Patricia M. Franke

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Patricia M Franke
3042 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Software systems - Parallel processing


Research Interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  • Computational Electromagnetics interested in using Finite Difference Time Domain techniques to the problems of radar backscatter from turbulent regions of the neutral atmosphere and the ionosphere. Also interested in applying different numerical methods to these problems and in using parallel computing for these computationally demanding problems.
  • Radar and optical remote sensing of the upper atmosphere.
  • Atmospheric Dynamics - study the dynamics and thermodynamics of the upper atmosphere through data analysis of radar and lidar data, and through the numerical simulations of different types of flow.

Research Areas

  • Atmospheric and ionospheric measurements
  • Atmospheric and ionospheric theory
  • Atmospheric waves
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Electromagnetic theory
  • Electromagnetics and Optics
  • Parallel processing
  • Radar and LIDAR
  • Radar scattering
  • Radio and optical wave propagation
  • Signal Processing


  • Nominated for the Outstanding Teaching awarding Electrical and Computer Engineering

Courses Taught

  • ECE 110 - Intro Elec & Computer Engrg
  • ECE 110 - Introduction to Electronics
  • ECE 329 - Fields and Waves I
  • ECE 398 - Special Topics in ECE