The Royal Academy of Engineering, Radio Design Ltd and the University of Leeds are delighted to announce the establishment of a new Research Chair focused on original research in the field of microwave signal processing.

Professor Ian Hunter of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has been appointed to this position and will head up the Centre of Microwave Signal Processing at Leeds University.

Driven by the demand for mobile internet, video streaming and the latest apps, mobile communication systems require access to evermore bandwidth whilst supporting multiple technologies including 3G, 4G and beyond.

The programme of research will focus on new microwave signal processing technology to overcome the challenges facing radio frequency (rf) system designers in the field of wireless communication infrastructure.

Professor Hunter has held senior positions in both academia and industry and is an international authority in the field of microwave engineering. His work has been widely applied in the mobile communications, satellite communications and defence industries.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  2. Professor Ian Hunter studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering. After completing his PhD he spent time in industry, leading teams developing microwave filters for EW applications in the US, before working on defence-related projects in the UK. He returned to academia and presently holds the Chair in microwave signal processing at the University of Leeds. He is also the author of three books, a Fellow of the IET and a Fellow of the IEEE and Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Electronics.
  3. Radio Design Ltd is a leading supplier of custom design rf filter systems to wireless communications infrastructure operators and OEMs. In 2011 Radio Design were finalists for the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for Innovation and received a Queens Award for Enterprise, Innovation.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0636; email: Jane Sutton