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Robert M. Weikle

Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office location and address
E220 Thornton Hall
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Rice University, 1986
M.S. ​California Institute of Technology, 1987
Ph.D. ​California Institute of Technology, 1992
Post-Doc ​Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg Sweden, 1992-93
Biography

Robert M. Weikle, II received his B.S. in electrical engineering and physics from Rice University in 1986, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1987 and 1992, respectively. At Caltech, he developed a variety of new techniques for realizing and modeling arrays of coupled nonlinear active devices for microwave/millimeter-wave power combining. For this work, he shared the 1993 IEEE Microwave Prize. During 1992, Dr. Weikle was a postdoctoral research associate with the Department of Applied Electron Physics at Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola in Goteborg, Sweden where he
worked on millimeter-wave amplifiers based on high electron mobility transistors and low-noise terahertz mixers using superconducting hot electron bolometers.

In January 1993, Dr. Weikle joined the faculty of the University of Virginia where he is currently Professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. During this time, he has built a laboratory for millimeter and submillimeter-wave device characterization, circuit design, prototyping, and metrology and has pursued research on millimeter-wave and submillimeter-wave electronics, devices, and systems. Among his groups' research efforts are design and fabrication techniques for submillimeter-wave integrated circuits, heterogenous integraton of III-V semiconductor devices with micromachined silicon, investigation of measurement instrumentation and calibration techniques for terahertz device and circuit characterization (including micromachined probes for submillimeter-wave on-wafer measurements), and research on planar antennas and quasi-optical components for millimeter-wave imaging and power-combining.

In 2011, Dr. Weikle co-founded Dominion Microprobes, Inc., with colleagues Scott Barker and Arthur Lichtenberger, to develop on-wafer probe technologies for terahertz measurements. He currently serves at its Chief Technology Officer.

SII Planning: WHISPERS: Wireless Hardware Innovations and Signal Processing for Enhanced Radio-astronomy and Scientific Spectrum Sharing
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
August 15, 2020 – March 31, 2022
Integrated Micromachined Probing Platform for In-Situ Vacuum Characterization of Devices and Components at Millimeter and Submillimeter Wavelengths
Source: Dominion MicroProbes, Inc.
March 01, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Millimeter and Submillimeter-Wave Electronic Instrumentation for Non-Invasive Gas and Plasma Composition Sensing
Source: Azbil North America Research and Development, Inc.
February 01, 2019 – September 30, 2021
AS-SMM Wave Device/Technical Assistance, Fabrication and Support
Source: National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC)
September 16, 2016 – September 15, 2021
EN-EE Integrated Terahertz Measurement Systems based on Heterogeneously Integrated Sensors
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
June 01, 2016 – May 31, 2020
Micromachined Instrumentation for On-Wafer Measurement of Terahertz Frequencies
Source: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engine
February 15, 2018 – February 14, 2019
EN-EE-Broadband Wafer-Probe Millimeter-wave Sources Using Hybrid GaAs-on-Silicon Integration
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
September 01, 2016 – August 31, 2018
EN-DO Research in Support of SAIC's Strategic Alliance with UVA
Source: Science Applications Intrnl Corp
July 01, 2009 – December 31, 2017
SMM Wave Device/System Technical Assistance, Fabrication and Support
Source: National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC)
September 16, 2011 – September 15, 2016
EN-EE Micromachined Probes for Manufactuing Dianostics of High-Speed Electronic Components
Source: Center For Innovative Technology
January 06, 2014 – June 30, 2015
EN-EE Metrology and Wafer Probing for S-Parameter Characterization of Terahertz Devices and Circuits
Source: Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
June 01, 2009 – May 29, 2015
University of Virginia Proposal to Develop Terahertz Wafer Probes
Source: Teledyne Scientific Company, LLC
February 26, 2010 – April 30, 2013
ECE 3209: Electromagnetic Fields
Credits: 4
Analyzes the basic laws of electromagnetic theory, beginning with static electric and magnetic fields, and concluding with dynamic E&M fields; plane wave propagation in various media; Maxwell's Laws in differential and integral form; electrical properties of matter; transmission lines, waveguides, and elementary antennas. Prerequisite: APMA 2130, ECE 2630
ECE 4209: RF Circuit Design and Wireless Systems
Credits: 3
Design and analysis of wireless communication circuits. Topics covered include transmission lines, antennas, filters, amplifiers, mixers, noise, and modulation techniques. The course is built around a semester long design project. Prerequisite: ECE 3209,ECE 2660, ECE 3750
ECE 4265: Microwave Engineering Laboratory
Credits: 2
Analyzes the measurement and behavior of high-frequency circuits and components; equivalent circuit models for lumped elements; measurement of standing waves, power, and frequency; use of vector network analyzers and spectrum analyzers; and computer-aided design, fabrication, and characterization of microstrip circuits. Corequisite: ECE 5260 or instructor permission.
ECE 4907: Electrical Engineering Projects
Credits: 1–3
Under faculty supervision, students plan a project of at least one semester's duration, conduct the analysis or design and test, and report on the results. If this work is to be the basis for an undergraduate thesis, the course should be taken no later than the seventh semester. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ECE 4908: Electrical Engineering Projects
Credits: 1–3
Under faculty supervision, students plan a project of at least one semester's duration, conduct the analysis or design and test, and report on the results. If this work is to be the basis for an undergraduate thesis, the course should be taken no later than the seventh semester. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ECE 5260: Microwave Engineering I
Credits: 3
Design and analysis of passive microwave circuits. Topics include transmission lines, electromagnetic field theory, waveguides, microwave network analysis and signal flow graphs, impedance matching and tuning, resonators, power dividers and directional couplers, and microwave filters. Prerequisite: ECE 3209 or instructor permission.
ECE 6265: Microwave Engineering Laboratory
Credits: 2
Explores measurement and behavior of high-frequency circuits and components. Equivalent circuit models for lumped elements. Measurement of standing waves, power, and frequency. Use of vector network analyzers and spectrum analyzers. Computer-aided design, fabrication, and characterization of microstrip circuits. Corequisite: ECE 5260 or instructor permission.
ECE 6501: Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Credits: 3
A first-level graduate course covering a topic not normally covered in the graduate course offerings. The topic will usually reflect new developments in the electrical and computer engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ECE 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
ECE 6995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 3–6
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. A project report is required at the completion of each semester. May be repeated as necessary.
ECE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
PHYS 9998: Pre-Qual Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For students who have not passed the Qualifying exam for doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
ECE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
PHYS 9999: PhD Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

IEEE Microwave Prize 1993

David A. Harrison III Award, University of Virginia 1999

All-University Teaching Award, University of Virginia 2001

Faculty Educational Innovation Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia 2015

Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award, University of Virginia 2016




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