May 10, 2010
Steve Kenney received the Best Conference Paper Award at the 11th Annual IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, which was held April 12-13 in Melbourne, Fla.
Dr. Kenney's paper, entitled "Parametric Power Amplifiers: Old Ideas, New Technologies," presented an overview and history of microwave parametric amplifiers (paramps). He then proposed new technologies that may enable paramps to achieve wide bandwidth, high efficiency power amplification: gallium nitride (GaN), and multiferroics. If successful, this combination could displace the few remaining niches where vacuum tubes have maintained dominance over high power transistor technology.
An associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech since 2000, Dr. Kenney specializes in electronic design and applications.