ECE student Michael Edwin wins Undergraduate Research Competition at 6th Annual BDN Conference

Rutgers engineering student Michael Edwin won first place for his undergraduate research project that applied electromagnetic waves in the detection of human vital signs and human tracking, during the 6th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference in Charlotte in October. Edwin, who is a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering (ECE), conducts research alongside his mentor ECE assistant professor Chung-Tse Michael Wu in the Microwave Research Lab. The Black Doctoral Network provides opportunities for collaboration, support and resource sharing between scholars across university lines by encouraging intellectual curiosity and transformative research.

Using a low-cost metamaterial Leaky Wave Antenna (LWA) and a 2D frequency scanning array, Edwin expanded on existing LWA research by demonstrating LWA is capable of reading and measuring the heart rate and respiratory rates of different individuals simultaneously. The research also demonstrated an ability to simultaneously track a human and a metallic object’s position and location through the emission of radiation waves, which is reflected off the human or object back to the LWA. This research will have applications in the enhancement of security surveillance, radar sensing, indoor monitoring, and motion sensing.

Edwin is a 2018 Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement scholar which is a national program supported by the U.S. Department of Education to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees among underrepresented populations. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, serving as the research chair of the Rutgers chapter; a Camp UKnight leader for new incoming students; a leadership ambassador for the Leadership and Experiential Learning Department; and serves as a student consultant for the Office of Information Technology at Rutgers.