Douglas H. Werner

Short Bio:
John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair Professor
Director, Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Lab (CEARL)
The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Electrical Engineering and Materials Research Institute
211A Electrical Engineering East
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-2946
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Douglas H. Werner received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and the M.A. degree in mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, in 1983, 1985, 1989, and 1986, respectively. He holds the John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair Professorship in the Pennsylvania State University Department of Electrical Engineering. He is the director of the Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Lab (CEARL: as well as a faculty member of the Materials Research Institute (MRI: at Penn State. Prof. Werner was presented with the 1993 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Best Paper Award and was also the recipient of a 1993 International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award. In 1994, Prof. Werner received the Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory Outstanding Publication Award. He was a co-author (with one of his graduate students) of a paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation which received the 2006 R. W. P. King Award. He received the inaugural IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Edward E. Altshuler Prize Paper Award and the Harold A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award in 2011 and 2014 respectively. In 2018, he received the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. He also received the 2015 ACES Technical Achievement Award, the 2019 ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award, and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society 2019 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award. He was the recipient of a College of Engineering PSES Outstanding Research Award and Outstanding Teaching Award in March 2000 and March 2002, respectively. He was also presented with an IEEE Central Pennsylvania Section Millennium Medal. In March 2009, he received the PSES Premier Research Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the IET, the OSA, the ACES, and the PIER Electromagnetics Academy. He is also a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), SPIE, and URSI.
Prof. Werner is a former Associate Editor of Radio Science, a former Editor of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, a former Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (a Nature subjournal), an Editorial Board Member for EPJ Applied Metamaterials, Editor for the IEEE Press Series on Electromagnetic Wave Theory & Applications, a member of URSI Commissions B and G, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He holds 20 patents, has published over 925 technical papers and proceedings articles, and is the author of 6 books and 35 book chapters (with two books and several additional chapters currently in preparation).
His research interests include computational electromagnetics (MoM, FEM, FEBI, FDTD, DGTD, CBFM, RCWA, GO, GTD/UTD, etc.), antenna theory and design, phased arrays (including ultra-wideband arrays), high power microwave devices, wireless and personal communication systems (including on-body networks), wearable and e-textile antennas, RFID tag antennas, conformal antennas, reconfigurable antennas, frequency selective surfaces, electromagnetic wave interactions with complex media, metamaterials, electromagnetic bandgap materials, zero and negative index materials, transformation optics, nanoscale electromagnetics (including nanoantennas), fractal and knot electrodynamics, and nature-inspired optimization techniques (genetic algorithms, clonal selection algorithms, particle swarm, wind driven optimization, and various other evolutionary programming schemes).

Speech Title: Metadevice Realization Through Inverse Design

Advances in design and manufacturing (e.g., 3D printing, nanofabrication) are enabling the ability to realize transformative structures that achieve electromagnetic functionalities not possible with conventional devices. Some of the most interesting structures being developed are based on metasurfaces comprised of sub-wavelength unit cells intelligently patterned to locally manipulate an electromagnetic wavefront in a desired fashion. Designers have traditionally employed simple canonical structures (e.g., loaded-dipoles, v-antennas, split-ring resonators) to synthesize metasurfaces that realize a desired functionality. However, metadevices based on these canonical structures do not always achieve optimal performance especially when broadband and/or wide field-of-view functionality is desired. Additionally, different material combinations as well as fabrication effects and tolerances can make the unit cell topology selection difficult. Therefore, the ability to generate a diverse set of unintuitive metasurface unit cells and evaluate their electromagnetic behaviors for achieving a specific functionality is highly desirable. Moreover, doing so in an efficient and intelligent manner is extremely important in order to maintain a tractable inverse design process. In this presentation, an overview of our RF and optical metasurface inverse-design process will be presented along with a survey of our custom full-wave solvers and multi-objective optimization algorithms. Finally, some specific application examples for the inverse-design of both RF and optical metadevices will be highlighted.