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Joshua Benjestorf

Joshua S. Benjestorf is originally from Stockton, California. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering and applied mathematics (double major) with a physics minor from University of the Pacific, and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University where he is currently pursuing his PhD under the guidance of Dr. Douglas Werner at the Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Lab (CEARL). During his undergraduate years Josh did three college internships; two of which were at Intel Corporation in Folsom, California, in 2008 and 2009 with the third being at Japanese Solderless Terminal (JST), a connector company in Nagoya, Japan, in 2011. It was at JST where Josh became fascinated with connectors and has been in the connector industry ever since. Upon returning to the United States, he founded Non-Metallic Connectors, Inc. where the focus is to create a new type of connector concept called the Non-Metallic Connector (NMC) in order to replace metal-to-metal electrical contacts with a contactless interface utilizing methods of inductive, capacitive, and optical coupling. He has published papers on the NMC concept within IEEE and holds several patents. In 2014 was an invited guest at the International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) to give a tutorial on the NMC concept. His research interests are in connectors, contactless connectivity, signal and power integrity, wireless power transfer, electromagnetics, solar power, and metamaterials. He currently serves as the IEEE Appointments and Nominations Chair, Susquehanna section in central Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.