Jordan Budhu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow of Electrical and Computer Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellowship was established in 2004 to honor the memory of the late Steven O. Lane, a 1978 graduate of Virginia Tech who was considered to be a leader in spacecraft antenna design. Lane spent his entire professional career with Boeing Satellite Systems, and among his many accomplishments were 12 patents and several professional papers. The fellowship is presented to a junior faculty member for teaching and research excellence and is held for three years.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2022, Budhu has earned the reputation as a talented researcher in the area of electromagnetics as applied to electromagnetic metamaterials, metasurfaces, and spacecraft antennas. Having consistently published high quality research results in top journals and conferences, Budhu’s work has received the best poster award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Coastal Los Angeles Class-Tech Annual Meeting in 2012, and the best paper award at the United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science's National Radio Science Meeting in 2019.

In the classroom, Budhu successfully integrates his research ideas and discoveries into his instructional classes. He received an outstanding teaching award while at UCLA and has garnered strong teaching reviews from UCLA, University of Michigan, and Virginia Tech.

Budhu’s research has resulted in 16 journal papers, 30 conference papers, one book chapter, two proposed and convened special sessions in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society conferences, and a proposed and accepted special cluster in the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters of which he currently serves as lead guest associate editor. To support his forthcoming research, he has pending National Science Foundation grant applications, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award applications, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant applications.

Budhu worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2011 and 2012 and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan from 2019-21. He received his master’s degree from California State University at Northridge and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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