Dr. Andrew Downs

Dr. Andrew Downs

Position Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Engineering
Office: Westerman Hall 101
Phone: 913.360.7395
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Dr. Downs earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2010 where his work focused on additive manufacturing of passive microwave circuits and antennas. After graduation, Dr. Downs worked as a nuclear engineer for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. Tiring of the rain, he returned to the Midwest to work as a project engineer for Interstates Control Systems in Sioux Center, Iowa. Four years later, and unable to neglect a call to teach, Dr. Downs entered graduate school at Iowa State University.

While at Iowa State, Dr. Downs helped develop an improved method of multi-mode dispersion compensation for ultrasonic guided wave NDT (nondestructive testing). Dr. Downs’s research interests are many, but he has a particular interest in wave phenomena – both electromagnetic and elastic. Other interests include, reconfigurable and ultra-wideband antennas, sensor design and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


  • BS, Electrical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 2008
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 2010
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2021