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Carey Rappaport

COE Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
Associate Director, CenSSIS
316 Stearns Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115



  • Geo-centers, Inc.: Mine detection, sensor design and modeling
  • Tower Resources, Inc.: expert opinion on mobile phone based station transmission safety
  • Cities of Reading and Milton, MA: Cellular telephone health effects analysis
  • Mobile Brand Builder: Sports radar applications
  • PPG, Inc.: Microwave industrial heating applications


  • Antenna design
    • Reflectors for scanning and high-performance systems
    • bootlace scanning lenses
    • Wideband antennas
  • Wave propagation in complex media
    • Random media and boundary effects
    • Frequency-dependant materials
    • Surface and volumetric clutter
  • Computational modeling
    • Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) modeling in realistic media
    • Finite Difference Frequency Domain (FDFD) modeling with accelerated computational efficiency
    • Semi-Analytic Mode Matching (SAMM) method
    • Scientific visualization
  • Biomedical Microwaves device design and analysis
    • Cardiac ablation catheter design
    • Microwave assisted ballon angioplasty
    • Microwave hyperthermia for cancer treatment
  • Subsurface sensing system design and integration
    • Land mine detection
    • Buried contaminant and pollutant sensing
    • Ground penetrating radar systems
    • Subsurface sensor system design


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987

Research & Scholarship Interests

Bioelectromagnetics, microwave tissue imaging, electromagnetic breast cancer detection and treatment, cardiac ablation therapy, microwave assisted balloon angioplasty, catheter-based sensing. Antennas, electromagnetic computation, subsurface sensing and imaging, explosives detection, security system conceptualization and design.
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Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award

Professional Affiliations

  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • IEEE - Fellow (2006)
  • Sigma Xi - Life Member

Selected Publications

  • Y. Álvarez, F. Las-Heras, B. Gonzalez-Valdes, J.A. Martínez-Lorenzo, C. Rappaport "Accurate Profile Reconstruction Using An Improved SAR Based Technique", IEEE International Antennas and Propagation Symposium (IAPS), July 2013, p 818 - 819
  • B. Gonzalez-Valdes, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, C. Rappaport "Dual Band SAR Processing for Low Dielectric Contrast Buried IED Detection", IEEE IAPS, p 1080
  • C. Rappaport, B. Gonzalez-Valdes, G. Allan, J.A. Martínez-Lorenzo "Optimizing Element Positioning in Sparse Arrays for Nearfield Mm-Wave Imaging", IEEE Phased Array Conference, October 13-16, 2013, p 333-335
  • Y. Álvarez, F. Las-Heras, B. Gonzalez-Valdes, J.A. Martínez-Lorenzo, C. Rappaport "Material Characterization Using A Millimeter Wave Portal-Based Imaging System for Security Screening", IEEE Homeland Security Technology Conference, October 2013, p 511 - 516

Related News

November 13, 2017

ECE Prof. Carey Rappaport gave three IEEE Distinguished Lectures in: Melbourne, Australia, "Electromagnetic Sensing and Treatment of Living Things: Using Microwaves to Detect and Treat Disease...

May 24, 2017

ECE Professor and ALERT Deputy Director Carey Rappaport discusses the problems with securing large venues in the wake of the recent explosion at the Ariana Grande concert.

April 28, 2017

ALERT researchers Carey Rappaport, Jose Martinez-Lorenzo, & Octavia Camps are developing cutting-edge technology that can detect suspicious behavior at airports.

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