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Moving Forward with Focus in a Professional Career. by N. Narayana Rao Associate Head for Instructional and Graduate Affairs December 2000. Outline. A. Education and Career (3–12) B. Guiding Influences (13–19) C. Research Activities (20–30) D. Teaching and Textbooks (31–45)

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moving forward with focus in a professional career

Moving Forward with Focus in a Professional Career

by N. Narayana RaoAssociate Head for Instructional and Graduate Affairs

December 2000


A. Education and Career (3–12)

B. Guiding Influences (13–19)

C. Research Activities (20–30)

D. Teaching and Textbooks (31–45)

E. Service Record (46–75)

F. Awards and Recognitions (76–89)

guiding philosophy approach to problem solving
Guiding Philosophy:Approach to Problem Solving

For every problem,

there is not just a solution

but a good solution.

guiding philosophy approach to working with people
Guiding Philosophy:Approach to Working with People
  • Most important thing in working with people is to treat them like people.
  • Associate personalities with those of your family members, friends, etc.
  • Treat people with the same respect and dignity you expect to receive from them
  • Understand that no one is perfect.
guiding principles
Guiding Principles

From the Upanishads:

  • Matrudevo bhava: Revere the mother as God!
  • Pitrudevo bhava: Revere the father as God!
  • Acharyadevo bhava: Revere the preceptor as God!
  • Atidhidevo bhava: Revere the guest as God!
among the guiding personalities william l everitt 1900 1986
Among the Guiding Personalities: William L. Everitt (1900–1986)
  • Head of the department 1944-1949
  • Dean of the College of Engineering 1949-1968
  • During his tenure as head, the department more than doubled its size of faculty and students.
  • 1984: named to IEEE’s Centennial Hall of Fame as one of top two electrical engineering educators of the century

“I am an optimist rather than a pessimist. It is possible that the pessimists may be proven right in the long run, but we optimists have a better time on the trip.”

among the guiding personalities edward c jordan 1910 1991
Among the Guiding Personalities: Edward C. Jordan (1910–1991)
  • Department head 1954-1979
  • Authored nine books, including the popular Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating Systems, first published in 1950
research prior to uiuc 1956 1965
Research Prior to UIUC(1956–1965)
  • “Galactic radiation at 30 Mc/s,” Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, vol. 17A, pp. 54-56, 1958. (First journal publication)
  • “Lunar tidal variations in the ionospheric layers,” M.S. thesis, University of Washington, 1960.
  • “Resolution of ionospheric valley ambiguity in true height computation using ordinary wave observations,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, 1965.
uiuc laboratory affiliations 1965 1980
UIUC Laboratory Affiliations (1965–1980)
  • Ionosphere Radio Laboratory (IRL)
    • C. H. Liu, K. C. Yeh, and G. W. Swenson, Jr.
  • Radiolocation Research Laboratory (RRL)
    • Formerly Radio Direction Finding Laboratory and later Radio Research Laboratory
    • A. D. Bailey, J. D. Dyson, E. W. Ernst, and C. S. Gardner
first rrl journal publication
First RRL Journal Publication
  • “Ray Tracing Investigation of Direction of Arrival Observations of HF Radio Waves,” Radio Science, vol. 3, pp. 796-802, August 1968.
  • First scientific journal publication from Radiolocation Research Lab since its inception as a postwar research program.
wullenweber array
Wullenweber Array
  • Used in Radio Direction Finding Laboratory
  • In operation 1955-1980
  • Used 120 antennas and was 1000 ft in diameter
  • Operated in frequency range of 4-16 MHz
acoustic waves in the ionosphere ionosphere radio laboratory
Acoustic Waves in the Ionosphere(Ionosphere Radio Laboratory)
  • Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, vol. 31, pp. 539-545, 1969.
  • Ionospheric electron content observations at three stations
Analysis of Discrete Oblique Ionogram Traces in Sweep-Frequency Sky-Wave High-Resolution Backscatter
  • Radio Science, vol. 10, pp. 149-153, 1975.
  • Bistatic arrangement with transmitter located near Lost Hills, CA, and receiver located about 185 km to the NW at Los Banos, CA.
analysis for quasiparobolic layer parameters
Analysis for Quasiparobolic Layer Parameters
  • fc = 11.61 MHz
  • hb = 185.42 km
  • ym = 144.66 km
  • D = 1448 km
courses taught in the following areas
Courses Taught in the Following Areas
  • Circuits
  • Electronics
  • Signals and Systems
  • Electromechanical Energy Conversion
  • Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  • Transmission Lines
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Radio Wave Propagation
electromagnetics teaching courses at uiuc
Electromagnetics Teaching (Courses at UIUC)
  • Redefined teaching of electromagnetics
    • ECE 229: Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields
    • ECE 350: Lines, Fields, and Waves
  • Introduced new courses
    • ECE 230: Computer Solution of EM Problems I
    • ECE 349: Computer Solution of EM Problems II
    • ECE 357: Microwave Devices & Circuits
    • ECE 358: Applications of Radio Wave Propagation
    • ECE 371: Microwave Communication
authored six books
Authored Six Books







