Mahta Moghaddam, who holds the William M. Hogue Professorship in Electrical Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, was named president-elect of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (APS), one of the largest societies within IEEE with over 8,000 members. She will serve a one-year term as president-elect starting January 1, 2019, and will start her term as president of APS in January 2020.
Moghaddam is the director of the Microwave Systems, Sensors and Imaging Lab (MiXIL) at USC. She is also the director of new research initiatives at USC Viterbi and leads the Center for Arid Climate Water Research (AWARE). Her research interests include radar systems, microwave remote sensing for environmental applications, medical imaging, and focused microwave therapy and intraoperative monitoring systems.
The 2016 recipient of the NASA Honor Award “Outstanding Public Leadership Medal” for outstanding leadership in the advancement of microwave remote sensing technologies, Moghaddam has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 300 conference papers. She is currently editor-in-chief of “IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine.”
As president, Moghaddam will oversee APS activities that include five major publications, a series of global conferences, international expansion and humanitarian initiatives, membership development and awards, among other activities.
Established in 1949, the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society has interests that encompass: 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.