Samir M. El-Ghazaly is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas.
He has completed two detail assignments at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF): From August 2013 to August 2016, he served as the Director of the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems at NSF. This Division supports research in advanced areas of critical importance for the U.S. economy and defense. Its annual budget is about $115 million. From September 2009 to August 2012, he served as a Program Director for Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices in the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems.
Dr. El-Ghazaly received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988 from The University of Texas, Austin. After graduation, he joined Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, where he became Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1998. From August 2002 to July 2007, he served as the Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From August 2007 to June 2013, he was the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering and holder of the Twenty-First Century Leadership endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at University of Arkansas. He received the Distinguished Educator Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in 2015.
He trained and worked at several universities and research centers including Cairo University; the Centre Hyperfrequences et Semiconducteurs at Université de Lille I in France; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California; CST-Motorola, Inc.; iemn, Université de Lille, France; and the Swiss Federal Research Institute (ETH). His research interests include microwave and millimeter-wave semiconductor devices and circuits, semiconductor device simulations, electromagnetics, antennas, and numerical techniques applied to monolithic microwave integrated circuits.
Dr. El-Ghazaly is the 2017 Vice President of the Institute of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IEEE) and the Chair of the Publication Services and Products Board. He is a Fellow of IEEE. He was the chairman of Commissions A and D of the U.S. National Committee of URSI. He was an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (2001-13). He was the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters (2001-03). He was the chairman of MTT-15 Committee on Field Theory. He was the General Chairman of the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, May 2001. He was the Chairman of the IEEE MTT-S Publications Committee (2004-08). Dr. El-Ghazaly was the President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (2010). He also served as the Chair of the IEEE Technical Activities Board’s Periodicals Committee (2012-13), the Vice Chair of the IEEE Publications Services and Products Board (2013), and the Chair of the IEEE-TAB Periodical Review and Advisory Committee (2014-15). He was the Vice Chair of the IEEE MTT-S Awards Committee (2013 - 16).