basic electromagnetics with applications 1972
Basic Electromagnetics with Applications (1972)
  • Vector Analysis
  • The Static Electric Field
  • The Static Magnetic Field
  • The Electromagnetic Field
  • Materials and Fields
  • Applied Electromagnetics
    • Part1. Statics, Quasistatics, and Distrubited Circuits
    • Part 2. Electromagnetic Waves
elements of engineering electromagnetics 1st ed 1977
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, 1st ed., 1977
  • First book to break with tradition and be progressive
  • “A one-semester text in which the basic material is built up on time-varying fields and their engineering applications so as to enhance its utility for the one-semester student of engineering electromagnetics, while enabling the student who will continue to take further (elective) courses in electromagnetics to learn many of the same field concepts and mathematical tools and techniques provided by the traditional treatment” — from the Preface
elements of engineering electromagnetics 1st ed 197737
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, 1st ed. (1977)
  • Vectors and Fields
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Integral Form
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Differential Form
  • Wave Propagation in Free Space
  • Wave Propagation in Material Media
  • Transmission Lines
  • Waveguides
  • Antennas
  • Static and Quasistatic Fields
  • Special Topics
elements of engineering electromagnetics 1977 2000
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, 1977–2000
  • 1st ed. (1977) — First book to break with tradition.
  • 2nd ed. (1987) — Expanded for two semester use. First book to incorporate software by including PC programs.
  • 3rd ed. (1991) — More PC programs.
  • 4th ed. (1994) — First book to add coverage on electromagnetic principles for photonics at introductory level.
  • 5th ed. (2000) — First book to organize chapters to reflect progression of major technologies based on Maxwell’s equations.
elements of engineering electromagnetics 2nd ed 1987
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, 2nd ed. (1987)
  • Vectors and Fields
  • Fields and Materials
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Integral Form and Boundary Conditions
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Differential Form and Potential Functions
  • Topics in Static and Quasistatic Fields
  • Uniform Plane Waves
  • Transmission Lines 1. Time Domain Analysis
  • Transmission Lines 2. Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • Waveguides
  • Antennas
elements of engineering electromagnetics 3rd ed 1991
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, 3rd ed. (1991)
  • Vectors and Fields
  • Fields and Materials
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Integral Form and Boundary Conditions
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Differential Form, Potential Functions, and Energy Storage
  • Topics in Static and Quasistatic Fields
  • Uniform Plane Waves
  • Transmission Lines 1. Time Domain Analysis
  • Transmission Lines 2. Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • Waveguides
  • Antennas
elements of engineering electromagnetics 4th ed 1994
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, 4th ed. (1994)
  • Vectors and Fields
  • Fields and Materials
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Integral Form and Boundary Conditions
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Differential Form, Potential Functions, and Energy Storage
  • Topics in Static and Quasistatic Fields
  • Uniform Plane Waves
  • Transmission Lines 1. Time Domain Analysis
  • Transmission Lines 2. Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • Metallic Waveguides and Resonators
  • Electromagnetic Principles for Photonics
  • Antennas
elements of engineering electromagnetics 5th ed 2000
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, 5th ed., 2000
  • Coverage reorganized to reflect progression of electromagnetic technologies.
elements of engineering electromagnetics 5th ed 200043
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, 5th ed. (2000)
  • Vectors and Fields
  • Fields and Materials
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Integral Form and Boundary Conditions
  • Maxwell’s Equations in Differential Form, Potential Functions, and Energy Storage
  • Uniform Plane Waves and Power Flow in an Electromagnetic Field
  • Field and Line Essentials for Digital Electronics
  • Transmission Lines for Communications
  • Topics in Electric- and Magnetic-Field Systems
  • Guided Wave Principles for Electronics and Optoelectronics
  • Several Topics for Electronics and Photonics
  • Principles of Radiation and Antennas
  • Topics in Numerical Electromagnetics
elements of engineering electromagnetics dedications
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, Dedications
  • 3rd ed. (1991)

And Orange and Blue, this book is for you too! You ain’t my alma mater, but does it really matter? Take it from a loyal member, by chance your birthday sharer.

