WNCG Student Ahmed Kord Receives 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Thursday, June 16, 2016

WNCG student Ahmed Kord received a 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship for his project entitled, “Fully-Integrated Reconfigurable Magnet-less Non-reciprocal Components for Next-Generation Wireless Communication Systems.” The project was completed in collaboration with Negar Reiskarimian at Columbia University.

The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship began in 2009 to promote Qualcomm’s core values of innovation, execution and partnership. The goal of the program is to enable students to pursue futuristic and innovative ideas. This year, eight winning teams were selected from among 129 proposals from 18 different schools. Each winning team received a $100,000 fellowship and mentorship opportunities with Qualcomm engineers.

“I love exploring ideas in basic physics as a scientist and taking them to the real world as an engineer,” Kord states. “To receive such a prestigious award with the opportunity to interact with some of the finest scientists and engineers from Qualcomm, UT and Columbia University is a dream come true.”

Kord’s current research focuses on magnet-less non-reciprocal components for emergent full-duplex systems and active electromagnetic cloaking using balanced gain and loss. At WNCG, Kord is advised by Prof. Andrea Alù.