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Jose Martinez Lorenzo

Associate Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Associate Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Research Focus

Devices, circuits and sensing; antenna analysis, modeling, design, and optimization; subsurface scattering analysis; computational methods of electromagnetics; novel radar system specification and design; explosives detection.


Research Interests include:

  • Compressive sensing and modeling using mechanical and electromagnetic waves
  • Computational methods for differential and integral equations
  • Physics-based signal processing, imaging and optimization
  • Radar system specification and design, including antenna optimization
  • Subsurface scattering analysis in biomedical and geophysical applications
  • Explosives detection: portal-based, standoff-based, and underground-based
  • Multimodal breast cancer detection: x-ray and thermoacoustic-tomography
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) using mechanical and electromagnetic waves
  • Micro-sized microwave atmospheric sounding satellites


  • PhD (2005), Electrical Engineering, University of Vigo (Spain)

Honors & Awards

  • “Best Paper Award” on the 2012 IEEE Homeland Security Technology Conference, Waltham, MA, for the paper: “A Compressed Sensing Approach for Detection of Explosive Threats at Standoff Distances using a Passive Array of Scatters.”
  • First prize on the 2012 National Security Innovation Competition (NSIC). Advisor for students that presented our research project: “Next Generation Millimeter-Wave Body Imaging for Concealed Threat Detection,” University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS).
  • Paper featured in the cover page: J. G. Meana, J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, et al, “DIRECT: deterministic radio-electric coverage tool,” IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 53(2):135–145, April 2011.
  • Paper featured in the cover page: J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, et al. “ICARA: Induced Current Analysis of Reflector Antennas.” IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 47(2):92–100, March 2005.

Teaching Interests

  • Mathematical Methods for Engineers
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Electromagnetic and Acoustic Fields and Waves
  • Antennas and Radiation

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers International (ASME)
  • IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S)
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMB-S)
  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRS-S)
  • IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AES-S)
  • IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S)

Research Overview

Devices, circuits and sensing; antenna analysis, modeling, design, and optimization; subsurface scattering analysis; computational methods of electromagnetics; novel radar system specification and design; explosives detection.

Selected Publications

  • A.Molaei, A. Bisulco, L. Tirado, A. Zhu, D. Cachay, A.G. Dagheyan, and J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, 3D Printed E-Band Compressive Horn Antenna for Highsensing-capacity Imaging Applications, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 2018, 1
  • J.L. Crespo-Vázquez, C.J.C. Gonzalez, E. Diaz-Dorado, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, M. Noor-E-Alam, Evaluation of a Data Driven Stochastic Approach to Optimize the Participation of a Wind and Storage Power Plant in Day-Ahead and Reserve Markets, Energy 156(8), 2018, 278–291
  • A.G. Dagheyan, C. Liu, A. Molaei, J.H. Juesas, J. A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Holey-Cavity-Based Compressive Sensing for Ultrasound Imaging, Sensors, 18(6), 2018, 1674
  • J.H. Juesas, J.E. Thatcher, Y. Lu, J.J. Squiers, D. King, W. Fan, J.M. DiMaio, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Burn-Injured Tissue Detection for Debridement Surgery through Non-Invasive Optical Imaging Techniques, Biomed Opt Express, 9(4), 2018, 1809–1826
  • Y. Rodriguez-Vaqueiro, P. Paayam, R. Sipahi, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Development of a Combined Time Frequency Technique for Accurate Extraction of pNN50 Metric from Noisy Heart Rate Measurements, International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications, 2, 2018, 193–208
  • A. Molaei, J.H.Juesas, W. Blackwell, J.A. Martinez-Lorenzo, Interferometric Sounding Using a Metamaterial-based Compressive Reflector Antenna, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 66(5), 2018, 2188–2198


Sep 18, 2019

ALERT Receives Patent

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport & MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo awarded a patent for the “Characterization of dielectric slabs attached to the body using focused millimeter waves.”


Jul 31, 2019

Air Force Targets Drones during Latest Pitch Day

MIE/ECE Associate Professor Jose Martinez Lorenzo was featured in the U.S. Air Force article “Air Force Targets Drones during Latest Pitch Day” and the Lowell Sun video “Drone swarm detection & Tracking Demo”.


Jul 18, 2019

Developing Better Airport Sensors

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport and MIE/ECE Associate Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo are developing sensors that could replace current airport scanners to quickly scan passengers as they walk down a hallway.


May 23, 2019

ALERT Awarded Patent

ECE Professor Carey Rappaport & MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo awarded a patent for “On the move millimeter wave interrogation system with a hallway of multiple transmitters and receivers”.


Apr 03, 2019

ECE Team Awarded DOD DURIP Grant

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia and co-PIs Associate Professors Kaushik Chowdhury, Stefano Basagni, and Assistant Professor Jose Angel Martinez-Lorenzo were awarded a $295K grant by the Office of Naval Research for their proposal on “PROTECT: A Millimeter-wave Programmable Radio platfOrm and Tactical wirelEss Communication Testbed” as part of DOD’s Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).

Spotlight Story

Sep 28, 2018

Making a Postive Impact on People Through Improved Security

Katherine Graham, BS Mechanical Engineering 2021, shares her experience working with the ALERT research center and her interest in security-related projects. From participating in the ALERT/Gordon CenSSIS Scholars Program to the ALERT SEWDP (Science and Engineering Workforce Development Program), she has been involved with ALERT since her first year at Northeastern University. Katherine, who works […]


Sep 26, 2018

MIE/ECE Faculty Awarded $1.5M AFRL Grant

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo, ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia, ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh, and CCIS/ECE Affiliated Faculty Chris Amato were awarded a $1.5M Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) grant for “Robust Decentralized Classification and Coordination Algorithms for Swarms of SUAS.”


May 21, 2018

Next Generation Checkpoints

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske toured the Center for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) on Friday to see if the technology Northeastern is working on can be implemented at security checkpoints. Source: News @ Northeastern The nation’s top airport security official Friday toured a Northeastern center that develops technology aimed at ensuring […]


Aug 21, 2017

Martinez-Lorenzo Awarded $546K DOE Grant

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo was awarded a $546K Department of Energy grant for “Fusing Thermoacoustic, Electromagnetic and Acoustic/Seismic Wave Fields for Subsurface Characterization and Imaging of Flow Transport”.

Jun 28, 2017

Young Scholar Program Provides Experience-Based Learning for Future Scientists and Engineers

The Center for STEM Education kicked off its 2017 Young Scholars Program on June 26, 2017, with 26 budding scientists and engineers from high schools at a variety of cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.

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