Christopher R. Valenta received the BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and BS in Optical Engineering (OE) from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the MSECE and PhD in ECE from the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Rose-Hulman, he worked with the Missouri University of Science & Technology as a researcher in their electromagnetic compatibility laboratory where he worked to increase signal integrity in motor controller systems. At Georgia Tech, he joined ‘The Propagation Group’ where he commercialized the first 5.8 GHz backscatter sensor system for use in high-voltage environments, developed numerous RFID-enabled sensors, and pioneered work in microwave-energy harvesting using power-optimized waveforms. In 2009, he was awarded an ATLANTIS Fellowship and participated in an 18-month research program with the Politecnico di Torino and the Technical University of Munich. Christopher has also spent time as a visiting scholar in the Sampei Laboratory at the University of Osaka. He is currently a research engineer and Shackleford Fellow at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Electro-optical Systems Laboratory where he researches microwave-energy harvesting; backscatter radio communication; RFID; ultra-low power, passive sensors; lidar systems; electro-optical receivers, lidar signal processing, and software defined radio. He is a consultant to industry and a frequent reviewer of journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Valenta is also the winner of the 2015 IEEE Microwave Magazine Best Paper Award.
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