Applied Electromagnetics MS/PhD

Summary Description

The field of applied electromagnetics has roots going back to giants of electrical engineering such as Maxwell, Faraday, Hertz, Marconi, and Tesla. It has maintained a position of high importance, and in recent years it has expanded beyond antennas and radio wave propagation to include emerging areas such as micro-electromechanical systems, metamaterials, biological applications of electromagnetic fields, and other novel devices and structures. There is a strong need for students with skills in these areas in the industries of telecommunications, defense, microwave instruments, medical devices, and other related areas. These industries are growing rapidly, driven in particular by the continuing expansion of wireless communications and related technologies. This program will give students the preparation for employment, research, and innovation in the expanding field of applied electromagnetics.

 

Research Projects

Research in this area includes a wide range of fields including electrically small antennas, multi-input/multi-output (MIMO) systems, micro-electromechanical systems, artificial impedance surfaces and scattering, wideband phased arrays, photonic topological insulators, nonlinear and active electromagnetic structures, plasma and vacuum devices, field and photoemission, biological effects of electromagnetic fields, and many other areas. Frequencies of interest span the electromagnetic spectrum, from electrostatics through radio frequencies, as well as THz, infrared, and optical frequencies. 

 

Courses

ECE107 – Electromagnetism

ECE123 – Antenna Systems Engineering

ECE166 – Microwave Circuits and Systems

ECE222A – Antennas and Their System Applications 

ECE222B – Applied Electromagnetic Theory—Electromagnetics

ECE222C – Applied Electromagnetic Theory—Computational Methods for Electromagnetics

ECE222D – Advanced Antenna Design