Kate Auerbach

About Me

I received my B.S. (2009) and M.S. (2011) in Electrical Engineering with concentration in RF Engineering from the Chuvash State University, Cheboksary, Russia.

At Northeastern University in the Computational Electromagnetics and Photonics Laboratory, I contributed to the development of a powerful mathematical scheme based on the hierarchical matrices (ℋ-matrices) technique for efficient simulation of complex metamaterials.

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I audited a class, I enhanced my knowledge of computational techniques while solving problems in fluid dynamics, transportation and traffic theory, aerodynamics, and electrostatics.

At Tufts University, I researched integration of a nano-ferrite circulator with a substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) horn antenna. Under the direction of Professor Mohammed Afsar, I designed a 60 GHz SIW horn antenna and proposed to fabricate it using a standard complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process.

In addition to academic research, I interned with the Read Head Staging Group at Western Digital in the summer of 2014. My worked focused on the RF characterization of the read head performance. My project required measuring heads with a high frequency network analyzer and modeling the behavior with electromagnetic and circuit simulations. This allowed me to propose a novel reader design with maximum bandwidth and minimum crosstalk. This work resulted in two invention disclosures and an IEEE Transactions on Magnetics scientific paper.

My research at Western Digital was incredibly productive, which helped me secure a second semester-long internship position for the Spring 2015 term. Under the leadership of Dr. Savas Gider, I researched the read head dynamics. The goal of the project was to study the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) modes and engineer them for higher reader signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). This project received research funding under the Western Digital University Collaboration Program. Under the supervision of Professor Dieter Suess, I am continuing my research of magnetic sensors' stability and noise control towards my Ph.D. dissertation.

Engineering R&D is my primary interest. Due to my work on hard disk drives, I understand the role of 3D modeling in developing new products. As the hard disk drive is a great example of a complex, multiphysics device, I also honed my collaborative skills working with mechanical, material science, and signal integrity engineers.

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