IEEE MTT-S undergraduate award 2011

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) awards up to ten $1500 undergraduate/pre-graduate scholarships each for the fall and spring semester. The purpose of these scholarships is to attract BS and MS students to the microwave and RF discipline, and to encourage them to pursue a job in the field or PhD degree in this field.

Claudia Vasanelli, undergraduate student in Telecommunications Engineering
from the Faculty of Engineering at University of Salento
(scientific advisor: Prof. Luciano Tarricone),
is one of the ten 2011 Fall awardees.


This project aims at realizing a UHF reader antenna on cheap and eco-friendly substrates. In the last years a great interest in green electronics has raised; at the same time, there was a growing use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. In the next few years, a mass distribution of RFID systems is expected; as a consequence, using paper as substrate is very appealing, as paper is fully recyclable, cheap and its properties (roughness, electric parameters, thickness and so on) can be ad-hoc customized. Compared to standard reader antennas, this antenna has several advantages: it is cheap and environmentally friendly, it has compact dimensions and it allows the integration of electronic equipment thanks to its cubic structure. Furthermore, it ensures efficient reading of tag.