John Bandler awarded IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal

February 16, 2012

John Bandler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal for 2012. The citation is “For pioneering contributions to optimization technology and microwave CAD”. He will receive the award at the award ceremony in Montreal on April 30, 2012, at the 25th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE).

IEEE Canada remembers, through the A.G.L. McNaughton Award, General McNaughton’s contributions to the engineering profession in Canada. Recipients of the McNaughton Award are outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their important contributions to the engineering profession.

Based on John's work, yield-driven design, design with tolerances, direct electromagnetic optimization, electromagnetic optimization with design tolerances—techniques that used to be only academic fantasies prior to the 1980's—are now taken for granted by high-frequency and microwave engineers. John’s implementations of such features into major commercial design tools, including those from Compact Software (now Ansoft/Ansys) and Hewlett-Packard (now Agilent Technologies) have impacted high-frequency and microwave design initiatives world-wide. He next introduced the space mapping concept in 1994. From automotive crashworthiness to magnetic systems, space mapping has since been adopted across the entire spectrum of engineering by researchers and industry designers into their design portfolios. Space mapping makes possible the optimal, high-fidelity design of engineering devices and systems at a cost of only a few high-fidelity simulations. Modeling, design and optimization via space mapping are now also taken for granted.

John Bandler
John Bandler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2012 IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal recipient.

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