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Kapil Dandekar

Kapil Dandekar, PhD

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Drexel University College of Engineering

Phone: 215.895.2228


Kapil R. Dandekar received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1997. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 and 2001, respectively. In 1992, he worked at the U.S. Naval Observatory and from 1993-1997, he worked at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

In 2001, Dandekar joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University; the Director of the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL); Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Drexel University College of Engineering. DWSL has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, Army ARDEC/CERDEC, National Security Agency, Office of Naval Research, and private industry. Dandekar’s current research interests and publications involve wireless, ultrasonic, and optical communications, reconfigurable antennas, and smart textiles. Dandekar holds several patents in the area of wireless systems, and intellectual property from DWSL has been licensed for use in commercial products. In 2007, Dandekar received the ECE Outstanding Research Award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and in 2015, he received the Outstanding Research Award from the College of Engineering at Drexel University.

Dandekar is a member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board and co-founder of the EPICS-in-IEEE program. For his work with EPICS, Dandekar received the President’s Award for Civic Engagement from Drexel University in 2013, and the Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Educational Activities Board in 2012.

Research Interests

Software defined/cognitive radio prototyping; reconfigurable, metamaterial, and non-traditional material antennas for wireless systems; smart textiles for biomedical monitoring applications; smart antenna/MIMO systems for wireless communications; sensor networks for air quality and homeland security; free space optical and ultrasonic communication; wireless physical layer security; service learning and cybersecurity education