Biographical Note*

Wolfgang J. R. Hoefer obtained his Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.) degree from the Technical University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule - RWTH) Aachen in Germany in 1965, and his Docteur-Ingénieur (D. Ing.) degree from the University of Grenoble in France in 1968. In 2007, he received an honorary Doktor-Ingenieur (Dr.-Ing. h.c.) degree from the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

He began his career as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) in Grenoble. In 1969, he joined the University of Ottawa as a faculty member and served as the Chair of Electrical Engineering for three years. In 1992, he became a Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where he founded and led the Computational Electromagnetics Research Laboratory (CERL) until his retirement in 2006. After his retirement, he held a three-year position as a Principal Scientist and Director of the IHPC Independent Investigatorship Department at the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore. He is now a Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria. Throughout his career he has held visiting appointments at various universities and institutions around the world, including the Universities of Grenoble, Rome Tor Vergata, Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Perugia, Munich, and Duisburg, as well as the Ferdinand Braun Institut Berlin, ETH Zürich, AEG-Telefunken, CRC Ottawa, the Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. In addition to his academic pursuits, Hoefer founded Faustus Scientific Corporation, where he has served as President and CEO for 21 years.

Professor Hoefer has been recognized as a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the German Academy of Science and Engineering (ACATECH), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), and the Electromagnetics Academy at MIT (EMA). Throughout his career, he has held various leadership positions, serving as the co-founder and Managing Editor of the International Journal of Numerical Modelling (J. Wiley & Sons), as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Chair and Co-Chair of the IEEE MTT-15 Technical Committee on Field Theory, and as a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S). He has received numerous awards for his contributions, including the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Career Award, the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Pioneer Award, the IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Educator Award, the IEEE Canada McNaughton Award & Gold Medal, the Most Inspiring Mentor Award from A*Star Singapore, the ACES Mainstay Award, and the Peter Johns Prize. He belongs, according to a rating by Stanford University, to the top 2% of scientists worldwide.

* Detailed autobiographies are included in the following book chapters:

cb10  Hoefer. W.J.R.
“In Search of the Intangible - 43 years of Research in Electromagnetics”
Chapter 1 of “Time Domain Methods in Electrodynamics — A Tribute to Wolfgang J. R. Hoefer”, P. Russer and U. Siart, Editors
Springer Proceedings in Physics 121, Berlin & Heidelberg, Germany, 2008, pp. 1-18, (18 pages) |  Google Books |  Vault
ISBN: 978-3-540-68766-5 (print) ; 978-3-540-68768-9 (online)

cb11  Hoefer. W.J.R.
“Fifty Years of Research in Electromagnetics: A Voyage Back in Time”
Chapter 1 of “Computational Electromagnetics – Retrospective and Outlook — In Honor of Wolfgang J. R. Hoefer”,  I. Ahmed and Z. D. Chen, Editors
Springer, Singapore, 2015, pp. 1-27, (27 pages) |  Google Books |  Vault
ISBN: 978-981-287-094-0 (print) ; 978-981-287-095-7 (online)

Principal Full-Time Positions

1968 - 1969    Lecturer, Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) de Grenoble, France

1968 - 1969    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Electromagnetics Laboratory, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

1969 - 1975    Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

1975 - 1980    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

1978 - 1981    Chair of Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

1980 - 1992    Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

1992 - 2006    Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Radio-Frequency Engineering, and Head of the Computational Electromagnetics Research Laboratory, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, Canada

1996 - 2017    President and Chief Executive Officer, Faustus Scientific Corporation, Victoria, BC, Canada

2006 - pres.    Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, Canada

2009 - 2012    Principal Scientist, Department of Electronics and Photonics, Institute of High Performance Computing, A*Star, Singapore

2010 - 2012    Director, IHPC Independent Investigatorship (I^3) Department, Institute of High Performance Computing, A*Star, Singapore

Visiting & Adjunct Positions

Visiting Scientist,   Satellite Electronics Laboratory, AEG-Telefunken, Backnang, Germany, Jun 1976 - Dec 1976 (6 months)

