The Center for Advanced Communications pursues advanced research and development in the broad areas of communications including wireless and digital communications, high resolution imaging, smart antennas and space-time processing, interference mitigation in broad-band communication platforms, innovative antenna design, computational electromagnetics, microwave and RF microelectronics, GPS technology, linear and nonlinear modeling of devices, thermal and power management of higher power electronics and wireless services.
Since its inception in 1990, the Center has provided an integrated environment for university, industry and government to focus on computational, informational and communications issues.
Christopher Thajudeen was born and currently resides in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. He received the Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006 and the Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007 at the completion of a 5 year BSMS program at Villanova University.
He is currently working with his adviser, Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar, as a Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant in the Antenna Research Lab under the Center for Advanced Communications at Villanova University. His Doctoral research is in the area of Electromagnetics and its applications for the design of low-profile and wide-band antennas as well as Through-the-Wall Radar applications. Christopher has published multiple papers at IEEE, PIERS, and SPIE conferences and Journals covering a range of topics such as Ultra-wideband, Reconfigurable, and Low-profile Antennas utilizing fractal geometries, Evolutionary Optimization for Electromagnetic applications, and Wall Effect Modeling and Mitigation Techniques for Through-the-wall radar systems.
As a research assistant in the Villanova University Antenna Research Lab, Christopher utilizes leading commercial electromagnetic simulation tools, such as CST Microwave Studio, FEKO, REMCOM’s XFDTD, ANSOFT Designer, ANSOFT HFSS, and NEC-BSC, in addition to custom MATLAB and C codes to design and analyze complex antenna and radar designs. In addition to EM simulation, Christopher is highly experienced with microwave circuit and antenna fabrication and measurement techniques including extensive experience in the use of the Antenna Compact Range at the Antenna Research Lab, which is one of the most precise and versatile Antenna compact Range measurement facilities for antenna characterization outside of and industry environment.
Dr. Ahmed Hoorfar is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, founder and director of Villanova’s Antenna Research Laboratory, and program coordinator of the electrical engineering’s graduate admission and advising.
He received his B.S.E.E degree from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 1975 and the M.S. and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in 1978 and 1984, respectively. His research contributions over the last twenty years cover areas in electromagnetic field theory, numerical modeling and novel designs of multifunction printed and low-profile antennas, metamaterial media and surfaces, through-wall microwave sensing and imaging, evolutionary computational methods, and antenna measurement techniques.