In the new year (2017), NTU EEE Assoc Prof Shen Zhongxiang was elevated by the IEEE Board of Directors to “IEEE Fellow”, with the following citation:
For contributions to 3D frequency selective structures and slot antennas
Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to the title of “IEEE Fellow”. The IEEE Fellow distinction is conferred to select IEEE members whose record of extraordinary achievements – in any of the IEEE fields of interest – is recognised.
It is the highest grade of membership in the IEEE and less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.
We find out from Prof Shen about his thoughts on earning the IEEE Fellow title and more:
How do you feel & who would you like to thank?
“I feel enormously grateful to many people who have supported me along the way. First of all, I would like to thank my nominator, Prof Yang Hao of the Queen Mary, University of London. I also want to thank my PhD supervisor, Prof Robert MacPhie of the University of Waterloo, Canada. Both of them were instrumental in guiding me at the beginning of my academic career. In addition, my former and current students as well as research staff have contributed much to this recognition. Finally, I feel very lucky to have strong support from the NTU EEE management and colleagues over the past 18 years!”
Why do you think you were conferred this title?
“I guess the reasons behind my elevation to the “IEEE Fellow” grade are: 1) My original concept of 3-D frequency selective structures is a breakthrough in the field because it can readily solve many long-time problems associated with 2-D frequency selective surfaces; 2) Our proposal of using inverted configuration for microtrip-fed cavity-backed slot antennas is a game changer because it shortly became a standard adopted by researchers worldwide.
I think it is extremely important to publish good and focused papers in top-tier journals and to make impressive presentations at reputable conferences. This can effectively publicise your work and establish yourself as the leader of a certain field.”
Are there some things you look forward to as an IEEE Fellow?
“As an IEEE Fellow, I may act as a reference for many NTU EEE colleagues who may be qualified for the elevation to the Fellow grade. In the meanwhile, it may also motivate me to look at more important problems facing the community in the near future.”
Prof Shen tells us how his NTU EEE journey has been like thus far and a particularly special moment for him in the school:
“I have been with the NTU School of EEE for nearly 18 years now and my journey has been truly productive and fulfilling so far! During the first few years with NTU EEE, I benefited tremendously from the precious sharing and selfless help of a number of senior colleagues such as Prof Koh Soo Ngee, Prof Law Choi Look and Prof Lu Yilong, to name a few. I have loved teaching since young and have always taken it very seriously. A momentous and regular, happy event for me is definitely the convocation ceremony every year where I can witness many of my students proudly graduating with a degree from NTU EEE!”
What are your proudest moments in research?
“The proudest moments are the times when we have ideas that are workable and can solve practical problems. I am very proud of a HF antenna that we designed for the Ministry of Defence in Singapore. Our HF antenna only occupies 2% of the volume taken up by the existing commercial antenna, and yet it functions comparably well.”
What EEE-related projects are you currently involved in?
“I am currently working on three interesting projects. One is about the design of compact multi-band antennas that can transmit and receive electromagnetic signals over multiple bands for different functionalities. Another project of mine is to design low-profile and wideband end-fire antennas that can be mounted on flying objects. The third project is to look into ways to enhance an object’s radar cross-section so that it can be easily detected by radars.”
What are the future challenges you think all students would face?
“I believe that the future academic environment or engineering profession faced by our young students will be much more competitive than today. They really need to work hard to broaden their knowledge base and excel in what they are interested in.”
How do you motivate your students?
“It is quite challenging to motivate students unless they are self-motivated! Over the years, I have been lucky to have taught and worked with many self-motivated students and research staff. The role that I played was to share my experiences and ideas with them so that they can build up a good resume for themselves. This should normally be sufficient to make them work hard.”
Published on: 6-April-2017