Joaquin Casanova

BACKGROUND

Research experience in multiple disciplines of engineering, particularly in the areas of electromagnetics, plasma generation, detection and estimation, and numerical simulation. Licensed PE in Florida.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; May 2010

Thesis: Electromagnetic system design for wireless power

Advisor: Prof. Jenshan Lin

M.E., Agricultural and Biological Engineering

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; December 2007

Thesis: Modeling surface fluxes and microwave signatures for growing vegetation

Advisor: Prof. Jasmeet Judge

B.S., Agricultural and Biological Engineering

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; May 2006

Senior Project: A thermally controlled table for seed germination studies

Advisor: Prof. Ray Bucklin

TECHNICAL SKILLS SUMMARY

  • MATLAB,  Python, R, C++, Solidworks, Eagle, Linux, Windows

  • Electromagnetics simulation and design

  • Data acquisition and analysis

  • Field experiment design and management

  • Prototype CAD/fabrication

  • PCB layout design and construction

EXPERIENCE

Radio Frequency Circuits & Systems Research  -  OPS Research Assistant - 6/2016-Present

Design, simulation, and fabrication of ultra-low-field magnetometer for DARPA magnetoencephalography project. Development of forward/inverse model for neuronal current dipoles.

UF Chemistry Electronics Shop -  Senior Engineer - 11/2013-6/2016

Repair and troubleshooting minor and major analytical equipment including NMR, GC-MS, incubators,  etc. Projects included modeling, design, development, and testing of a novel ion guide, RF source for DNP NMR, UV sensor amplifier, high voltage square wave generator, plasma source, ion detector, and others.

USDA-ARS  Conservation and Production Research Laboratory -  Research Engineer - 5/2010-10/2013

Modeling, design, development, and field testing of a digital access-tube TDR soil moisture sensor.  Development of waveform analysis software in MATLAB. Design, development in, and field testing of a system for image processing for crop stress detection, using MATLAB and C++.

Radio Frequency Circuits & Systems Research - Research/Teaching Assistant - 12/2007-5/2010

Developed EDA tools for system/coil design in wireless power systems using MATLAB. Developed Bayesian algorithm in MATLAB, implemented in C++, for load detection and tracking in  wireless power system.

UF Center for Remote Sensing - Research Assistant - 4/2004-12/2007

Managed data acquisition and analysis for several large scale agricultural remote sensing experiments. Developed and calibrated terrain microwave brightness and land surface heat and mass transfer models in Fortran.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Schwartz, R. C., Casanova, J. J., Bell, J. M., & Evett, S. R. (2014). A reevaluation of time domain reflectometry propagation time determination in soils. Vadose Zone Journal, 13(1).

  • Casanova, J. J., O'Shaughnessy, S. A., Evett, S. R., & Rush, C. M. (2014). Development of a wireless computer vision instrument to detect biotic stress in wheat. Sensors, 14(9), 17753-17769.

  • Casanova, J. J., Schwartz, R. C., & Evett, S. R. (2014). Design and field tests of a directly coupled waveguide-on-access-tube soil water sensor.Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 30(1), 105-112.

  • Casanova, J. J., Schwartz, R. C., Evett, S. R., & Anderson, S. K. (2013). Directly coupled vs. conventional time domain reflectometry in soils. Applied engineering in agriculture, 29(5), 771-777.

  • Casanova, J. J., Evett, S. R., & Schwartz, R. C. (2012). Design and field tests of an access-tube soil water sensor. Applied Engineering in Agriculture,28(4), 603-610.

  • Evett, S. R., Schwartz, R. C., Casanova, J. J., & Heng, L. K. (2012). Soil water sensing for water balance, ET and WUE. Agricultural Water Management, 104, 1-9.

  • Schwartz, R. C., Casanova, J. J., Pelletier, M. G., Evett, S. R., & Baumhardt, R. L. (2013). Soil permittivity response to bulk electrical conductivity for selected soil water sensors. Vadose Zone Journal, 12(2).

  • Casanova, J. J., Evett, S. R., & Schwartz, R. C. (2012). Design of access-tube TDR sensor for soil water content: Testing. Sensors Journal, IEEE,12(6), 2064-2070.

  • Casanova, J. J., Evett, S. R., & Schwartz, R. C. (2012). Design of access-tube TDR sensor for soil water content: Theory. Sensors Journal, IEEE,12(6), 1979-1986.

