Prof. Sean Victor Hum, Ph.D., P.Eng. Principal Investigator


Sean Victor Hum leads the reconfigurable antenna laboratory at the UofT, where he is a full professor and the Eugene Eugene V. Polistuk Chair in Electromagnetic Design. He and his students conduct research in the areas of advanced electromagnetic surfaces, reconfigurable antennas, and antennas for space applications.

Sean 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. 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).

Sean 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, Sean has received six teaching awards. Sean is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of URSI (the International Union of Radio Science). He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation from 2010-2016. He was the TPC co-chair for the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and has served on the steering committee for the 2010 and 2020 editions of this conference.

Sean 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.


Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, 2006

  • Thesis title: Reconfigurable Antennas Based on Electronically Tunable Reflectarrays
  • Advisor: Dr. Michal Okoniewski

M.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, 2001

  • Thesis title: Electro-optic modulators for radio-on-fiber applications
  • Advisor: Dr. Michal Okoniewski

B.Sc. (with distinction), Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, 1999

Related Experience

Visiting Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 2014

Visiting Scientist, European Space Agency - European Space Visiting Scientist Research and Technology Centre (ESA-ESTEC)

Research Associate, TRLabs, 1997-2006

Professional Affiliations

  • Associate editor, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (2010 – present)
  • Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (1995 – present)
  • Member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT) since 1999
  • Member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (APS) since 2001
  • Member of the International Union of Radio Science / Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI) since 2000
  • Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) since 2006
  • Member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), 1999-2006

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