Past Winners

IEEE Montreal Section Gold Medal

The IEEE Montreal Section rewards its most active and great achievers members in their long career path and their impact on national and global technological and educational advancement. The IEEE Montreal Section has worked out an effective plan with the IEEE Canadian Foundation (ICF) in order to secure the recognition of Gold Medalist of each year for many years to come. This initiative is a way that the Section wants to reward all the excellent work that are being done by its star IEEE members. This recognition program is run by request for Nominations and the Selection Committee decides on the final winner among the potential candidates. The celebration of the winner award will be at our annual Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the Annual Banquet of each year.

2016: Professor David Plant

Biography: Dr. David V. Plant received the Ph.D. degree from Brown University Providence, RI, USA, in 1989. He was a Research Engineer at the University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 1989–1993, and has been a Professor at McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, since 1993, where he holds a James McGill Professorship. He has received five teaching awards and numerous other awards including the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lectureship, the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Microwave Prize, the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award, a Killam Research Fellowship, and the IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the OSA, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Canada.

2015: Professor Ke Wu

Biography: Dr. Ke Wu received B.Sc. degree (with distinction) in radio engineering from Nanjing Institute of Technology (now Southeast University), China, in 1982 and D.E.A. and Ph.D. degrees in optics, optoelectronics, and microwave engineering (with distinction) from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and University of Grenoble, France, in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Dr. Wu is a professor of electrical engineering and Tier-I Canada Research Chair in RF and millimeter-wave engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique (University of Montreal). He has been the Director of the Poly-Grames Research Center. He was the founding Director of the Center for Radiofrequency Electronics Research of Quebec (Regroupement stratégique of FRQNT). He has also held guest, visiting and an honorary professorship at many universities. He has authored or co-authored over 1000 referred papers, and over 20 books/book chapters and filed more than 30 patents. He has graduated 52+ Ph.D. and 84+ M. Sc. students. He has frequently provided consulting services to corporations, governments, and universities worldwide. He has given 400+ invited and distinguished lectures as well as numerous keynote speeches around the world. He is among the most-cited researchers in the field with 23260+ citations and 66 h-index and 500+ i10-index (Google Scholar). His current research interests involve substrate integrated circuits (SICs), antenna arrays, advanced CAD and modeling techniques, wireless power transmission and harvesting, and development of low-cost RF, millimeter-wave and terahertz transceivers and sensors for wireless systems and biomedical applications. He is also interested in the modeling and design of microwave and terahertz photonic circuits and systems. Dr. Wu is a member of Electromagnetics Academy, the Sigma Xi Honorary Society, and the URSI. He has held key positions in and has served on various panels and international committees including the chair of technical program committees, international steering committees, and international conferences/symposia. In particular, he was the general chair of the 2012 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium. He has served on the editorial/review boards of many technical journals, transactions, proceedings and letters as well as scientific encyclopedia including editors and guest editors. He is currently the chair of the joint IEEE chapters of MTTS/APS/LEOS in Montreal. Dr. Wu is an elected IEEE MTT-S AdCom member for 2006-2015 and served as Chair of the IEEE MTT-S Transnational Committee, Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Committee and Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) among many other AdCom functions. He is the 2015 IEEE MTT-S President-Elect and will become the 2016 IEEE MTT-S President. Dr. Wu is the inaugural three-year representative of North America as Member of the European Microwave Association (EuMA) General Assembly. He was the recipient of many awards and prizes including the first IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the 2004 Fessenden Medal of the IEEE Canada and the 2009 Thomas W. Eadie Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, the 2013 FCCP Education Foundation Award of Merit, the 2014 IEEE MTT-S Microwave Application Award, the 2014 Marie-Victorin Prize (Prix du Quebec – the highest distinction of Québec in the natural sciences and engineering), and the 2015 Prix d’Excellence en Recherche et Innovation of Polytechnique Montréal. He has been recognized as the “father of substrate integrated waveguides and circuits” in the world. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities). He was an IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer from Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2011.

2014: Professor Vijay K. Bhargava

Biography: Dr. Vijay Bhargava (FIEEE) is currently a professor at the University of British Columbia, completing all of his post-secondary education at Queen’s University in Kingston. Previously he held positions with the Indian Institute of Science, Concordia University, and the University of Victoria. His many years of service for IEEE Region 7 (Canada) began in Montreal Section. He served as Student Branch counselor at Concordia, then in various capacities including Section Chair, and later similarly in Victoria Section. In 1987 he founded the IEEE Pacific Rim Conference in Communications, Computers and Signal Processing—now a well-established biennial conference in Victoria. In the same year, Vijay was appointed editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which had been struggling financially. To generate funding he founded the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering. It is now a flagship conference of IEEE. He served as the Director of Region 7 (Canada) during 1992 and 1993. During his tenure, he forged new programs, initiated steps for the creation of IEEE Canada, and led the building of a massive reserve for the Region. He was nominated twice for the Office of IEEE President-Elect. A Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the EIC, Vijay’s teaching, research and service to the profession have been recognized through various awards, including IEEE Canada’s Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 2010. He is married to Yolande Henri of Warwick, Québec. Their son Alexandre is a behavioral neurologist and daughter Maude is a clinical dietitian.

