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IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting

July 23–28, 2023 • Portland, Oregon, USA

23-28 July 2023 • Portland, Oregon, USA


23-28 July 2023 • Portland, Oregon, USA

Young Professionals Program Events

IEEE AP-S Young Professionals Panel Discussion with IEEE and AP-S Awardees

IEEE AP-S Young Professionals Panel Discussion with IEEE and AP-S Awardees

Thursday, 27 July, 12:00 - 13:20

An interactive educational panel and Q&A session is planned with IEEE and AP-S awardees with highlights of their technical achievements, career and life paths, thoughts, reflections, and guidance. For more information on the awardees please visit IEEE APS Awards.

If you do not have a ticket, you may still be admitted to the event if there is available seating.


Andrea Alu
2023 Distinguished Achievement Award

Andrea Alú
City University of New York

For pioneering contributions to metamaterial technologies and extreme electromagnetic wave phenomena.

Douglas Werner
2023 John Kraus Antenna Award

Douglas Werner
The Pennsylvania State University

For innovative contributions to antenna theory and design including the application of transformation electromagnetics, metamaterials and global optimization techniques.

Christos Christodoulou
2023 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Awards

Christos Christodoulou
University of New Mexico

In recognition of being an outstanding educator and a passionate mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Filiberto Bilotti
ROMA TRE University

For being an inspiring educator, mentor, and contributor to the development of electromagnetic metamaterials, metasurfaces, and their application.

Filiberto Bilotti
Atef Z. Elsherbeni
2023 Harrington-Mittra Award In Computational Electromagnetics

Atef Z. Elsherbeni
Colorado School of Mines

For contributions to computational electromagnetics with hardware acceleration techniques.

Hugo G Espinosa
2023 Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award

Hugo G Espinosa
Griffith University

In recognition of his innovations in teaching and curriculum development, successfully equipping emerging generations of engineers with the skills needed to address important sustainability challenges.

Lars J. Foged
2023 Industrial Innovation Award

Lars J. Foged
Microwave Vision Group

For demonstrating visionary leadership in advancing the use of multi-probe technology for antenna measurements, standardization efforts, and pioneering innovation in antenna measurement and post-processing techniques.

IEEE AP-S Young Professionals Career Development and Growth Conversations

IEEE AP-S Young Professionals Career Development and Growth Conversations

Friday, 28 July, 12:00 - 12:30 AND 12:40 - 13:10 (Two sessions)

Following the successful events in Denver, Career Development and Growth Conversations activities are again planned for Portland. This event provides a unique opportunity for students and young professionals to meet the renowned leaders, professors, and industry professionals through small group gatherings in an informal and personalized format.

If you do not have a ticket, you may still be admitted to the event if there is available seating.

Young Professionals Career Development and Growth Conversations Poster
Cynthia M. Furse
Prof. Cynthia M. Furse, University of Utah

Cynthia M. Furse is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah. She applies her expertise in electromagnetics to sensing and communication in complex lossy scattering media such as the human body, geophysical prospecting, ionospheric plasma, and aircraft wiring networks. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors, and co-founder of a small spin-off company from her research, LiveWire Innovation.

Jiang Zhu
Dr. Jiang Zhu, META

Jiang has been an engineer, research scientist and technical leader in the consumer electronic industry (Meta, Google and Apple). He received the IEEE AP-S PhD Research Award, MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award, and his intern student won the Best Student Paper Competition in IEEE APS Symposium 2021 based on the internship project. He is interested in consumer applications of RF, antennas, and electromagnetics in the areas of wireless communications, human body interaction and wireless sensing. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Francesca Vipiana
Prof. Francesca Vipiana, Politecnico di Torino

Francesca Vipiana is a Full Professor in Electromagnetic Fields at the Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy. Her current research interests include numerical techniques based on integral equations and method of moments, and modelling, design and testing of microwave imaging systems, for medical and industrial applications. In 2017 she received the Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, and she is on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine.

Nacer Chahat
Dr. Nacer Chahat, NASA JPL

Nacer Chahat is a Senior Antenna/Microwave Engineer and Systems Engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. In 2021, he became the youngest Fellow of IEEE.

He received a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Ecole Supérieur d’ingénieurs de Rennes (ESIR), Rennes, France, in 2009; a Master’s degree in telecommunication and a Ph.D. degree in signal processing and telecommunications from the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes (IETR), University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France, in 2009 and 2012, respectively.

He has authored and coauthored more than 100 technical journal articles and conference papers, has written four book chapters, and also holds several patents.

Christophe Fumeaux
Prof. Christophe Fumeaux, The University of Queensland

Christophe Fumeaux (M’03–SM’09–F’19) received his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich in 1997. Since then, he held various positions at the University of Central Florida, Swiss Federal Office of Metrology, ETH Zurich, and The University of Adelaide. He recently moved to The University of Queensland, where he is currently a Chair Professor. From 2017 to early 2023, he served as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.

Ajay Poddar
Dr. Ajay Poddar, Synergy Microwave Corp

Dr. Ajay Poddar’, IEEE Fellow and HKN IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu member, graduated from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Delhi. Doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) from TUB (Technical University Berlin) Germany, and Post Doctorate (Dr.-Ing. habil) from BTU (Brandenburg Technical University) Cottbus, Germany. From 1991 until 2001 he worked as Senior Scientist and Program Manager in DRDO, Govt. of India, where his research work was in the field of RADAR, Guidance Systems, microwave/millimeter wave electronic sensors, and microelectromechanical systems for defense, industry and medical applications. Since 2001, he has been working as a Chief Scientist at Synergy Microwave Corp., New Jersey, USA.

Debabani Choudhury
Dr. Debabani Choudhury, Intel

Debabani Choudhury (Fellow, IEEE) is currently with Intel Labs, USA, where she directs R&D on platform integration and develops MHz-to-THz technologies/ architectures for communication and radar/sensing platform integration. Prior to joining Intel, she was with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Millitech and HRL Labs where she developed various RF/mm-wave/terahertz (THz) technologies for space, defense, government, and automotive applications. Debabani holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering. She has more than 80 US patents/patent applications and numerous publications. She received several NASA Recognition awards. She also received multiple Intel Gordon Moore awards for research excellence at Intel Labs.

Nima Mahanfar
Dr. Nima Mahanfar, Amazon

Nima Mahanfar, PhD, has been leading Project Kuiper’s Antenna Technology for Amazon since 2018, when he joined as a founding team member of Project Kuiper. He has 20+ years of experience leading research and development in RF and antennas at SpaceX, Microsoft, and Nokia. At SpaceX, he was a founding member of Starlink program, where he built and led the Phased Array Team and developed several generations of phased arrays for satellite payloads. At Microsoft, as Director of Antennas and RF Engineering, he built and led a center of excellence for antenna and RF development for consumer electronics, such as Xbox and HoloLens products, shipping tens of millions of products for consumer use. Prior, he held engineering and leadership roles in consumer electronics at Nokia and Sierra Wireless.

Jianming Jin
Prof. Jianming Jin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jian-Ming Jin is Y. T. Lo Chair Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Electromagnetics Laboratory and Center for Computational Electromagnetics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also serves as the Executive Dean of Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute. He has authored The Finite Element Method in Electromagnetics, Electromagnetic Analysis and Design in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Theory and Computation of Electromagnetic Fields, and co-authored Computation of Special Functions, Finite Element Analysis of Antennas and Arrays, and Fast and Efficient Algorithms in Computational Electromagnetics. He was elected by ISI among world’s most cited authors in 2002. He is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, ACES, and Electromagnetics Academy.