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John W. Bandler was born in Jerusalem, on November 9, 1941. He studied at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England, from 1960 to 1966. He received the B.Sc.(Eng.), Ph.D. and D.Sc.(Eng.) degrees from the University of London, London, England, in 1963, 1967 and 1976, respectively.

He joined Mullard Research Laboratories, Redhill, Surrey, England in 1966. From 1967 to 1969 he was a Postdoctorate Fellow and Sessional Lecturer at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Dr. Bandler joined McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, in 1969. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He was a member of the Micronet Network of Centres of Excellence. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering, directing research in the Simulation Optimization Systems Research Laboratory.

Dr. Bandler was President of Optimization Systems Associates Inc. (OSA), which he founded in 1983, until November 20, 1997, the date of acquisition of OSA by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). OSA implemented a first-generation yield-driven microwave CAD capability for Raytheon in 1985, followed by further innovations in linear and nonlinear microwave CAD technology for the Raytheon/Texas Instruments Joint Venture MIMIC Program. OSA introduced the CAE systems RoMPE in 1988, HarPE in 1989, OSA90 and OSA90/hope in 1991, Empipe in 1992, Empipe3D and EmpipeExpress in 1996. OSA created the product empath in 1996 which was marketed by Sonnet Software, Inc., USA. Dr. Bandler is President of Bandler Corporation, which he founded in 1997.

Dr. Bandler was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (1969-1974), and has continued serving as a member of the Editorial Board. He has served as Chair of the IEEE MTT-1 Technical Committee on Computer-Aided Design. He was Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques on Computer-Oriented Microwave Practices (1974) and Guest Co-Editor of the Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques on Process-Oriented Microwave CAD and Modeling (1992). He joined the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Numerical Modelling in 1987, the International Journal of Microwave and Millimeterwave Computer-Aided Engineering in 1989, and Optimization and Engineering in 1998. He was Guest Editor, International Journal of Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Computer-Aided Engineering, Special Issue on Optimization-Oriented Microwave CAD (1997), and Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Special Issue on Automated Circuit Design Using Electromagnetic Simulators (1997). He was Guest Co-Editor, Optimization and Engineering Special Issue on Surrogate Modelling and Space Mapping for Engineering Optimization (2001 and 2008). He was Guest Co-Editor, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Special Issue on Electromagnetics-Based Optimization of Microwave Components and Circuits (2004). He was Guest Co-Editor, International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, Special Issue on Advances in Design Optimization of Microwave/RF Circuits and Systems (2010).

Dr. Bandler has published more than 480 technical papers from 1965 to 2013.

He contributed to Modern Filter Theory and Design, Wiley-Interscience, 1973 and to Analog Methods for Computer-aided Analysis and Diagnosis, Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1988. Four of his papers have been reprinted in Computer-Aided Filter Design, IEEE Press, 1973, one in each of Microwave Integrated Circuits, Artech House, 1975, Low-Noise Microwave Transistors and Amplifiers, IEEE Press, 1981, Microwave Integrated Circuits, 2nd ed., Artech House, 1985, Statistical Design of Integrated Circuits, IEEE Press, 1987 and Analog Fault Diagnosis, IEEE Press, 1987. He contributed to Time Domain Methods in Electrodynamics: A Tribute to Wolfgang J. R. Hoefer, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2008 and to Computational Intelligence in Expensive Optimization Problems, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010.

Dr. Bandler is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (Great Britain), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Ontario (Canada) and a Member of the MIT Electromagnetics Academy.

He received the Automatic Radio Frequency Techniques Group (ARFTG) Automated Measurements Career Award in 1994. He received the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Application Award in 2004 For application of optimization technology, design with tolerances and yield-driven design to microwave devices, circuits and systems. In 2012 he received the IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal, which honors “outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their important contributions to the engineering profession.” The citation: For pioneering contributions to optimization technology and microwave CAD.

He was also honored in 2012 by the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This medal marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada and serves to honor significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

In 2012, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, a special session at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium in Montreal paid tribute to his more than forty-five years of pioneering contributions to the field of microwave theory and techniques. He also delivered a rump session on “Human aspects of communication and persuasion,” available on the internet through

In 2013 he will receive the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Career Award In recognition of a career of meritorious achievement and outstanding technical contribution in the field of microwave theory and techniques.

In recent years, he has addressed international audiences in talks that draw on his literary, artistic and theatrical endeavors as well as his engineering research on space mapping, his topics covering routes to success in research; creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; and confirmation bias, first impressions and subtext. He has written short stories, a novel, a screenplay, and nine stage plays. Three of his plays have been performed; the one that he directed himself—That The Multitude May Live—can be seen in full on YouTube.

Based on John’s work, yield-driven design, design with tolerances, electromagnetic optimization, and electromagnetic optimization with tolerances—academic fantasies prior to the 1980’s—are now taken for granted by the high-frequency and microwave engineering community.

John has also furthered space mapping, a concept he pioneered 20 years ago, a concept that explains through everyday common sense the mysterious “feel” that engineers have traditionally claimed as special. Space mapping has been adopted across the entire spectrum of engineering by researchers and industry designers into their design portfolios. It makes possible the optimal, high-fidelity design of engineering devices and systems at a cost of only a few high-fidelity simulations. Effective modeling, design and optimization via this technology are now taken for granted.