Ramakrishna Janaswamy


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"Ubiquity of Maxwell’s Equations"

Maxwell’s equations
were formulated more than 150 years ago, but they still have huge relevance in
today’s technology. In engineering applications solution of these equations subject
to relevant boundary conditions lead to the design of various RF components.
Maxwell’s equations are central in the design of commercial wireless systems, radar,
automotive electronics, aerospace and defense electronics, healthcare systems,
space systems, optical systems, remote sensing systems, etc. In this talk we will
highlight several examples from these areas that demonstrate the ubiquity of
Maxwell’s equations.

Ramakrishna Janaswamy received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1986
from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his Master’s degree in
Microwave and Radar Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur, India in 1983 and the Bachelor’s
degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from REC-Warangal (now NIT-
Warangal), India in 1981. From August 1986 to May 1987, he was an Assistant
Professor of electrical engineering at Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA. From August
1987-August 2001 he was on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. In September 2001 he joined
the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, where he is a currently a Professor. He was a visiting researcher at the Center
for PersonKommunikation, Aalborg, Denmark from September 1997 to June 1998 and
spent the Summers of 1994 and 1995 at SPAWARSYSCEN, San Diego, California and
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, respectively. His research
interests include deterministic and stochastic radio wave propagation modeling,
analytical and computational electromagnetics, antenna theory and design, and wireless
communications. His research is/was funded by several agencies such as NSF, ONR,
ARO, and several Department of Navy laboratories. His personal hobbies include wildlife
and landscape photography (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ramajanaswamy/)
Ramakrishna Janaswamy is a Fellow of IEEE and was the recipient of the 1995 R. W. P.
King Prize Paper Award of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. For his
services to the IEEE Monterey Bay Subsection, he received the IEEE 3 rd Millennium
Medal from the Santa Clara Valley Section in 2000. He is an elected member of U.S.
National Committee of International Union of Radio Science, Commissions B and F. He
has served as an Associate Editor of five international journals: IEEE Transactions on
Antennas and Propagation (August 2010-2016), IET Electronics Letters (July 2015-July
2017), IETE (India) Technical Review (July 2011-July 2013), IEEE Transactions on
Vehicular Technology (July 2003-July 2006) Radio Science (January 1999-January
2004). He is currently serving as a member of the IEEE Antennas and Wave
Propagation Standards Committee. In 2017 he received the Distinguished Alumni
Professional Achievement Award from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal,
India. In 2014 he received the College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award from
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2013 he was selected as a Distinguished
Foreign Scientist by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India and gave
lectures at National Aeronautical Labs, Bangalore, India. He is the author of the book
Radiowave Propagation and Smart Antennas for Wireless Communications, Kluwer
Academic Publishers, November 2000 and a contributing author in Handbook of
Antennas in Wireless Communications, L. Godara (Ed.), CRC Press, August 2001 and
Encyclopedia of RF and Microwave Engineering, K. Chang (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons,
2005.

Venue: ECE Seminar Hall

Time: 28 September 4:00 PM