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Winner announced for the 17th annual 2019 Altair Electromagnetic Student Competition

Published: 8 April 2020 - Rachael Morling

Altair has announced that Elias Hatem, a PhD student studying Electronics and Communications Engineering, is the winner of the 2019 Altair Electromagnetic Student Competition.

The 17th Annual Altair Electromagnetic Student Competition is an annual international contest established by Altair to acknowledge engineering students interested in antennas, electromagnetic compatibility, wave propagation modeling, wireless connectivity, and other electromagnetic-related fields. Open to undergraduate and graduate students from any location, the contest is designed to give students the opportunity to showcase their work using Altair Feko or Altair WinProp, both of which are part of the Altair HyperWorks suite.

“We are proud of all the students who participated in this competition and want to especially congratulate our first-place winner, Elias Hatem, whose work focused on RFID transmissions,” said Ulrich Jacobus, senior vice president, electromagnetics at Altair. “This competition is one of many initiatives that illustrate how Altair’s global academic program is focused on enabling young engineers and data analysts to explore numerous design ideas in less time through their use of our industrial-strength modeling and simulation software – in this case, Altair Feko and Altair WinProp. We believe that the students’ ability to leverage tools like ours to innovate faster, through realistic project-based learning, will prepare them for the premier jobs in industry.”

Hatem received the award for his 3D model for propagation of UHF-RFID tags’ signals in an indoor environment. The competition jury was especially impressed by the creation of his entire workflow, from the computer-aided design (CAD) model of the indoor scenario to the simulation with WinProp. Hatem’s project created an excellent match, of 97% correlation, between simulation results and measurements, and the complex post-processing process. He is pursuing his PhD degree at Paris-Est University and the Lebanese University in collaboration with AlliansTIC laboratory at EFREI (École d'Ingénieurs Généraliste du Numérique) in Paris, France.

“I have never thought I’d be the winner of this competition and feel very grateful to have this opportunity to present my PhD work. Special thanks go to my two supervisors who always encourage me to exceed in what I do," said Hatem.

The winning project titled, “3D Modeling for Propagation of UHF-RFID Tags’ Signals in an Indoor Environment,” is available for download here.

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