Lab Director, Research and Special Projects

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Phone: 519-888-4567 x33337

Location: EIT 4158

Fax: 519-746-3077


Bill Jolley joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Waterloo in July of 2002 as the manager of the RF micro-electro-mechanical systems (RF MEMS) laboratory and clean room at the Centre for Integrated RF Engineering (CIRFE). He was responsible for the operation, maintenance, and promotion of the CIRFE's test and fabrication facilities. He also used his expertise to assist the individual members of the research group and the external customers in the successful completion of their projects.

As Lab Director, Research and Special Projects (LDRSP), he is responsible for the operation and management of the department’s laboratories. ECE’s research activities and facilities cover a wide range of fields, from high-voltage engineering and sustainable energy to wireless technology and real-time embedded systems to clean rooms and electromagnetic anechoic chambers, and are located over eight buildings.  Major funding sources for research include federal grants and contract funding through numerous national and international companies.

He is also responsible for the management of the department’s health and safety program and safe operations of experimental/research and teaching facilities.  This includes identifying areas for improvement, arranging for deficiencies to be corrected, promoting a culture of safety through education and activities. In addition, the LDRSP oversees interdepartmental or external utilization of ECE research lab services and equipment.

Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, he was employed at COM DEV International Ltd., Cambridge, Ontario in the Corporate Research and Development (R&D) Department since 1993. He was involved in the development of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) microwave devices for space applications. Bill was a key member of the High Temperature Superconductivity Space Experiment II (HTSSE II) team that produced the first operational HTS multiplexer to be launched into space. Bill was also a principal member of an international R&D team that successfully built and demonstrated a 60-channel superconductive input multiplexer integrated with pulse-tube cryo-coolers. His experience in RF engineering encompasses devices that employ dielectric resonator and thin-film technology for both high- and low-power microwave applications. In January of 2000, Bill joined the Multiplexer Group at COM DEV International Ltd., where he worked in Operations Engineering. He was responsible for overseeing the in-house production of many commercial satellite communication subsystems for customers such as Lockheed Martin, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and Boeing.

Bill has co-authored five Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) journal papers and two IEEE conference papers. He studied photography at Ryerson University, has a private pilot's license, and loves playing Blues on the guitar.

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