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Alumnus Roberto D. Graglia wins Harrington-Mittra Award

Roberto Graglia

Roberto D. Graglia, an UIC alumnus, is the recipient of the 2021 Harrington-Mittra Award in computational electromagnetics from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society. The award was established in 2013 to recognize both the past technical accomplishments and future potential of an outstanding contributor to the area of computational electromagnetics.

Graglia earned his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science in 1983, advised by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Piergiorgio L. E. Uslenghi. After graduation, Graglia returned to Italy and worked as a researcher with the Italian National Research Council, supervising international projects. He returned to UIC in 1991 and worked as an associate visiting professor before going back to Italy to join Politecnico Di Torino as an associate professor the following year. He was promoted to professor of electrical engineering in 1999.

Graglia has authored more than 150 publications in international scientific journals and symposia proceedings. His areas of interest include numerical methods for high- and low-frequency electromagnetics, theoretical and computational aspects of scattering and interactions with complex media, waveguides, antennas, electromagnetic compatibility, and low-frequency phenomena. He has served as editor of several journals and in 1998 was elected Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions in the application of numerical techniques in the studies of electromagnetic structures.

“My years in Chicago were beautiful, of study and fun,” Graglia said. “Among the many choices I made, that of studying at UIC and that of pursuing a university career after my return to Italy remain among the best.”