About this title This introduction to electromagnetic waves emphasizes concepts, examples, and problem-solving techniques having wide applicability, and relies only on basic physics and mathematics — rather than electrostatics, magnetostatics, and quasitatics. The focus is on generic problem-solving techniques — both mathematical and physically-intuitive, and the presentation of basic electromagnetic theorems — Poynting, energy, uniqueness, and reciprocity — explained from a physical perspective. Progresses from simple wave propagation in unbounded free space to antenna and resonator design. Presents the fundamental concepts of plane waves, phasors, polarization, energy, power, and force early — and repeatedly applies them throughout the text to problems with progressively more complex boundary conditions.
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Leave a comment David H. He was Driven by a deeply felt sense of responsibility to MIT, the nation and society as a whole, Staelin dedicated his long career to basic science, technology development, service, education and entrepreneurship.
His career, colleagues said, was distinguished by abundant accomplishments and widespread impact. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Staelin came to MIT at age 18 as a freshman, in , and remained at the Institute as a student and faculty member for the rest of his life. Staelin joined the MIT faculty in , conducting research in radio astronomy. Among his first accomplishments, in he developed a computationally efficient algorithm that enabled him to co-discover the Crab Nebula Pulsar, helping confirm the existence of neutron stars predicted by theoretical physics.
Among many examples of his leadership in this field, he was principal investigator in the development of the first two Earth-orbiting microwave imaging spectrometers launched in for mapping global temperature and humidity through clouds.
He was also a co-investigator on the NASA Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft missions, studying nonthermal radio emission from the outer planets. Starting in , he co-developed techniques using operational millimeter-wave sounding satellites for more frequent and complete mapping of global precipitation. In recent years, Staelin turned his attention to diverse emerging problems requiring sophisticated signal processing and estimation theory. These included the development of practical image- and video-compression technology, advanced methodologies for data-rich manufacturing problems which he pursued under the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing program , heterogeneous and wireless communication architectures, and, most recently, neuronal computation models.
Staelin was an active member of the MIT community, serving on numerous committees and in many leadership roles. He also served as a member of the U. Staelin was a dedicated teacher who helped educate generations of electrical engineers. His focus for many years was the undergraduate electromagnetic curriculum. Morgenthaler and Jin Au Kong. Colleagues recall Staelin as a thoughtful and patient mentor who was greatly loved and admired by his students.
Highly entrepreneurial, Staelin helped start and direct three companies with colleagues and students. The first was Environmental Research and Technology now part of AECOM , one of the first and largest environmental services companies, specializing initially in air quality and ultimately addressing the full spectrum of environmental issues.
Staelin, which resulted in a monograph, currently in press, titled Models for Neural Spike Computation and Cognition. At the event, he also received the distinguished John Howard Dellinger Medal, awarded to him by the International Union of Radio Science for profound contributions to remote sensing over his career. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. Visiting hours will be held Friday, Dec.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the David H. Staelin Fund , which supports graduate students conducting research in RLE.
David Staelin, longtime professor in EECS and RLE, dies at 73