Andrew Chrysler received an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award. The Doctoral Research Award includes a US$2,500 fellowship. He is involved in this research as a graduate student as he works towards his PhD.
Andrew gave us some input on his drive for this topic. He was inspired to research the use of tattoo antennas with implanted medical devices after meeting his advisor Dr. Furse and discussing his diverse background in chemical and biological engineering as well as his experience working in the semiconductor industry.This is an important topic because as implanted medical devices (pacemakers, etc.) continue to decrease in size there will be an increased demand for the limited real estate on these devices. This research will investigate new ways to make use of the limited device size. As implantable medical devices continue to increase in use and purpose (cochlear, retinal, artificial limb), this research will help facilitate wireless monitoring and control of these devices.
Due to his unique background in chemical and biological engineering, he expects to be challenged as he learns more about electromagnetics. Additionally, this antenna design will be quite unconventional and will be challenging to implement it. He hopes to contribute to the advancement of engineering and medical devices through his diverse educational and experiential background.