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ESL student honored with IEEE fellowship

Indranil Nayak

Indranil Nayak, a final-year PhD student at the ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL), received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Fellowship.

The AP-S fellowship aims to promote areas of interest to AP-S among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows worldwide to facilitate their career pursuit in these areas. Both the applicant and their advisors must be members of IEEE AP-S to be eligible for the fellowship. The fellowship provides students with $5,000 to cover the costs of their research project over the length of two academic semesters.

Nayak’s research is supervised by Electrical and Computer Engineering professor and IEEE Fellow Fernando Teixeira, and by Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering professor Mrinal Kumar. His research focuses on computational electromagnetics, specifically using machine learning techniques to reduce the simulation time of electromagnetic devices and components.

"Receiving the fellowship award was both humbling and exhilarating,” said Nayak. “I am grateful to IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for recognizing our work on data-driven computational electromagnetics. I am also thankful to my advisors, ESL and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for providing a conducive environment for research. With the recent advancements in machine learning algorithms and data processing capabilities, there's certainly an exciting future ahead for computational electromagnetics."

AP-S is a society that has interests in antenna analysis, design, development, measurement, standards and testing; radiation, propagation and the interaction of electromagnetic waves with discrete and continuous media; and applications and systems pertinent to antennas, propagation and sensing. ESL has had students, researchers and faculty involved with AP-S since its founding.

Nayak received his bachelor’s degree focused on electronics and electrical communication engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kgp) prior to embarking on his Ph.D. journey at ESL in 2018. He was awarded MS in 2021.

After completing his PhD, Nayak wants to continue to pursue research and is open to both industry and academia.

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