Dalma Novak is Vice President of Engineering at Pharad, LLC located in Hanover, MD, USA, where she develops high-performance RF-over-Fiber technologies. She has over 25 years of experience in the fields of optical and wireless communications and was elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow in 2007. She received the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with First Class Honors and PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1987 and 1992, respectively. From 1992 – 2004 Dr. Novak was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at The University of Melbourne, Australia. From July 2000 to January 2001 she was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, and at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. From June 2001 – December 2003 she was a Technical Section Lead at Dorsál Networks, Inc. and later at Corvis Corporation, where she led cross-disciplinary R&D teams developing WDM hardware for long-haul transmission systems. From January – June 2004 she was Professor and Chair of Telecommunications in the EEE Department at The University of Melbourne. Dr. Novak’s research interests include hybrid fiber radio systems, microwave photonics applications, high speed optical communication systems, wireless communications, and antenna technologies. She has published more than 300 papers in these and related areas, including seven book chapters. Dr. Novak was President of the IEEE Photonics Society during 2014 – 2015. She is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters as well as for IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology.