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Willie John Padilla

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests


Theoretical and experimental investigation of electromagnetic metamaterials and metasurfaces, and their application to imaging and sensing at microwave, terahertz, and infrared frequencies

Selected Grants


Phase Sensitive Millimeter Wave Imaging with Metamaterials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2023 - 2025

Mapping Strain in Composite Materials using Terahertz Metamaterials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2024 - 2025

Miniaturized Microwave Absolute Calibration (MiniMAC) for Sounders and Imagers on SmallSat and CubeSat Platforms

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Colorado State University · 2021 - 2024

Meta-Optic Surface Autonomous mICromirror array (MOSAIC)

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Quantum Ventura · 2024 - 2024

MWIR/LWIR Detector Standards for Low-Radiometric-Power Calibration in Space Environments

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2023 - 2024

Phase Sensitive Millimeter Wave Imaging with Metamaterials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2023 - 2025

Mapping Strain in Composite Materials using Terahertz Metamaterials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2024 - 2025

Miniaturized Microwave Absolute Calibration (MiniMAC) for Sounders and Imagers on SmallSat and CubeSat Platforms

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Colorado State University · 2021 - 2024

Meta-Optic Surface Autonomous mICromirror array (MOSAIC)

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Quantum Ventura · 2024 - 2024

MWIR/LWIR Detector Standards for Low-Radiometric-Power Calibration in Space Environments

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2023 - 2024

Metamaterials as a platform for the development of novel materials for energy applications

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2015 - 2024

Diffuse Screens for Dynamic Infrared Scene Projection Systems

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2021 - 2023

Ultra-High Density Resilient Photonic Integrated Circuits

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2023 - 2023

Mapping Strain in Composite Materials using Terahertz Metamaterials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2022 - 2023

W-band RF Instrumentation

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2021 - 2023

Millimeter Wave Imaging with Metamaterials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2022 - 2022

Ultra-Compact Resilient Photonic Integrated Circuits

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2021 - 2021

Narrowband Perfect Absorber for Infrared Sensing

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2018 - 2020

All-Dielectric Coherent Absorbers for detection of millimeter wave field strength

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Srico, Inc. · 2019 - 2019

Multidimensional imaging techniques using Metasurface modulators

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2016 - 2019

Multifunctional 3D MetaMaterial Design with Machine Learning (Jon Suen - Fellow)

FellowshipPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education · 2018 - 2019

Infrared Imaging for Improved Metamaterial Characterization

EquipmentPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Office of Naval Research · 2016 - 2017

Exploration of Metameterials for THz Detection and Imaging, Spatial Light Modulation, and Compressive Sensing

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Office of Naval Research · 2015 - 2017

Terahertz Compressive Imaging with Tunable Metamaterial Absorbers

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2015 - 2016

Hyperspectral Sparse Array Digital Imaging

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by SKINfrared LLC · 2015 - 2016

Black Meta-Infrared Detectors Using Type II Superlattices

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of New Mexico · 2015 - 2015

Inegrated W-band Compressive Sensing Imager Using Dynamically Tunable Surfaces

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by SensorMetrix · 2014 - 2015