Making waves in electromagnetics
Distinguished Professor Rick Ziolkowski has been awarded the prestigious 2019 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, the highest honour that can be bestowed in the field.
The 2019 IEEE Electromagnetics Award was presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation in Atlanta, Georgia by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
“It is simply a truly awesome honour that I very openly share with all my former and current students, post-docs, visiting scholars, and collaborators,” says Ziolkowski, from the Global Big Data Technologies Centre.
It recognises the many important technical contributions we have made together to the field of electromagnetics.
The IEEE Electromagnetics Award honours outstanding contributions to the theory and/or application of electromagnetics, and is one of 32 IEEE Technical Field Awards that are presented annually.
“Electromagnetics is fundamental to all areas of electrical engineering. All wireless and wired systems are based on our ability to transmit and receive electromagnetic waves.
“Understanding electromagnetic waves, how to create them, how they propagate and how they interact with matter enables most modern technologies and their applications.”
The IEEE Technical Field Award is Ziolkowski’s most recent achievement for his contributions to electromagnetic studies and research. His previous accolades include receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark in 2012, and being named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2006 and the American Physical Society in 2016.
Ziolkowski is also an active member with the IEEE, volunteering his time over the last 40 years to a wide variety of events in both member and leadership roles. Some of the key highlights include being elected as President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, and being named an IEEE Fellow, a prestigious position where the total number of Fellows selected in any one year does not exceed 0.1% of the total voting Institute membership.
I was elevated to the IEEE Fellow rank in 1994. It was quite an honour considering how early in my career I received it. Being elected fellow of any professional society is a distinction reserved for a very select few members in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments in their field of interest.
Ziolkowski was one of two Australian representatives to receive an award from the IEEE this year, the other being Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel.