Branislav M. Notaros

Branislav M. Notaros

College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Appointed: 2016
Office: Engineering C101C
Phone: (970) 491-3537
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  • Dipl.Ing. (B.S.), University of Belgrade, Electrical Engineering, 1988
  • M.S., University of Belgrade, Electrical Engineering, 1992
  • Ph.D., University of Belgrade, Electrical Engineering, 1995

Branislav Notaros, who joined Colorado State University in 2006, is Director of Electromagnetics Laboratory in the ECE Department. Previously, he held assistant/associate professor of electrical engineering positions at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and University of Belgrade. His research activities and contributions are in computational and applied electromagnetics, as well as in electromagnetics education. His publications include more than 170 journal and conference papers. His work has been supported by seven major grants from the National Science Foundation (five as single-PI awards) and several other contracts. His four current NSF and NASA grants deal with antenna/RF design for next-generation ultra-high field medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), remote sensing of snow and rain, radar, and precipitation scattering, and GPM-DPR/Precipitation Measurement Missions.

Prof. Notaros served as General Chair of FEM2012, Colorado, USA, and as Guest Editor of the double Special Issue on Finite Elements for Microwave Engineering, in Electromagnetics, 2014. He is Founding Editor of "Electromagnetics, Wireless, Radar, and Microwaves Series" with CRC Press. He serves as Chair of the Technical Committee for USNC-URSI Commission B. He organized a very large number of special sessions at IEEE AP-S, ACES, URSI, and FEM conferences.

He was the recipient of many international/national and university teaching/educational awards, e.g., IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, ASEE ECE Distinguished Educator Award, Carnegie Foundation USPOY Colorado Professor of the Year, and CSU System Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and many international research awards, e.g., IEEE Microwave Prize, IEE Marconi Premium, and IEEE Fellow.

Prof. Notaros' teaching expertise, interests, and initiatives are in the area of electromagnetics, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and are fully integrated with his research. His goal has always been to perform not only as a productive researcher, nor just as a dedicated instructor, but rather as a true teacher-scholar. From the beginning of his university career, he has therefore been striving for a scholarly integration of research, teaching/education, and service to the university and technical profession in a balanced and inclusive fashion.

He published several textbooks for undergraduates in electromagnetics (EM) and in fundamentals of electrical engineering – basic fields and circuits. Most importantly, he is the author of a comprehensive textbook, Electromagnetics (840 pages) with Pearson Prentice Hall (2010). This book, together with unprecedented electronic resources on its companion website, implements new approaches and tools for teaching and learning EM, not present in any of the many existing EM textbooks. He also is the author of two unique textbooks for undergraduates presenting EM in a completely new way, namely, MATLAB-Based Electromagnetics (2013) with Pearson Prentice Hall and Conceptual Electromagnetics (2016) with CRC Press. In addition, he is the author of the "Electromagnetics Concept Inventory (EMCI)," an assessment instrument for measuring students' understanding of fundamental concepts in EM.

Prof. Notaros has graduated a large number of Ph.D. and Masters students and has supported and supervised more than 20 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) students and more than 50 students on ECE Senior Design Projects. (His teams won many Engineering Days First, Second, and Third Place Awards.)

Research Interests and Awards

  • Electromagnetics, computational electromagnetics, modeling and numerical methods, higher order methods, RF/antennas, scattering, remote sensing of snow and rain, radar meteorology, magnetic resonance imaging, transformation optics, and electromagnetics education.
  • 2005 IEEE Microwave Prize – best-paper (journal paper) award by the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) – granted for a paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques in 2003. li>
  • 1999 IEE Marconi Premium – best-paper (journal paper) award by the IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers), London, United Kingdom (IEE-wide award) – granted for a paper published in the IEE Proceedings on Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation in 1997/>
  • IEEE Fellow (2016), "for contributions to higher order methods in computational electromagnetics."li>
  • 2005 Scholar of the Year, university-wide award, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. li>
  • 1999 URSI Young Scientist Award, 26th URSI (International Union of Radio Science) General Assembly, Toronto, Canada,>
  • 2004 Dean's Recognition Award, College of Engineering, UMass Dartmouth.

Teaching Awards and Recognitions

  • 2015 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, IEEE-wide award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), July 21, 2015, Vancouver,>
  • 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching USPOY Colorado Professor of the Year Award, Council for Advancement and Support of Education and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, November 20, 2014, National Press Club, Washington, D.C. li>
  • 2015 ASEE ECE Distinguished Educator Award, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), June 15, 2015, Seattle, Washington. li>
  • 2012 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award, IEEE Region 5, April 6,>
  • 2012 Colorado State University System Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Colorado State>
  • 2014 Provost's N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation, Colorado State>
  • 2010 College of Engineering George T. Abell Outstanding Teaching and Service Faculty Award, Colorado State>
  • 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014 ECE Excellence in Teaching Awards, COE Engineering Days (E-Days) Award Ceremonies (by nominations and votes of ECE students),>
  • Delivered the faculty charge at the Spring 2011 College of Engineering Commencement, on May 13, 2011, in Moby Arena, CSU.

Current Teaching Activities

  • ECE 341 Electromagnetic Fields & Devices I
  • ECE 342 Electromagnetic Fields & Devices II
  • ECE 444 Antennas and Radiation
  • ECE 540 Computational Electromagnetics
  • ECE 641 Electromagnetics
  • ECE 642 Time Harmonic Electromagnetics
  • ECE 401/402 Senior Design Projects