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Steven A. Cummer, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bass Fellow of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Steven A. Cummer

Dr. Steven Cummer received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1997 and prior to joining Duke University in 1999 he spent two years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an NRC postdoctoral research associate. Awards he has received include a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001. His current work is in a variety of theoretical and experimental electromagnetic problems related to geophysical remote sensing and engineered electromagnetic materials.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  3455 CIEMAS, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5256
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Ph.D.Stanford University1997
M.S.E.E.Stanford University1993
B.S.E.E.Stanford University1991


Atmospheric Science


Acoustics • Adaptive filters • Adaptive signal processing • Algorithms • Atmospheric electricity • Computer Simulation • Dust devils • Electric fields • Electronics • Electrons • Elves • Equipment Design • Equipment Failure Analysis • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted • Infrared Rays • Lenses • Light • Magnetic Fields • Manufactured Materials • Materials Testing • Metals • Metamaterials • Meteorology • Microwaves • Models, Theoretical • Moisture • Noise • Optics and Photonics • Oxidants • Piezoelectric devices • Rain • Refractometry • Reproducibility of Results • Scattering, Radiation • Sensitivity and Specificity • Thermodynamics • Thunderstorms • Tomography, Optical

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Lu, G; Fan, Y; Zhang, H; Jiang, R; Liu, M; Qie, X; Cummer, SA; Han, C; Liu, K, Measurement of continuing charge transfer in rocket-triggered lightning with low-frequency magnetic sensor at close range, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics, vol. 175 (October, 2018), pp. 76-86 [doi]
  2. McCall, M; Pendry, JB; Galdi, V; Lai, Y; Horsley, SAR; Li, J; Zhu, J; Mitchell-Thomas, RC; Quevedo-Teruel, O; Tassin, P; Ginis, V; Martini, E; Minatti, G; Maci, S; Ebrahimpouri, M; Hao, Y; Kinsler, P; Gratus, J; Lukens, JM; Weiner, AM; Leonhardt, U; Smolyaninov, II; Smolyaninova, VN; Thompson, RT; Wegener, M; Kadic, M; Cummer, SA, Roadmap on transformation optics, Journal of Optics (United Kingdom), vol. 20 no. 6 (June, 2018), pp. 063001-063001 [doi]
  3. Bowers, GS; Smith, DM; Kelley, NA; Martinez-McKinney, GF; Cummer, SA; Dwyer, JR; Heckman, S; Holzworth, RH; Marks, F; Reasor, P; Gamache, J; Dunion, J; Richards, T; Rassoul, HK, A Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flash inside the Eyewall of Hurricane Patricia, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol. 123 no. 10 (May, 2018), pp. 4977-4987 [doi]
  4. Shen, C; Cummer, SA, Harnessing Multiple Internal Reflections to Design Highly Absorptive Acoustic Metasurfaces, Physical Review Applied, vol. 9 no. 5 (May, 2018) [doi]  [abs]
  5. Shen, C; Díaz-Rubio, A; Li, J; Cummer, SA, A surface impedance-based three-channel acoustic metasurface retroreflector, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 112 no. 18 (April, 2018), pp. 183503-183503 [doi]