Prof. Lotfollah Shafai
Lotfollah Shafai B.Sc. from University of Tehran in 1963 and M.Sc. and Ph.D., from University of Toronto, in 1966 and 1969. In November 1969, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor 1970, Associate Professor 1973, Professor 1979, Distinguished professor 2001, and Distinguished professor Emeritus 2016. In 1985, he established the Institute for technological Development to assist industries to access the university experts, and was its director until 1988. He was Department head 1987-1989, industrial research chair 1989-1994, the International Chair of Commission B of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) 2005-2008, and Tier I Canada Research chair 2001-2016 in Applied Electromagnetics.
In 1986, he established the symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics, ANTEM that became the premier Canadian conference in Antenna technology, applied electromagnetics, and their related topics, which he organized it until 2018.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 1978, his contribution to the design of the first miniaturized satellite terminal for the Hermes satellite was selected as the Meritorious Industrial Design. In 1984, he received the Manitoba Professional Engineers Merit Award, and in 1985 "The Thinker" Award from Canadian Patents and Development Corporation. From the University of Manitoba, he has received the "Research Awards" in 1983, 1987, 1989, 1999 and 2000, the Outreach Award in 1987 and the Sigma Xi Senior Scientist Award in 1989. In 1990 he received the Maxwell Premium Award from Institution of Electrical Engineers (London), and in 1993 and 1994 the Distinguished Achievement Awards from Corporate Higher Education Forum. In 1998 he received the Winnipeg RH Institute Foundation Medal, the highest University of Manitoba research award. He is a life Fellow of IEEE, a life Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada, and life fellow of Canadian Acedemt of Engineers and was the recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He became distinguished professor at the University of Manitoba in 2001, in 2003 he received IEEE Canada “Reginald A. Fessenden Medal” for “Outstanding Contributions to Telecommunications and Satellite Communications”, and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Synergy Award for “Development of Advanced Satellite and Wireless Antennas”. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and was the recipient of IEEE Chen-To-Tai Distinguished Educator Award “For contributions to antenna teaching and research by developing curriculum, numerical techniques, establishing link between industry and university and its impact on students internationally”. In 2011 he received the Killam Prize in Engineering from The Canada Council, for his “outstanding Canadian career achievements in engineering, and his research on antennas”. In 2013 he received the “John Kraus antenna Award” from IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society “For contributions to the design and understanding of small high efficiency feeds and terminals, wideband planar antennas, low loss conductors, and virtual array antennas”. In 2014 he was the recipient of Edward E. Altschuler Best Paper Prize from IEEE APS Magazine, and in 2016 the best paper award from IEEE ANTEM. In 2017, International Union of Radio Science (URSI) awarded him the Booker Gold Medal “For outstanding contributions to antenna miniaturization by electromagnetics and numerical techniques, small satellite terminals, planar antennas, invention of virtual reflectors, low loss engineered conductors and dielectric film components and antennas”. In 2018, he was the recipient of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award “For contributions to singular electromagnetics, moment methods, reflector feeds and virtual arrays, wideband antennas, gain enhancement in miniaturized antennas and dielectric film circuits and antennas” , and in 2019, he was appointed as the Officer of Order of Canada "For his fundamental contributions to the fields of electromagnetics and antenna and satellite development, which have led to renowned advancements in the telecommunications industry”.
Dr. Oscar Bruno
Dr. Bruno received his PhD degree from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, in 1989. Following graduation, he held a two-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor with the University of Minnesota, and in 1991 he joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as Assistant and Associate Professor. In 1995 he joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he has served as Professor in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics since 1998, and as Executive Officer of that department during 1998-2000. Dr. Bruno's research interests lie in areas of optics, elasticity and electromagnetism, remote sensing and radar, overall electromagnetic and elastic behavior of materials. Dr. Bruno has served on editorial boards of important scientific journals, including the SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics, the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, and the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, and he has been elected to various professional societies, most notably the Council for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Bruno is a recipient of the Sigma-Xi faculty award, the Friedrichs Award for an outstanding dissertation in mathematics and the Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He is also a fellow of the Sloan Foundation, a SIAM fellow (class of 2013), a Vannevar Bush fellow (class of 2016), and a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina (class of 2020).
Prof. Mahta Moghaddam
Mahta Moghaddam: (S'86-M'87-SM'02-F’08) is Distinguished Professor and Ming Hsieh Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA,Co-Chair of the President’s Working Group on Sustainability, and the Co-Director of the USC Center for Sustainability Solutions. Prior to USC she was at the University of Michigan (2003-2011) and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL, 1991-2003). She received the B.S. degree in 1986 from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas with highest distinction, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1989 and 1991, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her expertise is in microwave sensing for environmental and biomedical applications. She was Systems Engineer for the Cassini Radar and served as Science Chair of the JPL Team X (Advanced Mission Studies Team). Her most recent research interests include the development of new radar instrument and measurement technologies, including software-defined radar, for subsurface and subcanopy characterization, development of forward and inverse scattering techniques for layered random media especially for root-zone soil moisture, ground water, and permafrost applications, geophysical retrievals using signal-of-opportunity reflectometry, and transforming concepts of radar remote sensing to medical imaging and therapy systems. Dr. Moghaddam is a member of the Science Team of the Cyclones Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission, and the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). She was the principal investigator of the AirMOSS NASA Earth Ventures 1 mission. Dr. Moghaddam is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Joe LoVetri, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Joe LoVetri (S’84–M’84–SM’09) received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Ottawa in 1991. From 1984 to 1986 he was an EMI/EMC engineer at Sperry Defence Division in Winnipeg and from 1986 to 1988 he held the position of TEMPEST Engineer at the Communications Security Establishment in Ottawa. From 1988 to 1991 he was a Research Officer at the Institute for Information Technology of the National Research Council of Canada. His academic career began in 1991 when he joined the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Western Ontario where he remained until 1999. From 1997 to 1998, he spent a sabbatical year at the TNO Physics and Electronics Laboratory, The Netherlands, doing research in time-domain computational methods and ground-penetrating RADAR. In 1999 he joined the University of Manitoba where he is currently Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2004 to 2009, he was the Associate Dean of the Research and Graduate Programs with the Faculty of Engineering. From 2013-2020 he was Head of the ECE Department. His main research interests lie in the areas of microwave and ultrasound imaging, computational electromagnetics, and inverse problems. In 1993 he received an URSI Young Scientist Award. He received the 2000 IEEE EMC Best Symposium Paper Award, and the 2007 ACES Outstanding Paper Award. In 2002 he received the University of Manitoba Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Applied Sciences. From 2005-2009 he was the National Representative for Commission E on the Canadian National Committee of URSI. He’s been Chapter Chair for the IEEE EMC Ottawa Chapter as well as the Winnipeg Waves Chapter (AP/MTT) and is currently a Senior Member of the IEEE. He’s been a registered Professional Engineer since 1994.
Dan Jiao, Ph.D
Dan Jiao received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 2001. She then worked at the Technology Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Division, Intel Corporation until September 2005, as a Senior CAD Engineer, Staff Engineer, and Senior Staff Engineer. In September 2005, she joined Purdue University as an Assistant Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where she became a tenured Associate Professor in 2009, a Full Professor in 2013, and is now Synopsys Professor. Prof. Jiao has authored over 350 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. Her current research interests include computational multiphysics, computational electromagnetics, and integrated circuits and system design and analysis. Prof. Jiao is the recipient of the 2022 Computational Electromagnetics Award from the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), Intel’s 2019 Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2013 S. A. Schelkunoff Prize Paper Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, one of the 85 selected for National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, a recipient of the NSF Career Award in 2008, the Intel Logic Technology Development (LTD) Divisional Achievement Award in 2003, the Raj Mittra Outstanding Research Award in 2000, and a number of Best Paper Awards from conferences. She was elevated to IEEE Fellow for contributions to computational electromagnetics (Class of 2016). Prof. Jiao is an IEEE MTT Society Distinguished Microwave Lecturer.
Dr. Rajen Murugan
Dr. Rajen Murugan specializes in developing multiphysics simulation and modeling methodologies for advanced semiconductor IC packaging and systems. He is currently a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff (DMTS) with Texas Instruments, Inc. He has 23 patents (48 pending) and has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed IEEE journals and conferences. Dr. Murugan holds a Ph.D. in Applied Electromagnetics from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is an Affiliate Assistant Professor with the University of Washington EE Department, a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society (EPS), a Senior Member of IEEE, the Vice Chair of the IEEE EPS Dallas Chapter, and the Chair of the IEEE Dallas Section (Region 5).
Dr. Larry Williams
Dr. Larry Williams is Distinguished Engineer at ANSYS Inc. He is responsible for driving the effective application and contributing to the strategy for the company’s physics simulation products. Dr. Williams is an expert in the application of electromagnetic field simulation to the design of antennas, electromagnetic devices, and high-speed electronics. He has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of electromagnetics and communications engineering, has delivered technical lectures internationally, and has published numerous technical papers on the subject. He serves on the UC Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council and on the California State Polytechnic University Electrical Engineering Department Advisory Board.
He received his Masters, Engineers, and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA in 1989, 1993 and 1995, respectively.