Name:     Anthony Ephremides (Panel Chair)

Address: Professor of Electrical Engineering & Institute for Systems Research
              Department of Electrical Engineering
              University of Maryland
              College Park, MD 20742-3285

Anthony Ephremides received his B.S. degree from the National Technical University of Athens (1967) and M.S. (1969) and Ph.D. (1971) degrees from Princeton University, all in electrical engineering. He has been at the University of Maryland since 1971, and currently holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and in the Institute of Systems Research (ISR). He is co-founder of the NASA Center for Commercial Development of Space on Hybrid and Satellite Communications Networks established in 1991 at Maryland as an offshoot of the ISR.

He was a Visiting Professor in 1978 at the National Technical University in Athens, Greece, and in 1979 at the EECS Department of the University of California, Berkeley, and at INRIA, France. During 1985-1986 he was on leave at MIT and ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. He was the General Chairman of the 1986 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Athens, Greece. He has also been the Director of the Fairchild Scholars and Doctoral Fellows Program, an academic and research partnership program in Satellite Communications between Fairchild Industries and the University of Maryland. He won the IEEE Donald E. Fink Prize Paper Award (1992). He has been President of the Information Theory Society of the IEEE (1987) and served on the Board of the IEEE (1989 and 1990).

Dr. Ephremides' interests are in the areas of communication theory, communication systems and networks, queueing systems, signal processing, and satellite communications.

Name:    Tatsuo Itoh (Panel Vice-Chair)

Address: Professor of Electrical Engineering
              Department of Electrical Engineering
              University of California, Los Angeles
              405 Hilgard Avenue
              Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594

Tatsuo Itoh received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1969. He worked at the University of Illinois, Stanford Research Institute, University of Kentucky, AEG Telefunken in Germany, and the University of Texas at Austin. In January 1991, he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, as Professor of Electrical Engineering and holder of the TRW Endowed Chair in Microwave and Millimeter Wave Electronics. He is currently Director of the Joint Services Electronics Program (JSEP) and is also Director of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program at UCLA. He was an Honorary Visiting Professor at Nanjing Institute of Technology, China, and at the Japan Defense Academy. Since April 1994, he has been an Adjunct Research Officer for Communications Research Laboratory, Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, Japan. He currently holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and is an External Examiner of the graduate program of City University of Hong Kong. He has received a number of awards including the Shida Award from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, Japan, and the 1998 Japan Microwave Prize.

Dr. Itoh is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Institute of Electronics and Communication Engineers of Japan, and Commissions B and D of USNC/URSI. He served as the Editor of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques for 1983-1985. He served on the Administrative Committee of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He was President of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in 1990. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters from 1991 through 1994. He was elected as an Honorary Life Member of MTT Society in 1994. He was the Chairman of USNC/URSI Commission D from 1988 to 1990, the Vice Chairman of Commission D of the International URSI for 1991-93, and Chairman of the same Commission for 1993-1996. He is on the Long Range Planning Committee of URSI. He serves on advisory boards and committees of a number of organizations including the National Research Council and the Institute of Mobile and Satellite Communication, Germany. He has over 750 publications and has advised 42 Ph.D.s.

Name:    Ray Pickholtz (Panel Vice-Chair)

Address: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
              Phillips Hall, 6th floor
              George Washington University
              Washington, DC 20052

Raymond L. Pickholtz is a professor and former chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The George Washington University. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1966. He was a researcher at RCA Laboratories and at ITT Laboratories. He was on the faculty of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and of Brooklyn College. He was a visiting professor at the Universite du Quebec and the University of California. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and guest editor for special issues on computer communications, military communications spread spectrum systems and social impacts of technology. He is editor of the Telecommunication Series for Computer Science Press. He has published scores of papers and holds six U.S. patents.

