Branislav Notaros named an IEEE Fellow

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Branislav Notaros, professor of electrical and computer engineering, a 2016 fellow for his contributions to higher-order methods in computational electromagnetics.

Notaros (second from left) with his daughters, both electrical engineers, and IEEE president Howard Michel.

With nearly half a million IEEE members in 160 countries, less than 0.1 percent of voting members are selected annually for the association’s highest honor. More than 40 percent of ECE faculty at Colorado State hold the distinction.

“As ECE faculty, we aspire to achieve the prestigious status of IEEE Fellow, one of the most important measures of excellence in our discipline,” said Tony Maciejewski, ECE department head. “I am extremely proud of Professor Notaros for his career successes and for reaching this hard-earned milestone.”

A decorated teacher and researcher, Notaros’ appointment underscores his impact on the field of electromagnetics. In addition to his IEEE award, Notaros has received several high-profile awards in the last five years for excellence as an engineering educator, including being named the sole recipient of the 2015 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Pioneering methods in electromagnetics

Notaros was elevated to IEEE Fellow for his contributions to computational methods for solving real-world electromagnetic problems such as those in wireless communications, microwave engineering, and radar systems.

His pioneering work in sophisticated higher-order computational techniques in two principal classes of electromagnetic methods – method of moments and finite element method – resulted in his receiving the 1999 IEE Marconi Premium and the 2005 IEEE Microwave Prize. These are considered two of the highest international research awards in the wireless and microwaves area.

Research and scholarly contributions

As the director of the Electromagnetics Laboratory at Colorado State University, Notaros’ research in electromagnetics is fully integrated with his teaching, as well as his service to the university and technical profession.

His work has been supported by major grants from the National Science Foundation along with other contracts from outside funding agencies. His current projects deal with applications of his electromagnetic methods in radar meteorology, remote sensing of snow and rain, and medical magnetic resonance imaging.

Notaros is the author of the 2010 comprehensive textbook, Electromagnetics, with Pearson Prentice Hall. “Notaros’ textbook is becoming the gold standard in the field, widely used by faculty and organizations around the world,” Maciejewski said.

Prior to joining CSU, Notaros held faculty appointments at the University of Belgrade and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.