Harish Rajagopalan

For More Information:
Email: harish@ee.ucla.edu
Website: www.ee.ucla.edu/~harish
Curriculum Vitae: CV - Harish
Quick Facts:
Place of Origin: Mumbai, India
Degree Goal: Post-Doc
Current Degree: PhD
Career Goal: Research position in academia
Biography
Harish Rajagopalan is currently a Post-Doc Scholar in the Antenna Research, Analysis, and Measurements (ARAM) laboratory. He received the B.E. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Government College of Engineering, Pune, India, in 2002, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, AL, in 2005 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 2011. He was the recipient of Electrical Engineering 2010-2011 Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award at UCLA. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal papers and conference papers. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with his Oryctolagus cuniculus (koko) and Red-ear slider (Artie).
Research Interests
His research interests include characterization of reflectarray elements, reflectarray antennas and diagnostics, reconfigurable antenna designs, bio-electromagnetics, ingestible bio-medical devices, RFID tags and systems and nano-electromagnetics for solar power.
Highlights
  • Young Scientist Award in the 2011 URSI General Assembly held in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Electrical Engineering 2010-2011 Outstanding PhD Student Award
  • Travel Award and Honorable Mention Paper - (Top 30 out of 206 student papers) - H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Ingestible RFID Bio-capsule Tag Design for Medical Monitoring," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium, Ontario, Canada , July 2010.
  • Best Poster Award - First place (out of 78 entries) in the Student Poster Competition organized by the 2009 UCLA Engineering Tech Forum for the paper entitled "Conformal Ingestible Antenna for Capsule Medical Imaging System." (Monetary award: $1000)
  • Best Paper Presentation Award - First place in the 2008 Student Paper Competition by The United States National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) for the paper entitled "RF MEMS Actuated Reconfigurable Reflectarray: A Novel Patch-Slot Element Design." (Monetary award: $1000)
  • Student Paper Finalist Award - (Top 15 out of 176 student papers) - H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii and W. A. Imbriale, "Integration of RF MEMS switches with the Reconfigurable Reflectarray Element: A Novel Patch-Slot Element Implementation," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium, San Diego, CA, July 2008. (Monetary award: $1000)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Tech Brief Award (2008) - "Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) actuated Wave Front Correcting Subreflector: Distortion Compensation for Large Reflector Antennas." (Monetary award: $350)
  • Travel Fellowship Awards from USNC/URSI (2006 - 2009) - Travel awards for selected students to attend The United States National Committee for The International Union of Radio Science (USNC/URSI) National Radio Science Meeting in Boulder, CO. (Monetary award: $600/yr)
  • UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship Award (06/09) - awarded annually to Top 3 students in each departmental program.
  • UCLA Graduate Student Fellowship (09/05 - 08/06) - awarded to Top 50 of the 1200 applicants for the EE program.
  • UCLA Continuing Student Fellowship (09/07 - 12/07) - awarded for continuing excellence in research and academic curriculum.
  • Auburn University Graduate Fellowship (08/04 - 12/04) - awarded for academic excellence.
  • Merit holder in Higher Secondary Certificate Examination (H.S.C) - Top 10 among 200,000 students (equivalent to summa cum laude) in 12th grade (1998).
  • Life member, Mensa International, 2004 - The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population.
  • Student member, IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - (2003 -present), IEEE-APS Society.
  • Reviewer - IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Antennas and Wireless propagation Letters.
  • Student Mentoring - Successfully collaborated and mentored several undergraduate and masters students at ARAM lab (UCLA Antenna Lab).
Book Chapters
  • H. Rajagopalan, P. Izdebski, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Antennas in Medicine: Ingestible Capsule Antennas" in Frontiers in Antennas, Next Generation Design and Engineering, invited chapter, edited by F. B. Gross, pp. 305-338, McGraw-Hill, 2011.
