Magdalena Salazar-Palma was born in Granada, Spain. She received the MS and PhD degrees in EEE from Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.
She is Professor of the Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain, co-director of the Radiofrequency, Electromagnetics, Microwaves and Antennas Research Group (GREMA) and has served for three years as Department head.
She has developed her research in a number of areas: from advanced computational and numerical methods to millimeter, submillimeter and THz frequency band technologies.
She has authored or co-authored 741 publications, among them 8 scientific books and 30 book contributions, 14 academic books, 117 articles in scientific journals and over 400 contributions for international symposia. She has coauthored 2 European/USA patents and 6 software packages for the analysis and design of microwave and millimeter wave passive components, antennas and antenna arrays, and advanced filters and multiplexers. She has participated in a total of 95 research projects and contracts financed by Spanish, European, and USA public institutions and companies.
She received several awards and recognitions. Among them, she was elevated to IEEE Fellow “for contributions to the application of numerical techniques to electromagnetic modeling”. In 2016 she received a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from Aalto University (previously, Helsinki University of Technology).
Since 1989 she has served IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) under different volunteer positions. Among them, Chair of Spain Section AP-S/MTT-S Joint Chapter, Spain Section Chair, IEEE Women in Engineering Committee Chair, IEEE History Committee member, member of AP-S Administrative Committee and MTT-S Administrative Committee, 2011 AP-S President, General Chair of MGAB (Member and Geographic Activities Board) Sections Congress 2014, member of IEEE MGAB, IEEE TAB (Technical Activities Board) Society Review Committee, IEEE Service Awards Committee, IEEE Honorary Membership Committee, TAB Hall of Honor Selection Committee, IEEE SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technologies) Communities of Practice Subcommittee, IEEE Fellow Committee, IEEE European Public Policy Committee, and Chair of IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee, MGAB Awards and Recognitions Committee, and Region 8 Strategic Planning Committee. Currently she is member of AP-S History Committee, IEEE MGAB Strategic Planning Committee, MGAB Awards and Recognitions Committee, IEEE MGAB, IEEE Electromagnetics Award Committee, IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award in Emerging Technology, IEEE Awards Board, IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Activities in Africa, IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Professional Ethics, and Chair of AP-S Strategic Planning Committee, and IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Committee. In 2016 she was elected 2017-2018 Region 8 Delegate-elect/Director-elect. She is now 2019-2020 Region 8 Delegate/Director and member of 2019-2020 IEEE Board of Directors.