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Research profile

Bart Smolders is Full Professor and Chair of the Electromagnetics (EM) group of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key areas of expertise include antenna systems and microwave engineering. In the EM research group Smolders’ main focus is advanced integrated antenna systems and related applications such as phased-arrays and focal-plane arrays for future wireless communications (6G and beyond). 

Bart's team is collaborating on a number of large European and national projects, including MyWAVE (Efficient Millimetre-Wave Communications for mobile users, see:, SILIKA (Silicon-based Ka-band massive MIMO antenna systems for new telecommunication services, see, EAST (tunable antenna concepts for 5G mobile), Integrant (90 GHz wireless point-to-point systems), MUSIC (60 GHz single-chip MIMO radar) and SMART-One (millimeter-wave channel sounding).

He is also co-founder of AntenneX, a start-up company that provides over-the-air testfacilities for millimeter-wave software antennas for 5G/6G and radar sensing applications.

Academic background

Bart Smolders received his MSc and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from TU/e in 1989 and 1994, respectively. From 1989 to 1991, he worked as an IC Designer at FEL-TNO, The Hague. From 1994 to 1997, he was a Radar System Designer with Thales, the Netherlands. From 1997 to 2000, he was project leader of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) with the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON). From 2000 to 2010, he has been with NXP (formerly Philips) Semiconductors, The Netherlands, responsible for the innovation in the RF business line. In 2007, he was appointed as professor at TU/e in the Electromagnetics Group with special interest in antenna systems and applications.

Bart is currently member of the "instituutsraad" of the NWO institute ASTRON, member of the Supervisory Board of PhotonDelta, Chairman of the scientific foundation of URSI Netherlands (Stichting Wetenschappelijke Activiteiten van het
Nederlandse URSI Comité, SWAN), TPC chair of the IEEE Wireless Power Week 2019 and member of the scientific advisory board of the Business Cluster Semiconductors. Recently, he was chairman of the NERG (Nederlands Radio- en Elektronica Genootschap, 2012-2017), chair of IEEE-Benelux (2014-2016) and vice-chair of the EuCAP 2014 organizing committee.

He is also coordinator of two large European projects on 5G/6G (SILIKA and MYWAVE).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor, PhD in Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology

Feb 1991Oct 1994

Award Date: 4 Oct 1994

External positions

Scientific Advisor , ScalinQ (start-up company from Chalmers University)

2023 → …

Co-founder , AntenneX

2021 → …

Lid Raad van Toezicht, PhotonDelta


Lid Instituutsraad , ASTRON

2019 → …

Chairman IEEE Benelux, IEEE Region 8 Benelux Section


Chairman , Nederlands Elektronica en Radiogenootschap (NERG)


Innovation Manager, NXP Semiconductors

1 Sept 200031 Dec 2009

Project leader SKA prototype, ASTRON

1 Aug 199731 Aug 2000

Phased-array principal Engineer, Thales Netherlands

Oct 1994Jul 1997

Officer Royal Air Force, Royal Airforce The Netherlands

Oct 1989Feb 1991


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