Professor Karu Esselle, IEEE ‘M (1992), SM (1996), F (2016), received BSc degree in electronic and telecommunication engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and MASc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is a Professor of Electronic Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, Director of WiMed Research Centre and the Past Associate Dean – Higher Degree Research (HDR) of the Division of Information and Communication Sciences. He has also served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and the Division Executive and as the Head of the Department several times. In 2018, he has been selected to chair the prestigious Distinguished Lecturer Program Committee of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation (AP) Society – the premier global learned society dedicated for antennas and propagation - which has over 8,000 members worldwide. In 2019 he was re-selected for the same position. After two stages in the selection process, Karu was also selected by this Society as one of two candidates in the ballot for 2019 President of the Society. Only three people from Asia or Pacific apparently have received this honour (one from Australia and two from Japan) in the 68-year history of this Society. Karu is also one of the three Distinguished Lecturers (DL) selected by the Society in 2016. He is the only Australian to chair the AP DL Program ever, the only Australian AP DL in almost two decades, and second Australian AP DL ever. He has been continuously serving the IEEE AP Society Administrative Committee in various elected or ex-officio capacities since 2015. Karu is also the chair of the Board of management of Australian Antenna Measurement Facility, and was the elected Chair of both IEEE New South Wales (NSW), and IEEE NSW AP/MTT Chapter, in 2016 and 2017. He directs the Centre for Collaboration in Electromagnetic and Antenna Engineering. Karu was elevated to prestigious IEEE Fellow grade for his contributions to resonance-based antennas. He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Karu has authored approximately 600 research publications and his papers have been cited more than 7,500 times. He is the first Australian antenna researcher ever to reach Google Scholar h-index of 30 and his i10 index (151 in 2019 March) and h-index (40 in March 2019) is often in the top two among Australian antenna researchers. Since 2002, his research team has been involved with research grants, contracts and PhD scholarships worth over 18 million dollars, including 15 Australian Research Council grants. His research has been supported by many national and international organisations including Australian Research Council, Intel, US Air Force, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Australian Department of Defence, Australian Department of industry, and German and Indian governments.

Karu has been invited to serve as an international expert/ research grant assessor by several nationwide research funding bodies overseas including European Science Foundation, the Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Hong-Kong, Georgia, South Africa and Chile. He has been invited by Vice-Chancellors of Australian and overseas universities to assess applications for promotion to professorial levels. He has also been invited to assess grant applications submitted to Australia’s most prestigious schemes such as Australian Federation Fellowships and Australian Laureate Fellowships. He led the Implantable Wireless Program of the WiMed Research Centre. In addition to the large number of invited conference speeches he has given, he has been an invited keynote speaker of IEEE workshops and conferences.

Karu’s awards include 2017 Excellence in Research Award from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2017 Engineering Excellence Award for Best Innovation, 2017 Certificate of Recognition from IEEE Region 10, 2016 and 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards for Best Published Paper from IESL NSW Chapter, 2011 Outstanding Branch Counsellor Award from IEEE headquarters (USA), 2009 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision and 2004 Innovation Award for best invention disclosure. His mentees have been awarded many fellowships, awards and prizes for their research achievements. Forty-eight international experts who examined the theses of his recent PhD graduates ranked them in the top 5% or 10%.

Karu has provided expert assistance to more than a dozen companies including Intel, Hewlett Packard Laboratory (USA), Cisco Systems (USA), Audacy (USA), Cochlear, Optus, ResMed and Katherine-Werke (Germany). He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas Propagation as well as IEEE Access.

Karu Esselle is the Technical Program Committee Co-Chair of ISAP 2015, APMC 2011 and TENCON 2013 and the Publicity Chair of ICEAA 2016, IWAT 2014 and APMC 2000. Karu’s research activities are posted in the web at http://web.science.mq.edu.au/~esselle/. Wikipedia, Google Scholar, Research Gate , Linkedin.
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       aWARD
Karu receiving the 2017 Engineering Excellence Award for Best Innovation from Dr Marlene Kanga AM - President-Elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations and Past National President of Engineers Australia - at the IESL Engineers Gala in June 2017
           Karu with IEEE President Karen Bartleson and President Candidate Jacek Zurada at 2017 ANZSCON
Karu with IEEE President Karen Bartleson and President Candidate Jacek Zurada at 2017 ANZSCON
              IEEE MTT Society Plaque
               IEEE MTT Society Plaque
              Karu receiving Fellow of IEEE MTT Society Plaque from IEEE MTT Society President Professor Ke Wu at the International Microwave Symposium in San Francisco, USA
Professor Karu Esselle receiving Fellow IEEE MTT Society Plaque
from IEEE MTT Society Presidnet Professor Ke Wu at the
International Microwave Symposium in San Francisco, USA
Karu at the top of Hobart, Tasmania, with Distinguished Professor and Northrop Grumman Chair in Electrical Engineering Yahya Rahmat-Samii of University of California, Los Angeles, USA, who delivered one of the two keynote speeches at the 2015 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation.
Karu at the top of Hobart, Tasmania, with Distinguished Prof.
and Northrop Grumman Chair in Elec. Engg. Yahya Rahmat-Samii

of University of California, Los Angeles, USA, who delivered
one of the two keynote speeches at ISAP 2015
Karu with Prof Trevor Bird in Tasmania, 2015
Karu with Prof Trevor Bird in Tasmania, 2015
ASA, Sydney, 2013
Australian Symposium on Antennas, Sydney, 2013
                   Receiving Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in HDR Supervision
Karu receiving VC's Award for Excellence in HDR Supervision