Georgia Tech ATHENA ECESIS Gallery My Resume


  I was born in Vietnam, 1984. I attended the University of Utah in 2004 for Physics. I transfered to the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005 to pursue double majors in Electrical Engineering (EE) and Physics. In May 2008, I earned both degrees from Georgia Tech with Honor and a thesis in EE . My undergraduate thesis was entitled "Design and Development of a Novel Compact Soft-Surface Structure for Performance Improvement and Size Reduction of a Microstrip Yagi Array Antenna."

I am currently working toward a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech, expected to graduate in Dec 2012. I've been a Graduate Research Assistant in the lab ATHENA since 2008, a wireless reseach group led by Prof. Manos Tentzeris at Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC). I first started doing research in 2005 as an undergrad under the supervision of Prof. Manos Tentzeris and Dr. Gerald DeJean (ATHENA's alumni), who also continued to be my PhD advisors. My current research focuses on radio frequency wireless sensing, front-end components in microwave and RF circuits, surface plasmon RF sensing applications, and electromagnetics in nano-structures such as carbon nanotubes and the graphene. For a short period, I also participated in Prof. DeHeer's Epitaxial Graphene research (School of Physics, Georgia Tech), and my project there was centered around applications of epitaxial graphene in high frequency circuits. My other academic interests include photonic circuits, condensed matter physics, quantum theories, modern algebra, and complex analysis.

I've had about a year of research experience at the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS) in Toulouse, France, a large research laboratory of CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research. The ongoing collaboration research has been conducted on a PhD Fellowship by CNRS-LAAS started in Fall 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Herve Aubert in RF Sensor group, MINC.

In two Summers of 2010-2011, I interned at Microsoft Research of Microsoft Corp in Redmond, WA, working in the Hardware and Devices Group and the Sensor and Energy Research Group under the mentorship of Dr. Gerald DeJean. In Jan 2011, I was selected as a recipient of the prestigious Microsoft PhD Research Fellowship. I'm holding 3 patents in pending: 1 with LAAS-CNRS, and 2 with Microsoft Research.

My undergrad ECE Senior Design Project was entitled Free Space Optics using LEDs (FSO-LED), a project on the short range wireless communication above 1 Gbps. My responsibilities included the optical link, the receiver circuit, and evaluation of the link performance. Other experience includes a Co-op Test Engineer position in T-Tech Inc., a PCB prototyping company for approximately 6 months in 2006-2007. My projects at T-Tech included building a database of and designing samples for antenna materials for T-Tech's prototyping machines, fabricating customers' samples of RF circuits, and designing a Stepper Motor Driver circuit for T-Tech's Quick Circuit Controller.

Some of my hobbies include drawing, painting, playing/writing music, biking, hiking, soccer, squash, and recently snowboarding. I published a few paintings electrically in the 2005 and 2006 editions of ECESIS, a creative webzine of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Note: If you're looking for a post-doc position in our lab, please email Prof. Tentzeris directly. I've received a number of emails seeking post-doc appointments in the past, and unfortunately I'm in no position to answer them.

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"I see in Nature a magnificent structure ... that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility... "
"The essential in the existence of a man like me is what he thinks and how he thinks, not what he does or suffers."
Albert Einstein


My advisors:

Prof. Manos Tentzeris (ECE, Georgia Tech)

Dr. Gerald DeJean (Microsoft Research)

Last updated in Jan, 2012.

Current Research Projects
[-] Highly Sensitive wireless passive Strain Transducer
[-] Radio Frequency wireless passive Temperature Transducer
[-] Radio Frequency stacked patch Pressure Transducer
[-] Carbon nanotube based material characterization and gas sensor
[-] Surface plasmon structures for sensors applications
[-] Equivalent circuits modeling for RF transducers based on resonant and radiation structures
Past Research Projects
[-] Carbon nanotube composites utilizied in Electromagnetic Bandgap structure for gas sensor
[-] Soft Surface Ring applied on Yagi Array Microstrip structure for super high gain and high front-to-back ratio
[-] Microstrip Bi-Yagi and Quad-Yagi Arrays
[-] Compact Tri-band Wimax antenna for handheld applications
Updated publication and patent lists posted on my resume.
:: Conference Papers
G.R.DeJean, T.T.Thai and M.M.Tentzeris, "Design of Microstrip bi-Yagi and Microstrip quad-Yagi Antenna Arrays for LAN and Millimeter-Wave Applications", Procs. of the 2006 IEEE-APS Symposium, pp.989-992, Albuquerque, NM, July 2006.

T. T. Thai, G. R. DeJean and M. M. Tentzeris, "Design and development of a novel compact soft-surface structure for the front-to-back ratio improvement and size reduction of microstrip Yagi antenna arrays", Procs. of the 2007 IEEE-APS Symposium, pp.1381-1384, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2007.

T. T. Thai, A. Haque, J. Ratner, G. R. DeJean and M. M. Tentzeris, "Development of a Fully-Integrated Ultrasensitive Wireless Sensor Utilizing Carbon Nanotubes and Surface Plasmon Theory", accepted for presentation to the 2008 IEEE-ECTC Symposium, Orlando, FL, May 2008. Motorola Fellowship Finalist

:: Journal Papers
G.DeJean, T.T.Thai, S.Nikolaou and M.M.Tentzeris, "Design and Analysis of Microstrip bi-Yagi and quad-Yagi Antenna Arrays for WLAN Applications" , accepted for publication to the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.

Awards & Honors
Updated Awards & Hornors posted on my resume.
[-] Finalist in the 2008 Motorola/IEEE CPMT Society Graduate Student Fellowship for Research on Electronic Packaging at 58th ECTC Symposium
[-] Finalist in the 2007 Georgia Tech Student Paper Competition sponsored by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
[-] 2007 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Undergraduate/ Pre-Graduate Scholarship Award
[-] ECE Undergraduate Research Award (2007 Roger P. Webb Awards Program, School of ECE, Georgia Tech)
[-] Georgia Tech Delegate in ACC Undergraduate Research Conference at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 2007
[-] Georgia Tech President's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) for Spring 2007
[-] Scholarship in Physics by University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2002
Class Projects, Presentations & Research Posters/Thesis
<>Remote Sensing: SEASAT Project Spring 06
<>Undergradate Research Poster Spring 06
<>ATHENA Presentation Spring 06
<>Design of Square Loop 3-element Yagi-Uda Array simulated in NEC
<>Design of Helix Antenna simulated in NEC, optimized in Matlab
(Matlab Generating Code and Optimization Code using Generic Algorithm for this Helix are posted in the next section)
<>Low Noise Amplifier Design for Operating Frequency of 4.2 GHz
<>S-parameter Calculation in MathCad R14 for LNA 4.2 GHz
(Right click to download, open with MathCad)
<>Free Space Optics Using LEDs (FSO-LED)
[ECE Senior Design Project Final Report]
<>Undergraduate THESIS: Design and Development of a Novel Compact Soft-Surface Structure for Performance Improvement and Size Reduction of a Microstrip Yagi Array Antenna
<>Undergraduate THESIS Presentation slides (large file, right click to download)
Antenna Codes
-Please give appropriate citations for authorship if you use the resources provided here
<> Helix Antenna design: Simulation in NEC, Build and Optimization in Matlab (Right click to download all the files below into the same folder)
helixsweep [M-file] (Read this file first for instructions)
Yagi [M-file]
nec_read [M-file]
optimize [M-file]
ga [M-file]
Run [M-file] (convienient calls in one file)
nec2dx500 [executable file] -more info on NEC here