Grad student Wang wins Best Student Paper Award

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By Laurel Bollinger, ECE ILLINOIS
June 17, 2009

  • Grad student Rui Wang won the Best Student Paper Award at the International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics.
  • His paper is titled "A Symmetric Hybrid Time-Domain Finite Element Method for Transient Field-Circuit Simulation."
  • Wang enjoys studying computational electromagnetics because of the high potential for application and innovation.

Rui  Wang
Rui Wang

ECE graduate student Rui Wang won the Best Student Paper Award at the 25th International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics held in Monterey, California in March.

Titled “A Symmetric Hybrid Time-Domain Finite Element Method for Transient Field-Circuit Simulation,” Wang’s paper focused on a symmetric hybrid solver that combines the power of a full-wave time-domain finite-element method (FEM) with that of a lumped circuit simulation for mixed-scale microwave devices. While preserving the accuracy and efficiency of the broadband characterization, this simulator significantly extends the capability of the time-domain FEM to modeling more complex nonlinear and active circuit systems.

“What we have developed is a new and important hybrid simulation technique with capabilities that were never available before in time-domain FEM,” said Wang. “Our simulator provides a powerful and accurate CAD tool for the designers in modern complicated high-frequency mixed-scale circuit design.”

The International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics is an internationally renowned conference that deals with advanced and emerging issues in computational techniques and applications related to electromagnetic field problems. Wang said that he was very excited to win because the competition was fierce.

 “When I heard them announce the second and third place winner I thought, okay, I’m not going to get it,” said Wang. “Then they said my name for first and I got very excited. It always feels great to be recognized and rewarded after a lot of hard work.”

Wang dedicated his win to his adviser, ECE Professor Jianming Jin, the Director of Center for Computational Electromagnetics and Electromagnetics Laboratory. Wang said that ever since he came to ECE Illinois in 2004, Jin has always been very supportive and guided him through every step in his study and research. The ECE department has also provided an excellent environment for students to get involved in the cutting-edge research.

Rui Wang received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, in 2004, and his master’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree. His research interests include numerical simulation of antennas and microwave devices, time-domain finite element method, and hybrid methods. He received the Ernest A. Reid Fellowship Award in 2008 and the Yuen T. Lo Outstanding Research Award in 2009, both from ECE.

With this win behind him, Wang and his advisor are moving forward into new and more complicated research topics. They are trying to make this work even more efficient and complete by adding new features, such as incorporation of multiport lumped networks.

Wang said that the area of study in regards to computational electromagnetics is extremely interesting, with a lot of room to innovate new research and applications. “I think it is a fascinating area,” said Wang. “I can’t wait to keep going in my research.

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