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John Suarez, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Engineering
  • Science & Environment

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering (2012)
    Princeton University (NJ)
  • ME, Electrical Engineering (2004)
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

About Me

Research in our lab is all about applying electronics to solve state-of-the-art problems in communications and sensing.  Students--our most important asset--will learn experimental, theoretical, and problem-solving skills in electronics and radio-frequency engineering.  Our students acquire a full skill set, ranging from analysis and design to testing and measurement.  The goal is to give our students the preparation they need for a rewarding career as an electronics engineer, or the ability to use their electronics skills in any career they choose.

Research Interests

My research interests are in radio-frequency (RF) systems for communications and sensing.  I'm also interested in the physical principles underlying the design of these systems.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • American Physical Society
  • American Mathematical Society
  • National Academy of Inventors


  • Innovator Award, Silver Level, U.S. Army Futures Command (2019)
  • Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, U.S. Department of the Army (2018)
  • Senior Member Grade Elevation, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2017)
  • Commander's Award for Civilian Service, U.S. Department of the Army (2016)


In the Media


  • Engineering Faculty Awarded More Than $200,000 from Manufacturing PA Innovation Program

    Faculty in the School of Engineering have been awarded grant funding through the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program. Funded in part by the Department of Community and Economic Development, this fellowship program pairs graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation statewide. 

    Three Widener engineering projects have been selected to participate in the 2024 initiative:

    1. Babak Eslami, associate professor, and Kamran Fouladi, associate professor and associate dean, mechanical engineering.

      Associate Professors Eslami and Fouladi are working with industrial partner American Additive Manufacturing to enhance durability and repeatability of 3D printing with Polyeth-ether ketone (PEEK) polymer. During this project, a Widener student-research team are modeling the industrial 3D printers used by American Additive Manufacturing to perform computational fluid dynamics study to have a better understanding of flows around the parts. Multi-scale material characterization will be performed on 3D printed parts in order to develop the optimum printing condition for PEEK.

    2. John Suarez, associate professor, electrical engineering.

      Associate Professor John Suarez and his student-research team will develop a radio-frequency system for sensing roadway nonuniformities in front of vehicles. The system is intended to operate in vehicles moving at relatively high speeds. The nonuniformities of greatest interest are potholes or other defects in the road which can damage vehicles or create unsafe conditions. Dr. Suarez’s group will work with Dorman Products, an industry leader in aftermarket automotive products located in Colmar, Pennsylvania.

    3. Xiaochao Tang, associate professor, and Vicki Brown, professor, civil engineering.

      Associate Professor Xiaochao Tang and Professor Vicki Brown along with a team of student-researchers are working to create a low-carbon sustainable alternative for concrete, the most widely used construction material. Cement, a key component of concrete, is a highly energy-intensive product that releases a large amount of carbon dioxide when produced. In collaboration with two partners, the Delaware County Reginal Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) in Chester, Pennsylvania and Conewago Manufacturing, LLC in Hanover, Pennsylvania, this project will utilize sewage sludge ash, a byproduct from DELCORA's wastewater treatment facility, to create an inorganic polymer binding agent, known as geopolymer, at ambient or slightly elevated temperatures. This project will potentially enable repurposing the ash, which would otherwise be disposed of in landfills, for beneficial reuse at scale. The project will also utilize Conewago's concrete mix and testing facility to characterize the geopolymer product and cast pilot scale test bed. 

    The Manufacturing PA project was financed [in part] by funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development.

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  • Engineering Professor Awarded Manufacturing PA Innovation Program Grant

    John Suarez, associate professor of electrical engineering, received a grant from the Manufacturing PA Innovation program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The project, titled “Capacitive and Infrared Sensing for Precision Chemical Analysis of Polar Compounds,” will build upon preliminary work completed by Probes Unlimited, Inc. (PUI) to design, prototype, rigorously test, and manufacture a precision sensor for monitoring the quality of cooking oil. Suarez will lead a research team to conduct the necessary research and development to assist PUI in developing the capacitive sensor with the required characteristics as well as investigate the viability of infrared sensing technology in this application.

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  • Electrical Engineering Professor Joins National Academy of Inventors

    John Suarez, associate professor of electrical engineering, was named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). This national distinction is given to active faculty, scientists and administrators who have demonstrated remarkable innovation producing technologies that have made an impact, or have the potential to make an impact, on the welfare of society. Prof. Suarez was chosen for his work aimed at improving radio communications through the use of a patented opto-cancellation system that uses radio-frequency signals to reduce interference in radio transmissions. The novel system allows low-power radio signals to be received in the presence of powerful interference 100 times stronger than a signal of interest. It has been applied to broadcast, cellular, satellite and marine communications.

    In addition to his faculty position at Widener, Prof. Suarez is also an affiliated faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Delaware, a member institution of the NAI. 

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