Songbin Gong earns Dean's Award for Excellence in Research

2/26/2019 2:50:21 PM Susan McKenna


Songbin Gong, assistant professor and Intel Alumni Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected to receive a 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. Each spring, the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents the award to faculty in recognition of outstanding research contributions during the past year.

Gong’s primary research is centered on electromagnetics and optics with specific interests in antennas for communication and wireless sensing; microwave acoustics, devices and circuits; millimeter wave integrated circuits; reconfigurable RF and microwave systems; and micro-electro-mechanical systems. Among his projects is research published in 2018 in Nature Electronics, which describes work to develop smaller, more efficient radio frequency transformers that take 10-100 times less space on a microchip.

Gong earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University and joined the ECE faculty and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013.

In addition to being selected as an Intel Alumni Fellow in 2017, Gong’s awards include a NASA Early Career Faculty Award in 2017 and DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2014.

The College of Engineering will honor Gong and other awardees at the Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 29, 2019, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications auditorium.