Christopher R Valenta

Senior Research Engineer
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Adjunct Professor
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Christopher R. Valenta received the BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and BS in Optical Engineering (OE) from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the MSECE and PhD in ECE from the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, he joined ‘The Propagation Group’ where he commercialized the first 5.8 GHz backscatter sensor system for use in high-voltage environments, developed numerous RFID-enabled sensors, and pioneered work in microwave-energy harvesting using power-optimized waveforms. In 2009, he was awarded an ATLANTIS Fellowship and participated in an 18-month research program with the Politecnico di Torino and the Technical University of Munich. Christopher has also spent time as a visiting scholar in the Sampei Laboratory at the University of Osaka. He is currently an associate division head and branch head at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory and adjunct professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a a frequent reviewer of journals and conference proceedings, and a Senior Member of the IEEE, Member of the SPIE and OSA. Dr. Valenta is also the winner of the 2015 IEEE Microwave Magazine Best Paper Award and a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia. Research Interests: Remote sensing; lidar systems; atmospheric lidar; topographic-bathymetric lidar; electro-optical receivers; lidar signal processing; microwave-energy harvesting; backscatter radio communication; RFID; ultra-low power, passive sensors; and software defined radio