Kenneth R. Foster

Biomedical Applications and Health Effects of Nonionizing Electromagnetic Fields


 Research Interests: Biomedical applications/health effects of nonionizing electromagnetic fields; impact of technology on society

K. R. Foster and J. Jaeger, The murky ethics of RFIDs, IEEE Spectrum March 2007.

K. R. Foster and J. Jaeger, Use of Implantable Radiofrequency Identification Tags in Humans, Am. J. Bioethics 8(8) 44 - 48, 2008

Q. Balzano, K. R. Foster, A. Sheppard, Field and Temperature Gradients from Short Conductors in a Dissipative Medium, International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, International Journal of Antennas and Propagation

Volume 2007 (2007), Article ID 57670, 8 pages

K. R. Foster, State-of-Science Review: Brain-Computer Interfaces and Cognitive Neural Prostheses, UK Foresight Project, published online Sept. 2008. Capital/SR-E29_MCW.pdf

(multiple authors) COMAR Technical Information Statement:

Expert Reviews on Potential Health Effects of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields and Comments on the BioInitiative Report, Health Physics 97(4) 348-356 (2009)

K. R. Foster, H. Zhang, J. M. Osepchuk, Thermal Response of Tissues to Millimeter Waves: Implications for Setting Exposure Guidelines, Health Physics 99:806-810 (2010)

K. R. Foster Thermal Aspects of Exposure to Radiofrequency Energy. Int. J. Hyperthermia Int. J. Hyperthermia, June 2011; 27(4): 307-319. Invited paper

K. R. Foster, Comment on "DNA is a fractal antenna in electromagnetic ?elds" J Radiat Biol. 87(4):409-15, 2011.

K. R. Foster and L. Trottier, Comments on "Mortality by neoplasia and cellular telephone base stations in the Belo Horizonte municipality, Minas Gerais state, Brazil" by A. C. Dode et al. Science of the Total Environment 409 (2011) 3649-3665. in Science of the Total Environment

K. R. Foster and R. A. Tell, Radiofrequency exposures from Trilliant SmartMeter, Health Physics 105:177-186 (2013).

K. R. Foster, A world awash with wireless devices. IEEE Microwave Magazine 14: 73-84 (2013)

K. R. Foster and L. Trottier, Picking Cherries in Science: Comments on the BioInitiative Report, Science Based Medicine, Feb 15, 2013


Recent Presentations by K. R. Foster


K. R. Foster, Thermal effects of radiofrequency energy: report of a workshop. Bioelectromagnetics Society Meeting, Seoul Korea June 2010

K. R. Foster. Malintent: (mis) application of technology for homeland security. Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology, Golden CO May 2010

K. R. Foster Electromagnetic- thermal transduction, International Society For Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Stillwater MN (Oct. 2010) invited presentation.

K. R. Foster, Murderous Microwaves – Health Effects of Mobile Telephones. Seminar at Univ. of DE 3/16/11.

K. R. Foster and D. Langleben, New Technologies for Homeland Security: What are their ethical implications? 6th Int. Conf. on Homeland Security, April 2011.

K. R. Foster, Present State of Science Regarding Possible Health Risks of Exposure to RF Energy, Andescom, Quito EQ Nov. 2012

K. R. Foster, A World Awash With Wireless Devices, Andescom, Quito EQ Nov 2012

K. R. Foster, Radiofrequency Fields and Health, Colombian Engineering Society, Bogota Colombia May 2013

K. R. Foster, Health Effects of Radiofrequency Energy(?), World Conference on Science Journalism, Helsinki FI June 2013.

K. R. Foster and R. A. Tell,Radiofrequency Exposure from SmartMeters, Health Physics Annual Meeting, Madison WI, June 2013

K. R. Foster, A World Awash with Wireless Devices, Health Physics Annual Meeting, Madison WI, June 2013

K. R. Foster and J. Moulder, Review of Current Research on Biological Effects of Wi-Fi Radiation, Health Physics Annual Meeting, Madison WI, June 2013.




IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR)


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EAS303 Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Engineers


"For better or worse, technology has changed. Our days of innocence, when machines were solely a product of larger-than-life inventors and hardworking engineers, are gone. Increasingly, technology will be a joint effort, with its design shaped not only by engineers and executives but also psychologists, political scientists, management theorists, risk specialists, regulators and courts, and the general public. It will not be a neat system. It is probably not the best system. But, given the power and complexity of modern technology, it is likely our only choice."

R. Pool, Beyond Engineering (Oxford Univ. Press. 1997) p. 305.