Professor Piergiorgio Uslenghi was elected President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the year 2001, after serving as Vice President in the year 2000. The Society has about ten thousand professional members in some sixty countries. It is the main professional organization dealing with the radiation, propagation and scattering of electromagnetic waves, with applications to antennas, arrays, microwaves, optical systems, radars, and wireless communications. Chair of Commission B – Fields and Waves, United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).
Prof. Uslenghi was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, in a ceremony presided by the Prime Minister of Italy on April 10, 2001. The Polytechnic of Turin is one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Europe. Prof. Uslenghi received a doctorate in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, from the Polytechnic in 1960.
Prof. Uslenghi was appointed the first Editor-in-Chief of Editor of Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, a new web-based scientific publication, in January 2001, for a three-year period.
Prof. Uslenghi has been awarded a Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) Grant by the Department of Defense in Spring 2001. The grant is for over four million dollars for a five-year period, and will deal with the analysis and design of ultrawide-band and high-power microwave pulse interactions with electronic circuits and systems. UIC, with Dr. Uslenghi as Principal Investigator, is the leading institution of a consortium of five universities which includes Clemson University, the University of Houston, UIUC, and the University of Michigan as subcontractors.