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Alyson Rodriguez | College of Engineering | April 4, 2022

ECE Professor Premieres New Book

ECE Professor Premieres New Book


Raymond Rumpf has a little something extra to be proud of in 2022. The professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at The University of Texas at El Paso is debuting his first book, entitled Electromagnetic and Photonic Simulation for the Beginner: Finite-Difference Frequency-Domain in MATLAB.

Rumpf, a faculty member in the ECE Department since 2010, has a research focus on electromagnetics, photonics, and 3D digital manufacturing. He is also the Director of the EM Lab, which is fully equipped to design, manufacture, and test paradigm-changing electrical and electromagnetic devices.

Professor Rumpf decided to write this book because he wanted students to have access to high-quality fundamental materials that would be broadly applicable, regardless of the novel changes in techniques of Computational Electromagnetics (CEM). “I struggled to get started in CEM. The few resources I found for beginners did not teach enough to be useful. The more advanced resources were just not understandable to me. I wanted to write the book I wish I had many years ago that covers everything from the basic concepts all the way to advanced simulations.” said Rumpf.

Electromagnetic and Photonic Simulation for the Beginner provides readers with an overview of electromagnetic and photonic emerging research, which in recent years has produced remarkable achievements in areas as diverse as surface waves, transmission lines, photonic band diagrams, photonic crystals, diffraction gratings, guided-mode resonance filters, frequency selective surfaces, and even simulation of an invisibility cloak designed by transformation optics.

This book is intended for beginners who are getting started in computational electromagnetics. CEM is a field where you write computer programs to predict how electromagnetic fields will behave in some device.

“This is my first book. It is a major career milestone and a culmination of many years of learning, practicing, and teaching the subjects taught in the book. I am excited and even a bit nervous to see how the book will be received by the community and how the professional reviewers will react to the book. Every word and figure in the book came from my heart to help a person get started in computational electromagnetics, so ultimately it is their reviews and feedback that will be most meaningful to me,” added Rumpf.

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