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Weng Cho Chew received the B.S. degree in 1976, both the M.S. and Engineer's degrees in 1978, and the Ph. D. degree in 1980, all in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. His recent research interest has been in the area of fast algorithms related to scattering and inverse scattering of waves. He has also been interested in waves in inhomogeneous media for geophysical subsurface sensing and nondestructive testing applications. Previously, he has also analyzed electrochemical effects and dielectric properties of composite materials, microwave and optical waveguides, and microstrip antennas. From 1981 to 1985, he was with Schlumberger-Doll Research in Ridgefield, Connecticut. While he was there, he was a program leader and later a department manager. From 1985 to 1990, he was an associate professor with the University of Illinois. He currently is a professor there and teaches graduate courses in Waves and Fields in Inhomogeneous Media, and Theory of Microwave and Optical Waveguides and supervises a graduate research program. He has authored a book Waves and Fields in Inhomogeneous Media, coauthored a book Fast and Efficient Methods in Computational Electromagnetics, published over 250 scientific journal articles and presented over 300 conference papers. Dr. Chew is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, URSI Commisions B and F, and an active member with the Society of Exploration Geophysics. He was also an AdCom member IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and presently an AdCom member of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society ('02-present). He is an associate editor of the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications ('96-present), and Microwave Optical Technology Letters ('96-present). He was also an associate editor with IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing ('84-02), the International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology ('89-'94), and has been a Guest Editor of Radio Science ('86), International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology ('89), and Electromagnetics ('95). From 1989 to 1993, he was the associate director the Advanced Construction Technology Center at the University of Illinois. Presently, he is the director of the Center for Computational Electromagnetics and the Electromagnetics Laboratory at the same university.
He is an IEEE Fellow and was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator for 1986. Dr Chew's name is listed many times in the List of Excellent Instructors on campus. He is the winner of the year 2000 IEEE Graduate Teaching Award and is a Founder Professor, College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Recently, he coauthored a paper that won the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Schelkunoff Prize Paper Award. He also won the 2001 Campus Wide Excellence in Professional and Graduate Teaching Award at the University of Illinois. Recently, ISI Citation elected him to the category of Most-Highly Cited Authors (top 0.5%).