Peter Staecker ( S’63, S’65, M’70, SM’86, F’95, LF’08 ) holds BS and EE degrees from MIT, and MS and PhD degrees from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. His professional career started in 1972 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, as Member of the Technical Staff, where he developed solid state device reliability test techniques, precise automated optical scattering measurement techniques, and microwave design and test techniques for satellite communications. As part of this activity, he developed the Laboratory’s first automated microwave and millimeter-wave scattering parameter test measurement systems using the (then) rare IEEE 488 interface bus test equipment and desktop computers.
In 1986 he joined M/A-COM as Senior Corporate Engineer, where he led program, product and process development. He and his project team developed a series of high-efficiency high-power frequency multipliers that achieved record power levels and popular product line status as millimeter-wave sources. As Director of Engineering of Advanced Program Development, he helped the company’s transition from defense to commercial markets. As Director of Research and Development, he also established strong ties with US (University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Penn State University) and European universities and research organizations. These ties supported research in the partner organizations and helped to build a technically strong and diverse staff of researchers in M/A-COM’s growing R&D organization In recognition of his leadership and contributions to microwave and millimeter-wave devices and circuits, he was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 1995.
Staecker has served industry and government on manufacturing and advisory panels, and is consulting editor to Microwave Journal.
Staecker is Past-President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), and is an IEEE Life Fellow. In 2006 MTT-S recognized his continued outstanding contributions and service by electing him as its 12th Honorary Life Member. His 28 year service to IEEE includes leadership roles in Technical Activities, Finance, Strategic Planning, Publications, and Membership. He has served on the IEEE Board of Directors for six years, and in 2012 served as IEEE President-Elect before assuming the office of IEEE President in 2013.