After two rounds of eliminations, Professor Karu Esselle from the School of Engineering has been nominated as one of the two candidates in the ballot for the 2019 President of the IEEE Antennas & Propagation Society (AP-S), the premier international learned society in the antenna field.
In his election statement to AP-S members, Professor Esselle stated:
“This dynamic society offers us both challenges and exciting opportunities to create highly-relevant new knowledge that is crucial for advancing technology for the greater benefit to civilisation.
“My vision is to ensure that AP Society is future-ready and capable of assisting our members to thrive in future opportunities.”
We asked Professor Esselle why it is important for AP-S to be future focused
“Several emerging technologies that have the potential to change the world (for example, providing the internet to over 4 billion people who do not have regular internet connectivity at present) depend on research and development work conducted by members of this society.
To overcome some challenges, greater interdisciplinary collaboration with members of other societies, including scientists, is required. Note that engineers transform great scientific discoveries to products that are beneficial to the society such as medical devices.
The future of society depends on the quality of research training we provide our higher degree research students, as well as the mentorship we provide to our early career researchers and young professionals. It is the responsibility of research leaders to ensure that the younger generation is ready to handle the challenges in research and development.
Greater participation of women is pivotal to bring diverse ideas to technology development, and to have fair and balanced discussions on the social impact of technology.
During my two-year team as the Chair of IEEE New South Wales (2016-17), I revitalised the University-Student-Branch, Women-In-Engineering and Young-Professional activities in the state. Similarly, I plan to increase these activities in the Society and create more opportunities for those groups if elected. I will create more forums to enable greater interaction between industry (e.g. engineers developing end-use products) and university researchers.”
(Pictured: Professor Esselle receiving the 2017 Engineering Excellence Award for Best Invention from Dr Marlene Kanga AM – President-Elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations and Past National President of Engineers Australia – at the IESL Engineers Gala in June 2017.)