Dr. Dalma Novak is VP of Engineering at Octane Wireless, a technology company located in Maryland developing advanced RF-over-fiber and antenna products. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and has over 30 years of experience working in the fields of optical and wireless telecommunications. She has published more than 300 papers in these technical areas, including seven book chapters. Previously she held positions at The University of Melbourne, Dorsal Networks and Corvis Corporation. Novak received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1992 and in 2018 received the IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award. She is the current Chair of the IEEE TAB Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and was a member of the IEEE Board of Directors from 2021 to 2022.