Master Class


Tuesday, 7 July, 12:00 - 13:00

Attention Students and Young Professionals! We are excited to announce that this year's symposium will feature the first annual IEEE AP-S MasterClass, in which pioneering educators in our field present a short lecture on a fundamental topic. The inaugural MasterClass speaker for 2020 will be Professor Constantine Balanis, Regents Professor at Arizona State University's School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Tempe, Arizona (USA), whose topic is "The Evolution of Antenna Technology: Past, Present and Future". This event will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, between 12:00 - 13:00. This lecture will be broadcast live during the virtual conference, and will feature a live Q&A, with moderator support.


Antenna technology has undergone a dramatic evolution from the days of Hertz, with his spark-gap and end-loaded dipole, to today’s multiband antennas for smart phones and mobile devices. The introduction and integration of Artificial Magnetic Conductors (AMCs) have begun to play a pivotal role in the advancement of modern-day antenna technology. In this inaugural IEEE AP-S MasterClass, the timelines over which antenna technology leaped forward are identified, and the various antenna configurations developed during those periods are highlighted. Future trends in antenna technology are identified and suggested.


Constantine A. Balanis (S'62 - M'68 - SM'74 - F'86 – LF'04) received the BSEE degree from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, in 1964, the MEE degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, in 1966, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, in l969. He received in 2004 an Honorary Doctorate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in 2017 the IEEE Rudolph E. Henning Distinguished Mentoring Award, the 2014 James R. James, Lifetime Achievement Award, LAPC, Loughborough, UK, the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Alumnus Award (College of Engineering, The Ohio State University), the 2005 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, the 2000 IEEE Millennium Award, the 1996 Graduate Mentor Award of Arizona State University, the 1992 Special Professionalism Award of the IEEE Phoenix Section, the 1989 Individual Achievement Award of the IEEE Region 6, and the 1987-1988 Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, School of Engineering, Arizona State University.

Dr. Balanis is a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He is the author of Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design (Wiley, 2005, 1997, 1982), Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics (Wiley, 2012, 1989) and Introduction to Smart Antennas (Morgan and Claypool, 2007), and editor of Modern Antenna Handbook (Wiley, 2008).