ISMOT-2009 at New Delhi Chaired by Prof. Banmali Rawat (Electrical 1968)-Report
@ Nov 23, 2010
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Prof. Banmali S. Rawat is currently Professor and Graduate Program Director at department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at University of Nevada at Reno, Nevada State, USA.


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(Prof. Banmali Rawat)

He did BS and MS in Electrical Engineering (with specialization in Electronics Engineering) from Institute of technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

Prof. Rawat is Editor-In-Chief of the IJMOT (International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology) online magazine. The first issue for this bimonthly magazine was published online on July 2, 2006.

We are publishing this delayed report (for last year’s event) forwarded by him about ISMOT-2009 held at New Delhi. ISMOT-2009 was 12th International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology. The Symposium was held during December 16-19, 2009. The symposium was inaugurated by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India.


The Report on ISMOT-2009, New Delhi

The 12th International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology (ISMOT-2009) was organized in Hotel Ashok, New Delhi, India from December 16-19, 2009 with Prof. Banmali S. Rawat (ECE 1968, 1970) from the University of Nevada, Reno, USA as General Chair and Prof. R.S. Gupta (ECE 1969) from the University of Delhi as Symposium Chair.  

The symposium was inaugurated by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India who emphasized the importance of microwave technology and optical fiber communication in global and Indian communication area and defense in his opening remarks. Dr. Kalam was able to mingle with young Indian Scientists after the inauguration without any restrictions.  The ISMOT-2009 was jointly organized by the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering-College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, USA and Department of Electronic Sciences-South Campus, University of Delhi, India. The other sponsors were; IEEE EDS Delhi Chapter, India, IEEE MTTS Delhi Chapter, India, Society for Microelectronics and VLSI, New Delhi, India, IEEE Photonics Chapter and IEEE Northern Nevada Section.

ISMOT-2009 was attended by about 300 microwave and optical technology experts from over 35 countries. Large number of young Indian microwave and optical scientists had the opportunity to exchange ideas with over 125 foreign experts in these fields. Over 200 research papers were presented  on the latest developments in microwave communication, antennas, radar, biological effects, microwave and optical devices, meta materials for microwave applications, optical communication, optical sensing, cellular phones and mobile communication, high power amplifiers and filters, microwave photonics, electro-optics, optical fibers, optical solitons, optical networks, laser technology, optical multiplexing/demultiplexing, and future technologies. Several special sessions and short courses in microwaves, antennas and optical areas were also organized.

The ISMOT was founded by Prof. Banmali Rawat, in 1986 and is governed by an International Advisory Committee (IAC) comprising over 30 renowned microwave and optics experts from more than 25 countries and Prof. Rawat as its permanent Chair. It is held every alternate year in a different country since 1989.  The past symposia have been held in Grand Forks, North Dakota (1986), Beijing, China (1989), Reno, Nevada (1991), New Delhi, India (1993), Kiev, Ukraine (1995), Beijing, China (1997), Malaga, Spain (1999), Montreal, Canada (2001), Ostrava, Czech Republic (2003), Fukuoka, Japan (2005) and Rome, Italy (2007) and New Delhi, India (2009). 

Preparations are underway for ISMOT-2011 to be held in Prague, Czech Republic from June 20-23, 2011 under the Chairmanship of Prof. Jan Vrba from Czech Technical University, Prague. This is an important landmark in the history ISMOT as it will be completing 25 years. Future symposia are tentatively planned in Singapore (2013), Mexico (2015) and Australia (2017). Detailed information about ISMOT-2011 is available on the website: or can be obtained from Prof. Banmali S. Rawat, EBME Department, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557, USA, Tel: (775) 784-1457; Fax: (775) 784-6627; E-mail:


Photos of ISMOT-2009, New Delhi




(Prof. Banmali Rawat delivering a speech at ISMOT-2009)




(Prof. APJ Abdul Kalam delivering a speech at ISMOT-2009)



(Audience listening to Prof. APJ Abdul Kalam at ISMOT-2009)



(Prof. APJ Abdul Kalam mingling with attendees)



(Prof. APJ Abdul Kalam in discussion with Prof. Banmali Rawat)


Profile of Prof. Banmali Rawat

Professor, Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering,

University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89511, U.S.A

Contact Prof. Banmali Rawat at: OR

Education of Prof. Banmali Rawat

* PhD 1976, Sri Venkateswara University, India

* MS 1970, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India

* BS 1968, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India

Research/outreach areas:

Analysis, design and fabrication of microstrip components; microstrip couplers on anisotropic substrates; microstrip couplers on DGS; development of optical fiber sensors for various applications; optical fiber communication; Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and tunable MUX/DEMUX using acouso-optic cell arrays for DWDM applications; chaotic ring laser for secured optical communication.

Relevant past experience:

Instrumentation Engineer at West Coast Paper Mills; Senior Scientist, Defense R&D Laboratories-Aeronautical Development Establishment; Defense Electronics Applications Laboratory, India-satellite communication, radar and avionics systems; Professor, University of North Dakota; NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, summer 1997, 1999; Visiting Professor, ENIB-France, Kyushu University-Japan, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute- Japan, University of New South Wales-Australia and Chemnitz University of Technology-Germany.

 * Home page of Prof. Banmali Rawat on University of Nevada website:

*Interview in Chronicle July 2006 issue:


About IJMOT magazine

*IJMOT online magazine- International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology




The International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology (IJMOT) provides a common platform to disseminate the original research work and invited tutorials in the area of microwave technology, microwave photonics and optical technology. It is completely online journal. Manuscripts are solicited to cover the original theoretical and /or experimental work in the areas of microwave technology, optical communications and emerging area of microwave photonics. The topics of interest include the following but not limited to:

Microwave propagation, Transmission lines and Antenna Systems, Microwave Devices, Components, Systems, sources and new technologies, Wireless RF components and systems, millimeter / sub-millimeter wave systems, Components and Techniques, Optical fibers and Cables, Optical sources, Detectors, Switches and Connectors, Optoelectronics, Integrated optics, Optical systems & networks, optical communication and new technologies, Infrared and laser technologies, Free space optical communication, Optical sensors, Microwave photonics, Band gap materials and devices based on this technology, Photonics antenna systems and optically controlled devices, MEMS and Nanotechnology, other related topics.

The journal also publishes the proceedings of the biennial “International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology (ISMOT)”.

Readership: Researchers, scientists and engineers working in the field of electro magnetics, microwaves, microwave communications, all the areas of optical technology, microwave photonics/band gap materials and photonics antenna systems & devices. The IJMOT publishes full length papers and short communications with wide audience all over the world. The engineering and physics libraries of the universities, research laboratories and related industries are very much interested in this type of journal.  


About University of Nevada at Reno

Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

* University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA


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