Altair Opens Student Competition For Electromagnetic Engineering

TROY — The Troy engineering technology firm Altair Monday announced the opening of the Feko Student Competition.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and post-graduate students who work on a supervised project in the area of electromagnetic engineering and make use of Feko, Altair’s electromagnetic analysis software, included in its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering suite.

The competition is an ideal opportunity for students to showcase their work in Feko and some attractive prizes are up for grabs — a state-of-the-art laptop computer or attendance to an Altair ATC or ATCx, conference series, which are hosted around the world each year.

The competition is being launched through the Altair academic website,, now that Feko is part of Altair HyperWorks. Gronum Smith, marketing director of EM solutions at Altair, noted that that “provides us with a much larger audience so we are expecting the competition to be even more popular than in the past. We receive entries from all over the world and have had winners from England, USA, Spain, South Africa and Italy since the competition began in 2003.”

Added Matthias Goelke, PhD, business development director of academic markets for Altair: “By using Feko the students gain experience with a leading CEM tool that is widely used in industry. This experience will be very useful in their future engineering careers.”

Gastón Ezequiel Pérez, a final year electronic engineering student from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Buenos Aires, Argentina, won the 2014 Feko Student Competition. His winning entry, titled “Design of a Patch Antenna Array for Beamforming Combined with Metamaterials at 5.8 GHz,” described the systematic design of a planar array system and how each design decision was informed by electromagnetic simulation. The goal was to provide a solution for satellite applications that require the on-board antenna to be low profile, high gain, and dynamically orientable while adhering to strict weight and volume constraints. Phased signals were used for beamforming, eliminating the drawback of requiring a change in mechanical parts to reorient the radiation pattern.

Students should register at Once registered the participants will receive further details on requirements, links to support forums, and guides. The deadline for entries is Sept. 30.

Added Matthias: “We are happy to announce that Feko has now been added to the Altair Support Forum. Here students can discuss any issues they experience with Feko, in real-time, whilst working on any of their projects. Our support engineers around the world are active on the forum so there is always someone available to answer any questions. This hands-on support is invaluable to students.”

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