Dr. Joseph Shapira

Dr. Joseph Shapira – founder and CEO

An expert in electromagnetics, wireless and mobile communications, and EM remote sensing. Hi-Tech entrepreneur and manager, world renown and connected internationally. Active scientist and science coordinator. Held a visiting Chair Professor at EE department, IIT Madras, India (2004-5). He is credited with 30 patents and patent-filing on cellular systems technology and optimization, coauthor of a book CDMA radio with repeaters (SPRINGER, 2007), and author of chapters in 4 books and over 80 professional journals and symposia papers, with 750 citations.

During his tenure at Qualcomm (1990 – 94) he took a major part in the development of the CDMA standard, developing the radio engineering for the network. He founded and was president of Qualcomm Israel, engaged in the development of CDMA satellite communications.

He then conceived, co-founded, managed and chaired Celletra Ltd. – a smart active antenna solutions company (1997-2003). He also consulted to R&D centers at Motorola, Nortel, Nokia, Uniden, Cellcom, Pelephone, Bezeq and others.

Before joining Qualcomm, Dr. Shapira had a long career with RAFAEL, where he held a broad spectrum of research, management and staff positions, including establishment and leadership of the Electromagnetics lab., then the leading lab in antenna systems and dynamic arrays, propagation and RCS, and EMC; then VP operations of the guidance division, and head of the strategic defense directorate, and then the senior fellow of the organization.

Concurrent with his R&D activity he was adjunct professor at the Technion, taught graduate courses and was theses advisor.

During a period of leave-of-absence from RAFAEL Dr. Shapira held an executive management position in ELOP, the Israel Electro-optics industry, responsible for engineering and projects. He spent another Sabbatical leave-of-absence period with Bell Laboratories as a visiting scientist, analyzing and developing a method for prediction of terrestrial-scattered interference to microwave links, which was later adopted as a standard ITU R procedure.

He presided the Israeli National Committee for Radio Science for 18 years, then served 6 years as a Vice President of URSI – the International Union for Radio Sciences, during which period he led international research groups and a series of international science-policy conferences (COMMSPHERE).

In recent years he devotes most of his time to physics education. He conceived and pursues changes in the program and methods, teachers’ education for deeper learning, and initiatives, including the Technion STEMlab.

Dr. Shapira received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and obtained a Ph.D. degree in Electrophysics from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. He was awarded best paper award from IEEE AP-S in 1974, and then another best paper award from IETE in 2012, and the Bergman award by the president of Israel in 1980 for developing Electromagnetics in Israel. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He is a member of Forum 100 – the forum of influential alumni of the Technion – Israel Institute of technology. He is listed in Who’sWho in Science and Engineering and Who’sWho in the World.

Selected publications

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) for System Engineers, IETE Technical Review Journal, http://tr.ietejournals.org/, January 2011.

Cost-effective mobile communications for developing economies, Indian Journal of  Radio & Space Physics, Vol. 36, June 2007, pp.182-187.

(With S. Miller) CDMA Radio with Repeaters,(book), Springer 2007

Dynamic Enhancement and Optimal Utilization of CDMA Networks, chapter 6 in R. Ganesh (editor): Emerging Location Aware Broadband Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, Springer Science 2004.

(With S. Miller) A Novel Polarization Smart Antenna, Proc. of IEEE 51st Vehicular Technology Conference, Rhodes, Greece, May 05-07, 2001

Interference From Mobile Satellite Systems Through Terrain Scattering, The International Wireless Information Systems Journal, October 1996.

Microcell Engineering in CDMA Cellular Networks, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology,  Vol. 43, No. 4,pp.817-825, November 1994.

(With Roberto Padovani) Spatial Topology and Dynamics in CDMA Cellular Radio, Proceedings of the 42nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, pp. 213-216, Denver, May 1992.

Channel Characteristics For Land Cellular Radio, and Their System Implications, IEEE Antenna and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 34, No.4,pp. 7-16, August 1992.

Views on the Technology-Driven Battlefield, The Center for International Security and Arms Control, Stanford University, CA, USA, Jan 1990.

(With A. Gill) A Rational for Extended Air Defense Planning, the 30th Israel Annual Conference on Aviation and Astronautics, pp. 112-119, Israel, February 15-16, 1989.

Simple Analytical Representation of Antenna Spatial Radiation Pattern with Application to the Pyramidal Horn Reflector Antenna, AT&T Technical Journal Vol. 64 No. 7 pp. 1601-1624, September 1985.

(With A. J. Giger): Interference Caused by Ground Scattering in Terrestrial Microwave Radio Systems, Proceedings of ICC 83, pp. 1254-1261, June 1983.

(With A. Hessel): Mutual Coupling Coefficients in Collector Arrays on Circular Concave Surfaces, IEEE Trans. on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. AP-25, No. 6 pp. 741-747, November 1977.

(With L. B. Felsen and A. Hessel):  Ray Analysis of Conformal Antenna Arrays, IEEE Trans. on Antenna and Propagation, Vol. AP-22, No. 1 pp. 49-63, January 1974.