  • 5th ed. (2000)

In deep appreciation of the profound influence on my professional career by the late Edward C. Jordan (1910–1991), renowned author of the famous text book, “Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating Systems,” first published in 1950 by Prentice Hall, and revered head of my department for 25 years (1954–1979).

elements of engineering electromagnetics impact
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, Impact
  • One of five EM textbooks (out of more than 100) noted for impact and longevity
    • Ramo & Whinnery (1944, 1953); with Van Duzer (1965, 1984, 1994)
    • Jordan (1950); with Balmain (1968)
    • Kraus (1953, 1984, 1992); with Carver (1973); with Fleisch (1999)
    • Hayt (1958, 1967, 1974, 1981, 1989); with Buck (2001)
    • Rao (1977, 1987, 1991, 1994, 2000)
  • Usage 1977–2000
    • Over 7000 students from UIUC alone
    • Thousands nationwide and abroad
    • Over 60 instructors at UIUC alone
service prior to 1987
Service Prior to 1987
  • Course Director, ECE 229, ECE 358
  • Electromagnetic Fields Area Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Graduate Committee
  • Graduate Admissions Committee
  • Graduate Coordinator
international consultancy 1985 1986
International Consultancy, 1985–1986
  • Consultant at University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Department of Electrical Engineering, under the MUCIA-Indonesia World Bank IX Education Project
    • Developed new curricula for 1990s and beyond
    • Planned for instructional laboratories
    • Demonstrated instructional techniques
    • Advised in planning for manpower
associate head of department 1987 present
Associate Head of Department, 1987–Present
  • Redefined job and streamlined ongoing activities over the years.
  • Introduced new initiatives to meet the challenges.
  • Authored three books while serving as Associate Head.
  • Presently in charge of “instructional and graduate affairs.”
breadth and division of responsibilities
Breadth and Division of Responsibilities




Associate Head

Sub. for


of Dept.






Chair: ABET Evaluation Graduate Admissions

Member: Curriculum Facilities Faculty Search Graduate Student Recruitment Promotions Promotions Review Scholarships, Student Awards, and Honors Teaching Evaluation and Awards Elections and Credentials (COE) Teaching Evaluation and Improvement (COE)

abet ec2000
  • Web site:
  • Objectives
    • Engaging the faculty and communicating with the constituents
    • Documenting preparation for accreditation visit in Fall 2001
    • Setting a model for large departments that involves full participation by faculty
administering pop quiz on abet ec2k to ece faculty
Administering Pop Quiz on ABET EC2K to ECE Faculty

Pop Quiz on ABET EC2K

Ah! How I love to see

them caught by


ECE Faculty Meeting

October 24, 2000

instructional affairs
Instructional Affairs
  • All aspects of instruction other than undergraduate advising
instructional affairs59
Instructional Affairs
  • 91 faculty
    • Bioengineering, Acoustics, and Magnetic Resonance Engineering (6)
    • Circuits and Signal Processing (15)
    • Computer Engineering (17)
    • Communications and Control(13)
    • Electromagnetics, Optics and Remote Sensing (16)
    • Microelectronics and Quantum Electronics (19)
    • Power and Energy Systems (5)
instructional affairs continued
Instructional Affairs (continued)
  • 1598 undergraduate students
    • Electrical Engineering (791)
    • Computer Engineering (807)
  • 429 graduate students
  • 472 degrees
    • BS (328)
    • MS (102)
    • PhD (42)
instructional affairs continued61
Instructional Affairs (continued)
  • 18 undergraduate laboratory facilities
    • 2 maintained by COE
  • ~150 courses
    • 26 laboratory
    • 6 having laboratory component
    • 60 at 400 level (graduate students only)
    • ~20 special topics (271, 371, 497)
  • Over 100 graduate teaching assistants (~40 FTE)
  • 40 undergraduate graders (~10 FTE)
world class undergraduate laboratories
World Class Undergraduate Laboratories
  • Students bring together theory and practice
    • Chip fabrication, IC tester
    • Digital signal processing
    • Computer and control systems
    • Optical systems and networks
  • Open house held in 1993 for ASEE Centennial Conference
  • Big investment in students
integrated circuit tester
Integrated Circuit Tester
  • Donated by Hewlett-Packard in 1999
  • ECE is now a leader in VLSI education
  • Integrated into five ECE courses
    • Combined enrollment of 120 students
  • HP/Agilent employees also receive training through ECE
graduate affairs
Graduate Affairs
  • Graduate admissions
  • Graduate recruitment
  • Graduate assistants
  • Graduate student fellowships and awards
  • Graduate program
  • Vision 2001
graduate admissions fall 2000
Graduate Admissions, Fall 2000
  • 1189 applications
  • 196 admissions with financial aid
    • 89 acceptances
    • Average GPA: 3.73/4.00
    • Average GRE scores: 94% Q, 89% A, 75% V
  • 47 admissions without aid
    • 29 acceptances
  • 243 total admissions
    • 118 total acceptances
    • 49% acceptance rate
graduate recruitment
Graduate Recruitment
  • Graduate study opportunities get-together with juniors and seniors
  • ECE faculty–provisionally admitted seniors dinner event
  • COE minority prospective grad student recruitment
vision 2001 preparing ece graduate program for a new millennium
Vision 2001: Preparing ECE Graduate Program for a New Millennium
  • Recruitment
    • Provisional admission for top ECE seniors
    • Expanded three-year ECE Distinguished Fellowships to top seniors in ECE peer institutions
  • Program Options
    • Five-year BS/MS
    • Flexible MS requirement
  • Electronic Education
    • Steve Franke appointed director of electronic education
    • Create incentives for faculty to develop and use online resources
inspiring faculty on graduate education
Inspiring Faculty on Graduate Education

