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Professor Robert Caverly Named 2013 IEEE Fellow


Robert H. Caverly, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Villanova University, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow.  He is being recognized for contributions to modeling and design of radio frequency switching devices.   These switching devices are used in many common systems such as high frequency communications devices or medical MRI systems to control the flow of energy between transmitters and receivers.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. 298 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow for 2013.

Dr. Robert H. Caverly received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 1983, and the M.S.E.E and B.S.E.E degrees from the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Dr. Caverly is a member of the faculty at Villanova University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is a Full Professor.   

From 1983-1997, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 1990, with support from The National Science Foundation, he was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Microwave Solid-State Group at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.  He has published more than 100 journal and conference papers and one book in the RF communication device field as well as other technical and educational areas. He is on several editorial boards such as the IEEE Transactions of Microwave Theory and Techniques, the IEEE Microwave Components Letters and the International Journal of Microwave Science and Technology.   

Dr. Caverly has been on Technical Program Committees of many national and international conferences and was the 2012 and is the 2013 co-chair of the IEEE Topical Conference on Power Amplifiers for Wireless and Radio Applications (PAWR).  He is an associate editor of the IEEE Microwave Magazine, and has been chairperson of MTT-17, the HF-VHF-UHF Technology Technical Committee of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society of the IEEE.  He is a recipient of the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award from The American Society of Engineering Education and the 2007 recipient of the Father Farrell Service Award from the College of Engineering at Villanova University.  He also currently holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio license, call sign WB4PWZ.   

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