B.Preetham Kumar, Ph.D.

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California State University, Sacramento
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science

Fall 2018

Contact Information | Classes | Publications | Research Projects | Professional Associations

Dr. Preetham Kumar obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1992. He worked as a Research Engineer/Lecturer in the RF Microwave Laboratory at UC Davis and as a Lecturer in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at CSUS from 1993-1999. He joined CSUS on a full time basis in August 1999. His areas of interest are RF and Microwave Engineering, with emphasis on the design of conformal antenna arrays for medical applications such as the treatment of cancer by hyperthermia, and the development of RF passive and active devices for wireless communication systems.

Contact Information

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours (Riverside Hall 5006)

Mon/Wed/Fri: 11 am - 2 pm  or by appointment

Fall 2018 Office hours

Class Office Hours (Riverside Hall 5006)
Mon/Tues/Wed: noon- 1 pm  or by appointment

Graduate Coordinator Office Hours (Riverside Hall 3018B)

Tues. 10 am - noon

E-Mail Address: kumarp@ecs.csus.edu
Office Telephone: 1-(916)-278-7949
Home Telephone: 1-(530)-756-8221
Fax: 1-(916)-278-7215
Mailing Address: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
CSU, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6019


Fall 2018 Classes

    • EEE 186 Communications Systems Laboratory- Syllabus

    • EEE 264 Advanced Topics in Wireless Communications Syllabus

Evolution of Modern Communication Systems

Capacity Increase Techniques and Calculations

Practical Radio Propagation Models

2.5G Wireless Networks and architecture

3G Wireless Networks

Higher generation wireless techniques and networks

Short range wireless networks: WiFi, Zigbee, UltraWideband (UWB)

Wireless Measurement Techniques

  • EEE 185 - Modern Communication Systems- Syllabus

            Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3  Chapter 4  Chapter 5  Chapter 6  Chapter 7

  • EEE/CPE 201 Research Methodology - Syllabus

                EEE Advising form

                CPE Advising form

                Sample Topic Form

                Sample Introduction



Books and book contributions

  • B. P. Kumar, "Communications System Laboratory", CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2015
  • B. P. Kumar, "Digital Signal Processing Laboratory", Second Edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2011
  • B. P. Kumar, G. R. Branner, G. Razmafrouz & D. Brody, "Power Dividers," Encyclopedia of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, 1999
  • D.G. Thomas, G. R. Branner & B.P. Kumar, "Microwave & RF Multipliers," Encyclopedia of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, 1999

Sample papers

  • H. R. Johnson; G. R. Branner; B. P. Kumar; Gregory Nelson; Matt Chun, ‘ A generalized technique for conformal antenna array synthesis', 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation & USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting, pp. 475 - 475.
  • M.C. Gonzalez; B.P. KumarG. R. Branner, 'Generalised design method of broadband array antennas using curved geometry', IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, 2016Volume: 10Issue: 14., pp. 1553 - 1562.
  • G. Nelson, G.R. Branner, M. Chun, B.P. Kumar, 'Conformal K band array performance prediction based on improved element modeling', 2015 European Microwave Conference (EuMC), pp.1511 - 1514.
  • C. Carpenter, B. P. Kumar & G. R. Branner, 'Design, Simulation, and Experimental Study of Far-Field Beam-Forming Techniques using Conformal Waveguide Arrays', Electromagnetics, 31:315-336, 2011. 
  • J.K. Singh, M.D, M.V. Patel & B.P. Kumar, 'Clinical Effort To Expand Application of Low-Cost Microwave Hyperthermia Therapy for Treatment of Cancer'poster presented at the SARTA MedTech Showcase, Sacramento State University, May 6, 2011. 
  • N.S. Karnik, R. Tulpule, M. Shah, P.S. Verma, C.Y. Huang, J.Y. Cha, A. Pandya, S. Usman,  V. Pulipati, P. Pagadala &  B.P. Kumar, 'Design, simulation and experimental study of near-field beamforming techniques using conformal waveguide arrays ', IET, Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 4, Feb. 2010, pp. 162-174. 
  • M.C. Gonzalez, B.P. Kumar, 'G.R. Branner, Synthesis of a pseudo-conformal multibeam K-Band array,' Proc. of 2009 IEEE Antennas and Propagation ociety Society International Symposium, Charleston, South Carolina, pp. 1-4, 2009. 
  • N. Karnik, C. Carpenter, S. Singh, R. Vaid, M. Shehrawat & B.P. Kumar ,'Microwave Radiobiothermy Engineering in Cancer Treatment-Current work and Future at CSUS', (poster), presented at the 14th Indian Cooperative Oncology Network (ICON) meeting, Dehradun, India, March 2006. 
  • S. Singh, S. Bhatt,  S. Kapoor, A. Bhavsar and B.P. Kumar, 'A Student-Accessible Graphical User Interface (GUI) Based FD-TD Algorithm For Visualization Of Electromagnetic Fields', International Journal or Engineering Education, Vol. 21No. 4, pp. 625-635, 2005. 
  • B.P. Kumar & G.R. Branner, 'Generalized technique for the synthesis of conformal antenna arrays with planar, cylindrical and spherical geometry', IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, pp. 621-634, February 2005. 
  • B.P. Kumar , 'Proposal for Hyperthermia Treatment in India', presented at the 12th Indian Cooperative Oncology Network (ICON) meeting, Puri, India, January 2005. 
  • B.P. Kumar and G.R. Branner, 'Optimized design of unique miniaturized planar baluns for wireless applications', IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 134-136, February 2003. 
  • B.P. Kumar, G. R. Branner, D. Xu & A. Ching, 'Optimized compact active downconverters having low power consumption and high conversion gain',  IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters, Vol. 12, No. 7, pp. 270-272, July 2002. 
  • S. K. Ramesh, M. J. Fujita, B. P. Kumar, A. Lindsay, S. de Haas, Elizabeth-Gillis Raley, 'An Interactive Workshop for High School Teachers to Develop and Teach Pre-Engineering Curricula', Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, July 2001.


