Electrical engineering's Werner named McCain Chair

Douglas H. Werner, professor of electrical engineering, has been named the John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair in Engineering.

Werner, who has been a member of the Penn State electrical engineering faculty since 1998, is the director of the Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Laboratory and a member of the Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory and Materials Research Institute.

Established in 2005, the McCain Chair is designed for a distinguished faculty member in the College of Engineering to continue his or her scholarly excellence through contributions to teaching, research and public service.

Werner's research focuses on the design of antennas and phased array systems, as well as frequency selective surfaces and metamaterials for a variety of radio frequency, terahertz, infrared and visible wavelength applications. He is a leading authority on nature-inspired global optimization techniques and how they are used to solve complex electromagnetic design problems.

His groundbreaking work on electromagnetic metamaterials was recently highlighted in the journal of Nature Materials, where he and his collaborators reported the first demonstration of a broadband negligible-loss metahorn antenna that could be used to significantly improve the performance of satellite communications systems. He is currently working with Lockheed Martin on further refinement of this and related technologies for future system integration.

Werner teaches a variety of courses in electrical engineering, including undergraduate and graduate antenna engineering classes, an advanced graduate-level course he developed on conformal antennas and boundary value problems in electromagnetics.

Werner's awards and honors include the inaugural Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society Edward E. Altshuler Prize Paper Award in 2011, the 2009 Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Premiere Research Award, the 2006 R.W.P. King Award for a co-authored paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, the 2002 PSEAS Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2000 PSEAS Outstanding Research Award, the 1994 Applied Research Laboratory Outstanding Publications Award, the 1993 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Best Paper Award and a 1993 International Union of Radio Science Young Scientist Award.

He has served as an associate editor of Radio Science, and as editor of the IEEE Antennas and Propagations Magazine. Werner holds seven patents and is a fellow of IEEE, ACES and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

He is a member of the American Geophysical Union's URSI commissions A and B and the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society.

Werner received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Penn State, as well as his master's degree in mathematics from the University.

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Last Updated December 13, 2011