Project Based Undergraduate and Graduate Electromagnetics Education

Authors: Jayanti Venkataraman

Source: FERMAT, Volume 2, Education 1, Mar_Apr-2018

Abstract: The paper describes a comprehensive project based EM program that allows for independent thinking, builds design and analytical skills and trains students in state-of-art design procedures. Such an approach is to mitigate the universal dislike that students have for Electromagnetics and make it more appealing while not sacrificing theory. This will require an early implementation of software projects and measurement techniques in the junior level course on wave theory and transmission lines in order to pique the students’ interest and get them interested in EM graduate education. More complex software and hardware design projects are executed in graduate courses, to complement a rigorous theoretical education. The design projects provide the complete design experience that includes the development of analytical models in addition to the use of software modeling tools, construction and validation by measurements. The projects include some traditional ones in microstrip circuitry and antenna design and some others which demonstrate the relevancy of EM in related areas such as wireless communication, biomedical applications and digital systems. This paper demonstrates the feasibility of a student-friendly approach to EM education.

Index Terms: analytical skills, design procedures, modeling, antenna and microwave circuits

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Project Based Undergraduate and Graduate Electromagnetics Education