Roy B. V. B. Simorangkir (S’15-M’18) holds a B.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia (2010), an M.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Yonsei University, South Korea (2014), and a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Macquarie University, Australia (2018). After completing his Ph.D., he pursued postdoctoral research at Macquarie University, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes, France and Tyndall National Institute, Ireland. Currently, Dr. Simorangkir serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at Durham University, UK, focusing his research on the development of unconventional materials-based antennas and sensors for next-generation wireless communication and sensing systems. He has published over 60 refereed research papers in this field.
Throughout his career, Dr. Simorangkir has earned several prestigious awards, including the Korean Government Scholarship Program for his master’s degree, the International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship for his Ph.D., Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Commendation, and grants from the Wireless Medical Research Centre. In 2017, he played a significant role in a winning team for the Macquarie Student Startup Pitch competition and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation-sponsored ON PRIME 2 pre-accelerator fund for research commercialization. His work was recognized with the first prize in the IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific) Best Student Paper Contest in 2017 and became a finalist in the 2017 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Student Paper and Advanced Practice Paper Competitions. Recently, Dr. Simorangkir was awarded the esteemed 2022 Government of Ireland Fellowship to advance his research on fully printed multimode adaptive antennas. He has actively served as a Guest Editor for several Special Issues of Sensors (MDPI) and Electronics (MDPI), and has held leadership roles at major international conferences, including Special Session Co-Chair positions at the 2018 International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symposium in Beijing, the 2021 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference in Adelaide, and the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation in Singapore. In addition, he contributed as the Publicity Chair for the 2022 International Workshop on Antenna Technology in Dublin. Dr. Simorangkir’s dedication to his field is evident through his active involvement as a reviewer for esteemed journals. Notably, he was recognized as an outstanding reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation for three consecutive years, from 2021 to 2023.