Ashwin K. Iyer

Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Role: Scientist

Site: CDL-Rockies

Streams: Ag, Energy, Prime

Ashwin K. Iyer received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 2009. He joined the faculty of the University of Alberta Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the fall of same year and now holds the titles of Professor and Associate Chair (Undergraduate). He leads a team of talented graduate students in several areas of RF/microwave/millimetre-wave and antenna engineering. A large focus of his research is the analysis, characterization, and experimental validation of metamaterial/metasurface phenomena and their applications.

Dr. Iyer was part of the pioneering effort at the University of Toronto in the early 2000s in developing metamaterials that exhibit a negative refractive index and demonstrating free-space subdiffraction imaging – contributions that have shaped the evolution of metamaterials research and mobilized later work in this area. He has authored several highly cited papers in the fields of RF/microwave engineering, antennas, physics, and optics, as well as four invited book chapters and several invited talks, workshops, and seminars on the subject of his research.

Dr. Iyer has received a number of awards, including the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) R. W. P. King Award (2008) and IEEE AP-S Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015) and both of the University of Alberta’s premier undergraduate teaching awards (2014, 2018). He serves the IEEE AP-S in many capacities, most recently as an elected member of the AP-S Administrative Committee. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (T-AP) from 2012 to 2018 and now serves as one of 10 international Track Editors. He was also the Lead Guest Editor for the IEEE T-AP Special Issue on Recent Advances in Metamaterials and Metasurfaces, which was the largest special issue in the history of the T-AP. He serves on the AP-S Education Committee and the AP-S Member Benefits Committees, under which he introduced the (now perennial) AP-S Master Class series, and he has served as a TPC Co-Chair for the AP-S/URSI Symposium three times (2015, 2016, 2020). Dr. Iyer is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).