Dean's Advisory Board - Member Profile

Chandra KudsiaDr. Chandra Kudsia

Dr. Chandra Kudsia earned his M.Eng. in electrical engineering from McMaster in 1966. Chandra received a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1961 from Delhi University. He earned his Ph.D in electrical engineering in 1979 from Concordia University. He went on to become one of the founders of COM DEV International Ltd., a global designer and manufacturer of space hardware, located in Cambridge, Ontario. He started there as principal engineer in 1976 and retired in 2001 as chief scientist, and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in microwave design, particularly for satellite application. Prior to the founding of COM DEV, he worked as a Senior Engineer with RCA Limited.

His passion for space science has been recognized by his many awards and citations, including: the A.G.L. McNaughton Award & Medal, the highest

honour given by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), for outstanding contributions to the field in Canada; the McCurdy Award, given by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI); one of only 20 Aerospace Communications Awards, which is sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace communications.

Chandra currently acts as President for his own company, Mantrix Inc., which provides full service environmental management and engineering consulting with multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists and technologists. He founded Mantrix Inc. in 2001. He has also been an Adjunct Professor with the University of Waterloo since 2001.

In September 2008, he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ontario. Chandra is a Fellow of IEEE, AIAA, EIC, CAE, and IETE.