Zoya Popović (S’86–M’90–SM’99–F’02) received the Dipl.Ing. degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia, in 1985, and the Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1990.
Since 1990, she has been with the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she is currently a Distinguished Professor and holds the Hudson Moore Jr. Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. She was named the 2015 Distinguished Research Lecturer of the University of Colorado. In 2001/03 and 2014, she was a Visiting Professor with the Technical University of Munich, Germany and ISAE in Toulouse, France, respectively.
Since 1991, she has graduated 50 Ph.D. students and currently leads a group of 15 doctoral students and 4 post-doctoral fellows. Her research interests include high-efficiency transmitters for radar and communication, low-noise and broadband microwave and millimeter-wave circuits, antenna arrays, wireless powering for batteryless sensors and medical applications of microwaves such as microwave core-body thermometry and travelling-wave MRI.
Prof. Popovic was the recipient of the 1993 and 2006 IEEE MTT-S Microwave Prizes for the best journal papers. She received the 1996 URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal and was named an NSF White House Presidential Faculty Fellow in 1993. She was the recipient of a 2000 Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists from the German Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. She was elected a Foreign Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2006. She was also the recipient of the 2001 Hewlett-Packard(HP)/American Society for Engineering Education(ASEE) Terman Medal for combined teaching and research excellence. In 2013, she was named IEEE MTT Distinguished Educator