Journal Papers (10 Total)
  • T. Koskinen, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "A thin multi-slotted dual patch UHF-band metal-mountable RFID tag antenna," Microwave Opt. Tech. Lett., Vol. 53, n 1, pp. 40-47, Jan. 2011.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "On the Reflection Characteristics of a Reflectarray Element with Low-Loss and High-Loss Substrates," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, vol.52, no.4, pp.73-89, Aug. 2010.
  • H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Platform Tolerant and Conformal RFID Tag Antenna: Design, Construction and Measurements," The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal (Special Issue on Computational and Experimental Techniques for RFID Systems and Applications), Vol. 25, n6, pp. 1-10, June 2010.
  • P. Izdebski, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Conformal Ingestible Capsule Antenna: A Novel Chandelier Meandered Design," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (Special Issue on Body-Centric Antennas), Vol. 57, n 4, pp. 900-909, April 2009.
  • H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and W. A. Imbriale, "RF MEMS Actuated Reconfigurable Reflectarray Patch-Slot Element," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 56, n 12, pp. 3689-3699, December 2008.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Dielectric and Conductor Loss Quantification for Microstrip Reflectarray: Simulations and Measurements," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 56, n 4, pp. 1192- 196, April 2008.
  • R. Swamy, H. Rajagopalan, P. Vippa, M. Thakur, and A. Sen, "Quadratic electro-optic effect in a nano-optical material based on the nonconjugated conductive polymer, poly(ethylenepyrrolediyl) derivative," Solid State Communications, Vol. 143, Issues 11-12, pp. 519-521, Sept. 2007.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Equivalent Strip Width for Cylindrical Wire for Mesh Reflector Antennas: Experiments, Waveguide and Plane Wave Simulations," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 54, n 10, pp. 2845-2853, Oct. 2006.
  • H. Rajagopalan, P. Vippa, and M. Thakur, "Quadratic electro-optic effect in a novel nano-optical material based on nonconjugated conductive polymer, poly(-pinene)," Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 88, 033109, Jan. 2006.
  • P. Vippa, H. Rajagopalan, and M. Thakur, "Electrical and optical properties of a novel nonconjugated conductive polymer, poly(-pinene)," Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, Vol. 43, pp. 3695-3698, Nov. 2005.
Conference Papers (36 Total)
  • H. Rajagopalan, T. Brockett, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Investigation of Semiconductor Nanostructures Photovoltaic for Next Generation Solar Cells," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Spokane, Washington, 3-8 July 2011.
  • H. Rajagopalan, S. Xu, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Graphical Visualization of Reflectarray Reflection Phase," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Spokane, Washington, 3-8 July 2011.
  • H. Rajagopalan, S. Xu, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Reflectarray Reflection Phase Diagnostics," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Spokane, Washington, 3-8 July 2011.
  • S. Xu, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Subreflectarrays for Compact Dual Reflector Antenna Systems," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Spokane, Washington, 3-8 July 2011.
  • K. Noguchi, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Design of E-shaped patch antennas by using the multi-conductor transmission line mode theory," in Proceedings of Microwave Conference (APMC), pp.84-87, 7-10 Dec. 2010.
  • Y. Rahmat-Samii and H. Rajagopalan, "Medical monitoring and diagnostics using ingestible capsule antennas: An exciting paradigm in bio-telemetry," IEEE International Conference on Wireless Information Technology and Systems (ICWITS), Aug. 28-Sept. 3 2010.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "On-body RFID tag design for human monitoring applications," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, 11-17 July 2010.
  • T. Brockett, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "GaAs nano-pillars for solar power absorption: Electromagnetic characterization," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, 11-17 July 2010.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Ingestible RFID bio-capsule tag design for medical monitoring," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, 11-17 July 2010. (Honorable mention)
  • H. Rajagopalan, S. Xu, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, Y, "Reflectarray phase analysis: A simple and intuitive understanding," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, 11-17 July 2010.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Conformal RFID antenna design suitable for human monitoring and metallic platforms," Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, 12-16 April 2010.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Novel ingestible capsule antenna designs for medical monitoring and diagnostics," Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, 12-16 April 2010.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Link budget analysis and characterization for ingestible capsule antenna," International Workshop on Antenna Technology, 1-3 March 2010.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Reflection Phase Anomaly for Reflectarray Element with High Loss Substrates," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, Jan 2010.
