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Our February IEEE Microwave Magazine WIM column features an article from Dr. Kiki Ikossi, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF). As she points out in her introduction, Kiki and I have known each other for years and I’ve been encouraging her to share her wealth of experience as a woman in microwaves. Through this article, “Decades of Perspectives of Women in Microwaves,” Kiki tells us where she is now and how she got here, including her struggles to graduate from the National Technical University of Athens during a military junta and to earn her MS and PhD degrees in a male-dominated environment while raising a family.

Kiki recounts that NSF is where discoveries begin. AAAS- STP Fellows work across NSF on projects that shape the future of science and engineering with an eye towards promoting not only science, but diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields.

After enjoying the summary version in the magazine, be sure to read on here for the longer, complete story of Kiki’s fascinating life, education, professional career, and research.

-Sherry Hess
WIM Chair 2022