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The IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer Program

Distinguished Lecturer Program Handbook

The IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) provides experts, the Distinguished Lecturers (DLs), who are financially supported to visit active AP-S Chapters around the world and give lectures on topics of interest and importance to the AP community.

Each active Chapter can request a maximum of two DL visits per year. One of the two visits may be from a former DL. A third DL per year may be obtained when a Chapter organizes a workshop and requests a DL for it. If a DL visits a particular Chapter, and then also visits one or more nearby chapters as part of the same trip, the visit will normally count towards the DL allotment of the Chapter that originally invited the DL, and not towards the other nearby Chapters.

A visit request by a Chapter must be approved by the Chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) prior to the Chapter making an official commitment to a DL. Permission for additional DL visits to a Chapter is contingent on funds, and needs approval by the DLP Chair and the AP-S Treasurer.

Normally DLs visit AP-S Chapters, but Sections or Councils may also be visited with permission of the DLP Chair, who should receive some assurance that a reasonable number of AP-S members will be present at the meeting. A DL visit to a Student Branch Chapter of AP-S requires special approval by the DLP Chair. Such visits will be allowed if there is evidence of significant potential attendance, as well as approval of the local AP-S Chapter, if one exists in the local area.

Distinguished Lecturer (DL) travel funding scheme was significantly changed in 2018 to make it farer for all chapters, chapter members and distinguished lecturers from all parts of the world, including remote parts in large IEEE Regions such as Region 8, 9 and 10. In the new scheme, the AP-S Society will normally reimburse travel expenses incurred by a Distinguished Lecturer up to $1,250 (USD) for each chapter visited and lectured. One exception is when travel from the lecturer’s home location to the first lecture venue, or between two consequent lecture venues, exceeds 7 hours of flying time in the fastest route available. In that case, expenses for travelling to the chapter(s) that require such long-distance travel are reimbursable up to $2,500. Note that, as before, the amount is per chapter visited and not per lecture given. There is no limit on the number of chapters that may be visited during each trip, but approval from the DL Program Committee (DLPC) Chair must be obtained (prior to travel) for each chapter to be visited. In fact, multi-chapter tours are strongly encouraged for better use of society funds.

It is allowed for a DL to combine a Chapter visit with a visit to another organization or event (such as a company, a conference, etc.), but only the part of the trip that relates to the Chapter visit will be funded by the Distinguished Lecturer Program.

The Chair appoints DLs upon advice from the Distinguished Lecturer Committee that selects the DLs among the candidates, who may be invited by the Committee, nominated by someone, or self-nominated. The Chapters are strongly encouraged to use this program as a means to make their local AP community aware of the most recent scientific and technological trends.

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Every year The Chair announces a call for nomination of candidates to be considered as Distinguished Lecturers, and the selection process.

 Requesting A Distinguished Lecture.

The AP Society DL Program, commended by the IEEE Society Review Panel in 2018, is one of the most flexible in IEEE and it gives the freedom for chapter executives to request a DL at any time in the year. Each AP chapter is eligible to request up to two lectures each year as the primary inviter. All distinguished lectures should be free of charge to all members of the Society, and preferably to all IEEE members. The process is to request a lecture is outlined below:

  1. Chapter executives discuss the possibility of hosting a lecture with a DL and agree on tentative dates.
  2. Either the Chapter Chair/delegate or the DL requests the lecture tour by filing out the cells in Columns A to L in the spreadsheet (entitled “DL Program Request Form and Report”) that can be downloaded from the AP Society website Distinguished Lecture Program Section and emailing it to the DL Program Committee (DLPC) Chair. Status Code in Column A should be 1. Date and Venue can be tentative and Time and Venue Details can be left blank.
  3. The DLPC Chair approves the request by email and cc the Society Treasurer or decline the request with reasons.
  4. As soon as approved, the requester shall share the DLPC Cahir’s approval email with all other parties involved
  5. The Chapter Chair/delegate shall create a vTools event in the web for the lecture, and send at least one IEEE eNotice to all chapter members to announce the lecture. All eNotices, flyers and webpages should clearly indicate that the lecture is sponsored by IEEE AP Society Distinguished Lecturer Program. Then, the Chapter Chair/delegate emails the DL the URL of the vTools event.
  6. Where possible, the DL attempts to give multiple lectures in different chapters in the same tour, especially when international travel is involved, for best use of society funds.
  7. Within two weeks from the lecture, the Chapter Chair/delegate shall complete the Blue columns (O to AA) of the spreadsheet and email it to the DLPC Chair and to the DL. The DL updates the Green columns (A to N) and email the spreadsheet to the DLPC Chair, and cc the Chapter Chair/delegate. All cells from A to AA should be complete to meet the reporting requirement.
  8. Future lecture approvals to the same chapter are subject to receiving the completed spreadsheet by the DL Program Chair in time.
  9. The DL shall submit an Expense Report to the Society Treasurer within 60 days from travel, to claim the expenses, following guidelines in the DL Program Handbook and IEEE Travel Policy.

 Tips for Distinguished Lecturer Nomination.

