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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

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February 10, 2018

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport gave an invited talk in Princeton, NJ at the Dept. of Energy Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; "Advanced Millimeter-Wave Radar Concealed Threat Person Scanning...

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.

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