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OU Doctoral Candidate Earns First Place in Phased Array Student Competition — A First for OU Advanced Radar Research Center and Phased Array Program




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NORMAN – Jose Diaz, a doctoral student in electrical engineering at the Gallogly College of Engineering and Advanced Radar Research Center, won first place in the highly competitive student paper competition at the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Phased Array Conference in Waltham, Massachusetts — a first for the University of Oklahoma phased array program.

Diaz competed among more than 100 students from universities known for their phased array programs, such as the University of Massachusetts, The Ohio State University, Technical University of Munich (Germany) and the University of Colorado. In total, five of the 15 papers selected for the final round of the competition were submitted by OU phased array program students.

“The primary reason I came to OU was because of my background in meteorology and engineering. I knew coming here was best for me given that OU is leading in both programs,” said Diaz. “I have learned so much here because of the program and the people.”

Diaz moved to Oklahoma from Puerto Rico to participate in the OU phased array program because it offered the two fields of study he was most interested in: meteorology and electrical engineering. He also identified great potential in OU’s phased array program and the leadership of Jorge Salazar, assistant professor of electrical engineering. Salazar serves as faculty advisor to a diverse group of students in the program from France, Italy, Libya, Paraguay and Puerto Rico.

Though the Phased Array Conference is a small, specialized event held every two to three years, conference attendees and participants are recognized as leaders and pacesetters in this promising field with growing potential. 

For more information about the OU Phased Array Program, visit or contact Robert Palmer, executive director, Advanced Radar Research Center at

Photo caption: Jose Diaz, OU electrical engineering student with the Advanced Radar Research Center, earned first place in a highly competitive paper competition at the 2016 IEEE Phased Array Conference in Waltham, Massachusetts. Diaz, pictured here holding his award certificate, stands with other OU students, Salazar and ARRC Executive Director Robert Palmer to the right.

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