Kapil Dandekar

Kapil R. Dandekar

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office of the Dean

Kapil R. Dandekar

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office of the Dean

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2001
  • MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1998
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1997

Research Areas

Research Interests

Software defined/cognitive radio prototyping, reconfigurable and non-traditional material antennas for wireless systems, cybersecurity, internet of things, Functional fabrics for biomedical monitoring applications, smart antenna/MIMO systems for wireless communications, wireless physical layer security, engineering education

Areas of Study

Featured Awards

  • 2016 - Provost’s Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Scholarly Activity, Drexel University
  • 2015 - Drexel University College Outstanding Research Award, Drexel University College of Engineering
  • 2013 - President’s Award for Civic Engagement, Drexel University
  • 2012 - Meritorious Service Award, IEEE Educational Activities Board
  • 2007 - Department Research Award, Drexel University Electrical and Computer Engineering


Kapil R. Dandekar (S’95,M’01,SM’07) 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 Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently a Professor in 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 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. Intellectual property from DWSL has been licensed by external companies for commercialization. Dandekar is also a past member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board and co-founder of the EPICS-in-IEEE program.

Select Publications

  • D. Patron, W. Mongan, T. P. Kurzweg, A. Fontecchio, G. Dion, E. K. Anday, and K. R. Dandekar, “On the use of knitted antennas and inductively coupled RFID tags for wearable applications,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 10471057, Dec. 2016, issn: 1932-4545. doi: 10.1109/TBCAS.2016.2518871.
  • N. Gulati and K.R. Dandekar, “Learning State Selection for Reconfigurable Antennas: A Multi-Armed Bandit Approach”, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (Special Issue: Antenna Systems and Propagation for Cognitive Radio), vol. 62, no. 3, March 2014,issn: 0018- 926X. doi: 10.1109/TAP.2013.2276414.
  • D. Patron, D. Piazza, K.R. Dandekar, “A Wideband Planar Antenna with Reconfigurable Omnidirectional and Directional Radiation Patterns”, IEE Electronics Letters, vol. 49, no. 8, April 2013, issn: 0013-5194. doi: 10.1049/el.2013.0234.
  • D. Piazza, N.J. Kirsch, A. Forenza, R.W. Heath, Jr., and K.R. Dandekar, “Design and Evaluation of a Reconfigurable Antenna Array for MIMO Systems” IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 56, no. 3, March 2008, issn: 0018-926X. doi: 10.1109/TAP.2008.916908.
  • C. Liang and K.R. Dandekar, “Power management in MIMO ad hoc networks: A game theoretic approach,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 1164-1170, April 2007, issn: 1536-1276. doi: 10.1109/TWC.2007.348307.
  • D. H. Nguyen, J. Chacko, L. Henderson, A. Paatelma, H. Saarnisaari, N. Kandasamy, and K. R. Dandekar, “Wiart - visualize and interact with wireless networks using augmented reality: Demo,” in Proceedings of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, ser. MobiCom 16, New York City, New York: ACM, 2016, pp. 511512, isbn: 978-1-4503-4226-1. doi: 10.1145/2973750.2985626. [Online]. Available: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2973750.2985626.
  • C. Sahin, D. Nguyen, S. Begashaw, B. Katz, J. Chacko, L. Henderson, J. Stanford, and K. R. Dandekar, “Wireless communications engineering education via augmented reality,” in 2016 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Oct. 2016, pp. 17. doi: 10.1109/FIE.2016.7757366.
  • D. Nguyen, C. Sahin, B. Shishkin, N. Kandasamy, and K.R. Dandekar,“A Real-Time, Protocol-Aware Reactive Jamming Framework Built on Software Defined Radios”, in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM Software Radio Implementation Forum (SRIF), 2014, isbn: 978- 1-4503-2995-8. doi: 10.1145/2627788.2627798. [Online]. Available: http://doi.acm.org/10. 1145/2627788.2627798.
  • D. Patron, T. Kurzweg, A. Fontecchio, G. Dion, and K.R. Dandekar,“Wireless Strain Sensor through a Flexible Tag Antenna Employing Inductively-Coupled RFID Microchip”, IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, 2014, doi: 10.1109/WAMICON.2014.6857765.
  • K.R. Dandekar, S. Sinha and N. Ampofi-Anti, “IEEE-Based Implementation of Engineering Projects in Community Service,” Proceedings of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Con- ference, 2011, doi: 10.1109/GHTC.2011.70.