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Researcher: Susan Hagness

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Areas of Expertise
  • Applied physics
  • Computing
  • Information
  • Power
  • Bioelectromagnetics
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Dielectric spectroscopy
  • FDTD theory and applications, including multi-physics solvers
  • Microwave diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for biological and medical applications
  • Microwave inverse scattering
  • Nanoelectromagnetics
  • Wideband and multi-band antennas
  • Ultrawideband microwave breast imaging
  • STEM outreach
  • First-year engineering education
  • Biophotonics
  • Time-domain inverse scattering
Web Site Susan Hagness' Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 9,079,011 - Microwave hyperthermia treatment system, issued July 2015.
  • 8,050,740 - Microwave-based examination using hypothesis testing, issued November 2011.
  • 7,809,427 - Time domain inverse scattering techniques for use in microwave imaging, issued October 2010.
  • 7,647,089 - Surface identification using microwave signals for microwave-based detection of cancer, issued January 2010.
  • 7,570,063 - Space-time microwave imaging for cancer detection, issued August 2009.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20150250540 - Microwave ablation antenna system, published September 2015.
  • 20120172954 - Microwave hyperthermia treatment system, published July 2012.
  • 20070290917 - Material movement sensing techniques, published December 2007.
  • 20060241409 - Time domain inverse scattering techniques for use in microwave imaging, published October 2006.
  • 20060183995 - Surface identification using microwave signals for microwave-based detection of cancer, published August 2006.
Recent Publication(s)
  • A TSVD Analysis of the Impact of Polarization on Microwave Breast Imaging using an Enclosed Array of Miniaturized Patch Antennas. Mays RO, Behdad N, Hagness SC. IEEE Antennas Wirel Propag Lett. 2015;14:418-421.

  • Multi-Band Miniaturized Patch Antennas for a Compact, Shielded Microwave Breast Imaging Array. Aguilar SM, Al-Joumayly MA, Burfeindt MJ, Behdad N, Hagness SC. IEEE Trans Antennas Propag. 2013 Dec 18;62(3):1221-1231.

  • Beamforming-Enhanced Inverse Scattering for Microwave Breast Imaging. Burfeindt MJ, Shea JD, Van Veen BD, Hagness SC. IEEE Trans Antennas Propag. 2014 Oct;62(10):5126-5132. Epub 2014 Jul 30.

  • Cationic peptide exposure enhances pulsed-electric-field-mediated membrane disruption. Kennedy SM, Aiken EJ, Beres KA, Hahn AR, Kamin SJ, Hagness SC, Booske JH, Murphy WL. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 26;9(3):e92528. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092528. eCollection 2014.

View Susan Hagness' publications at Google Scholar.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Computational Electromagnetics Laboratory (UWCEM)
  • Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Calgary, Leah McCartney, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • University of Calgary, Anthony Magliocco, Pathology
  • Intra-University Collaboration: Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Pathology, Medical Physics
Research Tools
  • Agilent 8720ES 50MHz - 20GHz Vector Network Analyzer
  • Cray supercomputers (T90-series and SV1-series)
  • Agilent E8364A 45 MHz - 50 GHz Performance Network Analyzer
  • Experimental setup for imaging breast phantoms
Research Facilities
  • Computational Electromagnetics Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Medical Applications of Microwaves
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-265-5739
Current University UW–Madison
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title Professor
Other Appointments Associate Dean
Address Line 1 3423 Engineering Hall
Address Line 2 1415 Engineering Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
PhD Ph.D., Northwestern University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1998
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Space-Time Microwave Imaging for Breast Cancer Detection

Time-Domain Inverse Scattering Techniques for Use in Microwave Imaging

Surface Identification Using Microwave Signals for Microwave-Based Detection of Cancer

Microwave-Based Breast Cancer Detection Using Hypothesis Testing

Targeted Microwave Hyperthermia Therapy to Eliminate Hot Spots

Minimally Invasive Microwave Ablation Antennas