Rhonda Franklin is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She teaches applied electromagnetics and her research focuses on developing design techniques for high speed electronic integrated circuit integration, integrated packaging, miniaturization, and novel material characterization for RF applications in communication systems and bio/nano-medicine. She has co-authored over 75 refereed conferences and journals papers. She completed her PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan. In 1996, she joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an assistant professor. In 1998, she joined Minnesota in the same role. She is a 1999 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers awardee for the National Science Foundation and an invited participant to the National Academy of Engineering – Frontiers of Engineering programs in the US (1999) and Germany (2003, 2006). She is an active member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in microwave education, conference planning and technical sessions.