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It might seem hard to believe, but just 10 short years ago iPhones and Android phones were merely concepts in the minds of engineers.

Merely one decade later, smartphones are everywhere.

What will wireless communication look like in another 10 years?

Zoya Popovic, the Lockheed Martin Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, will visit UT to talk how technology might change the way we communicate, work, and play in the future.

Popovic’s presentation—part of the Tickle College of Engineering’s ongoing Distinguished Lecture Series—will take place at 4 p.m. March 1 in Room 622 of the Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building. The event is free and open to all who are interested in learning about the rapidly changing world of wireless communication.

Popovic’s presentation, “The Wireless World: 50 Cell Phones Sold Per Second!” will look at the challenges facing the industry, evolving concepts and patterns of use, and how important the industry has become to the world’s economy.

“In the first quarter of 2015 alone, the iPhone brought Apple over $50 billion in revenue, and this is just a part of wireless technology,” Popovic said in a statement. “In recent years, wireless communications have grown to account for 2 percent of energy usage in the world, which is equivalent to the aviation industry.”

Her research also focuses on concepts such as increasing data speed while using less power, the use of radio waves in medicine, and breakthroughs related to both radar and cooking.

She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; the recipient of two IEEE awards for best papers and the White House National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow award, among other honors; and was named IEEE Distinguished Educator in 2013.

Those wishing to see the presentation who are unable to attend can watch the live webcast or view an archived version of the event and earlier lectures in the series.


David Goddard (865-974-0683,