Dr. Kuo is professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (NYU-Poly). After receiving Ph.D. degree in 1977, he joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a Research Associate. He joined EE Department, Polytechnic University (now become NYU-Poly), in September 1978 as Research Assistant Professor and was promoted to full professor in 1986. He initiated and ran a “summer research program for college juniors” in the EE department from 1985 to 1991. This program, which has gained nationwide popularity, has since been adopted in many universities and national laboratories.
Dr. Kuo's research activities cover areas in microwave plasma interactions, waves in the ionosphere and magnetosphere, plasma torches, plasma mitigation of shock waves, and plasma for industrial and medical applications. He performed a novel experiment using rapidly created plasma to up-shift the electromagnetic wave frequency. He created the first Plasma Crystal which traps EM wave as well as down-shifts the wave frequency. He developed theory as basis for enhancing the efficiency of generating ELF (extremely low frequency)/VLF (very low frequency) waves in the ionosphere, used for underwater communication and exploring the magnetosphere. He patented a plasma torch module, installed in a wind tunnel to study shock waves in supersonic aircraft. The experiment showed that onboard-generated plasma can eliminate the shock waves in front of the aircraft – potentially solving the problems of sonic booms and severe wave drag in supersonic flight. Adding microwave, this torch module has been applied to the scramjet engine to improve combustion and to decontaminate biological warfare agents. He also invented an air plasma spray for medical applications, including wound-bleeding control, wound healing and dental treatment.
Dr. Kuo is a fellow of the IEEE. He was Principal Investigator (PI) for more than thirty research projects awarded by the AFOSR, NSF, NASA, and ONR. Twelve students have received doctorates under his supervision.
Select and recent Papers from 200 Journal Publications
Doctor of Philosophy, Electrophysics
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science, Electrophysics
US Patent No.: US7777151 B2. Issue Date of Patent: Aug. 17, 2010.
United States Patent No.: US 7091441 B1. Issue Date of Patent: Aug. 15, 2006.
Taiwan (ROC) Patent No.: I 428118 (Application # 098100129). Issue Date of Patent: Mar. 1, 2014.
US Patent No.: US7621985. Issue Date of Patent: Nov. 24, 2009.
Taiwan (ROC) Patent No.: I 392521 Issued Date of Patent: April 11, 2013.
US Patent No.: US8115135 B2. Issue Date of Patent: Feb. 14, 2012.
United States Patent No.: US 6329628 B1. Issue Date of Patent: Dec. 11, 2001.
Taiwan (ROC) Patent No.: I 288005. Issue Date of Patent: 10/11/07.
US Patent No.: 8927896. (Application # 14/053619). Issue Date of Patent. Jan. 6, 2015.
China Patent No.: ZL 200580016015.6. Issue Date of Patent: Sept. 16, 2009.
Articles in a Book "Non-Equilibrium Air Plasmas at Atmospheric Pressure", ed. by R. Barker, K. Becker, U Kogelschatz, and K. Schoenbach, Institute of Physics Publishing (ISBN: 0750309628), Nov. 2004. "Operational Characteristics of a Low Temperature AC Plasma Torch" S.P. Kuo, Chap. 6.7, pp. 350-361. "Methods for Spatial Localization of a Microwave Discharge" S.P. Kuo, Chap. 7.3.4, pp. 413-418. "The Plasma Mitigation of the Shock Waves in Supersonic/Hypersonic Flights" S.P. Kuo, Chap. 9.6, pp. 587-596. "Plasma Torch for Enhancing Hydrocarbon-Air Combustion in the Scramjet Engine" S.P. Kuo, Chap. 9.5, pp. 574-586.
Article in NATO proceeding book “Plasma for Bio-Decontamination, Medicine, and Food Security”, Edited by Zdenko Machala, Karol Hensel and Yuri Akishev, Springer The Netherlands 2012; ISBN 978-94-007-2909-4 (PB); ISBN 978-94-007-2851-6 (HB); ISBN 978-94-007-2852-3 (e-book); DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-2852-3. “Non-equilibrium Air Plasma for Wound Bleeding Control”, pp. 347-356.
Posted August 7th, 2013
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