Professor Steven (Shichang) Gao is Chair of RF and Microwave Engineering, and the Director of Postgradudate Research at School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, UK.
He started his career since 1994 while at China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (China). Then he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at National University of Singapore (Singapore), a Research Fellow at Birmingham University (UK), a Visiting Scientist at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), a Visiting Fellow at Chiba University (Japan), and a Visiting Scientist at University of California at Santa Barbara (US). He was a Senior Lecturer, Reader and Head of Antenna and Microwave Group at Northumbria University (UK) during 2002-2007, and the Head of Satellite Antennas and RF System Group at Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey (UK) during 2007-2012. He joined the University of Kent as a Professor in 2013. He also held short-term visiting appointments at some institutes including as a Visiting Professor at Northwestern Polytechnic University (China) and the University of Calabria (Italy).
He authored, co-authored and co-edited 2 books including Space Antenna Handbook (Wiley, 2012) and Circularly Polarized Antennas (Wiley-IEEE, 2014), over 300 refereed papers in international journals and conferences, and 4 patents.
He is an Associate Editor of several international Journals (IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation; Radio Science; IEEE Access; IET Circuit, Devices and Systems; Electronics Letters), and the Editor-in-Chief for Wiley Book Series on "Microwave and Wireless Technologies". He was a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (2014-2016), General Chair of 2013 Loughborough Antenna and Propagation Conference, Lead Guest Editor of Proceedings of the IEEE for Special Issue on "Small Satellites"(2018), Lead Guest Editor of IEEE Trans on Antennas and Propagation for Special Issue on "Antennas for Satellite Communication"(2015), Guest Editor of IET Circuits, Devices & Systems for Special Issue in “Photonic and RF Communications Systems” (2014), Chair of Special Session on “Satellite Communication Antennas” in CSNDSP'2012, Chair of Workshop on "New Technology Development for Space" in 2015 IEEE Microwave Symposium, etc. He is a member of the editorial boards of International Journal of RF and Microwave CAE (US), International Journal of Space Science and Engineering (US), Chinese Journal of Electronics (China), Chinese Journal of Radio Science (China), etc. He was a Plenary/Invited Speaker of some international conferences and workshops (IEEE APWC'2017, UCMMT'2017, AES'2014, IWAT'2014, SOMIRES'2013, APCAP'2014, etc). He is a Fellow of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK.
He received URSI Young Scientist Award from International Union of Radio Science (URSI), 2002, Japan Society of Promotion Science (JSPS) Fellowship Award, Japan, 2005, Best Paper Award, LAPC, 2012, JSPS Award, Japan, 2013, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Fellow Award, UK, 2013, IET Premium Award for the Best Paper in IET Microwave, Antennas and Propagation, 2016, CST University Publication Award, 2017, etc.
He received many research grants and was Principal Investigator for "Millimeter-wave intelligent array antennas for Ka-band satellite communications on the move" (FLEXWIN, funded by EU FP7), “Advanced reflectarray antennas for space-borne synthetic aperture radars” (funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK), “Gallium Nitride integrated millimeter-wave active phased array multi-beam transceivers for SATellites" (GaNSat, funded by EU FP7 Space Programme), etc. Currently he is a Principal Investigator for Several Research Projects including "Adaptive multi-band small MIMO antennas for next-generation smart phones" (funded by Huawei), "Low-cost THz wideband smart antennas design and fabrication using 3D Printing" (WISDOM, funded by EPSRC), "Lead Niobate-based Tunable Dielectrics for Smart Microwave and Millimeter-wave Systems" (EPSRC), "Digital Beamforming Synthetic Aperture Radars onboard satellites constellations "(DIFFERENT, funded by EU FP7 Space Programme), etc.
His main areas of expertise are in antennas, smart antennas, phased arrays, MIMO, satellite antenna, deployable antennas, RF/microwave/millimetre-wave/THz circuits and RF front ends (high-efficiency RF/microwave power amplifiers, filters), 5G mobile communications, satellite communications, wireless power transfer, UWB radars, GNSS reflectometry, synthetic-aperture radars, electromagnetic modelling and small satellites.
He is looking for potential PhD students. Ideally he/she has completed MSc study and may be funded by his/her government scholarship (e.g., China Scholarship Council or similar government scholarships in other countries) or other sources.
University of Kent
Lead Niobate-based Tunable Dielectrics for Smart Microwave and Millimeter-wave Systems" (EPSRC);
Millimeter-wave intelligent array antennas for Ka-band satellite communications on the move (FLEXWIN, funded by European Union FP7 ICT Program);
Low-cost THz wideband smart antennas design and fabrication using 3D Printing" (funded by EPSRC),;
Advanced reflectarray antennas for space-borne synthetic aperture radars (funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK);
Gallium Nitride integrated millimeter-wave active phased array multi-beam transceivers for SATellites (GaNSat, funded by European Union FP7 Space Programme);
Digital Beamforming Synthetic Aperture Radars onboard satellites constellations (DIFFERENT, funded by EU FP7 Space Programme);
Adaptive multi-band small MIMO antennas for smart phones (funded by industry);
Low-cost small smart antennas for wireless communications (funded by industry);
Ultra-wideband antennas and arrays for through-wall imaging radars;
Antennas and RF front ends for multi-band Global Navigation Satellite Systems Receivers onboard small satellites (funded by CEOI, UK, and industries);
GaN HEMT-based high-efficiency RF/microwave power amplifiers (HEFCE and industries);
Air-borne synthetic aperture radar RF payload (funded by industries).
Satellite and Optical Communication;
Electronic and RF Circuits;
Antennas and Propagation;