News | April 28, 2014

Getting Brains Into Gear With The FEKO Student Competition

Source: Altair Engineering Inc
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The popular FEKO Student Competition is once again open to all under-graduates and post-graduates who work on a supervised project in electromagnetic engineering and make use of FEKO. This annual competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their work.

There are some attractive prizes up for grabs – a state-of-the-art laptop computer or attendance to an industry related conference anywhere in the world! Online gift vouchers are also up for grabs for the winning student’s supervisor.

“Our distributors and resellers around the world are committed to supporting engineering education and encourage the students in their regions to enter.

By using FEKO they gain experience with a leading CEM tool that is widely used in industry,” explains Ulrich Jakobus, Director of EM Software & Systems– S.A. Institutions can apply for free Classroom Licenses for FEKO, which helps students to learn the basic electromagnetic principles or to investigate the finer intricacies of the different CEM techniques. The hybridisation of these techniques enable advanced research that would not be possible with a code that relies on a single technique.

“The memory limit on classroom licenses is now 1 G Byte which enables the demonstration of larger problems to students and is also more suitable for use by students in their individual projects,” says Gronum Smith, Team Leader Marketing at EMSS.

He added that students are most welcome to contact FEKO regarding free licenses for the competition.

Chenchen Li from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA was the 2013 winner with his presentation entitled “Dynamic Radar Signatures of Wind Turbines – Simulation and Measurement”. Chenchen investigated the dynamic backscattering of a single small wind turbine.

More information along with the T’s & C’s can be found at

About FEKO and EM Software & Systems-S.A. (Pty) Ltd.
FEKO® ( is a comprehensive computational electromagnetics code (CEM code) that is used widely in the telecommunications, automobile, space and defence industries. FEKO® offers several solution techniques (MoM, MLFMM, PO, Ray Launching GO, UTD and FEM) under a single licence.

Hybridisation of these techniques enables the efficient analysis of a very broad spectrum of EM problems e.g. 3D antenna design, antenna placement on electrically large structures, microstrip-antennas, microstrip-circuits, EMC, biomedical and scattering. With the MLFMM, and the true hybridisation of the solvers, FEKO® is considered the global market leader for antenna placement analysis.

FEKO® has a well-established global distribution and technical support network with subsidiary companies in North America, Europe, China and representatives in 8 other countries. EMSS ( was started in 1994 as an engineering company consulting in general electromagnetic problems.

SOURCE: Altair Engineering Inc