Dalma Novak


Dalma Novak is VP of Engineering at Pharad, LLC who are developing advanced antenna, RF communications and RF-over-fiber technologies. Prior to co-founding Pharad in 2004, Dr. Novak spent 12 years as a member of the academic staff in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia; the last six months of which she was Professor and Chair of Telecommunications. 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. Her research interests include microwave photonics, fiber radio systems, wireless communications, high speed optical communication systems, and antenna technologies. She has published more than 280 papers in these technical areas, including seven book chapters. 


Dr. Novak is a Fellow of the IEEE and internationally recognized for her technical expertise in the area of microwave and millimeter-wave photonics, and for her contributions to enabling technologies for the implementation of fiber radio systems. Dr. Novak was President of the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) from 2014–2015. She is also the former Chair of both the MTT-S and IPS Technical Committees on Microwave Photonics. She has extensive R&D leadership and project management experience in both the industrial and academic sectors. Dr. Novak received the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia.