Dr Mahmoud Wagih
- UK IC Research Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer (Electronic & Nanoscale Engineering)
My interests are in applied Antenna and RF/EM Engineering. In research, I address electronic sustainability challenges through the combination of "RF-enabled" technologies and materials. I am also passionate about RF engineering education and research communication, for attracting more students to bridge the skills gap in the RF industry
Dr. Wagih joined the University of Glasgow in June 2022, where he holds an Intelligence Community (IC) Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering on the topic of RF-enabled energy harvesting, and is currently a UKIC Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer (Assitant Professor). He is a member of the Centre for Advanced Electronics (CAE) Management Team and a theme co-lead for Antennas & Wireless RF Systems. He is also a Visiting Fellow in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. He has been PI/Co-I on research projects around £2M, published over 90 journal and conference papers in leading IEEE and high-impact venues, and has delivered several invited talks at top research groups, consortia, and labs in both academia and industry. He is also keen on public engagement and outreach, with several award-winning presentations.
In 2017-2021, he was an undergraduate and postgraduate Research Assistant, at the University of Southampton (UK and Malaysia) on industrial collaborations and research projects (Intel; EPSRC Platform Grant), a Researcher Co-Investigator on Safeguard a £49.9k Research England SPRINT project, and has worked on consultancy projects (ECS Partners Ltd.). He was an EU H2020 EnABLES-funded PhD student from 2018 to 2020. He was a Hardware Verification Engineering Intern, in 2018, and a Research Intern on Secondment, in 2020, at Arm Ltd., UK. He was appointed as a post-doctoral research fellow, in 2021, and promoted to senior research fellow later in the same year, at the University of Southampton.
Awards and Honours
- ARMMS Conference Steve Evans-Pughe prize, Best Paper Award Runner-up. Oxford, April 2023, for work on Conformable mmWave single-wire transmission lines.
- Best PhD in Antennas and Propagation [in Europe] "Per-Simon Kildal Award", European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP), for a PhD awarded in 2020 and 2021, presented at the flagship European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP).
- Winner of the IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation Video Contest, 2022, for the best video based on a published IEEE OJAP article (out of >110 papers accepted/published in 2021).
- International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award, 2022. Awarded at the URSI Atlantic / Asia-Pacific Radio Science Meeting for the work on Phase-Accurate Analytical Modelling of Single-Wire Transmission Lines.
- Best Poster Presentation (2nd Place) at the eFutures Electronics for Sustainable Societies conference, 2022, for "Green RF-Enabled Sustainable Electronics".
- Best Paper Award (1st Place), at PowerMEMS 2021 international conference. Received for the paper "Textile-Based Radio Frequency Energy Harvesting and Storage using Ultra-Compact Rectennas with High Effective-to-Physical Area Ratio".
- Young Engineer of the Year Finalist, TechWorks, 2021, the award publicly celebrates and promotes the efforts of young professionals at the early stages of their careers.
- Dean's Award, Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences 2021, recognizing an Early Career Researcher who has demonstrated excellent performance and an exceptional contribution beyond expectations.
- Doctoral College Best of Faculty Research Award, selected from all the School Award winners and finalists across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS: >1,000 PhD students). Received for "Establishing a track record in a new field of research through an exceptional number of high-quality publications from a PhD"
- Doctoral College Research Award, School Winner for Electronics and Computer Science, 2021 Festival of Doctoral Research.
- IEEE Microwave Week 2020 3MT® Best Presentation (2nd Prize): selected from 24 finalists from worldwide top institutions for the presentation "Collecting Radio Rain". Featured in the IEEE Microwave Magazine and several workshop invitations.
- Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE MTT-S Wireless Power Transfer Conference, Wireless Power Week 2019, London, U.K. for the paper "Millimeter-Wave Textile Antenna for On-Body RF Energy Harvesting in Future 5G Networks"; from >100 WPTC2019 papers.
- Best Oral Paper Award at PowerMEMS 2019, Krakow, Poland, for the paper "Position-Independent Wearable 6.78 MHz Near-Field Radiative Wireless Power Transfer using Electrically-Small Embroidered Textile Coils", sponsored by MDPI Energies.
- Selected for the IEEE MTT-S Project Connect 2019: bringing an exceptional group of undergraduate and first-year graduate students to the International Microwave Symposium.
- University of Southampton 3MT®: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences Runner Up, SEMS Group first place winner.
- Andy Cranny Memorial Prize (2017/18), for the Best Undergraduate Project from 300 projects for the Project: "Flexible Wireless Sensor Node for Foot-Plantar Pressure Sensing".
Dr. Wagih holds multiple external roles including:
- Elected as an Affiliate/Full Member for two IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Technical Committees (TC-25 and TC-26): Wireless Power Transfer and Energy Conversion Committee, and RFID, Wireless Sensors and IoT Committee.
- A member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) technical committee on Wireless Power.
- A member of the inaugural IEEE UK and Ireland Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Committee.
- Lead Guest Editor for an IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation Special Section, and lead/co-guest editor for a further 3 special issues.
- TPC member and reviewer for several conferences including the flagship IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) and IEEE Antennas & Propagation Symposium (APS), Wireless Power Week, and others.
- A reviewer for EPSRC grants and over 17 Journals including multiple IEEE Antennas & Propagation and Microwave Theory & Techniques Letters, Journals, and Transactions, the IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Systems Journal, Sensors & Actuators A: Physical, and multiple MDPI titles.
- Senior Member of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), Member of the IET, and Member of the IEEE.
My interests are in "Green" RF-enabled electronics broadly covering:
- RF Energy Harvesting and wireless power transfer (WPT):
- Rectenna development from sub-1 GHz to mmWave bands for low-power, long-range applications.
- Near-field high-power resonant WPT including novel range-improvement mechanisms
- Experimental Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer (SWIPT) and practical signal design for WPT.
- Fully-integrated (CMOS) and discrete (COTS) circuit-antenna co-design
- Body-centric antennas and propagation.
- Energy Harvesting Systems:
- Circuits & systems to interface with and extract uW-level power for sustainable and pervasive electronic devices.
- Low-power communication, e.g. passive backscattering.
- Multi-source energy harvesting systems, such as triboelectric and RF, solar cells with antennas, and multi-mode energy harvesting and power conditioning circuits.
- Additively manufactured electronics: interested in the co-design of electronic circuits and their packaging and manufacturing methods to realize high-performance devices while minimizing the overheads of the electronics manufacturing industry.
- Green and sustainable electronics: identifying novel applications of green (biodegradable, biocompatible, and low-carbon footprint) materials in the electronics industry, focusing on the realization of near-zero-footprint wireless systems.
More information on our (under development) homepage: www.greenelectronicslab.org
Current Grants (chronological order):
- PI: "EDIBLES: Environmentally Driven Body-Scale Electromagnetic Co-Sensing" EPSRC ECR International Collaboration Call (£164k EP/Y002008/1, 2023-2025).
- PI: "Functional natively stretchAble Materials for body-centric cOmmUnication, Sensing, and powering (FAMOUS)" DSTL (Co-I: S. Kumar; £227k, 2023-2025).
- Co-I: "Dielectrophoretic roll system for high performance electronics using contactless selective assembly of nanostructures on large areas (DIELECT)" EPSRC (PI: Hadi Heidari, Co-Is: Jeff Kettle, David Cumming, Mahmoud Wagih, Morteza Amjadi). (£1.08M, 2023-2026; EP/W025752/1)
- PI: "Sustainable Sensing and Transduction using Microwave Scattering (STEMS)" Royal Society Research Grants. (£70k, 2023-2024; RGS/R1/ 231028).
- PI: "RF-Powered Sensing in Energy-Deprived Environments (REMINDER)" EPSRC IAA. (£38k, 2023-2024).
- Co-I: "Showcase of the 6G test capabilities at the University of Glasgow (SOUL)" EPSRC IAA. (PI: Chong Li, Co-Is: Qammer Abbasi, Hasan Abbas, Abdullah Al-Khalidi, Mahmoud Wagih, Edward Wasige); £34k, 2023-2024)
- PI: "Environmentally-Driven Electromagnetic Co-Sensing" CoSE Rewards for Excellence, UofG College of Science & Engineering (£10k, 2023)
- PI: "6G Power Amplifiers for Wireless Power Transfer" James Watt School of Engineering ECR Small Equipment Fund (£10k).
- PI: "Radio Frequency-Enabled Multi-Source Energy Harvesting in Inaccessible Locations" UK Intelligence Community Research Fellowship, Royal Academy of Engineering | Government Office for Science. (£249k FEC, 2021-2023).
- PI: "Green RF-Enabled On-Demand Sensing", Flexible Innovation Fund (FIF) project funded under EPSRC Platform Grant EP/P010164/1 (£77k, 2021)
- Researcher Co-I: "Safe-Guard", a SPRINT-UK (Research England) industry collaboration with MAFIC Ltd. (£49k, 2020-2021)
If you are interested in RF/wireless electronics and want to explore how to make impactful research in a PhD and what a PhD could add to you, please get in touch!
A non-exhaustive list of potential projects includes:
- Radio Frequency (RF), microwave, and mmWave components and systems, including antennas.
- Wearables, including e-textiles and printed electronics.
- Biomedical (RF) sensors and systems, including implantable devices, antennas, and circuits.
- Wireless sensors, including backscattering, RFID, and Internet of Things (IoT) nodes and networks.
- Energy harvesting and low-power sensing technologies, including both power harvesting and management.
- 1 x Post-Doctoral Researcher Vacancy Upcoming - get in touch if you have skills in RF systems, antennas and embedded electronics (to be advertised).
- James Stephenson (Research/Project Assistant)
- Matthew Chieng (Research/Project Assistant)
- Andrzej Dudek (Visiting PhD Researcher)
- Nikolas Bruce (PhD Researcher)
- Sitong Mu (PhD Researcher)
- Vacancies for short-term/part-time research assistant roles (from undergraduate to senior PhD candidate level) are available - get in touch for info!
- Nesbitt, Rory
RFID System for Localisation and Tracking
- Project Supervision: I regularly have BEng, MEng, and MSc project proposals related to my research interests. If you're keen on proposing your own project topic, please get in touch!
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2022: "Per-Simon Kildal Award" Best PhD in Antennas and Propagation [awarded at a European Institution in 2020 and 2021] (European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP))
- 2022: Winner of the IEEE OJAP Video Contest, 2022, for the best video based on a published IEEE OJAP article (IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation)
- 2022: Young Scientist Award (International Union of Radio Science (URSI))
- 2022: Best Poster Award (2nd place) (eFutures Electronics for Sustainable Futures Conference)
- 2021: Best Paper Award (1st Place) (PowerMEMS 2021 international conference)
- 2021: Young Engineer of the Year Finalist (UK TechWorks)
- 2021: Best of Faculty Research Award (University of Southampton Doctoral College)
- 2021: School Winner for Electronics and Computer Science (University of Southampton Doctoral College)
- 2021: Dean's Award, Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences 2021, recognizing an Early Career Researcher who has demonstrated excellent performance and an exceptional contribution beyond expectations (University of Southampton)
- 2020: IEEE Microwave Week 2020 3MT® Best Presentation (2nd Prize): selected from 24 finalists from worldwide top institutions for the presentation "Collecting Radio Rain". Featured in the IEEE Microwave Magazine and several workshop invitations. (IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society)
- 2019: Best Student Paper Award (IEEE MTT-S Wireless Power Transfer Conference)
- 2019: Best Oral Paper Award (PowerMEMS 2019 International Conference)
- 2019: Selected for the IEEE MTT-S Project Connect 2019: bringing an exceptional group of undergraduate and first-year graduate students to the International Microwave Symposium. (IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society)
- 2019: 3MT®: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences Runner Up, SEMS Group first place winner (University of Southampton)
- 2018: Andy Cranny Memorial Prize (for the Best Undergraduate Project from 300 projects) (School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton)
- UK Intelligence Community Research Fellowship - 2021: Royal Academy of Engineers
Grant committees & research advisory boards
- 2022: EPSRC, Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College
- 2023: UKRI, UKRI Talent Peer Review College (PRC)
Professional & learned societies
- 2021: Senior Member, International Union of Radio Science (URSI)
- 2021: Member, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Technical Committee-26: RFID, Wireless Sensors and IoT Committee
- 2021: Affiliate Member, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Technical Committee-25: Wireless Power Transfer and Energy Conversion Committee
- 2022: Member, IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS)
- 2022: Member, IEEE UK and Ireland Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Committee
- 2019: Member (MIET), IET
Selected international presentations
- 2023: 1st IEEE International Microwaves and Antennas Symposium (IMAS) in Africa:, Invited Technical Lecture "MHz to mm-Wave Wireless Power Transmission and Harvesting in Electromagnetically Harsh Environments using Large-Area Electronics" (Cairo, Egypt)
- 2022: IoT Keynote, IEEE Real Time Communication Conference "Sustainable Next-Geneneration IoT: RF-Enabled Sensing, Powering, and Communication"" (Illinois, Chicago, USA)
- 2022: Invited Talk, Exeter Microwave Metamaterials Meeting "RF Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power, Where to (Not) Use a Metamaterial?" (Exeter, UK)
- 2022: IEEE SENSORS invited speaker, "Wireless Ice Sensing using RFID" (Dallas, Texas, USA)
"My research focuses on how different wireless RF (MHz to sub-THz) technologies can collaboratively contribute to making electronics more sustainable, in areas where RF engineering would not normally apply"
Find out more at GREENElectronicsLab.org