J.-C. Chiao, Ph.D.

J.-C. Chiao

J.-C. Chiao, Ph.D.

Mary and Richard Templeton Centennial Chair

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  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology


J.-C. Chiao is the Mary and Richard Templeton Centennial Chair professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering. Prior to joining SMU in 2018, he was Greene endowed professor and Garrett professor of Electrical Engineering (EE) at UT-Arlington (2002-18); Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at UT-Southwestern Medical Center; Product Line Manager and Senior Technology Advisor at Chorum Technologies; Assistant Professor of EE at University of Hawaii- Manoa; and Research Scientist at Bell Communication Research (Bellcore). He received B.S.E.E. at National Taiwan University and M.S./Ph.D. in EE at California Institute of Technology. 

Dr. Chiao is Fellow of IEEE, IET, SPIE and AIMBE. He has authored/edited over 350 publications. He holds 23 awarded and 4 pending US patents. He was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF, and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology; Chair of the 2018 IEEE IMBioC International Microwave Biomedical Conference; Technical Program Chair of the 2019 IEEE International Wireless Symposium (IWS); Technical Program Chair of the 2021 IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference; and Chair of the 2022 IEEE Sensors Conference. He is currently with the Editorial Board and a Senior Editor in the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Sensors; Editorial Board of the IEEE Access; founding Topic Editor of the IEEE Journal of Microwaves; and co-chair of the IEEE IoT Summit. He has given 197 invited speeches. Dr. Chiao’s works have been extensively covered by global media including National Geographic magazines (in 33 languages), Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), Fox Business News, World Journal News, Fort Worth Magazine, CBS and NBC evening news, and CBS Henry Ford Innovation Nation television program.    

Honors and Awards

  • Top cited paper, Vadose Zone Journal, 2021, 2022
  • Service Based Learning Faculty Fellow, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), 2020
  • Vadose Zone Journal Associate Editor Excellence Award, 2017, 2018
  • Top cited & downloaded paper, Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation, 2018
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Career (CAREER) Award
  • Shultz Humanitarian Engineering Fellow, Colorado School of Mines, 2016-2018
  • ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal paper of the year award, 2014
  • CH2MHill Graduate Student of the Year Award, 2010, 2011


  • Medical implants
  • Flexible biomedical sensors
  • Noninvasive electromagnetic-wave sensing
  • MEMS and microfluidics
  • Wireless devices and systems

Recent Publications

  • “Applications of Microwaves in Medicine,” J.-C. Chiao, C. Li, J. Lin, R. Caverly, J. Hwang, H. Rosen, and A. Rosen, IEEE Journal of Microwaves, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 134-169, Jan. 2023. Invited paper in the IEEE MTT-S 70th Anniversary special issue. https://doi.org/10.1109/JMW.2022.3223301
  • “A Flexible Tuned Radio-Frequency Planar Resonant Loop for Noninvasive Hydration Sensing,” S. Bing, K. Chawang and J.-C. Chiao, IEEE Journal of Microwaves, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 181-192, Jan. 2023. https://doi.org/10.1109/JMW.2022.3224087
  • “Emotion Recognition and Analysis Using ADMM-Based Sparse Group Lasso,” K.M. Puk, S. Wang, J. Rosenberger, K. C. Gandy, H. Harris, Y. B. Peng, A. Nordberg, P. Lehmann,J. Tommerdahl, and J.-C. Chiao, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, published on Sept. 24, 2019, Vol. 13, No.1, pp 199-210, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1109/TAFFC.2019.2943551
  • "An Endoscopic Wireless Gastrostimulator (with video),” S. Deb, S.J. Tang, T. Abell, S. Rao, W.-D. Huang, S.D. F. To, C. Lahr, J.-C. Chiao, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Vol. 75, No. 2, pp 411–415, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2011.09.052
  • "A Flexible pH Sensor Based on the Iridium Oxide Sensing Film,” W.-D. Huang, H. Cao, S. Deb, M. Chiao, and J.-C. Chiao, Sensors and Actuators, A, Vol. 169, No. 1, pp. 1-11, Sept. 2011. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sna.2011.05.016

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