IEEE Washington/Northern Virginia

Sensors Council Chapter



Upcoming event by IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Washington DC/Northern VA Chapter (IEEE MTT- S),

co-sponsored by the IEEE Wash/ NoVA Sensor Council Chapter:


Wed, Nov. 20, 2013, 5:30PM (social), 6:00PM (optional dinner, RSVP required to Roger Kaul by COB Monday, Nov 18), 7:00 PM lecture

Place:   Mitre, Bldg. 2, 7515 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA 22102-7539 (

Contact: Roger Kaul,, 301-394-4775


Title:  Terahertz Sensing Technology

Speaker: Dr. Michael Shur, Rensselaer Polytechnique Institute


Terahertz sensing is enabling technology for detection of biological and chemical hazardous agents, cancer detection, detection of mines and explosives, providing security in buildings, airports, and other public space, short-range covert communications (in THz and sub-THz windows), and applications in radioastronomy and space research. This lecture will review the-state-of-the-art of existing THz sources, detectors, and sensing systems. As application examples, Dr. Shur will discuss THz space exploration, sensing of biological materials, broadband THz reflection and transmission detection of concealed objects, THz explosive identification, THz nanocomposite spectroscopy, and THz remote sensing.


Dr. Michael Shur is Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor and Director of the NSF I/UCRC “Connection One” at RPI. He is Life Fellow of IEEE, APS, and SPIE, Fellow of OSA, IET, ECS, WIF, MRS, AAAS, life member of IEEE MTT, Sigma Xi, and Humboldt Society, and member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and ASEE. He is also   Editor-in-Chief of IJHSES, Vice- President of IEEE Sensor Council for Conferences, Member of Board of Governors and Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE EDS. He is co-founder and Vice-President of Sensor Electronics Technology, Inc. His awards include Tibbetts Award for Technology Commercialization, St. Petersburg Technical University Honorary Doctorate, IEEE Kirchmayer Award, Gold Medal of Russian Education Ministry, and Best Paper Awards. Dr. Shur is a Foreign Member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.