Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, 8th edition

Published by Pearson (March 6, 2020) © 2020

  • Fawwaz T. Ulaby University of Michigan
  • Umberto Ravaioli University of Illinois


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For courses in electromagnetics.

Bridging the gap between circuits and electromagnetics

Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics begins coverage with transmission lines, leading students from familiar concepts into more advanced topics and applications. Widely acclaimed, this authoritative text bridges the gap between circuits and electromagnetics material.

The 8th Edition builds on the core content and style of previous editions, retaining the student-friendly approach and hands-on simulation modules that help students develop a deeper understanding of electromagnetic concepts and applications. Enhanced graphs and illustrations, and an expanded scope of topics in the Technology Briefs, establish additional bridges between electromagnetic fundamentals and more.

Hallmark features of this title

  • 52 Web-based Hands-on Simulations illustrate and simulate electromagnetic principles and fields. The interactive modules are located on the book companion website.
  • Early Introduction of Transmission Lines allow students to use familiar concepts to learn about many of the properties of wave propagation in a guided structure.
  • Mathematical Explanations of Physical Concepts emphasize using the mathematics to explain and clarify the physics, followed by practical examples intended to demonstrate the engineering relevance of physical concepts.
  • The bibliography features current references to help students delve deeper into particular concepts.
  • Instructor Resources and Errata are available for this course. Instructors, please email to request access.

New and updated features of this title

  • NEW AND UPDATED: End-of-Chapter Problems and Exercises provide more opportunities for review.
  • UPDATED: Full-color figures and images help students visualize core concepts.
  • UPDATED: Technology Briefs reflect an expanded scope of topics and connect electromagnetic fundamental concepts to their countless real-world engineering and scientific applications.

About our authors

Since Fawwaz Ulaby joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1984, he has directed numerous interdisciplinary projects aimed at the development of high-resolution satellite radar sensors for mapping Earth's terrestrial environment. He also served as the founding director of the NASA-funded Center for Space Terahertz Technology, whose research was aimed at the development of microelectronic devices and circuits that operate at wavelengths between the infrared and the microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. He then served a seven-year term as the University of Michigan's vice president for research from 1999 to 2005. Over his academic career, he has published 10 books and supervised more than 100 graduate students.

Professor Ulaby is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and serves on several international scientific boards and commissions. In recognition for his outstanding teaching and distinguished scholarship, he has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards from universities, government agencies and scientific organizations. Among them are the NASA Achievement Award (1990), the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), the 2002 William Pecora Award, a joint recognition by NASA and the Department of the Interior, and the Distinguished FEA Alumni Award from the American University of Beirut (2006). In 2006, he was selected by the students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as “Professor of the Year” and, shortly thereafter, he was awarded the Thomas Edison Medal, the oldest medal in the field of electrical and computer engineering in the United States.

Umberto Ravaioli attended the University of Bologna, Italy, where he obtained degrees in Electronics Engineering and Physics. He conducted his dissertation work on fiber optics and microwaves at the laboratories of the Marconi Foundation in Villa Griffone, the summer estate where Guglielmo Marconi performed his first radio experiments. After developing interests in high-speed semiconductor devices and large-scale computation, he pursued a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University, where he developed Monte Carlo particle simulations for the high electron mobility transistor.

He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986. He was a co-founder of the National Center for Computational Electronics, which promoted for over a decade the development of large-scale device simulation by leveraging resources at national supercomputing centers. His research group has developed Monte Carlo and quantum simulators for a wide range of semiconductor device applications, expanding recent activities to charge transport in biological systems, coupled electro-thermal simulation, and nanoelectronics. He is now the leader of the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems group at the Beckman Institute of the University of Illinois and is also serving as Senior Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Engineering.

Professor Ravaioli is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP). He received the First Place Outstanding Paper Award at the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Electron Information Technology for his recent work on electro-thermal simulation.

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