Brigham Young University Academic Vice President Brent W. Webb announced this week that Michael A. Jensen has been named the new dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering & Technology.
A professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jensen will begin his five-year term as dean on July 1. He is replacing Alan R. Parkinson, who has been serving as dean since 2005.
“Michael brings a long history of superb teaching, internationally recognized research and strong administrative experience to his appointment as the dean of the Ira A. Fulton College,” said Webb. “We are pleased that he is willing to lead the college into the next decade.”
After serving 11 years as dean, Parkinson will return to full-time teaching in the college.
“Alan has demonstrated vision, strategic thinking and energy in his service as dean,” said Webb. “He has exercised strong advocacy of the college and its programs and faculty, and he has brought keen insights to the university. The university is particularly grateful for his leadership in planning a new engineering building and raising funds for its construction.”
Jensen has taught at BYU since 1994. From 2006-2012, he served as the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He teaches courses in electromagnetics, high-frequency circuit design and signal processing for communications.
Jensen earned a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from BYU.
Jensen's research focuses on designing antennas for wireless communications, characterizing propagation channels and developing advanced signal processing techniques for robust and secure communications. His publications in these areas include three book chapters, 75 journal articles and over 190 conference articles.
As a result of his work, he was awarded the H. A. Wheeler paper award in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 2002 and the best student paper award at the 1994 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation. He was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow in 2008.
Jensen is the president of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He has been the editor-in-chief and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and an associate editor for IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters and IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine. He has also served as member and chair of the Joint Meetings Committee for the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, a member of the Administrative Committee for this same society, and has been vice-chair or technical program chair for seven different symposia. He is the co-founder of two companies, one of which continues to do business, which currently has eight offices worldwide.
The Ira A. Fulton College has more than 4,000 students majoring in engineering and technology disciplines. Last month, BYU broke ground on a new building to house this college.