  • Evett, S., Casanova, J., & Schwartz, R. (2012, October). A waveguide-on-access-tube (WOAT) TDR sensor for deep soil water content and bulk EC. InASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts (No. 59-11). ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts. 2012 CDROM. Paper.

  • Garnica, J., Casanova, J., & Lin, J. (2011, May). High efficiency midrange wireless power transfer system. In Microwave Workshop Series on Innovative Wireless Power Transmission: Technologies, Systems, and Applications (IMWS), 2011 IEEE MTT-S International (pp. 73-76). IEEE.

  • Taylor, J. A., Low, X. N., Casanova, J., & Lin, J. (2010, January). A wireless power station for laptop computers. In Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS), 2010 IEEE (pp. 625-628). IEEE.

  • Casanova, J. J., Taylor, J. A., & Lin, J. (2010). Design of a 3-D fractal heatsink antenna. Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE, 9, 1061-1064.

  • Low, Z. N., Casanova, J. J., Maier, P. H., Taylor, J. A., Chinga, R. A., & Lin, J. (2010). Method of load/fault detection for loosely coupled planar wireless power transfer system with power delivery tracking. Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on, 57(4), 1478-1486.

  • Casanova, J. J., Low, Z. N., & Lin, J. (2009). Design and optimization of a class-E amplifier for a loosely coupled planar wireless power system.Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, IEEE Transactions on, 56(11), 830-834.

  • Casanova, J. J., Low, Z. N., & Lin, J. (2009). A loosely coupled planar wireless power system for multiple receivers. Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on, 56(8), 3060-3068.

  • Casanova, J. J., & Judge, J. (2008). Estimation of energy and moisture fluxes for dynamic vegetation using coupled SVAT and crop‚Äźgrowth models.Water resources research, 44(7).

  • Casanova, J. J., Judge, J., & Jang, M. (2007). Modeling transmission of microwaves through dynamic vegetation. Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on, 45(10), 3145-3149.

  • Lizaso, J. I., Boote, K. J., Cherr, C. M., Scholberg, J. M. S., Casanova, J. J., Judge, J., ... & Hoogenboom, G. (2007). Developing a sweet corn simulation model to predict fresh market yield and quality of ears. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 132(3), 415-422.

  • Casanova, J. J., Judge, J., & Jones, J. W. (2006). Calibration of the CERES-Maize model for linkage with a microwave remote sensing model.Transactions of the ASABE, 49(3), 783-792.

PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED TALKS

  • Casanova, J., O’Shaughnessy, S., & Evett, S. (2013, November). Wireless computer vision system for crop stress detection. In ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts (p. 123). ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts. Session 196-7.

  • Casanova J. (2013, July). Engineering Research in Agricultural Sensors. University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

  • Evett, S., Schwartz, R., & Casanova, J. (2013, March). Soil water sensors for irrigation management-What works, what doesn't, and why. In Meeting Abstract.

  • Casanova, J., Evett, S., Schwartz, R., & Anderson, S. K. (2011, October). Field Tests of a Down-Hole TDR Profiling Water Content Measurement System. In ASA, CSA, SSA International Annual Meetings.

  • Casanova, J. J., Evett, S. R., & Schwartz, R. C. (2011). Design and testing of access-tube TDR soil water sensor. In 2011 Louisville, Kentucky, August 7-10, 2011 (p. 1). American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

  • Casanova, J. J., Low, Z. N., Lin, J., & Tseng, R. (2009, January). Transmitting coil achieving uniform magnetic field distribution for planar wireless power transfer system. In Radio and Wireless Symposium, 2009. RWS'09. IEEE (pp. 530-533). IEEE.

  • Casanova, J. J., Rutland, D., Talbot, M.T.,  Bucklin, R.A., & Norcini, J.G. A student-designed thermogradient table utilizing thermoelectric modules to generate the temperature gradient. In 4th ISHS International and 8th National Symposium on Seed, Transplant and Stand Establishment of Horticultural Crops, 2006.

  • Casanova, J., Jang, M., & Judge, J. (2006, July). Transmission of Microwaves Through a Dynamic Corn Canopy in Emission Models. In Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2006. IGARSS 2006. IEEE International Conference on (pp. 2025-2027). IEEE.

  • Casanova, J. J. & Judge, J. (2005). Land surface fluxes for dynamic vegetation through linkage of SVAT and crop models. In AGU Fall Meeting.

  • Casanova, J. J., Judge, J. , & Jones, J. W. (2005). Calibration of the CERES-Maize model for linkage with a microwave remote sensing model. In ASAE Annual Meeting.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

2004–present American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

2006–present Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)