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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

  • G. Ghazi, C. Rappaport, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Improved SAR Imaging Contour Extraction Using Smooth Sparsity-Driven Regularization, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 15(2), 2016, 266-269
  • B. Gonzalez-Valdes, Y. Alvarez, S. Mantzavinos, C.M. Rappaport, F. Las-Heras, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Improving Security Screening: A Comparison of Multistatic Radar Configurations for Human Body Imaging, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 58(4), 2016, 35-47
  • B. Gonzalez-Valdes, Y. Alvarez, Y. Rodriguez-Vaqueiro, A. Arboleya-Arboleya, A. Garcia-Pino, C. Rappaport, F. Las-Hera, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Millimeter Wave Imaging Architecture for the On-the-Move Whole Body Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 64(6), 2016, 2328-2338
  • C. Rappaport, B. Gonzalez-Valdes, Multistatic Nearfield Imaging Radar for Portal Security Systems Using a High Gain Toroidal Reflector Antenna, European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), Lisbon, Portugal, 2015, *best paper award
  • Y. Alvarez, Y. Rodriguez-Vaqueiro, B. Gonzalez-Valdes, C. Rappaport, F. Las-Heras, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Three-Dimensional Compressed Sensing-Based Millimeter-Wave Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 63(12), 2015, 5868-5873

Related News

July 18, 2019

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport and MIE/ECE Associate Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo are developing sensors that could replace current airport scanners to quickly scan passengers as they walk down a hallway.

May 23, 2019

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport & MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo awarded a patent for "On the move millimeter wave interrogation system with a hallway of multiple transmitters and receivers".

December 19, 2018

Carey Rappaport, ECE Professor and deputy director of the Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) Center, is working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop quicker and more accurate scanners at airport security checkpoints.

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