Dr. Pickholtz is President of Telecommunications Associates, a research and consulting firm specializing in communication system disciplines. He was elected a member of the Cosmos Club and a fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences in 1986. In 1984, Dr. Pickholtz received the IEEE centennial medal. In 1987, he was elected as Vice President, and in 1990 and 1991 as President of the IEEE Communications Society. He received the Donald W. McLellan Award in 1994. He was a visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ, 1997. He was awarded the IEEE Third Millenium Medal in 2000.

Name:    Magdy Iskander

Address: Electrical Engineering Department
              University of Utah
              50 South Central Campus Dr., Room 3280
              Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Magdy F. Iskander is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Utah. From 1997-99 he had an appointment as Program Director, Physical Foundation of Enabling Technologies, in the Electrical and Communication Systems Division of the National Science Foundation. At NSF he formulated and directed a "Wireless Technologies and Information Networks" initiative in the Engineering Directorate. This wireless communications initiative resulted in funding over 29 projects in the microwave/millimeter wave devices, RF micromachining and MEMS, propagation, and the antennas areas.

He has been with the University of Utah since 1977 and is presently the Director of the Center of Excellence for Multimedia Education and Technology (formerly the NSF/IEEE Center for Electromagnetics Education). In 1986, Dr. Iskander established the Engineering Clinic Program to attract industrial support for projects to be performed by engineering students at the University of Utah. Since then, more than 95 projects have been sponsored by 29 corporations from across the United States. The Clinic Program now has a large endowment for scholarships and a professorial chair. From 1994-97 he was the Director of the Conceptual Learning of Science (CoLoS) USA Consortium, sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company, and has eleven member universities from across the United States. He has received the Curtis W. McGraw ASEE National Research Award for outstanding early achievements, the ASEE George Westinghouse National Award for innovation in engineering education, and the 1992 Richard R. Stoddard Award from the IEEE EMC Society. He spent sabbatical leaves at the Polytechnic University of New York; Ecole Superieure D'Electricite, France; UCLA; the Harvey Mudd College, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Polytechnic University of Catalanya, Spain, and at several universities in China, including Tsinghua University, Beijing, South East University, Nanjing, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Suzhou University, and Yangzhou University. He participated and presented the U.S. perspective in the special symposium on millimeter wave technology sponsored by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications in Japan, 1999. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of the National Research Council Committee on Microwave Processing of Materials.

Dr. Iskander authored a textbook Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, published by Prentice Hall, 1992; edited the CAEME Software Books, Vol. I, 1991, and Vol. II, 1994; and edited four other books on Microwave Processing of Materials, all published by the Materials Research Society in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996. He edited two special issues of the Journal of Microwave Power, one on "Electromagnetics and Energy Applications," March 1983, and the other on "Electromagnetic Techniques in Medical Diagnosis and Imaging," September 1983. Dr. Iskander also edited a special issue of the ACES Journal on computer-aided electromagnetics education and the proceedings of both the 1995 and 1996 International Conference on Simulation and Multimedia in Engineering Education. He was the General Chairman of the 1996 Frontiers in Education Conference sponsored by the Computer and Education Societies of IEEE and the General Chair for the IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium and URSI meeting in the year 2000. He has published over 160 papers in technical journals, has 8 patents, and made numerous presentations in technical conferences. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Antennas and Propagation Society of IEEE (1994-97) and during his tenure as a distinguished lecturer, he gave lectures in Brazil, France, Spain, China, Japan, and a number of U.S. universities and IEEE chapters.

Dr. Iskander is the founding editor of the journal, Computer Applications in Engineering Education (CAE), published by John Wiley & Sons Inc. This journal received the excellence in publishing award in 1993 in the category of technology, science, and medicine. He is also an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (1995-98), an associate editor of the AP-S Magazine, and an elected member of the IEEE AP-S AdCom from 1996-99. His research interests are in the area of computational electromagnetics, antenna design and propagation models for wireless communications, microwave processing of materials, biological effects of EM radiation, and the development of multimedia applications.