The Dilemma of Graduate Education and VISION 2001

My Dear distinguished ECE Colleagues

And respected pundits in your own fields

I am here to engage you on our graduate program

And impress upon you the urgent need for reform

To reiterate my emphatic utterances

In the past two weeks at area meetings

I say again graduate education is in trouble

Ironically because of the economic bubble

To counter that ours is a top-ranked department

Therefore, we are immune to this predicament

I declare, is like getting caught in the illusion

Banking on the myth of a rock solid foundation

For I assure you without a concerted attack

The rock solid foundation will surely crack

So, let me remind you all of VISION 2001

For us to agree upon as the attack in unison

While we may have our own preferences

In the matter of implementing the details

Think of you as riding the horse of VISION 2001

To conquer the dilemma of graduate education

Let us together go on the ride

By taking the steps in stride.

substitute for department head
Substitute for Department Head
  • Department Heads’ Committee Meetings
  • COE Administrative Committee Meetings
  • COE Dept. Heads and Lab Directors Meetings
  • Other Campus Activities (e.g., COE CEAB Meeting)
  • NEEDHA (National Electrical Engineering Department Heads’ Association) Annual Meetings
  • Other NEEDHA Activities
  • Act for Head during prolonged absences
demystifying abet criteria for needha members
Demystifying ABET Criteria for NEEDHA Members
  • Engineering Criteria 2000 formula vs. Traditional Criteria Formula
miscellaneous activities
Miscellaneous Activities
  • Student advisory committee
  • Annual spring awards banquet
  • Course director, ECE 229
  • Teaching electromagnetics courses during summer
  • Developing course materials on the Web
  • Revising textbook
motivating students for studying electromagnetics
Motivating Students for Studying Electromagnetics

The Relevance of EM and EMantras

To My Dear ECE 229 StudentWhether by design or accident

You might be wondering why you should study EM

Okay, let me tell you about it by means of a PoEM

First you should know that the beauty of EM

Lies in the nature of its compact formalism

Through a set of four wonderful EMantras

Familiarly known as Maxwell's equations

They might be like mere four lines of mathematics to you

But in them lie a wealth of phenomena that surround you

Based on them are numerous device

That provide you everyday servicesWithout the principles of Maxwell's equations

Surely we would all have been in the dark ages

Because there would be no such thing as electrical power

Nor would there be electronic communication or computer

Which are typical of the important applications of ECE

And so you see, EM is fundamental to the study of ECE

Whether by design or accident

My Dear ECE 229 Student.

teaching and education related awards and recognitions
Teaching and Education-Related Awards and Recognitions
  • First TANA Award in Engineering (1983)
  • University of Indonesia Plaque (1986)
  • COE Everitt Award (1987)
  • IEEE Fellow (1989)
  • UIUC Campus Teaching Award (1989)
  • First UIUC Campus Oakley Award (1989)
  • COE Halliburton Award (1991)
  • AT&T Foundation Award (1991)
  • IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award (1994)
  • TANA Excellence in Education Award (1999)
tana excellence in education award 1999
TANA Excellence in Education Award (1999)
  • First Telugu American to receive two awards from TANA (Telugu Association of North America).
  • Over 75 million Telugu-speaking people worldwide.
boss of the year award criteria
Boss of the Year Award, Criteria
  • Perform his/her duties well and enthusiastically support UIUC and its programs
  • Routinely show consideration and support of others—staff, colleagues, students, and visitors to office/campus
  • Perform courtesies beyond his/her daily responsibilities
  • Exhibit other qualities that exemplify good leadership and organizational abilities