Contact InformationSafieddin Safavi-Naeini

Phone: 519-888-4567 x32822
Location: E5 4029


Biography Summary

Safieddin Safavi-Naeini is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and is cross-appointed to Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is also the Director of the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems at the university (CIARS). CIARS features a unique multi-configuration electromagnetic radiation lab, including an anechoic chamber and terahertz measurement facility in which Professor Safavi-Naeini and his team explores terahertz radiation.

In addition, Professor Safavi-Naeini holds the $4 million Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)-Blackberry Senior Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent Integrated Radio/Antenna Systems and Novel Electromagnetic Media Technologies. This research chair program explores a number of generic and modular approaches essential to applying the latest advances in multi antenna structures, novel electromagnetic materials, micro- and nano-electronics and photonics, as well as efficient computational methods for the development of practical and industrially relevant approaches.

Professor Safavi-Naeini’s work with terahertz technology poses a significant benefit to the pharmaceutical industry. He has devised a new process for quality control of pharmaceutical products, in which the total destruction of pills for analysis is eliminated and instead requires the use of 4D or tetrahertz cameras. This application exploits the properties of tetrahertz waves to both visualize and penetrate each pill as it comes off the production line. This penetration guarantees full chemical analysis, ensuring that all the medication produced has the intended composition.

Professor Safavi-Naeini’s work with electromagnetic waves has also lead to the development of an inexpensive device for the pre-screening of skin cancer. This device uses microwave signals to illuminate the skin and test the reflection that the device receives. It is able to determine if there is a cause for concern based on the intensity of the reflected wave, which will potentially result in fewer biopsies.

Research Interests

  • Electromagnetics
  • Photonics
  • Antennas
  • Microwaves
  • Photonics
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Microwaves/millimeter-waves
  • RF technology
  • Terahertz technology
  • Wireless communication
  • Autonomous and Connected Car
  • Microwave HTSC thin film technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering


  • 1979, Doctorate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois
  • 1976, Master of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois
  • 1974, Bachelor of Science (BSc), Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tehran


  • ECE 474 - Radio and Wireless Systems
    • Taught in 2015
  • ECE 675 - Radiation & Propagation of Electromagnetic Fields
    • Taught in 2015, 2018, 2019
  • ECE 475 - Radio-Wave Systems
    • Taught in 2016, 2018
  • ECE 770 - Special Topics in Antenna and Microwave Theory
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Abdellatif, Ahmed Shehata and Taeb, Aidin and Ranjkesh, Nazy and Gigoyan, Suren and Nenasheva, Elizaveta and Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin, Low-insertion loss phase shifter for millimeter-wave phased array antennas, International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies, 8(01), 2016, 33 - 39
  • Abdallah, Mona and Wang, Ying and Abdel-Wahab, Wael M and Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin, A Tunable Circuit Model for the Modeling of Dielectric Resonator Antenna Array, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 15, 2016, 830 - 833
  • Alsaedi, Hussam and Ali, Jawad K and Abdel-Wahab, Wael M and Gigoyan, S and Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin A, A Dual Circularly Polarized Patch Antenna for Broadband MilliMeter Wave (MMW) Communication Systems, , 2016
  • Raeis-Zadeh, S Mohsen and Strickland, Donna and Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin, Quantum-Enhanced Second-Order Nonlinearity in Graphene: The Role of Wave Momentum and DC Biasing, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 52(2), 2016, 1 - 7
  • Raeis-Zadeh, S Mohsen and Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin, Analysis of Electromagnetic Wave Scattering by Graphene Flakes Using the Generalized Multipole Technique, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 64(3), 2016, 1032 - 1038