• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

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Lei Wang is an Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University, an IEEE Senior Member.

  1. He received the Ph.D. degree in electromagnetic field and microwave technology from Southeast University, Nanjing, China in March 2015.
  2. From September 2014 to September 2016, he was a Research Fellow and Postdoc in the Laboratory of Electromagnetics and Antennas, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  3. From October 2016 to November 2017, he was a Postdoc Research Fellow in Electromagnetic Engineering Laboratory of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
  4. From November 2017 to February 2020, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Institute of Electromagnetic Theory of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in Hamburg, Germany.
  5. From March 2020 to present, he is an assistant professor in the Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK.

He is the awardee of

  • the National PhD Scholarship in China (2014),
  • the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (2014),
  • the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship (2016),
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) research grant (2020),
  • the British Royal Society research grant (2022).

Moreover, he received

  • the Best Poster Award in iWAT-2018,
  • the Best Paper Award in UCET-2020, 
  • the Best Theory and Design Antenna Paper Award in EuCAP-2023.

He also supervised students winning

  • the Honourable Mentioned Best Student Paper in APS-2021,
  • the Best Student Paper Award in UCMMT-2022,
  • the Second Place Winner in IWS-2023,


  • the First-Year Postgraduate Research Prize 2022,
  • the First-Year Postgraduate Research Prize 2023.

Research interests

His research includes the antenna theory and applications, active electronically scanning arrays (AESAs), integrated antennas and arrays, substrate-integrated waveguide antennas, leaky-wave antennas and wireless propagation.


Roles & Responsibilities

Live Projects:

  • 2023-2025: EPSRC ECR International Collaboration Grant
    • “Active Integrated Antenna for Intelligent Arrays in 6G Non-Terrestrial Networks”.
    • Principal Investigator, two years, GBP 200,000.
  • 2022-2023: Royal Society Research Grant
    • “Millimeter-Wave Active Integrated Lens Antenna”.
    • Principal Investigator, one year, GBP 20,000.
  • 2022-2023: Research Recovery Fund
    • “Millimeter-Wave (mmW) Shared-Volume Dual-Polarized Substrate Integrated Horn Arrays for 5G Handset Applications”.
    • Principal Investigator, one year, GBP 16,375.
  • 2020-2023: Research Grant from German Research Foundation (DFG)
    • “Properties of Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) Waves with Respect to Wireless Communication in Complex Environments and to Electromagnetic Interference”.
    • Investigator, three years, EUR 287,500.


Recent Projects:

  • 2020-2022: Heriot-Watt University EPSRC Core Equipment Award 2020
    • Co-Investigator, two years, GBP 655,000.
  • 2016-2018: Fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    • “Fast Analysis and Optimization of Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW) Antennas Using the Contour Integral Method (CIM)”.
    • Principal Investigator, two years, ≈ EUR 100,000.
  • 2014-2015: Fellowship from Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship
    • “Study and Application of Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW) Antennas"
    • Principal Investigator, one year, ≈ CHF 35,000.

Research Group Contact Details

Group details can be found in the Microwaves and Antenna Engineering Group.



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  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

    Wang, Lei (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Best Paper Award

    Wang, Lei (Recipient), Wulff, Michael (Recipient), Yang, Cheng (Recipient), Park, Woocheon (Recipient) & Schuster, Christian (Recipient), 21 Aug 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Best Poster Award

    Wang, Lei (Recipient), Gomez-Tornero, Jose Luis (Recipient) & Quevedo-Teruel, Oscar (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Best Student Paper

    Song, Weiguang (Recipient), Yi, Zhenxiang (Recipient) & Wang, Lei (Recipient), 18 Oct 2022

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Best Theory and Design Antenna Paper Award

    Wang, Lei (Recipient), 31 Mar 2023

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)