Visiting Professor,  Laboratoire d'Électromagnétisme, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France, Jan 1977 - Jul 1977 (6 months)

Visiting Scientist,   Space Electronics, Communications Research Center, Department of Communications, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, Jul 1984 - Jun 1985 (1 year)

Visiting Professor,  Dept. of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome II "Tor Vergata", Italy, Jul 1990 - Sep 1990 (3 months)

Visiting Professor,  Laboratoire d'Électronique, University of Nice–Sophia, Antipolis, France, Oct 1990 - Mar 1991 (6 months)

Visiting Professor,  Institute of High Frequency Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Germany, Apr 1991 - Jun 1991 (3 months)

Adjunct Professor,  Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada, Sep 1992 - Aug 1995 (3 years)

Visiting Professor,  Electrical Engineering and Sonderforschungsbereich 254, Gerhard Mercator University of Duisburg, Germany, Apr 1996 - May 1996 (1 month)

Visiting Professor,  Institute of High Frequency Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Germany, Oct 1999 - Dec 1999 (3 months)

Visiting Professor,  Georgia Electronic Design Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Mar 2005 - Apr 2005 (1.5 months)

Visiting Professor,  Department of Electronic and Information Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy, Apr 2005 - Jun 2005 (1.5 months)

Visiting Professor,  Institute of High Frequency Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Germany, Apr 2007 - Jul 2007 (4 months)

Visiting Professor,  Laboratory for Electromagnetic Fields and Microwave Electronics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ), Aug 2007 - Nov 2007 (4 months)

Visiting Scientist,  Institute of High Performance Computing, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, May 2008, and Feb 2009 - Mar 2009 (3 months)

Membership in Learned Societies

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - M'71, SM'78, F'91, LF'07

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Academy of Sciences - Fellow since 2003

The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) - Fellow since 2009

The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) - Fellow since 2016

The German National Academy of Science and Engineering (ACATECH) - Fellow since 2008

The Advanced Systems Institute of British Columbia (now BCIC) - Fellow, 1992 - 2004

The Electromagnetics Academy (MIT) - Fellow since 1989

Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI) - Member since 1978

The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) - Member since 1992, Fellow since 2020

Editorships

Associate Editor, Electromagnetics/Guided Waves, IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 1998 - 2000

Managing Editor, International Journal of Numerical Modelling - Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields (John Wiley & Sons), 1988-2009

Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Special IMS Symposium Issue, December 2002

Editorial Reviewer

Selected Committees and Boards

IEEE-MTT Technical Committee on Field Theory and Computational EM (MTT-1)
  (Former Technical Committee on Field Theory MTT-15)
- Chair, 1996 - 2002
- Co-Chair, 1989 - 1995, 2002 - 2004
- Member, since 1985

Steering Committee, IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium
- Chair of Local Arrangements, Ottawa, Canada, 1978
- Editor, Special Symposium Issue, Seattle, 2002

International Workshop on TLM
(later "Computational Electromagnetics in Time-Domain")

- General Chair, Victoria, Canada, 1995
- Program Committee, 1997 - 2007

Asia-Pacific Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility
General Chair, Singapore, 2012

Scientific Advisory Board, Ferdinand Braun Institute
Berlin, Germany, 1993 - 1998

Scientific Review Panel, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)
Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1996 - 2000

Board of Directors, Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Center (VIATEC)
Victoria, BC, Canada, 1997 - 1999

New Fellows Committee, Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Canada
Ottawa, ON, Canada, 2003 - 2006

Task Force on Nanoelectronics, German Acad. of Science & Engineering (acatech)
Berlin and Munich, Germany, 2008 - 2011

Agency for the Evaluation of University Research (AERES), Govt. of France
Expert Evaluator, Nice, France, 2010 - 2011

Executive Committee, Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), A*Star
Singapore, 2009 - 2012

Executive Committee, NEMO-IEEE MTT-S International Conference on Numerical Electromagnetics and Multiphysics Modeling and Optimization
2014 - pres.

Updated on 5 November 2023