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Ronald J. Pogorzelski

Ronald J. Pogorzelski received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in 1964 and 1965, respectively, and his PhD degree in electrical engineering and physics from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1970, where he studied under Professor Charles H. Papas.

From 1969 to 1973, he was Assistant Professor of Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his research dealt with relativistic solution of Maxwell's equations. From 1973 to 1977, he was Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Mississippi. There his research interests encompassed analytical and computational aspects of electromagnetic radiation and scattering. In 1977 he joined TRW as a senior staff engineer and remained there until 1990 serving as a subproject manager in the Communications and Antenna Laboratory, and as a department manager and the Manager of the Senior Analytical Staff in the Electromagnetic Applications Center. From 1981 to 1990 he was also on the faculty of the University of Southern California, first as a part-time instructor and then as an adjunct full professor. In 1990, he joined General Research Corporation as Director of the Engineering Research Group in Santa Barbara, California. Since 1993, he had been with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as Supervisor of the Spacecraft Antenna Research Group until 2010. From 1999 to 2002 he was a lecturer in electrical engineering at Caltech. In June 2001 he was appointed a JPL Senior Research Scientist. He retired from JPL in May 2010 and is currently Senior Research Scientist Emeritus at JPL.

Dr. Pogorzelski's work has resulted in more than 100 technical publications and presentations. In 1980, he was the recipient of the R. W. P. King Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for a paper on propagation in underground tunnels. Over the years he has served on a number of symposium committees and has chaired a number of symposium sessions. Notably, he was Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee for the 1981 IEEE AP-S Symposium in Los Angeles, California and Technical Program Chair for the corresponding symposium held in Newport Beach, California in 1995. From 1980 to 1986 he was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and from 1986 to 1989 he served as its editor. From 1989 to 1990 he served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Los Angeles Chapter of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, was a member of the Society Administrative Committee from 1989 to 2000, served as Vice President of the Society Administrative Committee in 1992, and was its 1993 president. From 1989 to 1992 he was a member of the Society's IEEE Press Liaison Committee. He has also represented IEEE Division IV on the Technical Activities Board Publication Products Council, Periodicals Council, and New Technology Directions Committee. In 1995 he also served as a member of a blue ribbon panel evaluating the U.S. Army's Team Antenna Program in helicopter antennas. He served for ten years as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (now ABET, Inc.). Dr. Pogorzelski is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi Honor Societies; and has been elected a full member of U.S. National Committee of the Union Radio Scientifique Internationale (USNC/URSI) Commissions A, B, and D; and he is a past chair of U. S. Commission B. In 1984 he was appointed an Academy Research Council Representative to the XXIst General Assembly of URSI in Florence, Italy, and in 1999 he was appointed a U.S. Participant in the XXVIth General Assembly of URSI in Toronto, Canada, and similarly in the XXVIIth General Assembly of URSI in Maastricht, the Netherlands in 2002. He has been a member of the Technical Activities Committee of U. S. Commission B and has also served on its Membership Committee from 1988 to 2002 serving as Committee Chair from 1993 to 2002. He was appointed to a two year term as Member at Large of the U.S. National Committee of URSI in 1996 and again in 1999. Dr. Pogorzelski is an IEEE Third Millennium Medalist and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Co-Author of Volume 11 of the Deep-Space Communications and Navigation Series:

Coupled-Oscillator Based Active-Array Antennas