U.S. Patent 6998930: J. Tabatchnick, J. Johnson, B.P. Kumar & G. Thakkar, ‘Miniaturized Planar Microstrip Balun', issued  February 2006.


Community Projects

  • Establishment of Hyperthermia cancer center in India

Hyperthermia Center at Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, Patna, India (Reproduced from Hindustan Times)

Teaching and Research Projects


  • CSUS Research and Creative Activity Award, 2018-2019

             Design, fabrication and testing of broadband curved dipole antenna for wireless communication systems

  • International Union Against Cancer (UICC) ICRETT Award, 2014-2015

Project  to activate a recently installed hyperthermia unit at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore, India

  • UEI Campus Grant, 2013

               Feasibility study and planning of a palliative and adjuvant cancer therapy center at Sacramento State

  • The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation Medical Research Travel Grant, 2012

Clinical trial at the Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, India, to study the therapeutic effects of adding hyperthermia twice a week to conventional radiation therapy

  • International Union Against Cancer (UICC) ICRETT Award, 2009-2010 

Project grant to activate two recently installed diathermy units at the following cancer centers: Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, Patna, India and Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, India

  • CSUS Research and Creative Activity Award, 2008-2009

        Pilot Project On  Application of Low-Cost Microwave Hyperthermia System for Treatment of Recurrent               Head And Neck Carcinoma

  • CSUS Research and Creative Activity Award, 2004-2005

Design of Conformal Antenna Applicator for Microwave Hyperthermia system used in the treatment of tumors

  • ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Institute), Korea, 2003-2004

  Ultra Wideband Radios in the CMOSSO Environment

  • ANTWireless, Inc., project, 2003

  Testing of prototype inexpensive back-up sensor for truck

  • ANTWireless, Inc., project, 2002-2003

   Design and testing of satellite calibrator system in the 1.8 GHz frequency range.

  • Intel/Level One Wireless Communication Systems, project, 2000 - 2002

   Development of built-in, self-test circuits for wireless components.

   Design and fabrication of miniaturized balun circuit for 2.45 GHz wireless applications.

  • Lockheed Martin/CSU Partnership Grant, 2000

   Design of nonuniformly spaced antenna ring arrays for SATCOM applications


Professional Associations

  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Chairman, IEEE Sacramento Valley Section
  • Chairman, IEEE Communications Society, Sacramento Chapter
  • Overseas Member, Executive Council, Indian Association of Hyperthermic Oncology and Medicine


  • The Jawaharlal Nehru Excellence Award for obtaining the First Position in the M.E. Graduate Program of Study at the College of Engineering, Anna University, Madras, India, 1985.
  • IEEE (CSUS Branch) Professor of the Year Award, 1998-1999.
  • IEEE (CSUS Branch) Communications Instructor of the Year Award, 1998-1999.
  • Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Faculty Award, CSUS Commencement, 1999.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award ,  College of Engineering and Computer Science, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), 2000.
  • Outstanding Scholar Award ,  College of Engineering and Computer Science, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), 2005.
  • 2012 IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation Premium Award for the paper: Design, simulation and experimental study of near-field beam forming techniques using conformal waveguide arrays, N.S Karnik, R. Tulpule, M. Shah, P.S. Verma, C.Y. Huang, J.Y. Cha, A. Pandya, S.Usman, V. Pulipati, P. Pagadala & B.P. Kumar, IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation , February 2010, 4(2), 162-174.
  • 2015 Peer and Academic Resource Center (PARC) OWL award


Send problems, comments or suggestions to: kumarp@ecs.csus.edu