New DLs are selected in accordance with very specific selection criteria. Each member of the selection panel provides numerical marks for each applicant for each criterion and the final selection is based entirely on merit. Please note that the criteria here are significantly different to many other awards, including IEEE Fellow recognition and AP-S Field Awards, thus the nominators should pay careful attention to the criteria in the Call for IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturers.

Some applicants have informed me that preparing a 10-minute video clip for submission is the most challenging part of the application preparation and, having done it myself previously, I agree. Allow time for this and start preparing well before the deadline. The objective here is to impress the selection panel with your communication and presentation skills. You can also make use of this video to prove that your lecture is interesting and relevant to the wider AP community. Avoid focusing on yourself for extended periods when making the video, rather focus on your content as much as possible. I have seen video clips that do not contain the face of the lecturer at all but are still very strong in proving the point and getting the message across to the audience. Use an appropriate pointing device when required. A recording of a lecture given to an audience is often not suitable for this purpose. It is advisable to make a clip solely for this purpose, using whatever hardware you have access to. Expensive hardware is not required.

As always, your feedback on the Distinguished Lecturer Program is welcome by me and the Committee.

Kwai Man Luk
Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair
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Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair

Professor Kwai Man Luk,
FREng, FIEEE Department of Electrical Engineering City University of Hong Kong

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Past Chairs:

Peter de Maagt
Danilo Erricolo
David Jackson
Dan Schaubert
Prabhakar Pathak
Karu Esselle

Past Distinguished Lecturer Appointments


2023 - 2025
Maokun LI
Maokun LI

Maokun LI
Department of Electronic Engineering
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Maokun LI is currently an associate professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He received his B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2002, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and 2007, respectively. After graduation, he joined Schlumberger-Doll Research as a research scientist. In June 2014, he joined the department of electronic engineering at Tsinghua University. His research interests include fast algorithms in computational electromagnetics and electromagnetic inverse problems.

He served as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He is also a member of the AP-S membership and benefits committee. He received the 2017 IEEE Ulrich L. Rohde Innovative Conference Paper Award, the 2019 PIERS Young Scientist Award, 2021 Instructor Award for Excellent Ph.D. Thesis by China Education Society of Electronics.

Titles of talks:

  • Electromagnetic sensing and imaging (for general audience)
  • Application of deep learning techniques to computational electromagnetics
  • Physics-embedded deep learning techniques for EM modeling and data inversion
  • Multiphysics imaging for human thorax
  • Nonlinear multiphysics joint inversion for geophysical and biomedical imaging
  • A Model-based inversion algorithm for electromagnetic data
Mohammad S. Sharawi
Mohammad S. Sharawi

Mohammad S. Sharawi
Polytechnique Montreal (University of Montreal)
2500 Chemin de Polytechnique Montréal, Québec, H3T1J4, Canada

Prof Mohammad S. Sharawi is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is also a member of the Poly-Grames Research Center at Polytechnique. He was with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia, between 2009-2018. He founded and directed the Antennas and Microwave Structure Design Laboratory (AMSDL) at KFUPM. He was a visiting Professor at the Intelligent Radio (iRadio) Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, during the Summer-Fall of 2014.

Prof. Sharawi’s areas of research include Multiband Printed Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) Antenna systems, Reconfigurable and Active integrated Antennas, Applied Electromagnetics, Shared-aperture structures and multi-function systems and antennas, Millimeter-wave MIMO antennas, encapsulated Dielectric Antennas, and on package antennas. He has more than 350 papers published in refereed journals and international conferences, 11 book chapters, one single authored book entitled “Printed MIMO Antenna Engineering,” Artech House, 2014, and the lead author of the recent book “Design and Applications of Active Integrated Antennas,” Artech house, 2018. He has 28 issued/granted and 8 pending patents in the United States Patent Office (USPO). He is serving/served as the Associate Editor for the IEEE AWPL, IEEE OJAP, and IET MAP. He is an Area Editor (Antennas and Microwave Devices and Systems) for Wiley Microwave and Optical Technology Letters (MOP). He served on the Technical and organizational program committees of several international conferences such as EuCAP, APS, IMWS-5G, APCAP, iWAT among many others. Prof. Sharawi is a member of the IEEE Member benefits committee, and the person managing the APS Student travel grant. He is serving as the EuRAAP delegate for north America. He is also the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Montréal chapter chair.

Titles of talks:

  • The Dawn of Multi-Function, Multi-Standard Shared Aperture Antenna Systems
  • Active Integrated Antennas: Fundamentals and Applications
  • Advances in Antenna Systems for Future Wireless Terminals
Yihong Qi
Yihong Qi

Yihong Qi
President and Chief scientist
General Test Systems, Inc.

Dr Yihong Qi is an engineer, scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is President and Chief scientist of General Test Systems, Inc., Shenzhen, China. He is founder of Pontosense Inc., Mercku Inc. Canada and Link-E, Zhuhai, China. He is an Honorary Professor at Xidian University and Southwest Jiaotong University. He is also Adjunct Professor in the EMC Laboratory, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA; Western University, Ontario, Canada; Dalian Maritime University, China.

Dr Qi is an inventor of more than 500 published and pending patents. He has published more than130 academic papers. From 1995 to 2010, he was with Research in Motion (Blackberry), Waterloo, ON, where he was the Director of Advanced Electromagnetic Research. He was founding Chairman of the IEEE EMC society TC-12. He is associate editor of IEEE Internet of Things Journal and IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility.

Dr Qi was a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE EMC Society. He has received an IEEE EMC Society Technical Achievement Award. His inventions won 2019, 2020 CES innovation awards, 2021 CES Network Product award, 2022 CES Wellbeing Product award, Red Dot award, IEEE HI-TC industrial award among other awards. He is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of National Academy of Inventors, Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association.

Titles of talks:

  • Quality Wideband Linear Array
  • Over the Air Measurement
  • WISe: Wireless Intelligent Sensing
Yi Huang
Yi Huang

Yi Huang
Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics
University of Liverpool, UK

Prof Yi Huang has been conducting research in the areas of antennas, wireless communications, applied electromagnetics, radar, measurements, and EMC since 1987. More recently, he is working on antenna developments using liquid and new materials, wireless energy harvesting and power transfer. His experience includes 3 years spent with NRIET (China) as a Radar Engineer and various periods with the Universities of Birmingham, Oxford, and Essex in the UK as a member of research staff. He worked as a Research Fellow at British Telecom Labs in 1994 and then joined the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics, the University of Liverpool, UK as a Faculty in 1995, where he is now a full Professor in Wireless Engineering and the Head of High-Frequency Engineering Group.

Prof Huang has published over 500 refereed papers in leading international journals and conference proceedings and authored four books, including Antennas: from Theory to Practice (John Wiley, 2008, 2021). He has received many patents, and research grants from research councils, government agencies, charities, EU, and industry, and is a recipient of over 10 awards (e.g. BAE Systems Chairman’s Award 2017, IET, and Best Paper Awards). He has served on a number of national and international technical committees and has been an Editor, Associate Editor, or Guest Editor of five international journals. In addition, he has been a keynote/invited speaker and organiser of many conferences and workshops (e.g. IEEE iWAT2010, LAPC2012, and EuCAP2018). He is at present an Associate Editor of IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, UK and Ireland Rep to the European Association of Antenna and Propagation (EurAAP), a Fellow of IET, and a Fellow of IEEE.

Titles of talks:

  • Wireless Energy Harvesting and Power Transfer (general)
  • Wireless Power Transfer and Energy Harvesting using New Materials.
  • Liquid antennas for radio communications.
  • Wireless Charging for Medical, EV, and IoT Applications.
Ahmad Hoorfar
Ahmad Hoorfar

Ahmad Hoorfar
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085, USA

Prof Ahmad Hoorfar is a professor and graduate chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the director of the Antenna Research Laboratory at Villanova University. He received his B.S. in electronics engineering from the University of Tehran and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research contributions over the last thirty-five years cover areas in electromagnetic field theory, numerical modeling and novel designs of multifunction printed and low-profile antennas, metamaterial media and surfaces, inverse scattering, microwave sensing and imaging, and stochastic optimization methods. He has been a pioneer in the development and application of evolutionary and global optimization algorithms in electromagnetics, development of electromagnetic-based techniques for through-the-wall radar imaging (TWRI) and ground penetrating radar (GPR), compressive sensing applied to GPR and TWRI, and the use of the mathematical concept of space-filling curves in design of electrically small antennas, RFID tags, artificial magnetic conductors, and metasurfaces.

Dr. Hoorfar is a life Fellow member of IEEE, a member of International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commission B, and a member of the Franklin Institute Committee on Science and the Arts. He was the recipient of Villanova University’s Outstanding Faculty Research Scholar Award in 2007, and the recipient of the Philadelphia section ‘IEEE chapter of the year award' for his leadership in chairing the AP/MTT joint chapter in 1995. He was the general chair of the 12th and 13th Benjamin Franklin Symposia in Microwave and Antenna Technology held in 1994 and 1995, and co-organizer of the 22nd Antenna Measurement Technique Association (AMTA) Symposium in 2000, as well as a member of the organizing committee of the 2003 and 2018 IEEE International Microwave Symposia in Philadelphia. He has served on the review board of various IEEE and other technical publications and has also been on the technical program committees of numerous international symposia and conferences, including IEEE AP-S, IEEE MTT, IEEE Aerospace, IEEE Radio and Wireless, IEEE Radar Conference, International Union of Radio Science (URSI), and Progress in Electromagnetic Research symposia. Dr. Hoorfar spent his sabbatical leaves in 2002 and 2009 at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, where he contributed to the development of a general optimization code for design of feed horns for NASA’s deep space communication network.

Titles of talks:

  • Seeing Through Walls: An Electromagnetic Perspective (for general audience)
  • Nature-inspired Optimization Techniques in Electromagnetics
  • Electrodynamics of Space-filling Curves and their Antenna and Metamaterial Applications
  • Real-Time and Sparse-Reconstructed Radar Imaging Through Stratified Media
  • Advances in Inverse Profiling of Subsurface Dielectric Objects Using Stochastic Optimization Techniques
2022 - 2024
Reyhan Baktur
Reyhan Baktur

Dr Reyhan Baktur
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
150 EL 4120 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT84322-4120

Reyhan Baktur is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Utah State University (USU). Her research interests include antennas and microwave engineering with a focus on antenna design for CubeSats; optically transparent antennas; multifunctional integrated antennas, sensors, and microwave circuits.

