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2013 Shaheen Award Announced

Deb Gillean • DATE: August 6, 2013

2013 Shaheen Award Announced

Berardi Sensale-Rodriguez

Dr. Berardi Sensale Rodríguez, who received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in May 2013, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award.

The Shaheen Award recognizes outstanding academic performance by a Notre Dame graduate student. One Shaheen Award is given each year to a graduate student in each of the four divisions of the Graduate School - Engineering, the Humanities, Science, and the Social Sciences and the selection is based on a variety of factors that include grades, research quality, publication record, and teaching record. Sensale Rodríguez is the first EE graduate student to win the award since its inception in 1990.

Dr. Sensale Rodríguez’s dissertation was entitled, "Novel Terahertz Devices Based on Tunable 2DEG Systems," and it was directed by Prof. Huili Grace Xing and Prof. Lei Liu.  Its focus was ultra-high frequency, or terahertz, electronics and their diverse applications. For decades, these very high frequency bands were one of the least exploited regions of the electromagnetic spectrum; yet, Berardi harnessed the unique physical properties of tunable two-dimensional electron gas systems to propose two new families of active terahertz devices—devices that hold the potential for superior performance in the communications and medical fields.

Sensale Rodríguez  is the first author of 11 journal publications and three
conference-proceeding publications; he also contributed to another six journal
publications as a co-author. Among his previous awards were the best student paper award at the 37th international conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Teraherz Waves and first prize in the Engineering Division of Notre Dame’s 2013 Graduate Research Symposium. 

Berardi will assume a tenure-track assistant professor position in fall 2013 at the
University of Utah.