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SJ Foti Profile

Stephen J Foti received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and MSc degree in Electrophysics in 1969 and 1972 respectively, both from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, USA. In 1981 he was elected to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE and in 2012 he became a Life Senior Member of the IEEE. He is also a member of the IEEE Antennas & Propagation Society.

He has served as Visiting Professor of Practise at Newcastle University from 2013 to 2019 and also served as a Visiting Professor and Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University from 2004 to 2019, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and is also a consultant in RF, Microwaves, Antennas and Microwave Imaging techniques. Most recently, he has provided consulting services for the development of very high power microwave combining networks and space deployable antennas for Pocket Cube satellites.

Prior to 2003, over a period of 34 years in industry, Professor Foti held engineering and management positions at ITT, Defence Communications Division; Cardion Electronics; LNR Communications; American Electronic Labs and Flam and Russell in the USA. In the United Kingdom, he was Technical Executive, Antenna Systems, at ERA Technology; Head of Engineering at CSA Wireless Systems; was a founder and Director & General Manager at Inotek and Technical Director of Thales Antennas (formally Racal Antennas).

Stephen J Foti is the author of a chapter in Medical Applications of Microwave Imaging, IEEE Press, New York, USA, 1986 and has over 40 technical publications and patents. Currently, his research interests include: Satcom-on-the-Move antennas, microwave imaging techniques for medical imaging and the detection of concealed weapons applications, SMART antennas in mobile telecommunications networks, ultra wideband antennas and very high power combining networks.


  • BSc. Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, USA, 1969.
  • MSc. Electrophysics, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, USA, 1972.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Elected to Senior Member in 1980 and Life Senior Member in 2012                
  • IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society: Member
  • Appointed to COST 223 Committee: (European Co-operation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research): “Antennas in 90’s - Active Array Antennas for Future Satellite and Terrestrial Communications” in the capacity of ”Expert” representing the UK, 1989/1990.


Smart Antennas for Mobile Telecommunications

Contributed to research activities associated with PhD projects at Northumbria University associated with Smart antenna arrays with applications in terrestrial mobile base transceiver stations (see publications 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 & 9 listed under Publications).

Satcom-On-the-Move Antennas

Contributed to research activities associated with PhD projects at Northumbria University in the area of Satcom-On-the-Move antenna arrays (see publications 6 & 7 listed under Publications).

Microwave Imaging Techniques

Contributed to research activities associated with PhD projects at Northumbria University in the area of Microwave Imaging using Holographic Synthetic Reference Beam Scanning (see publications 10 to 19 listed under Publications) for applications in:

  • Medical diagnostic imaging
  • Detection of concealed weapons
  • Characterisation of antennas via magnitude only near-field measurements to predict far-field radiation beam patterns
Very High Power Microwave Combining Networks

Currently providing consulting services to industry in the field of combining solid state amplifiers for the replacement of thermionic devices. In particular, Mr Foti has conceived and developed designs  for a new class of extremely high power waveguide microwave combining networks for which a US Patent has recently been awarded to a company in the USA for which he is cited as Inventor.


Microwave Medical Imaging

Served as Principal Investigator in the development of an underwater phased array antenna for biological organ imaging under a contract with Walter Reed Army Medical Research Institute, Department of Microwave Hazards, USA. Presented the results of this research at IEEE MTT International Symposium, Workshop on Electromagnetic Dosimetric Imagery, May 1980 (see publication 37 listed below) and subsequently was invited to deliver graduate student colloquia at University of Pennsylvania and Lehigh University, USA to present this research. This work was subsequently published in an IEEE Press book (see publication 34 under Publications).

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