Dear IEEE AP-S Members,
I wish you and your families and loved ones the most joyful, prosperous, healthy, and happy 2024 – the 75th Anniversary year of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society! I am truly honored and humbled to address you as the President of this amazing organization. Like many of you, I consider AP-S as my "home society" and my "professional family." For me personally, this is a privilege and opportunity of a lifetime, and I am deeply grateful to all of you for entrusting me with this responsibility.
First and foremost, I consider this as an opportunity to serve the AP-S membership and AP community and profession at large to the best of my ability, taking full advantage of the resources and potential that AP-S and IEEE can offer. Our society is composed of thousands of fabulous individuals, and many are devoted AP-S volunteers. Here, as a society, we are joining forces, energies, abilities, and spirits to be able to accomplish much more than we can as individuals. As AP-S President, I will do my best to coordinate our joint efforts and enthusiasm so that our volunteering makes the biggest impact to the benefit of all.
The state of our society is truly outstanding. Our approaches and activities are often very innovative, and our accomplishments and impacts are highly regarded and acknowledged both by our members and by our sister societies and organizations, as well as the IEEE and the engineering/scientific community at large. I am extremely excited and eager to lead AP-S to further successes by introducing, enhancing, or reaffirming certain activities and goals, categorized in three major thrusts, namely, Society Operation and Governance; Membership and Geographic Activities; and Technical Activities and Directions, which I have outlined for you in the upcoming February issue of the AP Magazine.
This year is a special celebratory year for our Society. We are celebrating the 75th Anniversary – Diamond Jubilee – of AP-S, as it was founded in 1949. Our plan is to mark and celebrate this extraordinary milestone appropriately – elegantly in a technical and professional fashion as everything else we do. We are IEEE's third oldest society, a really astonishing fact, of which we are very proud. Our first official name was the IRE Professional Group on Antennas and Propagation. Remarkably, we were founded with the same name (AP) as during the following 75 years and now.
The theme of the celebration is "Celebrating 75 Years of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, Looking Forward to the Next 75 Years", signifying our achievements and activities within 75 years, both technical and professional, in a celebratory spirit, but also addressing an outlook for the future of the Society. We will be marking this milestone within all our activities, conferences, journals, and media throughout the year. The main anniversary events will take place at our flagship conference, IEEE AP-S/URSI 2024, in Florence, Italy, on July 14–19, 2024.
Finally, and most importantly, I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to my predecessor at the helm of the society, Prof. Stefano Maci, for his superb leadership, exemplary contributions and results, and congenial collaboration and friendship. Wholehearted congratulations to Prof. Christophe Fumeaux, AP-S President Elect; I greatly appreciate our fantastic discussions and his support in facilitating our goals. Special thanks to current, outgoing, and newly elected AdCom Members, Society Officers, Past Presidents, Chairs and Members of our standing and ad hoc Committees, Editors in Chief of our journals, Editorial Board members and paper reviewers, Chairs and Organizing committees of our conferences, technical program committees, Distinguished Lecturers, and all other AP-S volunteers, members, and friends (future members, I hope). These wonderful people – you – are what AP-S is all about and I feel incredibly honored and privileged to be able to serve with you as we steer the AP-S boat to its further successes and accomplishments, through calm and rough seas alike.
It is a fascinating time to be an antennas and propagation researcher, practitioner, educator, or student. It is even more fascinating, during a very special celebratory year, to be an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society member, congratulations!
Until next time, with very best wishes, Branislav
Branislav M. Notaroš
President, IEEE Antennas