10-15 July 2022 • Denver, Colorado, USA


10-15 July 2022 • Denver, Colorado, USA

Women in Engineering and Radio Science

Choosing Role Models for a Successful Career

Zoya Popovic
Distinguished Professor
Lockheed Martin Endowed Chair of RF Engineering
University of Colorado, Boulder

For the next generation of women working in applied electromagnetics, radio-engineering and microwave engineering, role models and mentors can provide useful guidelines for optimizing a career. This talk reviews some good and not-so-good choices of role models that the speaker is aware of during her >35 year long career. Examples of outstanding mentoring, both technical and personal, from both women and men mentors, will be showcased. It is the speaker’s hope that this will give young women and men in our field a perspective of what to look for in a role model, in a mentor and, more broadly, in colleagues. We will discuss questions that young engineers can ask, the answers they might receive, and how to obtain the most helpful guidance from more experienced colleagues.

Speaker Biography
Zoya Popovic

Zoya Popovic (S’86–M’90–SM’99–F’02) is a Distinguished Professor and the Lockheed Martin Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She obtained her Dipl.Ing. degree at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and her Ph.D. at Caltech. She was a Visiting Professor with the Technical University of Munich in 2001/03, ISAE in Toulouse, France in 2014, and was a Chair of Excellence at Carlos III University in Madrid in 2018/19. She has graduated over 65 PhDs and currently advises 20 doctoral students, most US citizens. Her research interests are in high-efficiency power amplifiers and transmitters, microwave and millimeter-wave high-performance circuits for communications and radar, medical applications of microwaves, quantum sensing and metrology, and wireless powering. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of two IEEE MTT Microwave Prizes for best journal papers, the White House NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow award, the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal, the ASEE/HP Terman Medal and the German Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. She was elected as foreign member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2006. She was named IEEE MTT Distinguished Educator in 2013 and the University of Colorado Distinguished Research Lecturer in 2015. She was elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2022.

IEEE AP-S 2022 extends its sincere thanks to Ford for their support of this year's Women In Engineering and Radio Science event.