Dr. John W. Bandler, OC, President, Bandler Corporation, pioneered optimization technologies for engineering modeling and design, inlcuding modeling and electromagnetics-based design optimization of devices, circuits and systems in the radio-frequency, wireless, and microwave arenas. See Bandler’s Lifetime Publications, Google Scholar Citations, Wikipedia and YouTube.
Bandler pioneered Space Mapping Technology in 1993. Space mapping has since been adopted into design portfolios across the entire spectrum of engineering. It enables optimal, high-fidelity design of devices and systems at a cost of only a few high-fidelity simulations. It offers an explanation for the engineer’s traditional “feel” for a problem; it is in accord with everyday experience and with modern thinking in human evolution, cognition, and neuroscience.
John Bandler was President of Optimization Systems Associates Inc. (OSA), which he founded in 1983. Hewlett-Packard Company acquired OSA in 1997, and OSA became part of the HP EEsof Division (then Agilent Technologies, now Keysight Technologies), Santa Rosa, CA.
In 2012, Bandler received the IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal “For pioneering contributions to optimization technology and microwave CAD.” In 2012, he was also honored by a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. “John is an engineer, a professor, an innovator, a researcher, a writer of technical papers, and a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has published over 470 technical papers, founded companies; he is world renowned for work in microwave theory and techniques.”
Bandler was honored by the 2004 IEEE MTT-S Microwave Application Award and by the 2013 IEEE MTT-S Microwave Career Award “For a career of leadership, meritorious achievement, creativity and outstanding technical contributions in the field of microwave theory and techniques.”
In 2012, he spoke at the University of Waterloo, at McMaster University, at Carleton University, at École Polytechnique de Montréal, at the University of Toronto, at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., and at Arizona State University. In 2013, he spoke at Syracuse University, NY; at McMaster University he spoke on “From Creativity to Success via Risk and Setback: An Insider’s Perspective.” See video. At ITESO, Guadalajara, Mexico, he spoke on space mapping and on creativity.
In 2014, he spoke at TEDx McMaster U; and at Cafe X. He spoke at Tianjin University, at South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen, and at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He delivered keynote speeches on creativity organized in California and Florida by the IEEE MTT-S Women in Microwaves.
In 2014, Bandler received McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award.
In 2016, Bandler was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada “For his scientific contributions that have helped to position Canada at the forefront of microwave engineering.”
In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Bandler offered workshops and mentoring in presentation skills. He spoke in San Francisco, Puerto Vallarta and at three Ontario universities. Watch “You, Your Slides and Your Posters: Allies or Foes?”
In 2016, with Erin Kiley, he initiated a Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition for the 2017 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) open to students and young professionals. For videos see the IEEE MTT-S YouTube channel. See our 3MT page.
In 2017, “Clear, Brief, Engaging: Your Thesis in Three Minutes” a workshop with Ana Kovacevic for candidates of the 2017 McMaster University Three Minute Thesis Competition. Watch “Clear, Brief, Engaging: Your Thesis in Three Minutes.” An IEEE MTT-S Webinar on “The Art of Effectively Communicating Complex, Highly Technical Work in Three Minutes” was held on March 28, 2017.
2018: a second 3MT® Competition at
MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS).