Rhonda Franklin is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has co-authored over 65 refereed conferences and journals papers on design of high frequency planar/3D circuits and antennas using advanced fabrication methods like MEMs technology. Her group has also developed high speed integration and packaging methods for high speed electronic and/or optoelectronic circuits in communications. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award (1998) and Presidential Early Career award for Scientists and Engineers (1999). She has also been an invited to participate in a number of National Academy of Engineering - Frontiers of Engineering program for young promising technical leaders in the US (1999) and Germany (2003, 2006).