  • H. Rajagopalan, D. Bennett and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Antenna Design for Smart Capsules for Biomedical Applications: Characterization, Construction and Link Budget Evaluation," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, Jan 2010. (Invited)
  • Y. Rahmat-Samii and H. Rajagopalan, "From a PEC Ground Plane to an EBG Surface: Understanding the Underlying Physics," International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (ISAP), Bangkok, Thailand, October 2009 (Invited).
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "A Novel Conformal All-Surface Mount RFID Tag Antenna Design," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Charleston, SC, June 2009. (Invited)
  • H. Rajagopalan, P. Izdebski, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "A Miniaturized Ingestible Antenna for Capsule Medical Imaging System," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Charleston, SC, June 2009.
  • T. Koskinen, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Impedance Measurements of Various Types of Balanced Antennas with the Differential Probe Method," IEEE International Workshop on Antenna Technology (IWAT), Santa Monica, California, March 2009. (Invited)
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "On the Assessment of Dielectric Loss in Microstrip Reflectarray for Low/High Loss Substrates," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, Jan 2009.
  • H. Rajagopalan, P. Izdebski and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Conformal Antenna Design for Ingestible Capsule Imaging System," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, Jan 2009. (Invited)
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Loss Quantification for Microstrip Reflectarray: Issue of High Fields and Currents," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, San Diego, CA, July 2008.
  • H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and W. A. Imbriale, "Integration of RF MEMS Switches with the Reconfigurable Reflectarray Element: a Novel Patch-Slot Implementation," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, San Diego, CA, July 2008. (Student paper finalist award)
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "RF MEMS Actuated Reconfigurable Reflectarray: A Novel Patch-Slot Element Design," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI) 2008, Boulder, CO, Jan 2008. (Best Student paper presentation)
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "MEMS Based Reconfigurable Reflectarray Element," accepted to International Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory (EMTS) 2007, Ottawa, Canada, July 2007. (Invited)
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "S-Curve Characterization of Reconfigurable Reflectarray Element: Simulations and Measurements," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI) 2007, Ottawa, Canada, July 2007.
  • H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and W. A. Imbriale, "Reconfigurable Patch-Slot Reflectarray Elements using RF MEMS Switches: A Subreflector Wavefront Controller," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2007.
  • S. Xu, H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and W. A. Imbriale, "A Novel Reflector Surface Distortion Compensating Technique Using a Sub-Reflectarray," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2007.
  • H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and A. Miura, "Mesh Reflector Antennas with Complex Weaves: PO/Periodic MoM and Equivalent Strip Width Verification," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, March 2007.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Reconfigurable reflectarray element characterization," European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Nice, France, Nov. 2006.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Experimental and Numerical Analysis to determine the equivalent strip width for cylindrical wire for mesh reflector antennas," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Albuquerque, NM, July 2006.
  • A. Narayanan, J. Titus, H. Rajagopalan, P. Vippa, and M. Thakur, "Single-crystal films of a combination of materials (co-crystal) involving DAST and IR-125 for electro-optic applications," American Physical Society March Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 13-17, 2006.
  • H. Rajagopalan and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Equivalent Strip Width for Cylindrical wire: Experimental and Numerical Verification," National Radio Science Meeting, Boulder, CO, Jan. 4-7, 2006.
  • R. Swamy, P. Vippa, H. Rajagopalan, J. Titus, M. Thakur, and A. Sen, "Quadratic Electro-Optic Effect and Electroabsorption in a Novel Nano-Optical Material based on the Nonconjugated Conductive Polymer, Poly(ethylenepyrrolediyl) Derivative," American Physical Society March Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, March 21-25, 2005.
  • M. Thakur, P. Vippa, and H. Rajagopalan, "Poly-beta-pinene, a Novel Nonconjugated Conductive Polymer," American Physical Society March Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, March 22-26, 2004.