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NTU EEE professor received the IEEE AP-S Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award

A/Prof. Tan received the IEEE AP-S Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award certificate from AP-S President and Immediate Past President during the AP-S award ceremony in July 2019. Earlier in March 2019, A/Prof. Tan received Ulrich L. Rohde Innovative Conference Paper Award on Computational Techniques in Electromagnetics from AP-S President during the award banquet in 2019 IEEE International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics. 


What is the IEEE AP-S Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award?

This award is presented by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) to recognize outstanding and original contributions to undergraduate education by an educator, who should be in the general area of electromagnetic education, including theory, analytical solutions, numerical methods, antennas and propagation, phenomena visualization and measurements. 

This year, I am the recipient of this award with citation: “For excellence in teaching, student mentoring, and the development of mobile technologies and computational methods for electromagnetics education.” 

Tell us about your teaching and student mentoring activities that have led to you being honoured this year.

Over the years in teaching engineering electromagnetics and RF/microwave circuit courses, I have developed and utilized various software visualizations to help students learn, from the early Flash animations, MATLAB and commercial software simulations, to recent apps on mobile devices and 3-D displays incorporating novel computational electromagnetics (CEM) methods. Several such mobile apps are available for download on Apps Store (some on Play Store). In 2015, I was awarded the Singapore Ministry of Education Tertiary Education Research Fund for a project on interactive mobile apps supplementable with 3-D displays to enhance teaching and learning of electromagnetics. I was the IEEE AP-S Region 10 Distinguished Speaker 2015, and have been invited to deliver talks/demos on educational mobile apps and CEM methods at several cities in India, Japan and China. 

Over many years, I have been providing much mentorship to my teams comprising (all or mostly) undergraduate students, who have won numerous awards/prizes for their projects in international, regional and local contests. They include First Prize in 2014 IEEE MTT-S Student Design Contest on Apps for Microwave Theory and Techniques, First Prize in 2013 IEEE AP-S Antenna Design Contest, Best team in Android Applications in Design Innovation Project Competition, Best team in Robotics in Design Innovation Project Competition, Most Efficient Solution Award in Engineering Invention ‘N’ Innovation Challenge (among ASEAN universities), etc. Besides, I have also been the supervisor for postgraduate students who received numerous paper awards/prizes. This year, I have received Ulrich L. Rohde Innovative Conference Paper Award on Computational Techniques in Electromagnetics. 

What does this award mean to you?

I feel very honoured to have received this award from IEEE AP-S, which gives much recognition to my teaching and research efforts all this while. It is definitely very affirming and serves to encourage me to excel further in teaching and research. 

Any future endeavours/plans?

I plan to extend my efforts on the use of mobile technologies to aid teaching and learning, so that students could benefit more  with better understanding and interactive visualization. I hope to continue incorporating novel CEM methods onto mobile platform for enhanced teaching and learning anytime, anywhere. 


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