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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
Email Address: send me a message
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Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • ECE 590.07, ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECE Synopsis
    Hudson 201, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Teaching (Spring 2018):
  • ECE 110L.03, FUND OF ELEC AND COMP ENGR Synopsis
    FITZPATRK 1464, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM


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. Singh, R; Maurya, AK; Chanrion, O; Neubert, T; Cummer, SA; Mlynarczyk, J; Cohen, MB; Siingh, D; Kumar, S, Assessment of Unusual Gigantic Jets observed during the Monsoon season: First observations from Indian Subcontinent., Scientific Reports, vol. 7 no. 1 (November, 2017), pp. 16436 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Bowers, GS; Smith, DM; Martinez-McKinney, GF; Kamogawa, M; Cummer, SA; Dwyer, JR; Wang, D; Stock, M; Kawasaki, Z, Gamma Ray Signatures of Neutrons From a Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flash, Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 44 no. 19 (October, 2017), pp. 10,063-10,070 [doi]
  3. Fu, Y; Cao, Y; Cummer, SA; Xu, Y; Chen, H, Coherent perfect absorber and laser modes in purely imaginary metamaterials, Physical Review A, vol. 96 no. 4 (October, 2017) [doi]  [abs]
  4. Li, Y; Shen, C; Xie, Y; Li, J; Wang, W; Cummer, SA; Jing, Y, Tunable Asymmetric Transmission via Lossy Acoustic Metasurfaces., Physical Review Letters, vol. 119 no. 3 (July, 2017), pp. 035501 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Xie, Y; Ye, S; Reyes, C; Sithikong, P; Popa, B-I; Wiley, BJ; Cummer, SA, Microwave metamaterials made by fused deposition 3D printing of a highly conductive copper-based filament, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 110 no. 18 (May, 2017), pp. 181903-181903 [doi]  [abs]