HRL's History of the Future Podcast

Focusing on the famed Hughes Research facility’s past and HRL’s present advancements in science and technology.

Podcast guests include current and past HRL researchers as well as outside scientists whose research ties in with HRL’s mission, or is of potential interest to HRL’s audience. Experts from different eras will highlight the many scientific milestones reached at HRL over the decades, and current staff will discuss advances being made today, as well as looking forward to what may come in HRL’s future.

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Episode 003 – Dan Sievenpiper

Flat Antennas! Controlling Electromagnetic Waves! Dan Sievenpiper Explains the Amazing Properties of Engineered Surfaces

Podcast guest: Dan Sievenpiper. © 2018 HRL Laboratories.

Dan Sievenpiper earned his PhD in 1999 from UCLA, where he invented the high-impedance electromagnetic surface. Dan joined HRL Laboratories later that year, and during the next 11 years, Dan and his team developed new electromagnetic structures with an emphasis on small, conformal, tunable, and steerable antennas. Dan held a variety of technical and management positions at HRL including the Directorship of the Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory, the youngest HRL lab director ever.

In 2008, Dan received the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal, and also the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Piergiorgio Uslenghi Letters Prize Paper Award. In 2009, he was named as a Fellow of the IEEE.

In 2010, he joined the faculty of UC San Diego, where his research has focused on artificial media, and the integration of active electronics with electromagnetic structures, and antennas to enable new capabilities and applications.

From 2010 to 2017, Dan served as an associate editor of the journal IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. He also served as the chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administrative Committee on New Technology Directions from 2013-2014, and as the general chair of the 2017 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium and URSI Radio Science Meeting s held in San Diego. Dan currently has more than 70 issued patents and more than 120 publications.

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HRL's History of the Future
Host and theme music: Shaun Mason
Production, editing, voiceover, and recording: Bryan Ferguson

HRL's History of the Future Podcast is a science-related interview program presented by HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California.
Opinions expressed by podcast guests are not necessarily those of HRL Laboratories, LLC.

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