Dirk Grundwald

Post-Baccalaureate Faculty Director • Professor
Dirk Grunwald is the Wilfred and Caroline Slade Endowed Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, in the Department of Computer Science. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign under Dr. Daniel Reed in the Department of Computer Science. He has been a member of the CU Boulder faculty since 1989. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.

Dirk works in the area of computer systems, broadly defined. This includes network, wireless networking and computer architecture, as well as privacy and analysis of data sets. Previously, he has been involved in high performance computing and storage systems. He is also interested in and publishes on technology policy, particularly Internet and wireless policy.

Randall Berry


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA

S.M. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri, Rolla, MO


Research Interests

Prof. Berry’s research covers resource allocation problems that arise in networked systems ranging from communication networks to social networks. This work uses mathematical models to gain insights into such systems and draws on tools from stochastic modeling, optimization, economics and algorithms. Specific topics of current interest include developing distributed resource allocation techniques for wireless networks, dynamic spectrum sharing and wireless spectrum policy, understanding the role of incentives in network security and modeling learning and adoption in social networks.

Tony Beasley

Tony Beasley became the Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in May 2012 and serves as AUI’s Vice President for NRAO. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with First Class Honors (1986), and a PhD in Astrophysics (1991) from the University of Sydney. His doctoral thesis examined magnetic field generation and solar-stellar activity in post-main-sequence stars. His scientific interests include non-thermal stellar radio emission, Very Long Baseline Interferometry techniques, radio supernovae, and astrometry of stellar/interstellar masers.

He first joined NRAO as a post-doc, then as a scientific staff member and senior manager in Socorro, NM and Charlottesville, VA. Since 2000, his career has focused on the design, construction, operation, and management of major scientific research facilities, with roles including: Project Manager for the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA), 2000-2004; ALMA Project Manager at the Joint ALMA Observatory in Chile, 2004-2008, leading the ALMA construction project through multiple international reviews and a major re-baselining effort; Operations Officer and Project Manager for NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network), 2008-2012, leading this continental-scale observatory designed to provide scientists with 30 years of ecological data on the impacts of climate change, land use change, and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity.

Al Gasiewski


Professor Albin J. Gasiewski is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Director of the NOAA-CU Center for Environmental Technology (CET). He received his Ph.D degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. Previously, he received the M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and the B.S. degree in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University in 1983. From 1997 through 2005 he was with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Environmental Technology Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, USA, where he was Chief of ETL’s Microwave Systems Development Division. From 1989 to 1997 he was a faculty member within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. He has developed and taught courses on electromagnetics, remote sensing, instrumentation, and wave propagation theory

Professor Gasiewski is an internationally-recognized expert in passive and active remote sensing of atmospheric, land surface, cryospheric and oceanographic processes, and contributor to several related underlying disciplines, including electromagnetic wave propagation, scattering, and radiative transfer theory and applications, signal detection, estimation, and model-based data assimilation, microwave instrumentation, radio spectrum allocation, and sensor calibration and metrology. He is engaged in the development of surface-based, airborne, and spaceborne remote and in situ sensing systems for meteorology, hydrology, climatology and related environmental applications. His specific interests include the development of UAS-based systems for Earth observation and precision agriculture, and low-Earth orbiting constellations of passive microwave imaging satellites for improved mesoscale weather forecasting. He has interests in radar systems for glacial ice imaging and aircraft navigation, wave propagation in turbulent media, environmental sensor systems for renewable energy development, and systems for sensing electrical phenomena in the atmosphere. His remote sensing interests include the development of radar imaging systems for subsurface imaging of the ice sheets on Europa and Enceladus.

Prof. Gasiewski is a 2002 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Past President (2004-2005) of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), and founding member of the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation (ICEO). He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, the International Union of Radio Scientists (URSI), Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. From 2009-2011 he served as Chair of USNC/URSI Commission F. He served on the U.S. National Research Council’s Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF) from 1989-1995. He was the General Co-chair of IGARSS 2006, held in Denver, Colorado, and a recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Service Award and the 2017 Education Award from the GRSS.


Zoya Popovic

Prof. Popovic advises on research in areas of high-efficiency linear and broadband microwave power amplifiers, low-loss broadband microwave and millimeter-wave circuits and antennae, millimeter-wave and THz quasi-optical techniques, active antenna arrays, wireless powering for low-power sensors and high-power wireless near-field charging, microwave applications in medicine such as high-field MRI and core body temperature measurements, microwave heating for waste management and Rydberg atom microwave and millimeter-wave quantum sensors.

