Professor Steven (Shichang) Gao is Chair of RF and Microwave Engineering, and the Director of Post-gradudate Studies (Research) at School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, UK.

He is an expert in the fields of space antennas, smart antennas, RF/microwave/millimetre-wave engineering, space-borne radars, electromagnetic field theory and applications. He authored, co-authored and co-edited 3 books including Space Antenna Handbook (Wiley, 2012), Circularly Polarized Antennas (Wiley-IEEE, 2014), and Low-cost Smart Antennas (Wiley, 2019), over 300 papers in international journals and conferences, and 8 patents. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the Royal Aeronautical Society and IET, and was a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (2014-2016). 

He started his career since 1994 while at China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (China). Then he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at National University of Singapore (Singapore), a Research Fellow at Birmingham University (UK), a Visiting Scholar at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), a Visiting Fellow at Chiba University (Japan), and a Visiting Scholar at University of California at Santa Barbara (US). He was a Senior Lecturer, Reader and Head of Antenna and Microwave Group at Northumbria University (UK) during 2002-2007, and the Head of Satellite Antennas and RF System Group at Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey (UK) during 2007-2012. He joined the University of Kent as a Professor in 2013. He has held Visiting Professorships at many universities such as Northwestern Polytechnic University (China), University of Calabria (Italy), Xidian University (China), Shanghai University (China), etc.

He is an Associate Editor of several international Journals (IEEE Transactions on Antennas and PropagationRadio Science; IEEE Access; IET Circuit, Devices and Systems; Electronics Letters), and the Editor-in-Chief for Wiley Book Series on "Microwave and Wireless Technologies". He was General Chair of 2013 Loughborough Antenna and Propagation Conference, Lead Guest Editor of Proceedings of the IEEE for Special Issue on "Small Satellites"(2018), Lead Guest Editor of IEEE Trans on Antennas and Propagation for Special Issue on "Antennas for Satellite Communication"(2015), Guest Editor of IET Circuits, Devices & Systems for Special Issue in “Photonic and RF Communications Systems” (2014), Chair of Special Session on “Satellite Communication Antennas” in CSNDSP'2012, Co-Chair of Workshop on "New Technology Development for Space" in 2015 IEEE Microwave Symposium, etc. He is a member of the editorial boards of many Journals such as  International Journal of Space Science and Engineering (US),Chinese Journal of Electronics (China), Chinese Journal of Radio Science (China), etc. He was a Plenary/Invited Speaker of many international conferences and workshops (IEEE APWC'2017, UCMMT'2017, iWAT’2017, AES'2014, IWAT'2014, SOMIRES'2013, APCAP'2014, etc).

He received over 20 research grants funded by EU, EPSRC and industries. Recently he was Principal Investigator for "Millimeter-wave intelligent array antennas for Ka-band satellite communications on the move" (FLEXWIN, funded by EU FP7), "Advanced reflectarray antennas for space-borne synthetic aperture radars" (funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK), "Gallium Nitride integrated millimeter-wave active phased array multi-beam transceivers for SATellites" (GaNSat, funded by EU FP7 Space Programme), etc. Currently he is a Principal Investigator for several Research Projects including "Adaptive multi-band small MIMO antennas for next-generation smart phones" (funded by Huawei), "Low-cost THz wideband smart antennas design and fabrication using 3D Printing" (WISDOM, funded by EPSRC), "Lead Niobate-based Tunable Dielectrics for Smart Microwave and Millimeter-wave Systems" (EPSRC), “Low-Profile Ultra-Wideband Wide-Scanning Multi-Function Beam-Steerable Array Antennas” (EPSRC), "Digital Beamforming Synthetic Aperture Radars onboard small satellites constellations "(DIFFERENT, funded by EU FP7 Space Programme), etc.

Research interests

Smart antennas, space antennas, space-borne radars, phased arrays, MIMO, antenna and radio propagation for 4G/5G/6G mobile communications, mobile terminal antennas, base station antennas, antennas for satellite communications, antennas for small satellites, RF/microwave/millimetre-wave circuits and RF front ends, mobile communication systems, satellite communications, inter-satellite links, wireless power transfer, UWB radars, GNSS reflectometry, synthetic-aperture radars, electromagnetic modelling and small satellites


  • Antennas and Propagation
  • RF/Microwave Engineering
  • Satellite and Optical Communication
  • Communication Systems
  • Electronic and RF Circuits


Prof. Steven Gao is an expert in the fields of antennas, smart antennas, phased arrays, MIMO, mobile communication antennas, radio propagation, satellite antenna, deployable antennas, RF/microwave/millimetre-wave/THz circuits and RF front ends (high-efficiency RF/microwave power amplifiers, filters), 5G mobile communications, satellite communications, wireless power transfer, UWB radars, GNSS reflectometry, synthetic-aperture radars, electromagnetic modelling and small satellites.

He is looking for potential PhD students. Ideally he/she has completed MSc study and may be funded by his/her government scholarship (e.g., China Scholarship Council or similar government scholarships in other countries) or other sources. 


He received URSI Young Scientist Award from International Union of Radio Science (URSI), 2002, Japan Society of Promotion Science (JSPS) Fellowship Award, Japan, 2005, Best Paper Award, LAPC, 2012, JSPS Award, Japan, 2013, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Fellow Award, UK, 2013, IET Premium Award for the Best Paper in IET Microwave, Antennas and Propagation, 2016, CST University Publication Award, 2017, etc.    

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