“I turn 30 in a few months and I cannot think of a better birthday gift! Except, maybe, a fudgy chocolate cake”, Ahmed Kord an Electrical Engineering Postdoctoral Research Assistant said in response to being selected as one of the newest members of the Science 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 group.
Out of almost 20,000 nominations this year, Kord was selected based on his achievements that were reviewed by Forbes editors and expert industry judges. The judges for this category were Diane Wu, CEO of Trace Genomics and an alumnus of the 2017 Under 30 list; Katie Rae, CEO and managing partner of The Engine; Marshall Shepherd, director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program and host of the Weather Channel program Weather Geeks; and Ellen Stofan, director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
“This is a great acknowledgment of Ahmed’s past accomplishments and future potential. It is also a testament to the broader impact of his research on society at large”, Professor Harish Krishnaswamy stated. Kord is a Post Doc in Professor Krishnaswamy’s lab.
Kord’s research focuses on time-reversal symmetry, which is a fundamental property of many physical and engineering systems. As more devices connect to the internet, there's a greater need for them to transmit and receive data at the same time. This requires the use of circulators, which are often bulky and require magnets for high-performance. Kord has developed a new class of magnet-less circulators, which are smaller and enable more applications.