Electromagnetics involves the study of Maxwell's equations and their application to the analysis and design of devices and systems.

Maxwell's equations represent one of the most concise statements of the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. It is from here that most of the working relationships in the field of electromagnetics are developed. The dynamic field of electromagnetics encompasses such far-reaching areas as microwave communications, antenna design, microwave millimeter engineering, and remote sensing. These cutting edge technologies are applied to national defense and security, the space program, and every form of commercial communications.

ECE offers its graduate students ongoing opportunities to work as graduate Research Assistants or Graduate Teaching Assistants. Virtually all Ph.D. students receive funding support through teaching or research.

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Faculty and students in the Electromagnetics Group are engaged in a range of basic and applied research projects, which are supported by a network of governmental and industry sponsors including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Hewlett-Packard, National Aeronautical and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Army Research Office, the SETI Institute, Texas Instruments, TRW, Amsoft, Raytheon, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Conextant, Lucent Technologies, and Ericsson.

Electromagnetics research falls within the following major areas:

  • Microwave Circuits
  • Remote Sensing of Obscured Targets
  • RadioScience, Plantary Remote Sensing, and Space Communications
  • Analysis and Design of Antennas
  • Computational Techniques for Electromagnetics
  • Signal Integrity in Digital and Mixed Signal Systems
  • Terrestrial Radio Wave Propagation


The depth and breadth of faculty expertise in electromagnetics is reflected in the curriculum, which provides students with a solid foundation in all areas of the field. The faculty is internationally recognized for their leadership and expertise in all areas of electromagnetics.

Last revised November 10, 2015