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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

April 28, 2017

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

February 27, 2017

ALERT members Carey Rappaport & Jose Martinez-Lorenzo awarded a patent for "Signal processing methods & systems for explosive detection & identification using electromagnetic radiation".

February 7, 2017

The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society has selected ECE Professor Carey Rappaport as a Distinguished Lecturer for 2017 - 2019.

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