent the innovative research and distinguished contributions taking place at ESL. Award winners were recognized on December 8, 2022, at the ESL Annual Award Ceremony.

2022 ESL Annual Award Winners

Best Dissertation Award  

Vigyanshu Mishra, Wearable Electrically Small Resonant Loops for Seamless Motion Capture and Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs)

Best Paper Award

Aaron Brandewie, Passive radar downrange imaging with multiple transmitters and one receiver

Best Paper Award – Runner up

Ally Rice, High-Contrast Low-Loss Antenna: A Novel Antenna for Efficient Into-Body Radiation

Above and Beyond – Staff Award

Susan Funk

From the nominations:

“Susan’s work exemplifies the impact that ESL has on its community and beyond. She is diligent and accomplished in getting tasks done for the benefit of those of us who work with ESL and the OSU communities….”

Above and Beyond – Researcher Award:

Professor Ron Reano    

From the nominations:

“Ron has been a lead in the creation of the Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering (CQISE) at Ohio State….spending countless hours, on top of his normal duties as a professor and member of ESL, working to create the CQISE….”

"As Steering Committee Member for the Institute for Optical Science (IOS), an interdisciplinary Ohio State venture, Professor Reano facilitated national interdisciplinary initiatives in optical sciences."

Above and Beyond – Student Award:

Ally Rice

Scholarly Achievements:

  • Published one journal paper
  • Presented two conference publications
  • Two articles on Ohio State website

Professional organizations and societies:

  • General Council Member of Graduate Society of Women in Engineering (GradSWE) since 2021.
  • Organized “Women in Leadership” Speaker series to share experiments with women in engineering in leadership positions.
  • Assisted with leadership retreat for general members to promote teamwork and foster community
  • Volunteer-GSPIRE career fair/Graduate & Professional Student (GPS) Recruitment Initiative
  • GUIDE Peer Mentor for first-year graduate students in the College of Engineering since 2021

From the nominations:

“For her wearable sensors breakthrough concept to monitor astronaut muscle atrophy/bone loss in microgravity, she won the highly competitive NASA NSTGRO fellowship (a 4-year >$300k research grant to ESL)….”

“Within a few months into the project, she surpassed performance of into-body radiating antennas under study. The resulting paper was accepted in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in record time...”

"Ally pioneered the first wearable and non-ionizing sensor ever reported for muscle atrophy monitoring and submitted a paper to the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering..”

Test of Time Award:

Asimina Kiourti and K.S. Nikita, "A Review of In-Body Biotelemetry Devices: Implantables, Ingestibles, and Injectables," in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 64, no. 7, pp. 1422-1430, July 2017, doi: 10.1109/TBME.2017.2668612.

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