Sean Victor Hum was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary in 1999, 2001, and 2006 respectively. From 1997-2006 he also worked with TRLabs on a variety of projects in wireless and radio-over-fibre applications. In 2006 he joined the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto where he currently serves as a Professor. In 2014 he was a visiting scientist with the European Space Agency at ESTEC, in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, and then a visiting professor at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). Prof. Hum leads the reconfigurable antenna laboratory at the UofT, and along with his students, he is conducting research in the areas of reconfigurable antennas, antenna arrays, and antennas for space applications.
Prof. Hum received the Governor General's Gold Medal for his work on radio-on-fibre systems in 2001 and an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Student Paper award for his work on tunable reflectarrays in 2004. In 2006, he received an ASTech Leaders of Tomorrow award for his work on reconfigurable antennas. In 2012 he was awarded an Early Researcher Award by the Government of Ontario. He was twice the co-recipient of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society R. W. P. King Award, in 2017 and 2015. On the teaching side, Prof. Hum has received six teaching awards. Prof. Hum is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of URSI (the International Union of Radio Science), and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. He was the TPC co-chair for the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation.
Prof. Hum is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the province of Ontario. He is also an active amateur radio operator (advanced class), with callsign VA3SHV.