Alumnus wins IEEE Electromagnetics Award for 50 years of contributions



One of the most respected experts in electromagnetics and microwave techniques, ECE ILLINOIS alumnus Tatsuo Itoh (PhD '69)  has been honored with the 2018 IEEE Electromagnetics Award for his theoretical and technological contributions to electromagnetic modeling, artificial materials, microwave electronics, and antennas. 

Tatsuo Itoh (Photo creds: UCLA)
Tatsuo Itoh (Photo creds: UCLA)
Over the past 50 years, Itoh has "extended electromagnetic simulation to high-frequency applications, developing models that allow inclusion of relevant interactions between microwave circuit elements, their packaging, and the electromagnetic environment."

Itoh's comprehensive field-based approach to global modeling has helped establish the system-in-package concept that is crucial for smartphones. Furthermore, his spectral domain method for microwave circuit analysis is one of the most popular techniques for computer-aided design of microwave components.

Some of his recent achievements include "realizing metamaterials enabling leak-wave antennas that can continuously scan from the backward wave region to the forward wave region as a function of frequency."

Itoh is also an IEEE Life Fellow, a Distinguished Professor, and the Northrop Grumman Chair in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.