Professor J. David Rhodes, CBS, FRS, FR Engineering Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds, will be the plenary session speaker on Monday, June 6 at the IEEE MTT-S 2011 International Microwave Symposium (IMS).

Since founding Filtronic more than 30 years ago, Rhodes has received the OBE (the Officer of the Order of the British Empire) and CBE (the Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from the Queen as well as numerous Technology and Export awards including the Microwave Prize.

In his plenary session talk, “Migration of WCDMA and 4G LTE into Existing Cellular Bands,” Rhodes will discuss issues and design techniques for optimizing WCDMA and LTE performance. IMS 2011 will be held June 5-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Early Bird registration for IMS2011 is now open and will be available until May 20.

“Gaining insight into strategy and development from a royally decorated expert who helped shape the industry is invaluable to anyone in our field,” said Jeffrey M. Pond, IMS Symposium General Chair. “By sharing his deep knowledge of design techniques and connecting them to present challenges, Rhodes will undoubtedly equip attendees with information they can apply to their respective projects and endeavors.”

Rhodes has received the OBE and CBE from the Queen and also several Technology and Export Awards. From Leeds University he received the BSc. Ph.D., D.Sc. and Honorary D.Eng Degrees and further Honorary Degrees from Bradford and Napier Universities. He is a fellow of the IEEE, IET, RAE, The Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the Academy of Engineering (USA).

He has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Microwave Prize, the Browder J. Thompson Award, The Guillimin – Cauer Award and the Microwave Career Award all from the IEEE together with the CASS Golden Jubilee Medal and the Third Millenium Medal, The JJ Thompson Medal and the Faraday Medal from the IET, The Mountbatten Medal from the National Electronics Council, The Mullard Award from the Royal Society and the premier distinction from the Royal Academy of Engineering of The Prince Philip Gold Medal. He has also received the European Microwave Career Award and many business awards.

He founded Filtronic plc more than 30 years ago and grew it into an international microwave company with 10 operations on 4 continents with peak sales of $0.5 B and a market capitalisation of $2.5 B. He retired 4 years ago and has grown a new business within the private company Isotek Electronics Ltd., where he has been the majority shareholder, in the area of microwave sub-systems and which has recently been acquired by Filtronic plc. The remaining Isotek business, which develops and manufactures hyperbaric welding systems for sea depths down to 4000 m, has continued to grow under his ownership. He is also an Emeritus Professor at Leeds University.


Early Bird registration for IMS 2011 is available until May 20 and offers a 25 percent discount. Registration fees will go up slightly during the Advance Registration phase from May 21 until June 3, and then onsite registration will be offered. In addition to IMS2011, Microwave Week includes the collocated RFIC Symposium and the ARFTG Conference. For more details on IMS2011 registration visit:

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