Alfred R. Lopez is an IEEE Life Fellow; He became a Fellow in 1983 with the citation: For contributions to the design and application of electronically scanned antennas. He started his career at Wheeler Laboratories, Great Neck, NY, in 1958 and continued as part of this group until his retirement in 2010. At that time the Wheeler Lab group was part of BAE Systems in Greenlawn, NY.


In the 1960s he worked on the design of antennas for the NIKE anti-ballistic radar systems. In the 1970s and 1980s he was very much involved in the definition, design, development, implementation and certification of the Microwave Landing System. In the 1990s he worked on the design of base-stations antennas for cellular telephones. In the late 1990s and up to his retirement in 2010, he worked on the design of antennas for a GPS aircraft landing system. He developed the ARL-1900 antenna that turned out to be a critical element for the FAA approved system now operating at the Newark Liberty Airport, and other U.S. airports, and other airports throughout the world.


He has published significantly in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Transactions and Magazine. In recent years he has concentrate on passing on to the next generation, some of the teachings of Harold A. Wheeler regarding electrically small antennas and impedance matching. On his web site, he provides access to some of Wheeler’s work and some of the work of two of his colleagues at Wheeler Labs.


He is listed as an inventor in 53 U.S. Patents.


He is a past chairman of the IEEE Long Island Section Awards Committee and was an active member of this committee for more than 25 years.