2015 Altair FEKO® Student Competition

Electrical engineering students from across the globe are once again encouraged to compete in the popular 2015 FEKO Student Competition.  Open to all undergraduate and post-graduate students working on faculty-supervised projects in the area of electromagnetic engineering, the competition is an ideal opportunity for students to showcase their work.

The competition began in 2003 and this year has been launched through the Altair University website. Winners receive either a laptop or paid attendance to an Altair Technology Conference of their choice.

The winner of the 2014 FEKO Student Competition was Gastón Ezequiel Pérez, a final year electronic engineering student from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Facultad Regional Buenos Aires in Argentina. Mr. Pérez’ winning entry, entitled Design of a Patch Antenna Array for Beamforming Combined with Metamaterials at 5.8 GHz, described the systematic design of a planar array system and how each design decision was informed by electromagnetic simulation. The goal was to provide a solution for satellite applications that require the on-board antenna to be low profile, high gain, and dynamically orientable while adhering to strict weight and volume constraints. Phased signals were used for beamforming, eliminating the drawback of requiring a change in mechanical parts to reorient the radiation pattern.

The Altair Support Forum has recently added FEKO to the list of products it supports.  Students are welcome to discuss any issues they have experienced with FEKO during any of their projects, and receive immediate feedback from Altair support engineers from around the world.

Entries for the FEKO Student Competition will be accepted from April 1 through September 30, 2015. Apply today!

Gronum Smith
Gronum Smith

About Gronum Smith

Gronum co-founded EM Software & Systems in 1994. In 2000, after several years of consulting in the field of antennas, antenna placement and EM simulations, he dedicated his time to global marketing and business development for FEKO. Since becoming part of Altair in 2014, he is the Country Manager for South Africa and Electromagnetics Marketing Director. Gronum holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering (Electromagnetics) from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.