July 8, 2019
Tapan K. Sarkar, an internationally renowned professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Electromagnetics Field Award. The award—reserved for top researchers in the field globally—recognizes Sarkar’s outstanding contributions to the efficient and accurate solution of computational electromagnetic problems in the frequency and time domain, and research in adaptive antennas.
Sarkar is a highly accomplished IEEE Fellow and has been a faculty member in the college since 1985. His research interests focus on numerical solutions of operator equations arising in electromagnetics and signal processing with application to system design. His other research has included analysis and design of electromagnetic radiation from computers and other devices; radio and television towers; satellite and cable broadcasting systems; design of mobile adaptive communication systems, including antennas analysis; and intelligent signal processing.
Sarkar has authored or coauthored more than 400 journal articles, 300 conference papers, and multiple chapters and books. His research has been cited more than 23,000 times, establishing an outstanding h-index of 71. Sarkar also served as associate editor for many of IEEE’s publications, including IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility and IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. He served as president of IEEE’s Antennas and Propagation Society in 2014, and is a distinguished lecturer of the society.
Sarkar earned a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, a master’s degree from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University. He also holds honorary degrees from Universite Blaise-Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, Politechnic University of Madrid, and Aalto University.