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Defense Technologies

Reconfigurable Origami Antennas and Wireless Transmission of Power & Data

FIU continues to advance defense-related research applications crucial to the U.S. military. Dr. Stavros Georgakopoulos, associate professor at FIU's College of Engineering and Computing, has developed origami antennae, which are easy-to-launch and carry, robust and reconfigurable with great value for the Department of Defense and various military branches.

The government has a strong incentive to encourage the rapid adoption of existing and emerging defense technologiesGeneral James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Dr. Stavros Georgakopoulos is also leading research on highly efficient wireless transmission of power and data through novel systems. These wireless power transfer and communications systems have health applications and support the Department of Defense's mission, specifically by enhancing efficient diagnostics and extending the life and reducing the weight of military platforms.

Priorities/Recommendations for Congress

  • Encourage the Department of Defense to prioritize the research and development of deployable and reconfigurable origami antenna systems, enabling tunable and reconfigurable antenna operations
  • Encourage the Department of Defense to prioritize research and development on highly efficient wireless transmission of power and data to enable simultaneous powering and communication of sensors for defense readiness and health needs

Research Lead

Stavros Georgakopoulos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007, Dr. Stavros Georgakopoulos held a position as Principal Engineer at SV Microwave, Inc. His current research interests relate to wireless powering of portable, wearable and implantable devices, novel antennas and wireless sensors.

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