UNK professor Said Abushamleh discussing wearable antennas at Science Café

Said Abushamleh
Said Abushamleh

WHAT: University of Nebraska at Kearney Science Café

HOSTED BY: Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Honor Society

TITLE: “Flexible Antennas for Wearable Applications: Design and Challenges”

TOPIC: Wireless body area networks (WBAN) and wearable antennas are becoming more widespread in applications such as health monitoring and smart watches. Two important features should be considered in the wearable antenna design: comfort level and specific absorption rate (SAR). Wearable antennas are usually made of soft materials that bend and crumple when people move, making their performance under these conditions critical. The SAR value should satisfy the limitation defined by U.S. standards to avoid any potential harm to people. During the design process, several parameters must be given consideration to lower SAR values because the antenna is placed close to the body.

PRESENTER: UNK assistant professor of electrical engineering Said Abushamleh received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Hashemite University in Jordan, a master’s degree in wireless communications from Lund University in Sweden and a doctorate in telecommunications engineering from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A UNK faculty member since 2016, his current research interests include antenna design for wearable electronics, microwave filters and electromagnetic band gap structures and their applications in mutual coupling reduction among antenna elements. Abushamleh is a member of the Jordan Engineers Association and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

DATE: Monday, Nov. 18

PLACE: The Loft, Cunningham’s Journal, 15 W. 23rd St., Kearney

CONTACT: Allen Thomas, UNK associate professor of chemistry, 308.865.8490, thomasaa@unk.edu