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In the Media: Dr Kenneth Tong

Manufacturing antennas in space

Dr Kenneth Tong, Senior Lecturer from UCL EEE was recently interviewed in the New Scientist about plans by British engineering firm, Magna Parva, to make satellites able to manufacture their own antennas in space from raw materials that they transport themselves and then combine once in space.

About Dr Kenneth Tong

Senior Lecturer, PhD, MIET, MIEEE, Member of Electromagnetics Academy

Dr Kin-Fai (Kenneth) Tong was born in Hong Kong and received the B.Eng.(Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from the City University of Hong Kong in 1993 and 1997, respectively. After graduation, he worked as a research fellow in the Department of Electronic Engineering in the university for two years. Then he took up the post Expert researcher in the Photonic Information Technology Group and Millimetre-wave Devices Group of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NiCT), Japan, where his main research focused on millimetre-wave planar antennas that would smoothly integrate with photonic devices for high-speed wireless communication systems. In 2005, Kenneth started his academic career in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL, as a lecturer.

Dr Tong's research areas of interest include:

    • planar antennas
    • phased array antennas
    • circularly polarised antennas
    • metamaterials at microwave and millimetre-wave frequencies
    • semiconductor process

Dr Tong is currently General Chair of the Organising Committee for iWEM 2017, the International Workshop on Electromagnetics, which is due to be held at UCL from 30 May - 1 June 2017. For more information see: http://www.iwem2017.org/