Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Assistant Professor Abbas

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

EECS Department
The University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606 
Tel: (419) 530-8150
Office: NI 2051 
E-mail: Abbas.Semnani@utoledo.edu
Research website

Taught Courses

  • EECS 3440 - Electronics Laboratory

Current Students

We are looking for self-motivated and hardworking undergraduate and graduate students to join the Adaptive Radio-Frequency and Plasma Lab (ARPL). The ideal candidates should have a theoretical and experimental background in related topics like Electromagnetics, Microwaves, Antennas, and Plasma Physics. Students are expected to have good analytical and hands-on skills, good work ethics, and scientific curiosity. Funding opportunities would be available for top candidates. Interested students, please contact me via email at abbas.semnani@utoledo.edu with a brief research interest and your CV.

Research Interests

  • High-power microwaves
  • Low-temperature plasma
  • RF nanotechnology
  • Tunable antenna elements and arrays
  • Reconfigurable RF electronics
  • Inverse scattering
  • Electrically-small antennas
  • Plasma metamaterials
  • Computational electromagnetics/plasma physics
  • Wireless power transfers

Research Flyer



Abbas Semnani received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Tehran in 2000, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the K. N. Toosi University of Technology in 2002 and 2009, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He is now an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Toledo. Before joining the UT in 2019, he was with Purdue University for more than seven years where he was focused on plasma-EM interactions and plasma for high-power RF tuning. Prior to that, he served as a Research and Teaching Associate with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, from 2009 to 2012. During his Ph.D., he also had a four-month visiting scholarship with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2008 where he was focused on novel computational techniques for solving time-domain inverse scattering problems. His current research interests include high-power microwaves, low-temperature plasmas, reconfigurable RF nanotechnology, tunable antenna elements and arrays, and inverse scattering. Dr. Semnani was a recipient of the 2019 MTT-S “Tatsuo Itoh” award for the IEEE MWCL best paper of the year. He is currently an IEEE senior member and serves as a reviewer for many journals and conferences in both plasma physics and microwave communities.


  • The IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters (MWCL) “Tatsuo Itoh” Award for the paper entitled: “An Electronically Tunable High-Power Impedance Tuner with Integrated Closed-Loop Control”, 2019.
  • European Microwave Weeks (EuMW) student travel awards, 2007 and 2010.


See recent publications here.

Last Updated: 6/27/22