University Distinguished Teaching Scholar Branislav Notaros has been a leader in computational electromagnetics in both the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and worldwide for many years. The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society recognized his exceptional contributions by awarding him their 2019 ACES Technical Achievement Award.
The award is given each year to researchers who have made outstanding impacts in the field of applied computational electromagnetics. Notaros was given the award at the 2019 International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symposium in Miami, Fla., “for pioneering contributions to higher order elements, basis functions, and solution techniques in computational electromagnetics.”
He described the field as developing methodologies and techniques for modeling, analyzing, and designing electromagnetic structures and systems.
“We model an electromagnetic structure, such as a radio-frequency antenna or a microwave device, by a bunch of suitable geometric elements, then approximate the unknown electromagnetic fields on these elements,” Notaros said. “We can combine everything into a solution implemented on a computer, then simulate the structure and solve the problem quickly in a virtual world.”
Long history of recognition and accomplishments
A number of high-profile organizations in electromagnetics have honored Notaros over the years for his efforts in research and teaching. He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and received both the IEEE Microwave Prize and the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award. He was awarded the ECE Distinguished Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, and was named Colorado Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Colorado State University recognized Notaros in 2016 as a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, the highest honor available for excellence in teaching.
Notaros has been honored by the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society in the past, and has served in several capacities in the organization. In 2017, he was recognized as an ACES Fellow for his contributions to the field, one of only a few honored as Fellows by the society. He has also served on the organization’s board of directors, and during the 2019 Symposium was elected Vice President of the organization.
“The ACES Society is my professional family and home, and getting a top technical award from my own technical society is extremely gratifying,” Notaros said. “ACES members and leaders are all experts in the field, and that they think that my technical contributions are valuable and pioneering means a lot to me.”