Distinguished Microwave Lecturers

The Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, in conjunction with the technical coordinating committees, each year carefully selects a group of Distinguished Microwave Lecturers who are recognized experts in their fields.

The lecturers are available to present talks to MTT-S chapters world-wide. MTT-S provides a budget to help defray travel expenses, while chapters usually cover local expenses such as meals. Chapters are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of this unique resource. Speakers give six to seven talks per year so it is prudent to schedule well in advance. Contact the speaker directly to request a talk. If you are unable to reach the speaker directly, contact the DML speaker coordinator or TCC Administrator for assistance.

DMLs serve a three-year term. Those whose terms have expired become Lecturers Emeritus for one year and are available for engagement via the MTT Speakers Bureau.

DML Rules and Procedures (pdf)

Distinguished Microwave Lecturers

Distinguished Microwave Lecturers

DML  2016 - 2018

Millimeter-wave and Terahertz Applications Enabled by Photonics

Tadao Nagatsuma

MTT-3 Microwave Photonics Committee

Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, 1-3 Machikaneyama, Toyonaka, 560-8531, Japan

This lecture presents how effectively photonics technologies are implemented not only in generation, detection and transmission of continuous millimetre waves (MMW) and terahertz (THz) waves, but also in system applications such as communications, measurements, spectroscopy and imaging to efficientl...


Gallium Nitride Power MMICs – Fact and Fiction

Charles Campbell

MTT-5 Microwave High-Power Techniques Committee

Gallium Nitride (GaN) based transistor technology’s characteristics of very high current density combined with high voltage operation have held promise to vastly improve many microwave circuit applications that presently utilize Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) devices.  Today, GaN transistors are...


Everything You Can Do With Vector Nonlinear Microwave Measurements

Patrick Roblin

MTT-11 Microwave Measurements Committee

The advent of nonlinear vector network analyzers (NVNA) has stimulated the introduction of new paradigms in microwave engineering for (1) the measurement, (2) the modeling and (3) the design of nonlinear microwave circuits such as microwave power amplifiers and oscillators.This talk will start with ...


Wireless Power Transfer via Radiowaves (Wave Series)

Naoki Shinohara

MTT-26 Wireless Energy Transfer and Conversion Committee

Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto, 6110011, Japan

Tel: +81774383807

Theory, technologies, applications, and current R&D status of the wireless power transfer (WPT) will be presented. The talk will cover both the far-field WPT via radio waves, especially beam-type and ubiquitous-type WPT, and energy harvesting from broadcasting waves. The research of the WPT was ...


DML  2015 - 2017

New Frontiers in Terahertz Technology

Mona Jarrahi

MTT-4 Terahertz Technology and Applications Committee

Tel: +1-(310) 206-1371

Although unique potentials of terahertz waves for chemical identification, material characterization, biological sensing, and medical imaging have been recognized for quite a while, the relatively poor performance, higher costs, and bulky nature of current terahertz systems continue to impede their ...


Smart RFIC: Millimeter-wave Gigabit Transceivers with Digitally-enabled Built-in Self-calibration and Auto-switching Functions

Tian-Wei Huang

MTT-6 Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits Committee

National Taiwan University

In our daily life, we have smart phones, smart TVs, or even auto-pilot smart cars in the future.  In our engineer careers, we have smart antenna, smart baseband chips, but we still need auto-calibration smart RFICs.  Especially for millimeter-wave RFICs with giga-hertz bandwidth, the narro...


Design of millimetre-wave multifunction integrated circuits for data communication and remote sensing applications

Herbert Zirath

MTT-6 Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits Committee

The transmission rate of wireless data in the mobile networks is doubling every year due to the increased usage of mobile multimedia services like streaming video, music, television, data transfer in smartphones and laptop-computers etc. This tendency will require continuously improved telecom infra...


Switchable and Tunable Ferroelectric Devices for Adaptive and Reconfigurable RF Circuits

Amir Mortazawi

MTT-13 Microwave Control Materials and Devices Committee

The exponential increase in the number of wireless devices as well as the limited wireless spectrum, pose significant challenges in the design of future wireless communication systems. Adaptive and reconfigurable radios that can change their frequency and mode of operation based on the unused/availa...


DML  2014 - 2016

Terahertz Radar for Stand-Off Through-Clothes Imaging

Goutam Chattopadhyay

MTT-4 Terahertz Technology and Applications Committee

Demand for new surveillance capabilities for usage in airport screenings and battlefield security check-points has led to the development of terahertz imagers and sensors. There are several advantages of imaging at terahertz frequencies compared to microwave or infrared: the wavelengths in this regi...


Microwave and Millimeter Wave Power Amplifiers: Technology, Applications, Benchmarks, and Future Trends

James Komiak

MTT-5 Microwave High-Power Techniques Committee

Solid State Transistor Device Technology is ubiquitous in communications, radar, electronic warfare, and instrumentation applications.  This presentation will cover Si BJT, Si LDMOS, MESFET, HBT, PHEMT, InP HEMT, MHEMT, and GaN HEMT.  Content includes principles of operation, structures, c...


RF Aspects of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Robert Caverly

MTT-11 Microwave Measurements Committee

Tel: +1 (610)519-5660

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners are an important diagnostic tool for the medical practitioner.  MRI provides a non-invasive means of imaging soft tissues and to obtain real-time images of the cardiovascular system and other dynamic changes in the human body.  MRI scanners rely he...