Name:    Linda Katehi

Address: Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
              University of Michigan
              College of Engineering
              1221 Beal Avenue
              Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2102

Linda P.B. Katehi, Professor of EECS and Fellow of IEEE, received the B.S.E.E. degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977 and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1981 and 1984 respectively. In September 1984 she joined the faculty of the EECS Department of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since then she has been interested in the development and characterization (theoretical and experimental) of microwave, millimeter printed circuits, the computer-aided design of VLSI interconnects, the development and characterization of micromachined circuits for millimeter-wave and submillimeter-wave applications, and the development of low-loss lines for terahertz-frequency applications. She has also been studying theoretically and experimentally various types of uniplanar radiating structures for hybrid and monolithic circuits, as well as monolithic oscillator and mixer designs.

She has been awarded the IEEE AP-S W. P. King (Best Paper Award for a Young Engineer) in 1984, the IEEE AP-S S. A. Schelkunoff Award (Best Paper Award) in 1985, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and an URSI Young Scientist Fellowship in 1987, the Humboldt Research Award and The University of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award in 1994, the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Prize in 1996, and the 1997 Best Paper Award from the International Society on Microelectronics and Advanced Packaging. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of IEEE AP-S, MTT-S, Sigma XI, Hybrid Microelectronics, URSI Commission D and member of AP-S ADCOM from 1992 to 1995. Also, Prof. Katehi is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.

Name:    Ramesh Rao

Address: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
              University of California San Diego
              9500 Gilman Dr., Mailcode 0407
              La Jolla, CA 92093-0407

Ramesh R. Rao was born in Sindri, India, in 1958. He received his Honours Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Madras in 1980. He did his graduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park, receiving the M.S. degree in 1982 and the Ph.D. degree in 1984. Since then he has been on the faculty of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the industry-sponsored UCSD Center for Wireless Communications.

His research interests include architectures, protocols, and performance analysis of wireless, wireline, and photonic networks for integrated multi-media services.

He has been a reviewer for a number of journals, conferences, funding agencies and book publishers. He is the founding Web Editor of the Information Theory Society web site. He served as the Proceedings Chair of the 1994 International Parallel Processing Symposium and the 1995 International Conference on High Performance Computing. He served as the Technical Program Chair of the 1997 International Conference on Universal Personal Communications and is the guest editor for a special issue of the Wireless Network Journal and a special issue of the Journal of Selected Areas in Communication on Multi-media Network Radios. He is the Editor for Packet Multiple Access of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and is a member of the Editorial Board of the ACM/Baltzer Wireless Network Journal as well as the IEEE Network Journal. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Name:    Wayne Stark

Address: Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
              University of Michigan
              College of Engineering
              4227 EECS Building, 1301 Beal,
              Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122

Wayne Stark received the B.S. (with highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1978, 1979, and 1982 respectively. Since September 1982 he has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is currently Professor. From 1984-1989 he was Editor for Communication Theory of the IEEE Transactions on Communication in the area of Spread-Spectrum Communications. He was involved in the planning and organization of the 1986 International Symposium on Information Theory, which was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was selected by the NSF as a 1985 Presidential Young Investigator. He is principal investigator of an Army Research Office Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project on Low Energy Mobile Communications. His research interests are in the areas of coding and communication theory, especially for spread-spectrum and wireless communication networks. Dr. Stark is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi, and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Name:    Jack Winters

Address: Technology Leader, Wireless Systems Research Department
              AT&T - Research
              Newman Springs Laboratory
              Room 4-148, 100 Schulz Drive
              Red Bank, NJ 07701

Jack H. Winters received his B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1977 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Since 1981 he has been with AT&T Bell Laboratories and now AT&T Labs - Research, where he is in the Wireless Systems Research Department. He has studied signal processing techniques for increasing the capacity and reducing signal distortion in fiber optic, mobile radio, and indoor radio systems and is currently studying adaptive arrays and equalization for indoor and mobile radio.

Dr. Winters is a member of Sigma Xi and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Published: July 2000; WTEC Hyper-Librarian