Joshua Kovitz

For More Information:
Email: jmkovitz@ee.ucla.edu
Website: www.joshkovitz.com
Curriculum Vitae: CV - Joshua Kovitz
Quick Facts:
Place of Origin: Houston, TX, USA
Degree Goal: PhD - 2015
Current Degree: MSEE
Career Goal: Research position in academia or industry
Biography
Joshua Kovitz is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Yahya Rahmat-Samii in the Antenna Research, Analysis, and Measurements (ARAM) laboratory. He was granted the BS degree (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Houston (UH) in 2010 and the MS degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012. Both at UCLA and UH, he was the recipient of many prestigious awards and was recognized for his achievements and involvement in the community. During his masters, Joshua conducted research in developing advanced antennas for wireless communications and radar systems through the use of evolutionary optimization techniques. He has also conducted research at the University of Houston in the areas of computational electromagnetics and in structural health monitoring with wireless sensors. Throughout his research he has published several journal articles and many conference papers. Aside from his academic responsibilities, Joshua has also actively participated in the student branches of IEEE and the Eta Kappa Nu.
Research Interests
His research interests include the broad areas of applied electromagnetics, antenna engineering, RF/microwave circuit design, communication systems, and optimization techniques. Within the scope of antenna engineering, Joshua's research focuses on the development of sophisticated antenna systems for new cognitive radio systems. His research also covers the design of wideband reflectarrays using simple single layer structures as well as reconfigurable pixel antennas.
Highlights
  • 2012 Edward K. Rice Outstanding Masters Student for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • 2012 Distinguished M.S. Thesis Award in Physical and Wave Electronics
  • 2012 NDSEG Fellowship Award Winner (Only 8% of EE applicants were awarded nationally)
  • 2011-2012 Highest Ranked Student for the PhD Preliminary Exam in the Physical and Wave Electronics Area
  • 2010-2011 Recipient of the UCLA EE Dean's Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship, and UCLA Engineering Dean Graduate Student Researcher award
  • 2010 Outstanding Senior Electrical Engineering Student Award
  • 2009 Outstanding Junior of the Cullen College of Engineering Award
  • Eta Kappa Nu Interim President Epsilon Epsilon Chapter
  • Member of IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi
Journal Papers (4 Total)
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Using Thick Substrates and Capacitive Probe Compensation to Enhance the Bandwidth of Traditional CP Patch Antennas," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 62, November 2014. (Accepted for publication)
  • H. Rajagopalan, J. M. Kovitz, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "MEMS Reconfigurable Optimized E-shaped Patch Antenna Design for Cognitive Radio," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 62, no. 3, pp.1056-1064, March 2014.
  • J. M. Kovitz, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Practical and Cost-Effective Bias Lines for Reconfigurable Antennas," IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol. 11, pp.1552-1555, December 2012.
  • Y. Rahmat-Samii, J. M. Kovitz, and H. Rajagopalan, "Nature-Inspired Optimization Techniques in Communication Antenna Designs," Proceedings of the IEEE, vol.100, no.7, pp.2132-2144, July 2012.
Conference Papers (20 Total)
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "Enhanced Broadband Performance of Thick CP Patch Antennas: A Novel Annular Gap Capacitor Design," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Memphis, TN, United States, July 2014.
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "Understanding the Radiation Pattern Anomalies in the Broadband CP Reconfigurable E-shaped Patch," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Memphis, TN, United States, July 2014.
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "Radiation Pattern Anomalies in the Broadband CP Reconfigurable E-shaped Patch Antenna," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, January 2014.
  • I. Kim, J. M. Kovitz, and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "Sigmoid Profiled Septum: Evaluation of the Parabolic Reflector with the Septum Feed Horn," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Orlando, FL, United States, July 2013.
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "Ensuring Robust Antenna Designs using Multiple Diverse Optimization Techniques," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Orlando, FL, United States, July 2013.
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "A Comparative Study between CMA Evolution Strategies and Particle Swarm Optimization for Antenna Applications," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, January 2013.
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "A Novel MEMS Reconfigurable Wideband E-Shaped Patch Element for Advanced Cognitive Radio Base Stations," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, January 2013.
  • J. M. Kovitz, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Practical Techniques to Implement Bias Lines for Reconfigurable Microwave Antennas," Annual Research Review, University of California, Los Angeles, December 2012.
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Comparison of Nature-Inspired Optimization Techniques for Antenna Applications in Communications," Annual Research Review, University of California, Los Angeles, December 2012.
  • S. Kailaswar, R. Zheng, J. M. Kovitz, Q. Phung, Z. Ding, and G. Song. "ConcreteCom: A New Communication Paradigm for Building Structural Health Monitoring" BuildSys 2012, 4th ACM Workshop On Embedded Sensing Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings, Toronto, November 2012.
  • J. M. Kovitz, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "A Novel Optimized Broadband Reconfigurable RHCP/LHCP E-shaped Patch Antenna," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Chicago, IL, United States, July 2012.
  • H. Rajagopalan, J. M. Kovitz, and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "Frequency Reconfigurable E-shape Patch Antenna using Nature Inspired Optimization," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Chicago, IL, United States, July 2012.
  • J. M. Kovitz, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "Next Generation MEMS Reconfigurable E-Shaped Patch Antenna Design using Particle Swarm Optimization," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, January 2012.
  • I. Kim, J. M. Kovitz, and Y. Rahmat-Samii. "Smoothed Sigmoid and Stepped Circularly Polarized Septum Design using Particle Swarm Optimization." North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, January 2012.
  • J. M. Kovitz, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "MEMS Reconfigurable E-Shaped Patch Design using Particle Swarm Optimization," Annual Research Review, University of California, Los Angeles, November 2011.
  • I. Kim, J. M. Kovitz, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Smoothed Sigmoid Circularly Polarized Waveguide Septum Design using Particle Swarm Optimization," Annual Research Review, University of California, Los Angeles, November 2011.
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Optimizing Micro-Actuated Pixel Patch Antennas with Particle Swarm Optimization," IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Section CLASTECH Symposium, University of California, Los Angeles, October 2011. (First place contest winner)
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Micro-Actuated Pixel Patch Antenna Design using Particle Swarm Optimization," IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium, Spokane, WA, July 2011.
  • J. M. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Optimizing Micro-Actuated Pixel Patch Antennas with Particle Swarm Optimization," Electrical Engineering Department Annual Research Review, University of California, Los Angeles, March 2011.
  • J. Kovitz and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Particle Swarm Optimization in Designing Reconfigurable Pixelled Patch Antennas," North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO, January 2011.