Yahia Antar received the BSc (Hons.) in 1966 from Alexandria University, and the MSc and PhD from the University of Manitoba, in 1971 and 1975, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.
In 1977, Dr. Antar was a warded a Government of Canada Visiting Fellowship at the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, where he worked with the Space Technology Directorate on communications antennas for satellite systems. In May 1979, he joined the Division of Electrical Engineering, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, where he worked on polarization radar applications in remote sensing of precipitation, radiowave propagation, electromagnetic scattering and radar cross section investigations. In November 1987, he joined the staff of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, where he has held the position of Professor since 1990. He served as the Chair of the Canadian National Commission for Radio Science (CNC, URSI, 1999–2008), Commission B National Chair (1993–1999), held an adjunct appointment at the University of Manitoba, and has a cross appointment at Queen’s University in Kingston.
Dr. Antar is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), a Fellow of the Electromagnetic Academy, and serves as an Associate Editor (Features) of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE AWPL, and was a member of the Editorial Board of the RFMiCAE Journal. He has served on NSERC grants selection and strategic grants committees, Ontario Early Research Awards (ERA) panels, and on review panels for the National Science Foundation.
In May 2002, Dr. Antar was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electromagnetic Engineering, which was renewed in 2009. In 2003, he was awarded the Royal Military College of Canada “Excellence in Research” Prize, and in 2012, the Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence award. He was elected by the Council of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) to the Board as Vice President in August 2008, and to the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administration Committee in December 2009. He serves as an IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer (2012–2014). Dr. Antar was appointed a Member of the Canadian Defence Science Advisory Board (DSAB) in January 2011. In October 2012, he received from the Governor General of Canada the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his contribution to Canada.
David G. Michelson
David G. Michelson received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He began his career with the AT&T team that developed the propagation models that were ultimately adopted by LTE and WiMAX. Since 2003, he has been a professor at UBC where he leads the Radio Science Laboratory and serves as co-director of the AURORA Connected Vehicle/Smart Transportation test bed. His service as Chair of ComSoc’s Vancouver Chapter and, later, Vancouver Section, and leadership roles in ComSoc’s chapters organization were recognized by a ComSoc Chapter of the Year Award, an IEEE Outstanding Large Section award, and IEEE Canada’s E. F. Glass Award. In 2011, a paper that he co-authored was recognized with the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society’s R. W. P. King Best Paper Award. From 2012 to 2013, he served as ComSoc’s Director of Education and oversaw a significant expansion of ComSoc’s educational offerings and outreach. He continues to serve on ComSoc’s Educational Services Board, serve as an Editor of a Feature Series on Education and a training that began to appear in IEEE Communications Magazine in May 2014, and has recently served on the ComSoc Standardization Programs Development Board.