Women in Engineering AP-S Panel Discussion

“Challenges Ahead, but Fear NOT”

Time and Location

Fri, 10 Dec, 12:05 - 13:00 Singapore Time (UTC +8)
Fri, 10 Dec, 05:05 - 06:00 France Time (UTC +1)
Fri, 10 Dec, 04:05 - 05:00 UTC
Thu, 9 Dec, 23:05 - 00:00 New York Time (UTC -5)
Melati Ballroom 4104

We are facing an unprecedented pandemic, and there are new challenges for our studies and research on top of the existing ones. What are our new and old challenges, and how can we cope with them effectively and in a healthy manner? What are the challenges that are specifically for women who are from the society of antenna and propagation? How different challenges are from different countries/regions?

At this penal discussion, we invited well-established female professors and researchers who are working on antenna and propagation to be the panellists to discuss the challenges with you. They are from Singapore, USA, Malaysia, India, and China.

List of Topics
  • Engineering studies (Undergraduate)
  • Postgraduate studies: research, publishing and more
  • Career planning, preparation, and challenges
  • Professional development
  • Challenges/changes in the current and post-COVID era
  • Global citizen: from environmental to digital safety
Mahta Moghaddam
Mahta Moghaddam (USA) is an Iranian-American electrical and computer engineer and William M. Hogue Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. Moghaddam is also the president of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and is known for developing sensor systems and algorithms for high-resolution characterization of the environment to quantify the effects of climate change. She also has developed innovative tools using microwave technology to visualize biological structures and target them in real-time with high-power focused microwave ablation.
Deepti Das Krishna
Deepti Das Krishna (India) received the BSc (Hons) degree, the MSc degree in Electronics and the MTech degree in Microwave Electronics in 1999, 2001, and 2002, respectively, from the University of Delhi, India, and the Ph.D. degree in Microwave Technology in 2011 from Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT), India. She is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electronics, Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT), India. She has worked as a Principal Investigator under the Department of Science & Technology Women Scientist Scheme (2005-2008) and was awarded the Young Scientist Award from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) in 2010. With more than 13 years experience in teaching, her research interests include UWB Antennas, Reconfigurable Antennas, RF Harvesting Systems, Microwave Passive Devices, and Communication Systems. She has been active in IEEE since 2006 starting as a student member and is now a senior member. She has served in various positions of IEEE APS & WIE, Kerala Section, and is currently the Branch Counselor of IEEE Student Branch CUSAT.
Fauziahanim Che Seman
Fauziahanim Che Seman (Malaysia) received the degree in electrical communication engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2001, the master’s degree from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree from the Queen’s University of Belfast, U.K., in 2011. After the Master’s degree, she joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia as a Lecturer, where she is currently an Associate Professor with the Research Center of Applied Electromagnetic. She has published a number of index journals and conference proceedings and taken various patents. Her research interests include radar microwave absorber, frequency selective surface, antenna design, copper access networks and recently in machine learning. She was also involved in the organizing committee for various conferences, such as the Technical Chair for the IEEE APMC 2017, IEEE RFM and IEEE APACE Conference series, AWPT 2021 and ISAP 2023. She was the Chairman of IEEE AP/MTT/EMC Malaysia Section in 2017-2020 and currently served as the Past Chair in the same chapter. She is the MTT-S WiM subcommittee since 2018 and actively initiated discussions related to Women in Microwave Engineering in Malaysia. Recently, she started to be involved with a Community Service Related (CSR) project funded under IEEE HAC Project.
Wenquan Che
Wenquan Che (China) is a full professor in South China University of Technology. She received the B.Sc. degree from the East China Institute of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China, in 1990, the M.Sc. degree from the Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), Nanjing, China, in 1995, and the PhD degree from the City University of Hong Kong (CITYU), Kowloon, Hong Kong, in 2003. In 1999, she was a Research Assistant with the City University of Hong Kong. In 2002, she was a visiting scholar with the Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada. She had been with NUST as a lecturer, associate professor and professor since 1995 - 2018. From 2007 to 2008, she conducted academic research with the Institute of High Frequency Technology, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. During 2005–2006 and 2009–2016, she was with the City University of Hong Kong as a Research Fellow and a Visiting Professor. She has authored or coauthored over 250 internationally referred journal papers and over 100 international conference papers. Her current research interests include microwave and millimeter-wave circuits and systems, antenna technologies, and the medical applications of microwave technologies. Dr. Che is currently an Elected Member of the IEEE MTT-S AdCom (2018-2023) and the Chair of Education Committee of MTT-S AdCom in 2021. She was a recipient of the 2007 Humboldt Research Fellowship presented by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany, the 5th China Young Female Scientists Award in 2008, and also the Distinguished Young Scientist awarded by the National Natural Science Foundation Committee of China in 2012. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of Microwave and Optical Technology Letters (2019-2022), and reviewer for several IEEE Transactions and journals.
Phyu Hla
Dr. Hla Nu Phyu is a Senior Research Scientist working in Agency for Science, Technology and Research – A*STAR, Singapore. Profession in Computational Electromagnetic; Numerical analysis; Modelling, design and analysis of electromagnetic devices for both low frequency and high frequency applications. She received her B.Eng degree from Yangon Technological University, Myanmar in 1998 and Ph.D from National University of Singapore in 2005. She is a former Chair of the Region 10 IEEE Women in Engineering Singapore section and actively involved in Women in Engineering (WIE) to promote the profile of women scientists and engineers for better recognition in the work place and empower for career advancement.
Cynthia Furse
Cynthia Furse is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Utah. Dr. Furse is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors. Her technological innovations and patents include the development of a system to locate intermittent electrical faults on aging aircraft wiring, with which she founded a successful spin-off company, LiveWire Innovation. She is also a pioneering researcher in the development of telemetry antennas for medical implants and fast methods for predicting the statistical variation in bioelectromagnetic applications.
Shao Ying HUANG
Shao Ying HUANG (Singapore) is an associate professor in the pillar of Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of surgery in National University of Singapore, Singapore. She received her B.Eng., M. Eng., and Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2003, 2006, and 2011, respectively. Her research interests include low-field MRI, non-linear MRI image reconstructions, RF aspects of MRI, MR electrical property tomography, radiofrequency(RF)/microwave noninvasive/contactless sensing, wireless power transfer, and wideband RF/microwave components. She owns 8 patents and 6 technology disclosures. She has authored and coauthored more than 50 papers in refereed journals, 1 book chapter, and more than 150 international conference papers, 80% of which are on the topic of portable MRI.

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Gold Sponsors

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Microwave Vision Group
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