Biographie: Vijay Bhargava (FIEEE) est actuellement professeur à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, et a complété toute son éducation post-secondaire à l’Université Queen’s de Kingston. Précédemment il a occupé des postes à l’Indian Institute of Science, l’Université Concordia, et l’Université de Victoria. Ses nombreuses années de service pour la Région 7 (Canada) de l’IEEE ont débuté à la section de Montréal. Il a servi comme conseiller de la branche étudiante à Concordia, puis a occupé divers postes incluant celui de président de section et a plus tard fait de même à la section de Victoria. En 1987 il a fondé l’ « IEEE Pacific Rim Conference » pour les communications, l’informatique et le traitement de signal – qui est maintenant une conférence bisannuelle bien établie à Victoria. La même année Vijay a été nommé rédacteur-en-chef du Journal canadien de génie électrique et informatique, qui éprouvait alors des difficultés financières. Pour lever des fonds, il a établi la Conférence canadienne de génie électrique et informatique. Cette conférence fait maintenant office de porte-étendard pour l’IEEE Canada. Il a servi comme directeur de la région 7 (Canada) en 1992 et 1993. Pendant sa mandat il a forgé de nouveaux programmes, a initié les étapes pour la création de l’IEEE Canada, et a mené à l’établissement d’un important fonds de réserve pour la région. Il a été mis en nomination deux fois pour le poste de président élu de l’IEEE. Il est Fellow de l’IEEE, de la Société royale du Canada, de l’Académie canadienne du génie et de l’ICI. L’enseignement, la recherche et le service à la profession de Vijay ont été soulignés par de nombreux prix, y compris celui d’Excellence en enseignement du génie de l’IEEE Canada en 2010. Il est marié à Yolande Henri de Warwick, Québec. Leur fils Alexandre est neurologue comportemental et sa fille Maude est diététicienne clinique.

2013: Professor Renato Bosisio

Biography: Professor Renato G Bosisio is professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at École Polytechnique (University of Montreal), and founding director of “Centre de recherche Poly-Grames ”(CRP) established to provide electrical engineering graduate students with advanced research facilities in microwave and millimeter wave engineering. CRP’s experimental and theoretical facilities enable graduate students to undertake advanced research projects on active and passive microwave components, devices, hybrid and monolithic integrated circuits and sub-assemblies The theoretical and experimental research facilities available at CRP provide unique training skills to numerous electrical graduate students enrolled in Doctoral and Masters programs at École Polytechnique. Most graduate students terminating their research projects at CRP join companies in America, Europe, and Asia, to work on design, fabrication and testing of modern communication equipment. Some graduates have joined the teaching staff of electrical and computer engineering departments in other Canadian universities. CRP research activities have attracted scientists and researchers from all over the world. Pr. Bosisio and his research team invented a new six-port receiver for software defined radio (SDR) applications. Renato G. Bosisio is Life Fellow of IEEE, a member of order of Professional Engineers of Quebec, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Psi learned societies and McNaughton medalist.

Biographie: Professeur émérite de génie électrique à l’École Polytechnique (Université de Montréal), Renato G. Bosisioest le directeur fondateur du Centre de recherches Poly-Grames (CRP). Le CRP a été mis sur pied dans le but d’offrir, aux étudiants des cycles supérieurs en génie électrique, des installations de recherche évoluées dans le domaine des micro-ondes et des ondes millimétriques. Grâce à ses locaux consacrés aux expériences et au travail théorique, le CRP permet aux étudiants des deux cycles supérieurs de mener des projets de recherche avancés sur les composants passifs et actifs, les circuits intégrés monolithiques et hybrides, et les sous-systèmes. Ces installations, sont mises à la disposition des usagers du CRP, et ils permettent aux étudiants inscrits aux programmes de maîtrise et de doctorat de Polytechnique de recevoir une formation unique. La plupart des étudiants des cycles supérieurs qui ont réalisé des projets au CRP sont, dans les Amériques, en Asie ou en Europe. Certains diplômés font partie du corps enseignant dans des départements de génie électrique ou informatique d’universités canadiennes. De plus, les activités de recherche du CRP ont attiré des scientifiques et des chercheurs des quatre coins du monde. Le Professeur Bosisio et son équipe ont inventés un nouveau récepteur pour des applications en Software Defined Radio (SDR). Professeur Renato G. Bosisio est Life- Fellow de l’IEEE, membre de l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, des sociétés savantes Phi Kappa Phi et Sigma Psi. Il a obtenu la médaille McNaughton de IEEE Canada en 2004.