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The Eledia Research Center is pleased to accounce that Prof. Weng Cho Chew has been elected to be the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society President.

The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) is an international organization founded in 1949 and active in over 40 countries.
The field of interest of the AP-S encompasses: antennas, including analysis, design, development, measurement, and testing; radiation, propagation, and the interaction of electromagnetic waves with discrete and continuous media; and applications and systems pertinent to antennas, propagation, and sensing, such as applied optics, millimeter- and sub-millimeter-wave techniques, antenna signal processing and control, radio astronomy, and propagation and radiation aspects of terrestrial and space-based communication, including wireless, mobile, satellite, and telecommunications.
The President is the most important position of the IEEE AP-S. He have general supervision of the affairs of the Society, organize standing committees, and speak for the Society on all matters not specifically delegated to others.
He is also a member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB), the governing body of IEEE Technical Activities, that is the major component of IEEE.
The President, under direction of the AdCom, shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Society. He/she shall preside at meetings of the AdCom, at general meetings of the Society, and have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be provided in these Bylaws, or as may be delegated to him/her by vote of the AdCom. The President shall supervise the affairs of the Society, shall organize standing committees, and shall speak for the Society on all matters not specifically delegated to others. The President has the authority to create ad hoc committees and report their creation at the next AdCom meeting for AdCom approval (Section 10.5). The President shall be an exofficio member of all Committees of the Society. The President shall have the prerogative to approve technical co-sponsorship of conferences and meetings. The President is a member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB). When notified of a meeting of the TAB, the President shall insure representation of the Society at such meeting personally or by an alternate in accordance with the process defined in the TAB Operations Manual.

Weng Cho Chew received the B.S. degree in 1976, both the M.S. and Engineer's degrees in 1978, and the Ph. D. degree in 1980, all in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. His recent research interest has been in the area of fast algorithms related to scattering and inverse scattering of waves. He has also been interested in waves in inhomogeneous media for geophysical subsurface sensing and nondestructive testing applications. Previously, he has also analyzed electrochemical effects and dielectric properties of composite materials, microwave and optical waveguides, and microstrip antennas. From 1981 to 1985, he was with Schlumberger-Doll Research in Ridgefield, Connecticut. While he was there, he was a program leader and later a department manager. From 1985 to 1990, he was an associate professor with the University of Illinois. He currently is a professor there and teaches graduate courses in Waves and Fields in Inhomogeneous Media, and Theory of Microwave and Optical Waveguides and supervises a graduate research program. He has authored a book Waves and Fields in Inhomogeneous Media, coauthored a book Fast and Efficient Methods in Computational Electromagnetics, published over 250 scientific journal articles and presented over 300 conference papers. Dr. Chew is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, URSI Commisions B and F, and an active member with the Society of Exploration Geophysics. He was also an AdCom member IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and presently an AdCom member of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society ('02-present). He is an associate editor of the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications ('96-present), and Microwave Optical Technology Letters ('96-present). He was also an associate editor with IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing ('84-02), the International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology ('89-'94), and has been a Guest Editor of Radio Science ('86), International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology ('89), and Electromagnetics ('95). From 1989 to 1993, he was the associate director the Advanced Construction Technology Center at the University of Illinois. Presently, he is the director of the Center for Computational Electromagnetics and the Electromagnetics Laboratory at the same university.

He is an IEEE Fellow and was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator for 1986. Dr Chew's name is listed many times in the List of Excellent Instructors on campus. He is the winner of the year 2000 IEEE Graduate Teaching Award and is a Founder Professor, College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Recently, he coauthored a paper that won the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Schelkunoff Prize Paper Award. He also won the 2001 Campus Wide Excellence in Professional and Graduate Teaching Award at the University of Illinois. Recently, ISI Citation elected him to the category of Most-Highly Cited Authors (top 0.5%).