She is affiliated with the Center for Space Engineering at USU, the Space Dynamics Laboratory (the university affiliated research center), and collaborates with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Dr. Baktur is an AdCom member of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, and is active in US National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science, serving as the Vice Chair for Commission B, and the Inaugural Chair for the Women in Radio Science.

She is passionate and committed to electromagnetic education and student recruiting by introducing CubeSat projects in undergraduate classrooms. She is the recipient of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society’s (APS) the Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2013 and has been actively serving IEEE APS student paper competition and student design contest.

Titles of talks:

  • CubeSat Antennas and Link Budget Analysis
  • Integrated Solar-Pannel Antennas
  • Introduction to CubeSats (for general audience)
  • Optically Transparent Antennas
  • Low-Cost and Effective Electromagnetics and Antennas Class Projects
Debatosh Guha
Debatosh Guha

Professor Debatosh Guha
Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics
University of Calcutta, 92, A. P. C. Road
Kolkata 700009, India

Debatosh Guha is a Professor in Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta, India. He has also closely worked with several wireless industries and R&D Laboratories at home and abroad. He has authored and coauthored over 200 technical papers in the leading journals and conferences along with a reference book published by Wiley, UK in 2011. His research contributions have been featured in the recent editions of most of the text and handbooks on Antennas.

Dr. Guha is Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellow. He has been a Fellow of IEEE since 2017, received the IEEE AP-S Raj Mittra Travel Grant award in 2012, and was a recipient of the 1996 URSI Young Scientist Award. He also received the 2016 Ramlal Wadhwa Arad from the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), India. He a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, India, and the West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology. He is full member of Sigma Xi. He was appointed as a HAL Chair Professor (visiting) at the Indian Institutes of Technology Kharagpur in 2015 and the Director of the Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CRNN) at the University of Calcutta in 2017.

Dr. Guha has served IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (2014-2019) and IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (since 2016) as an Associate Editor, and also IEEE APS Field Award Committee (2017-2019) and IEEE Technical Committee on Antenna Measurement (2021) as a member.

Titles of talks:

  • Is antenna made of mathematics?- Search for a missing link between Maxwell’s theory and Practice
  • Uniformly Low Cross-Polar Design of Planar Antenna and Arrays: Advances in Engineering and New Insights
  • Mysteries in Dielectric Resonator Modes and Some Techniques for Advanced Antenna Designs
  • Metallodielectric Composite Resonant Structures - A new Paradigm in Antenna Design
Yongxin Guo
Yongxin Guo

Professor Yongxin Guo
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National University of Singapore
4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117583

Yongxin Guo received the B.Eng. and M. Eng. degrees from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China, and the Ph.D. degree from City University of Hong Kong, all in electronic engineering, in 1992, 1995 and 2001, respectively.

Dr Guo is currently a Full Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). Concurrently, He is Director of the Center for Peak of Excellence on Smart Medical Technology at NUS Suzhou Research Institute and Co-Director of the Center for Smart Sensing and Artificial Intelligence, NUS Chongqing Research Institute. He has authored or co-authored over 500 international journal and conference papers and 4 book chapters. He holds over 40 granted/filed patents in USA, China and Singapore. His current research interests include RF sensing, antennas and electromagnetics in medicine; wireless power for biomedical applications and internet of things; wideband and small antennas for wireless communications; and RF and microwave circuits and MMIC modelling and design. He has graduated 18 PhD students at NUS.

Dr Guo is an IEEE Fellow. He is serving as Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwave in Medicine and Biology for the term of 2020-2023. He served as the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee for IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2019-2020). Dr Guo was the Chair for IEEE AP-S Technical Committee on Antenna Measurement in 2018-2020. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine (2018-2020), IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwave in Medicine and Biology (2017 – 2020), Electronics Letters (2015-2019), IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (2013-2018), and IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation (2014-2017). He has served as General Chair/Co-Chair for a number of international conferences. He was the recipient of 2020 IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters Tatsuo Itoh Prize of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.

Titles of talks:

  • Antennas in Medicine: Miniaturization, Bandwidth Enhancement, and Multi-Polarization
  • Efficient Wireless Power Transfer for IoTs and Biomedical Applications
  • Wideband Millimeter-Wave Antennas for Emerging Wireless Communication
  • Novel Antennas Using Advanced Manufacturing Techniques
Atif Shamim
Atif Shamim

Dr Atif Shamim
IMPACT Lab, Electrical Engineering
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Atif Shamim received his MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Carleton University, Canada in 2004 and 2009 respectively. He was an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholar at Carleton University from 2007 till 2009 and an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in 2009-2010 at Royal Military College Canada and KAUST. In August 2010, he joined the Electrical Engineering Program at KAUST, where he is currently an Associate Professor and principal investigator of IMPACT Lab. He was an invited researcher at the VTT Micro-Modules Research Center (Oulu, Finland) in 2006. His research work has won best paper awards in IEEE IMS 2016, IEEE MECAP 2016, IEEE EuWiT 2008, first prize in IEEE IMS 2019 3MT competition and finalist/honorable mention prizes in IEEE APS Design Competition 2020, IEEE APS 2005, IEEE IMS 2014, IEEE IMS 2017 (3MT competition), R. W. P. King IEEE Award for journal papers in IEEE TAP 2017 and 2020. He was given the Ottawa Centre of Research Innovation (OCRI) Researcher of the Year Award in 2008 in Canada. His work on Wireless Dosimeter won the ITAC SMC Award at Canadian Microelectronics TEXPO in 2007. Prof Shamim has also won numerous business-related awards, including 1st prize in Canada’s national business plan competition and was awarded OCRI Entrepreneur of the year award in 2010. He has won the Kings Prize for the best innovation of the year (2018) for his work on sensors for the oil industry. He is an author of 1 Book, 3 Book Chapters and more than 250 publications, an inventor on 35 patents and has given more than 70 invited talks at various international forums. His research interests are in innovative antenna designs and their integration strategies with circuits and sensors for flexible and wearable wireless sensing systems through a combination of CMOS and additive manufacturing technologies. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Member of IEEE APS Measurements Committee and IEEE MTT Microwave Control Techniques Committee, founded the first IEEE AP/MTT chapter in Saudi Arabia (2013) and served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (2013-2019), as a Guest Editor for IEEE AWPL Special issue (2019), and is currently serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology.

Titles of talks:

  • On-Chip Antennas: The Last Barrier to True RF System-on-Chip
  • 3D Quasi-Isotropic Antenna-on-Package Design
  • Magnetically Controlled Reconfigurable Antenna Design
  • (Suitable for General Audience): Flexible, Wearable, Disposable Wireless Communication and Sensing Systems Through Additive Manufacturing
Giovanni Toso
Giovanni Toso

Dr Giovanni Toso
Antenna and Sub-Millimeter Wave Section
Radio Frequency Payloads & Technology Division
European Space Agency, ESA ESTEC
Keplerlaan 1, PB 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Giovanni Toso received the Laurea Degree (cum laude), the Ph.D. and the Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1992, 1995 and 1999. In 1996 he was visiting scientist at the Laboratoire d'Optique Electromagnétique, Marseille (France). In 1999 he was a visiting scientist at the University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles, received a scholarship from Alenia Spazio (Rome, Italy) and has been appointed researcher in a Radio Astronomy Observatory of the Italian National Council of Researches (CNR). Since 2000 he is with the Antenna and Submillimeter Waves Section of the European Space Agency, ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. He has been initiating several R&D activities on satellite antennas based on arrays, reflectarrays, discrete lenses and reflectors. In particular, in the field of onboard satellite antennas, he has been coordinating activities on multi-beam antennas (active and passive). In the field of terminal antennas for telecom applications, he has supported the developments of reconfigurable antennas with electronic, mechanical and hybrid scanning; some of these antennas are now available in the market. He has been supporting the development of the software tool QUPES by TICRA, now used worldwide, for the analysis and design of periodic and quasi-periodic surfaces such as reflectarrays, frequency selective surfaces, transmitarrays and polarizers. He has co-authored more than 400 papers published in peer reviewed professional journals and international conferences’ proceedings, and holds more than 20 international patents. In 2009 together with S. Selleri they co-edited the Special Issue on Active Antennas for Satellite Applications for the International Journal of Antennas and Propagation. In 2014 he has been guest editor, together with R. Mailloux, of the Special Issue on “Innovative Phased array antennas based on non-regular lattices and overlapped subarrays” published in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and, for the same society, has been an Associate Editor (2013-2016). Since the first edition in 2006 he has supported the European School of Antennas (ESoA) course on Satellite Antennas. Since 2010, with P. Angeletti, he has been instructing short courses on Multibeam Antennas and Beamforming Networks during international conferences (IEEE APS, IEEE IMS, IEEE IWCS, EUCAP, EuMW) attended by more than 850 participants. In 2018, he was chairman of the 39th ESA Antenna Workshop on “Multi-beam and Reconfigurable Antennas”. In the same year he together with A. Skrivervik and out of 101 teachers received the 2018 ESoA Best Teacher Award. G. He is organising the ESoA course on Active Antennas.

Titles of talks:

  • Multibeam Antennas for Satellite, MIMO and 5G communications (for general audience)
  • Active Antennas with reduced complexity (for general audience)
  • Two- and three-dimensional discrete lens antennas
2021 - 2023
Jaume Anguera
Jaume Anguera

Dr. Jaume Anguera – Entrepreneurship Category
Alcalde Barnils 64, 08190 Barcelona, Spain;;;

Dr. Jaume Anguera, IEEE Fellow, is co-founder and CTO of the technology company Ignion (Barcelona, Spain) and Associate Professor at Ramon LLull University and member of the Remote-IoT research group.

In 1999, he was a researcher at Sistemas Radiantes, Madrid, Spain developing multiband antenna arrays. From 1999-2017, he was with Fractus, Spain, as R&D manager leading projects on antennas for base station and handsets. Between 2003 to 2006, he was assigned to Fractus in South Korea to head up the research team. Under his technical leadership, the company secured major contracts with companies such as Samsung and LG. Since 2017 he is with Ignion with the role of CTO where he leads the R&D activity of the company creating new products, envisaging new technologies, fostering synergies with partners, and providing technology strategy to scale the business of the company.

Inventor of more than 150 granted patents, most of them licensed to telecommunication companies. Among his most outstanding contributions is that of inventor of Antenna Booster Technology, a technology that fostered the creation of Ignion. Many of these products have been adopted by the wireless industry worldwide, to allow wireless connectivity through a miniature component called an antenna booster.

Author of more than 250 scientific papers and international conferences (h-index 50). Author of 7 books. He has participated as principal researcher in more than 22 research projects financed by the Spanish Ministry, CDTI, CIDEM, and the European Commission for an amount exceeding 7M$.

He has received several national and international awards. He has directed the master/doctorate thesis to more than 130 students. His biography appears in Who’sWho in the World and Who’sWho in Science and Engineering. Associate editor of the IEEE Open Journal on Antennas and Propagation and vice-chair of the working group “Software and Modeling” at EurAAP.

Prof. Anguera’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics:

  • "Antenna Booster Technology: from Fundamentals to Applications."
  • "Design of IoT Devices embedding Antenna Boosters."
Cynthia M. Furse
Cynthia M. Furse

Professor Cynthia M. Furse – Virtual-Only Distinguished Lecturer
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

Dr. Cynthia M. Furse is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors, and is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Her research interests are the application of electromagnetics to sensing and communication in complex lossy scattering media such as the human body, geophysical prospecting, ionospheric plasma, and complex wiring networks. Dr. Furse is a founder of LiveWire Innovation, Inc., a spin-off company from her research, commercializing devices to locate intermittent faults on live wires. She has taught electromagnetics, wireless communication, computational electromagnetics, microwave engineering, antenna design, introductory electrical engineering, and engineering entrepreneurship and has been a leader in the development of the flipped classroom. Dr. Furse is an Associate Editor for the Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (AP), a member of the IEEE AP Young Professionals Committee, a past Administrative Committee member for the IEEE AP society, and past chair of the IEEE AP Education Committee. She has received numerous teaching and research awards including the 2020 IEEE Chen To Tai Distinguished Educator Award.

Prof. Furse’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics:

For Engineers:

  • "The History and Future of Implantable Antennas."
  • "Arcs and Sparks: Finding Faults on Aging Electrical Wiring."
  • "Entrepreneurship: Turning Ideas into Reality."

For a General Audience:

  • "Bioelectronics and the Bionic Age: How Electronics Touch Our Hearts and Minds."
  • "The Power of Change."
  • "Getting an “A” in Life / The Power of Failure: Getting it Right by Getting it Wrong."
  • "Engineering Tomorrow’s World Today."

For K-12 Teachers:

  • "Teaching the World Changers."

For Faculty:

  • "A Busy Professor’s Guide to Sanely HyFlex Flipping Your Class / Innovations in Electromagnetic Education."
Erik Lier
Erik Lier

Dr. Erik Lier
Lockheed Martin Space
10475 Park Meadows Drive, Bldg. 870, Room 2SE13
Lone Tree, CO 80124, USA

Dr. Erik Lier received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. He started working as a university scientific assistant and later as a research scientist at the Electronics Laboratory (ELAB/SINTEF) at the university, carrying out national and international research on microwave antennas and feed components for the European Space Agency (ESA), INTELSAT, INMARSAT and other satellite organizations and radar companies. He spent a year at UCLA as a visiting scholar studying phased array antenna technology. He co-invented the concept of “Soft and Hard electromagnetic surfaces” which is related to the field of electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) structures and complex surfaces. Since 1990 he has been with Lockheed Martin Space, where he has been involved in developing new spacecraft antenna and payload technology. He was instrumental in building up shaped reflector capability in the company which resulted in winning the Asiasat-2 satellite program. He has been involved in the development and modernization of the GPS satellite payload for over more than 20 years. His main research interest and contribution has been in the field of phased array antennas, including design, analysis, system engineering, calibration and test. He was the phased array architect for two phased arrays launched into space. He headed up the internal metamaterials research collaboration effort within the company, which has included university collaboration and has led to several groundbreaking and practical metamaterial-enhanced antennas for space and ground applications. He is granted 36 US patents, has authored and co-authored over 140 journal and conference papers, including two papers in the journal Nature, co-authored one book and authored a book chapter. He received the 2014 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Harold A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award. He is a Lockheed Martin Senior Technical Fellow, a Life Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IET.

Prof. Lier’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics:

  • "Practical Antenna Solutions Enabled by Soft and Hard EM Surfaces and Metasurfaces."
  • "Metamaterials – A Manipulation of Waves."
  • "Active Phased Antenna Calibration Based on Orthogonal Coding."
  • "Advanced Short Back-Fire Antenna Enabled by Metasurface Technology."
Zhongxiang Shen
Zhongxiang Shen

Professor Zhongxiang Shen
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798

Biography: Zhongxiang Shen received the B. Eng. degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, in 1987, the M. S. degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 1990, and the PhD degree from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 1997, all in electrical engineering.

