Nathan IDA

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Akron, USA

Research interests:
computational electromagnetics, nondestructive evaluation of materials, wave propagation in materials, scattering antennas, electromagnetic compatibility, computer algorithms and computer methods

Keynote address:
Microwave and Millimeter Wave Nondestructive Evaluation - Methods, Sensors and Applications

Microwave and millimeter wave methods of nondestructive testing have been around since the very introduction of microwave generating systems and have evolved into sophisticated methods of testing of dielectrics, lossy dielectrics as well as certain applications in conducting media such as evaluation of surface-breaking flaws, surface roughness and assessment of concrete structure. The present talk attempts a unified approach to the subject that dwells on methods of testing and evaluation, the sensors needed to affect these, the role of auxiliary methods such as signal processing and applications across disciplines from industrial testing, laboratory evaluation, medical applications, ground penetrating radar and ultra-wide-band imaging. The focus is on emerging and advanced methods and sensors but also on the relation and synergy between the non-destructing testing and the use of microwave in other areas of application.

Nathan IDA is currently Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio, USA. His research work encompasses the broad aspects of computational electromagnetics where he has contributed to both understanding of the interaction of electromagnetic fields with materials and to the development of new methods and tools for numerical modeling and simulation for, and beyond. An important part of this work is in electromagnetic nondestructive testing and evaluation of materials at low and microwave frequencies with particular emphasis on theoretical issues, on all aspects of modeling and simulation and on related issues stemming from research in NDE including sensors and applications. Other areas of current interest include electromagnetic wave propagation, theoretical issues in computation, as well as in communications and sensing. Much of this work has found its way into practice through industrial relations and consulting across industries as diverse as power generation, polymers, steel, medical and software. Dr. Ida has published extensively on electromagnetic field computation, nondestructive testing of materials, surface impedance boundary conditions, sensing and others, in over 400 publications. He has written 11 books including two on computation of electromagnetic fields (one in its second edition) one on modeling for nondestructive testing, one on nondestructive testing with microwaves, a textbook on engineering electromagnetics, now in its fourth edition, a textbook on sensing and actuation (now in its second edition) a book on the theory and applications of surface impedance boundary conditions and others including on ground penetrating radar and industrial sensing based on microwaves. Dr. Ida is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), a Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Technology (IET). Dr. Ida teaches Electromagnetics, Antenna Theory, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Sensing and Actuation as well as Computational Methods and Algorithms. Dr. Ida received his B.Sc. in 1977 and M.S.E.E. in 1979 from the Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1983.

DAS 2020
Keynote Speaker

Nathan IDA
IEEE Fellow


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