Distinguished Professor • Lockheed Martin Endowed Chair in RF Engineering


Jade Morton

Professor • Helen and Hubert Croft Professor • Director of CCAR

Focus Area:

Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation; Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Sciences


PhD, Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1991
MS, Electrical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1987
BS, Physics, Nanjing University, 1983

Professional Experience:

2019 – Present, Director, Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, University of Colorado Boulder
2017 – Present, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2018 – 2019, Chair for Graduate Studies, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2014 – 2017, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University
2009 – 2014, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Miami University
2006 – 2009, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Miami University
2000 – 2006, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Miami University
1991 – 1993, Post-doctoral Fellow, Space Physics Research Laboratories, The University of Michigan
1987 – 1991, Graduate Research Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
1985 – 1987, Graduate Research Assistant, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, Case Western Reserve University
1983 – 1985, Faculty, Physics Department, Nanjing University

Awards (Selected):

Faculty Research Award, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, 2021
Johannes Kepler Award, Institute of Navigation (ION), 2020
Richard B. Kershner Award, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, PLANS, 2020
Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, 2019-21
Distinguished Performance Award, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado Boulder, 2019
Fellow, Royal Institute of Navigation (2019)
Samuel M. Burka Award, Institute of Navigation (ION) (2016)
Best session paper, ION GPS/GNSS/GNSS+ Conference (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2007, 2004)
GPS World Leadership Service Award, GPS World Magazine (2015)
Fellow, ION (2015)
Fellow, IEEE (2014)
Tan Chin Tuan Faculty Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2014)
First place team advisor, ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition (2014)
Distinguished Scholar, Miami University (2013)
Thurlow Award, ION (2013)
Woman’s Leadership Award, Miami University (2013)
Jennie Elder Suel Distinguished Woman of Color Award, Miami University (2013)
Best paper, Colloquium Sci. Fundamental Aspects Galileo Program (2013)
Best paper in track, IEEE/ION PLANS Conference (2012)
Best paper, IEEE NAECON (2011)
Outstanding Researcher, School of Eng. & Applied Sci., Miami University (2011, 2005)
Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year, Miami University (2009)
Teaching Excellence award, School of Engineering & Applied Sci., Miami University (2007)
National Research Council/AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellow (2004, 2003, 2002)
First place, Annual Graduate Research Exhibition, Penn State University (1990)

Research Interests:

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receiver technology for navigation in challenging environments and for remote sensing of the ionosphere, atmosphere, and Earth’s surface.

Taylor Barton

Associate Professor • Lockheed Martin Junior Faculty Fellow

Dr. Barton’s RF Power and Analog Laboratory investigates engineering challenges related to RF and microwave active circuit design, specifically in RF front-ends for communications, imaging, and telemetry applications in both commercial and defense spaces. The growing importance of these areas is tied to rising costs of energy and an interest in global energy consumption reduction, underscoring the need for development of energy-efficient systems. A major driving application is next-generation 5G radio, which has motivated increased interest in MIMO systems that also translates to defense applications such as phased array systems. Dr. Barton’s research has concentrated on three primary areas: (1) energy-efficient power amplifier (PA) design, (2) analog techniques for signal generation and linearization, and (3) integrated PA sensing and adaptation techniques. The combination of these technologies can result in efficient ‘smart’ transmitters able to adapt to environmental changes.


Scott Barker

N. Scott Barker received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Virginia in 1994 and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1996 and 1999 respectively.

In 1999 he joined the Naval Research Laboratory as a staff scientist in the Microwave Technology Branch. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His research interests include applying MEMS and micromachining techniques to the development of millimeter-wave and terahertz circuits and components. He has over 100 publications and several patents in this field. In 2011 he co-founded the company Dominion MicroProbes, Inc., to develop and market THz frequency technology co-invented by his group at the University of Virginia, including 500-750 GHz and 750-1100 GHz on-wafer probes.

Prof. Barker has served on the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques technical committee on RF-MEMS (MTT-21) since 2000 and was the committee chair from 2008 to 2011. He has also served on the IMS Technical Program Review Committee since 2001. He served on the Steering Committee of IMS2011 in Baltimore, was the TPC co-chair for IMS2014 in Tampa, FL, and is Co-General Chair for IMS2024 in Washington, D.C. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques from 2010 to 2013 and was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters from 2016-2018. He is currently the Chair of the MTT-S Publications Committee.

Prof. Barker received the 2016 Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award, the 2012 IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015, the New Faculty Teaching Award in 2006 and the Faculty Innovation Award in 2004. He is an IEEE Fellow, a recipient of the 2003 NSF CAREER Award, and was awarded the 2000 IEEE Microwave Prize for his work on RF-MEMS Phase Shifters.


B.S. ​University of Virginia, 1994

M.S. ​University of Michigan, 1996

Ph.D. ​University of Michigan, 1999


  • IEEE Fellow, 2018
  • Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award, UVA Licensing & Ventures Group, 2016
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015
  • Outstanding Young Engineer Award, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), 2012
  • Microwave Prize, 2000

Research Interests:

  • Millimeter-Wave and Terahertz Electronics
  • Radio-Frequency Microelectromechanical Systems (RF-MEMS)
  • Wireless and Optical Communication Systems

Kazunori Akiyama

I am an astrophysicist working on the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. I primarily study black holes with and develop imaging algorithms for the EHT.

I was born and educated in Japan. I received my undergraduate degree in Physics from Hokkaido University in 2010. Then, I completed my M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Astronomy at the University of Tokyo in 2012 and 2015, respectively, under the supervision of Prof. Mareki Honma at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) Mizusawa VLBI Observatory. I started to work at Haystack Observatory as a postdoctoral fellow in 2015.

2020: http://news.mit.edu/2020/kazunori-akiyama-receives-young-astronomer-award-0302