NEWS UPDATE: Professor Karu Esselle has been elevated to IEEE Fellow grade for his extensive contributions to resonance-based antennas, both high-gain and low-gain. IEEE is the world's largest professional association for technology with about half a million members worldwide and only less than 0.1% of voting members are selected for this member grade elevation. In about a quarter century long history of Macquarie University Engineering and Electronics, Professor Esselle is only the second employee to be selected as an IEEE Fellow. Engineering Head of the Department Professor Iain Collings received the same honour last year. 
In a state-wide election held in November 2015, Professor Karu Esselle has been elected as 2016 Chair of IEEE New South Wales (NSW) Section. This Section, with about 2,000 members, oversees all IEEE activities in the state. This is the first time a Macquarie University academic has been elected to lead IEEE at state level. He will also represent NSW in IEEE Australia Council - the national body of IEEE, and will chair the IEEE NSW AP/MTT Chapter in 2016. He was the Vice-Chair of both the NSW Section and AP/MTT Chapter in 2014 and then in 2015.


I am a Professor of Electronic Engineering at Department of Engineering, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia, and Chair, Management Board, Australian Antenna Measurement Facility (AusAMF). In addition, I am involved in a large number of R&D projects, research grants, administrative and decision making positions. My research team 'Centre for  Collaboration in Electromagnetic and Antenna Engineering' consists of several dedicated and qualified students, academics and worldwide collaborators from both academia and industry. Since 1990s, I have been actively contributing to various areas of pure and applied Electromagnetics which include, but are not limited to, high-gain and low-gain resonance based antennas including EBG-resonator/ Fabry-Perot resonator/ Cavity-Resonator antennas and dielectric-resonator antennas, periodic structures, photonic crystals, biomedical devices, implantable and on-body/wearable antennas, body-centric networks, Electromagnetic Band Gap (EBG) structures, Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS), applied Metamaterials and their applications, millimeter circuits and MMIC devices, UWB antennas, electromagnetic applications for biomedical engineering, reconfigurable systems as well as focal plane arrays for applications in radio astronomy. I have been elevated to IEEE Fellow grade for my contributions to resonance-based antennas, both high-gain and low-gain.

I have authored/co-authored over 450 publications that led to 3000+ Google author citations, h-index of 27, i10-index of 76, and best paper awards; more than 40 papers in IEEE Transactions and a large number of invited papers in IEEE conferences. (In 2014 alone, we contributed invited papers in IEEE AP-S Symp., APWC, ICEAA, iWAT and EuCAP). I have delivered over 25 lectures in IEEE AP chapter workshops/seminars and other research seminars, held overseas and within Australia.

When I was elected to the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administrative Committee for a three year term in 2014, I became the only person residing in the Asia-Pacific Region (IEEE Region 10) to be elected to this highly competitive position over a period of at least six years (2010-2015). To the IEEE New South Wales AP/MTT Joint Chapter, I have been in service for 18 years in various roles including as Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer or an Executive Committee Member (1997-2014); I have served IEEE NSW Section governing committee from 1999 to present. I represented IEEE New South Wales at 2014 IEEE Section Congress (Amsterdam), and at 2011 Region 10 Congress (Indonesia) and represented NSW in IEEE Australia Council Meetings held in those locations. Also, I have represented NSW IEEE AP/MTT Chapter in about 20 Chapter Chair Meetings held across the globe. I successfully mentored several future leaders of IEEE through section, chapter and student branch activities. One such mentee, at present, is the current IEEE NSW AP Chapter Chair.

You can find out more about my research in this website alongwith my team, our publications, academic/industrial collaborations, awards, professional affiliations as well as my services at various forums.

If you have a strong background in electronics/electromagnetics and are interested in working with me, browse through the Openings section to learn about positions and scholarships available at Macquarie University, NSW, Australia.

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