From 1990 to 1994, he was with Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. He was with Com Dev Ltd., Cambridge, Canada, as an Advanced Member of Technical Staff in 1997. He spent six months each in 1998, first with the Gordon McKay Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and then with the Radiation Laboratory, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In Jan. 1999, he joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as an assistant professor, where he is currently a Full Professor in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Dr. Shen served as Chair of the IEEE MTT/AP Singapore Chapter in 2009. From Jan. 2010 to Aug. 2014, he was the Chair of IEEE AP-S Chapter Activities Committee. From July 2014 to December 2018, he was the Secretary of IEEE AP-S. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.

Prof. Shen is an IEEE Fellow. His research interests include the design of small and planar antennas for various wireless communication systems, analysis and design of frequency-selective structures and absorbers, hybrid numerical techniques for modeling RF/microwave components and antennas. He has authored more than 200 journal papers (among them 150 were published in IEEE Journals) and also presented more than 180 conference papers.

Prof. Shen’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics:

  • "Absorptive Frequency-Selective Structures."
  • "Design of Compact and Wide-Band Antennas."
  • "Conformal Wide-Band End-Fire Antennas of Low Profile."
Hao Xin
Hao Xin

Professor Hao Xin – Entrepreneurship Category
1230 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85750

Dr. Hao Xin is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics at the University of Arizona. He is also an IEEE Fellow. His current teaching and research interests are on high frequency (from microwave to THz) technologies, including passive and active circuits, antennas, properties and applications of new materials such as metamaterials and nano-materials for wireless communication, sensing, bio-medical, and energy harvesting. In 2016, he co-founded and served as the CTO and president of Lunewave Inc. to commercialize 3D printed Luneburg lens antennas for automotive radar sensors. Before joining the University of Arizona, he worked as research scientist at Rockwell Scientific Company and as Sr. Principal Multidisciplinary Engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems. He has published over 350 refereed papers and over 20 patents in related research areas. He served as the general co-chair of the 8th International Antenna Technology Workshop and the general secretary of the 39th International Infrared, Millimeter Wave and THz Conference. He was an associate editor for IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters from 2012 to 2018. He is an associate editor for IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Magazine and IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency ID. He currently serves as the chair of the Young Professionals Committee of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He is also the Tucson joint chapter chair of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques / Antennas and Propagation societies. Dr. Xin has current and previous research support (overall > $14M, individual expense > $8M) from DARPA, ARO, AFOSR, ONR, NSF, AFRL, and industry for his research on a broad range of topics related to microwave engineering. He has graduated and mentored 11 post-docs, 16 (including 6 visiting) PhD students, 10 MS students, and more than 60 undergraduate students. Currently he supervises 3 Post-Doc, 5 PhD students, 2 MS students and 2 undergraduate students.

Prof. Xin’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics:

  • "Additive Manufacturing for Antennas and Electronics from GHz to THz."
  • "3D Printed Millimeter Wave (mmW) Luneburg Lens Based Radar for Autonomous Transportation."
  • "Commercialization of 3D Printed Luneburg Lens Antennas."
  • "Thermoacoustic Effects and Applications in Medicine, Security and Communication."
2020 - 2022
Atef Z. Elsherbeni
AtefZ Elsherbeni

Prof. Atef Z. Elsherbeni
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department
Colorado School of Mines, CO, USA

Prof. Elsherbeni’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics:

  • "Recent Developments in Computational Electromagnetics using The Finite Difference Time Domain Method"
  • "SAR and Temperature Rise in a Human Head due to EM Radiation for frequencies up to 100 GHz"
  • "RFID Systems and Applications"


Richard Hodges
Richard Hodges

Dr. Richard Hodges
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
Pasadena, CA, USA

Dr. Hodges’ distinguished lectures are on the following topics:

  • "Recent Developments in Small Satellite Antenna Technology"
  • "The ISARA Mission – First Flight Demonstration of a Reflectarray Antenna"
  • "Large Antenna Technologies for Earth Science"
  • "Recent Developments in 3D Printed Artificial Dielectric Lens Antennas"
Duixian Liu
Duixian Liu

Dr. Duixian Liu (Entrepreneurship Category)
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

Dr. Liu’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics:

  • "Organic Antenna-in-Package Designs for Millimeter Wave Applications"
  • "Scalable Millimeter-wave Phased Arrays: Challenges and Solutions"
Levent Sevgi
Levent Sevgi

Prof. Levent Sevgi
Istanbul OKAN University,

Prof. Sevgi’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics:

  • "From engineering electromagnetics towards electromagnetic engineering – teaching and training next generations"
  • "Electromagnetic diffraction modeling and simulation"
  • "Radiowave propagation modeling and simulation"
  • "Electromagnetic guided wave modeling and simulation"
2019 - 2021
David Davidson
David Davidson

Prof. David Davidson
Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy and International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Prof Davidson’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics.

