Award-winning 5G/6G network expert joins ECE faculty

Feb. 13, 2023

MSU welcomes antenna specialist Mauro Ettorre, new IEEE Fellow

An award-winning professor of electrical and computer engineering, whose advancements of large antenna arrays recently earned him an international Fellow honor, has joined the Michigan State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Mauro Ettorre comes to MSU from the French National Center for Scientific Research in Rennes, France, where he led the research activity on millimeter-wave antennas for space communications and next generation 5G/6G networks. He was recruited to MSU under the Global Impact Initiative.

Mauro Ettorre
Mauro Ettorre

John Papapolymerou, MSU Foundation Professor and ECE department chair, said Ettorre is a world expert in electromagnetics, microwave circuits and antenna technologies that are used in communication, radar, and sensing systems.

“We are very pleased Mauro has joined our team at MSU,” he said. “This will allow us to significantly strengthen and expand our research activities in the area of modern antenna systems, as well as support related teaching and outreach activities during an era where 5G/6G systems are expected to grow very fast.”

Ettorre is a 2023 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology. The honor is the highest grade of membership in IEEE and is recognized as a prestigious honor. IEEE selects less than 0.1 percent of its voting members for this designation each year. He was selected as a Fellow for contributions to large antenna arrays based on quasi-optical beam formers.

Some of his other awards include distinguished lecturer at the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP); outstanding associate editor from IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation; co-recipient of the Best Antennas Paper Award at the 2021 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) in Düsseldorf, Germany; and the Innovation Award at 39th ESA Antenna Workshop, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

His research and teaching interests include fundamental electromagnetic theory and modeling; high-gain and wide-scanning antennas and arrays; wireless components, microwave circuits, substrate integrated waveguide structures and satellite and terrestrial communications. 

He has authored more than 80 journal papers, 190 conference communications and holds 14 patents on millimeter-wave antenna technology. He is a member of the EuCAP steering committee and currently is chair of the active array working group of EurAAP.

In 2019, he co-founded the open access journal Reviews on Electromagnetics for EurAAP, where he serves as associate editor. Since 2021, he has been a member of the technical committee MTT-29 Microwave Aerospace Systems. He was a EurAAP ambassador in 2020 and 2021.

He received a Laurea degree summa cum laude in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in electromagnetics from the University of Siena, Italy, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Part of his Ph.D. work was developed at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, The Netherlands, where he later worked as an antenna researcher.

In 2010 and 2016, he was a visiting scholar in the University of Michigan, Radiation Laboratory.

His other experiences include being an invited professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan; leading the multi-beam antenna activities for satellite applications in the joint laboratory (MERLIN) between Institut d'Electronique et des Technologies du numéRique (IETR) and Thales Alenia Space, France; and serving as scientific secretary of the French National Committee for Scientific Research, CNRS, Paris, France. From 2016 until 2021, he led the BEAMS (BEam Antennas up to Mm and Sub-mm waves) team at IETR.