Steven A. Cummer


Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Steven Cummer received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1997 and prior to joining Duke University in 1999 he spent two years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an NRC postdoctoral research associate. Awards he has received include a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001. His current work is in a variety of theoretical and experimental electromagnetic problems related to geophysical remote sensing and engineered electromagnetic materials.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Bass Fellow

Contact Information:


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 1997
  • M.S.E.E. Stanford University, 1993
  • B.S.E.E. Stanford University, 1991

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Fellow. Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2011
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. President of the United States of America. 2001

Courses Taught:

  • ECE 110L: Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 270L: Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields
  • ECE 493: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 494: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 574: Waves in Matter
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • PHYSICS 495: Thesis Independent Study

In the News:

Representative Publications:

  • Xie, Y; Tsai, T-H; Konneker, A; Popa, B-I; Brady, DJ; Cummer, SA, Single-sensor multispeaker listening with acoustic metamaterials., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol 112 no. 34 (2015), pp. 10595-10598 [10.1073/pnas.1502276112] [abs].
  • Zigoneanu, L; Popa, B-I; Cummer, SA, Three-dimensional broadband omnidirectional acoustic ground cloak., Nature Materials, vol 13 no. 4 (2014), pp. 352-355 [10.1038/nmat3901] [abs].
  • Lu, G; Cummer, SA, Implications of lightning emissions for terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and associated lightning discharges, 2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014 (2014), pp. 1496-1502 [10.1109/ICLP.2014.6973365] [abs].
  • Cummer, SA, Applied physics. Selecting the direction of sound transmission., Science, vol 343 no. 6170 (2014), pp. 495-496 [10.1126/science.1249616] [abs].