B.S. ​University of California, San Diego, 2007M.S. California Institute of Technology, 2009​Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2014Post-Doc California Institute of Technology, 2013-2014​

"Our advanced circuits and electromagnetics enable smaller, faster wireless devices with greater connectivity and efficiency for improved battery life."

Steven M. Bowers, Associate Professor

Steven M. Bowers received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA, in 2007, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in millimeter- wave circuits and systems from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA, in 2009 and 2014, respectively. In August 2014, he joined the faculty of the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include holistic integration of high-frequency analog circuits, advanced digital circuits, novel electromag- netic structures and integrated silicon photonics to enable the next generation of millimeter-wave applications, specifically in adaptive and self-healing millimeter-wave circuits and millimeter-wave power generation, radiation, and detection.

Dr. Bowers is a member of IEEE HKN and TBP. He was the recipient of the California Institute of Technology’s Institute Fellowship (2007), the Analog De- vices Outstanding Student Designer Award (2009), the IEEE RFIC Symposium Best Student Paper Award (2012), the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S) International Microwave Symposium (IMS) Best Stu- dent Paper Award (2013), and the 2015 IEEE MTT-S Microwave Prize.


  • IEEE MTT-S Microwave Prize 2015
  • IEEE International Microwave Symposium Best Student Paper Award 2013
  • IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Conference Best Student Paper Award 2012

Research Interests

  • Internet of Things
  • Millimeter-Wave and Terahertz Electronics
  • Low Power Design

Selected Publications

  • “Dynamic Polarization Control,” IEEE J. of Solid State Circuits, vol.50, no.5, pp.1224-1236, May 2015. S. M. Bowers, A. Safaripour and A. Hajimiri
  • “Integrated Self-Healing for mm-Wave Power Amplifiers,” IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 61, no 3, pp 1301-1315, March 2013. S. M. Bowers, K. Sengupta, K. Dasgupta, B. Parker and A. Hajimiri
  • “Multi-Port Driven Radiators,” IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 61, no 12, pp 4428-4441, December 2013. S. M. Bowers and A. Hajimiri
  • "Dynamic Polarization Control of Two-Dimensional Integrated Phased Arrays," in IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 1066-1077, April 2016. A. Safaripour, S. M. Bowers, K. Dasgupta and A. Hajimiri
  • “A Vivaldi Antenna Based W-band MUTC Photodiode Driven Radiator,” 2016 IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP), Long Beach, CA, 2016, pp. 217-220. J. Moody, K. Sun, Q. Li, A. Beling and S. M. Bowers

Courses Taught

  • Microelectronic Circuits (ECE 3660) Fall
  • Analog Integrated Circuits (ECE 4660/6660) Spring

Featured Grants & Projects

  • The Virginia Efficient, Near-zero Ultra-low-power Systems (VENUS) project

    Part of the DARPA N-Zero Program, seeks to expand battery life of wireless sensing nodes from hours and days to months and years by dramatically increasing the energy efficiency of the node's 'always on' wakeup radio receiver to the point where its power draw is less than the self-discharge rate of the battery itself.