It is with great sorrow that I must inform you that MTT-S President Tom Brazil passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 13th. Funeral services will be held on April 20th in Dublin, Ireland. Let us remember him as a great mentor, an excellent leader, a gentle soul, and a friend. †
The Memorials Committee is planning to recognize Tom and his contributions to the Society at IMS 2018.
Dominique Schreurs, President-Elect Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
Thomas J. ("Tom") Brazil received the BE degree in Electrical Engineering with First Class Honours from University College Dublin in 1973, and was awarded the PhD degree in 1977 by the National University of Ireland. He subsequently worked on microwave sub-system development at Plessey Research (Caswell) UK from 1977 to 1979. After a year as a Lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, he returned to UCD in 1980, where he served as Professor and Head of Electronic Engineering.†Professor Brazil was an elected representative of the Professors of the University on its Governing Authority and worked in several areas of science policy, both nationally and on behalf of the European Union.
Professor Brazil was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in 2004. Election to the RIA is Irelandís highest academic honour. He served as Secretary of the†RIA from 2009 to 2013 and was a Member of the RIA Council. Professor Brazil was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2003. He was IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Worldwide Distinguished Lecturer in Microwave CAD 1999-2003. He acted as Chair of the European Microwave Conference in the UK in 2006 and was Chair of the European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference held in London in 2016. Following election by world-wide ballot in August 2010, he became a serving member of Administrative Committee of the IEEE MTT-S and in October 2016, Professor Brazil was elected President of the MTT-S in 2018. He was serving as President-Elect of the MTT-S in 2017 and President from January 2018.