  • "Designing Aperture Arrays for Radio Astronomy"
  • "The SKA and Precursors: Extreme Antenna Engineering"
  • "Interferometry 101: How Radio Telescopes Image the Sky"
  • "Recent advances in Computational Electromagnetics (CEM): The Method of Manufactured Solutions for the Verification of CEM Codes"
Oscar Quevedo-Teruel

Assoc. Prof. Oscar Quevedo-Teruel
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyKTH Royal Institute of Technology

Associate Professor Quevedo-Teruel’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics.

  • "Higher symmetries: A new degree of freedom for the design of periodic structures"
  • "Transformation optics and its applications to lens antennas"
  • "Lens antennas: Fundamentals and present applications"
Mei Song Tong
Mei Song Tong

Prof. Mei Song Tong
Department of Electronic Science and Technology
Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Prof. Tong’s distinguished lectures are on the following topics.

  • "Nyström Method and Singularity Treatment Techniques"
  • "Novel Meshless Method for Solving Electromagnetic Problems"
  • "Multiphysics Modeling of Electromagnetic Problems by Integral Equation Approach"
  • "Efficient Reconstruction of Dielectric Objects by Gauss-Newton Minimization Approach"
  • "Time-Domain Analysis of Transient Electromagnetic Problems Based on Nyström-Laguerre Scheme"
2018 - 2020
Susan C. Hagness
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Prof. Susan C. Hagness
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, WI, USA

Susan C. Hagness is the Philip Dunham Reed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Prof. Hagness’s Distinguished Lectures are as follows.

  • “Imaging Tissue and Treating Cancer with Microwaves”
  • “Miniaturized Antennas for New Microwave Therma l Therapy Applications”
  • “Image Guidance for Thermal Ablation of Cancer Using Microwave Imaging”
  • “From Deterministic to Stochastic Computational Electromagnetics Simulation Tools.”
Fan Yang
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Prof. Fan Yang
Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University
Beijing 100084, China

Fan Yang is the director of the Microwave and Antenna Institute, Electronic Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Prof. Yang’s Distinguished Lectures are as follows.

  • Reflectarray Antennas: Theory, Designs, and Applications
  • Surface Electromagnetics: From Electromagnetic Band Gap to Metasurface and Beyond.
Zhang Yue Ping
Zhang Yue Ping

Prof. Zhang Yue Ping
Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Zhang Yue Pingis a full Professor of Electronic Engineering with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (IEEE AP-S), and a Fellow of IEEE.

Prof. Zhang was a Member of the Field Award Committee of the IEEE AP-S (2015-2017), an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (2010-2016), and the Chair of the IEEE Singapore MTT/AP joint Chapter (2012). Prof. Zhang was selected by the Recruitment Program of Global Experts of China as a Qianren Scholar at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2012). He was awarded a William Mong Visiting Fellowship (2005) and appointed as a Visiting Professor (2014) by the University of Hong Kong.

2017 - 2019
Buon Kiong Lau
buon kiong

Prof. Buon Kiong Lau
Department of Electrical and Information Technology 
Lund University, SE-221 00 Lund,Sweden

Buon Kiong Lau received the B.E. degree (with honors) from the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, and the Ph.D. degree from the Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, in 1998 and 2003, respectively, both in electrical engineering. During 2000 to 2001, he was a Research Engineer with Ericsson Research, Kista, Sweden. From 2003 to 2004, he was a Guest Research Fellow at the Department of Signal Processing, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. Since 2004, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University, where he is now a Professor in the Communications Group. He also holds a Senior Researcher appointment with the Swedish Research Council since 2010. He has been a Visiting Researcher with the Department of Applied Mathematics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China; the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA; and the Takada Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.

Karu Esselle
Karu Esselle

Distinguished Professor Karu Esselle
University of Technology Sydney or

Prof. Karu Esselle received the B.Sc. degree in electronic and telecommunication engineering (first-class honors) from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is a professor of electronic engineering at Macquarie University, Sydney, and the past-associate dean of Higher Degree Research of the Division of Information and Communication Sciences. He has also served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and the division executive from 2003 to 2008 and several times as the head of the Department of Engineering. He is the chair of the board of management of the Australian Antenna Measurement Facility, deputy director (engineering) of the WiMed Research Center, and elected 2016 chair of both the IEEE New South Wales (NSW) Section and the IEEE NSW Antennas Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter. He directs the Center for Collaboration in Electromagnetic and Antenna Engineering.

Carey M. Rappaport
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Prof. Carey M. Rappaport
Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Prof. Carey M. Rappaport is a Fellow of the IEEE, and he received five degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): the S.B. degree in mathematics and the S.B., S.M., and E.E. degrees in electrical engineering in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1987. Prof. Rappaport has worked as a teaching and research assistant at MIT from 1981 to 1987 and during the summers at Communications Satellite Corporation Laboratories in Clarksburg, Maryland, and The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. He joined the faculty at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987 and has been a professor of electrical and computer engineering since July 2000. In 2011, he was appointed College of Engineering Distinguished Professor. During the fall in 1995, he was a visiting professor of electrical engineering at the Electromagnetics Institute of the Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, as part of the W. Fulbright International Scholar Program. During the second half of 2005, he was a visiting research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial and Research Organization in Epping, Australia.