The Wonderful World of Nonlinearity: Modeling and Characterization of RF and Microwave Circuits

Jose Carlos Pedro

MTT-11 Microwave Measurements Committee

Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, 3810-193, Portugal

Tel: +351 234377900

Despite the many studies that have been undertaken to understand the wonderful world of nonlinearity, most undergraduate electrical engineering programs are still confined to linear analysis and design tools. As a result, the vast majority of microwave designers still cannot profit from the signific...


Integrated Microwave Sensors in SiGe with Antenna in Package: From Concepts to Solutions

Andreas Stelzer

MTT-27 Wireless-Enabled Automotive and Vehicular Applications Committee

Department RF-Systems, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Str. 69, Linz A-4040 , Austria

In the last years wireless sensor systems operating in the microwave and mm-wave range became more and more popular. Automotive radar sensors are still the driving force for a higher integration of mm-wave sensors and thus pave the way for applications even in completely new areas. Especially indust...


Distinguished Microwave Lecturers – Emeritus

DML Emeritus  2016 - 2018

Embrace Circuit Nonlinearity to get Transmitter Linearity and Energy Efficiency

Earl Mc Cune

MTT-5 Microwave High-Power Techniques Committee

Besser Associates, 2383 Pruneridge Ave, Santa Clara, California, 95050, USA

Wireless communications signals have evolved greatly over the past century, from the use of Morse Code to very complicated digital modulation schemes such as wideband CDMA (WCDMA) and 3GPP Long-term evolution (LTE). This progression challenges the design of transmitters to be simultaneously energy e...


Microwave Engineering: What is it, where is it headed, and how it serves the mankind

Madhu S. Gupta

MTT-7 Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Solid State Devices Committee

San Diego State University, 5500 Companile Drive, San Diego, California92189-1309, US

This talk is aimed at graduate (and advanced undergraduate) students who are preparing for, or are considering, a career in the field of RF and microwave engineering.  The pre-requisites for appreciating the talk are minimal, and include some familiarity with electromagnetics and radio frequenc...


Modern Methods for Microwave Filter Synthesis

Richard Cameron

MTT-8 Filters and Passive Components Committee

Up until the early 1970s, nearly all filter synthesis techniques were based upon the extraction of electrical elements (lumped capacitors and inductors, transmission line lengths) from the polynomials that represented the filter's electrical performance in mathematical terms. This was perfectly ...


Software Defined Radio for Microwave Applications: Explanation, Evolution, Design Details, Your Role in SDR, and Several Live Demonstrations

Jeffrey Pawlan

MTT-9 Digital Signal Processing Committee

14908 Sandy Ln., San Jose, CA95124, USA, Pawlan Communications, 14908 Sandy LN, San Jose, CA , 95124-4340, USA

Tel: +1-408-371-0256

Topic-1: Software Defined Radio for Microwave Applications: Explanation, Evolution, Design Details, Your Role in SDR, and Several Live DemonstrationsPart one:This workshop will begin with an introduction to the principles and the evolution of different SDR implementations. Comparison and contrast to...


Circuit Q factor as a basic but still ambiguous index for resonators and oscillators

Takashi Ohira

MTT-26 Wireless Energy Transfer and Conversion Committee

Everyone agrees that Q factor is a key objective function in designing RF resonators and oscillators. Nevertheless, students, circuit engineers, and even microwave professors often encounter difficulties due to ambiguity in Q factor formulas. There are at least seven possible different ways to defin...


QFN-based Packaging Concepts for Millimeter Wave Transceivers

Thomas Zwick

MTT-27 Wireless-Enabled Automotive and Vehicular Applications Committee

During the last years the speed and also the level of integration of monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) increased drastically. Today's circuits are able to operate at frequencies up to the sub-millimeter-wave range (= 300 GHz) and combine highly sophisticated systems within one sin...


DML Emeritus  2015 - 2017

What's New in Digital Pre-Distortion

John Wood

MTT-5 Microwave High-Power Techniques Committee

In cellular wireless communications systems, the RF power amplifier (PA) in the transmitter must be as efficient as possible, to minimize energy costs, to prolong battery life, and for ‘green’ considerations.  Modern spectrally-efficient, digitally-modulated signals such as LTE and ...


Millimeter Wave Integrated Circuit Techniques and Technology

Shiban Koul

MTT-6 Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits Committee

IIT Delhi, India

Millimeter waves offer widespread applications in defense, space and commercial sectors. In this talk, different technologies for building Millimeter Wave Integrated Circuits and Subsystems will be presented. Starting from conventional microstrip technology, other key technologies including suspende...


Towards Greener Smartphones with Microwave Measurements

Dominique Schreurs

MTT-11 Microwave Measurements Committee

Div. ESAT-TELEMIC, K.U.Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, Leuven, B-3001, Belgium

Tel: +32 16-321821

Today's smartphone handsets offer a wide range of functions (phone, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, .) to customers, although are still perceived as expensive and energy consuming (requiring a daily recharge). The aim of this talk is to show how microwave measurements impact smartphone design. By optimall...


Multiphysics Modeling of the Electromagnetic-Transport Problems in Nanodevices: A New Challenge in Computational Engineering

Luca Pierantoni

MTT-25 RF Nanotechnology Committee

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, DIBET - Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche 12, Ancona, Italy

Tel: +39-071-220-4891
Fax: +39-071-220-4224

The presentation deals with the multiphysics analysis and modeling of the combined electromagnetic-coherent transport problem in new-concept electronics based on nano-structured material and devices. We introduce full-wave techniques both in the frequency (energy)-domain and the time-domain for the ...