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Kiourti honored with mid-career award from IEEE

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Professor Asimina Kiourti has been recognized with the 2023 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (APS) Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award for her contributions to body area electromagnetics and her outreach efforts towards boosting women's proclivity to pursue careers in engineering.

The IEEE APS Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award honors the past technical accomplishments and future potential of an outstanding woman of mid-career status in the field of antennas and propagation, as well as celebrates role models for future generations of women in the field.

Known as a pioneer in the field of electromagnetics, Kiourti’s research interests lie in bio-electromagnetics, wearable and implantable antennas, sensors for body area applications and flexible e-textiles. She has worked on a variety of projects in this field, including wearable loops that can seamlessly monitor joint kinematics in a person's natural environment, portable sensors that can detect the naturally emanated magnetic fields from the human body as an indicator of diverse health abnormalities, low-cost devices to identify brain strokes as quickly as possible, wearable skin sensors to monitor metabolism and weight management, among others.

Her work has been funded by many government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA and the Department of Defense. Her publication record includes one book, 12 book chapters, nine awarded patents, 78 journal papers and over 140 conference papers and abstracts.

Kiourti has garnered international recognition for her work, including the 2018 International Union of Radio Science Young Scientist Award. She has received over 40 scholarly recognitions, including the 2022 Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award, 2021 NSF CAREER award, 2021 Buckeye Engineering Women in Executive Leadership (BEWEL) Leadership in Innovation Award and 2021 ’40 Under 40′ recognition by Columbus Business First.

Kiourti is the chair of USNC-URSI Commission K and serves in several elected and appointed roles both in IEEE and the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES). She is also the senior editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, editor of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine Bioelectromagnetics column and associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology.

She first joined The Ohio State University’s ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher, then later became a senior research associate. In 2016, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor and was named a College of Engineering Innovation Scholar and associate professor in 2022.

“Asimina is a rising star at ESL, and she and her students are doing amazing work in wearable sensors,” said ESL Interim Director Chris Ball. “Her work with NASA and the medical community are opening doors to new avenues of research at Ohio State, and I am very excited to see what she will do next.”

Kiourti leads the Wearable and Implantable Technologies Group at ESL, an interdisciplinary research group at the intersection of bio-electromagnetics, sensors, materials and medicine. They are developing wearables and implants that outperform the state-of-the-art in terms of seamlessness, capabilities and performance.

Kiourti earned a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University in Greece, Master of Science in Technology for Broadband Communication from University College London in the United Kingdom and a diploma (combined BSc/MSc equivalent) in electrical and computer engineering from University of Patras in Greece.

An award ceremony will take place during the upcoming IEEE AP-S Conference in July.

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