Teaching Spring 2024:

ECE 561 — Engineering Electromagnetics

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Professor Schamiloglu, born in The BronXXVII, NY, was educated in the New York City public school system, graduating from the Bronx High School of Science in 1976. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Columbia University in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering from Cornell University in 1988. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA. He is the Director of the Pulsed Power, Beams, and Microwaves Laboratory. He is the Founding Director of DEC@UNM, UNM's Directed Energy Center. He is President of the SUMMA Foundation. He was the General Chair of the IEEE Pulsed Power and Plasma Science 2007 Conference. He was the General Chair of AMEREM 2014 held at the University of New Mexico in 2014 and he is Chair of ICOPS 2023 Conference in Santa Fe, NM.


His Wikipedia page can be found here. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society’s AdCom.

Why I became a scientist.

Research Interests

Click here for a high-resolution photograph of a TM01 plasma ring generated by a high power backward-wave oscillator.

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High-Power Microwave Sources and Technologies Using Metamaterials
Edited by John W. Luginsland, Jason A. Marshall, Arje Nachman, Edl Schamiloglu
ISBN-13: 978-1119384441, 350 pages
Dec. 14, 2021, Wiley-IEEE Press

High-Power Microwave Sources and Technologies

Robert J. Barker (Editor), Edl Schamiloglu (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-7803-6006-8, 528 pages
June 2001, Wiley-IEEE Press

High Power Microwaves, Third Edition

James Benford, John A. Swegle, Edl Schamiloglu
ISBN 9781482260595, 435 pages
November 2015, CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group)

Sponsored Research

NSF Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA)

FY2020 AFOSR MURI on Exploration of Fundamental Limits to High Power Electromagnetic (HPEM) Amplification

Increasing Pulse Length and Repetition Rate of Magnetrons and MILO

Optimized High Power Microwave Sources

Ultra-High-Efficiency Relativistic Magnetron and Improved MILO Capabilities

UC Irvine - Multi-Stream Traveling Wave Tube

FY18 Michigan State MURI – Multipactor and Breakdown Susceptibility in Microwave Frequency High Field Devices

Cornell University Center of Excellence on Pulsed Power Driven High Energy Density Science

LANL Accelerator Pipeline Program

DARPA INVEST - Innovative Approaches to High Frequency VEDs
AFOSR/AFRL Center of Excellence on the Science of Electronics in Extreme Electromagnetic Environments
FY12 MURI - Innovative use of Metamaterials in Confining, Controlling, and Radiating Intense Microwave Pulses


“Every so often, it still happens that someone tells me that there is an irreconcilable conflict between teaching and research, that dedicated teachers do not do research because it takes away time that they could be spending on their teaching, or that serious research physicists cannot afford to devote significant amounts of time and effort to teaching. As a generalization, this has always struck me as ludicrous.”  Robert H. Romer, Editor, American Journal of Physics, from “Teaching or research, research or teaching? - Thoughts about Edward M. Purcell,” Am. J. Phys. vol. 65, 689 (1997).

He teaches undergraduate and graduate level electrodynamics, graduate level antennas and wave propagation, graduate level plasma diagnostic theory and experiment, physics of intense pulsed electron and ion beams, pulsed power and charged particle acceleration, beam-wave interaction in quasi-periodic structures, probabilistic methods, circuit analysis, and engineering ethics.


Schamiloglu selected as Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science

Schamiloglu participates in academic research security panel at Stanford

UNM's AFRL-Sponsored Directed Energy Center

Schamiloglu on HC-Insider Podcast Discussing Geomagnetic Storms

Air Force to Build New Center to Study and Enhance Directed Energy Capabilities

AFRL Partners with UNM for New Directed Energy Center

Star Wars no longer fiction

Scientists suggest US embassies were hit with high-power microwaves – here's how the weapons work

66 Semesters on Route 66 

Schamiloglu elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

UNM and Sandia National Labs sign strategic alliance agreement

AFRL Breakthrough Discoveries: A Visiting Scientist Program Project Ignites a New Wave of In-House and University Collaboration

UNM engineering school making PPE for health care workers

UNM professor heads team winning $7.5M grant

School of Engineering leaps into making masks

Schamiloglu leads team to win MURI award for research

Schamiloglu receives inaugural IEEE Kristiansen Award
          • Announcement of Award
          • Acceptance of Award

Sandia Labs and UNM Sign Collaborative National Security Agreement

General Atomics Donates to Professor Schamiloglu's Laboratory

Schamiloglu appointed Special Assistant to the Provost for Laboratory Relations

Schamiloglu and Gilmore team with Cornell on $15M NNSA Pulsed Power Driven High Energy Density Science Center

Schamiloglu on UNM’s Global and National Security Policy Institute

Senator Heinrich tours Schamiloglu’s directed energy laboratory

Schamiloglu Appointed ADR of SOE

Schamiloglu interviewed by EnergyWire on North Korea EMP threat

Schamiloglu comments on MIT metamaterial high power microwave source results

Rear Admiral Phillip G. Sawyer visits The University of New Mexico

Schamiloglu awarded more than $1.4 million in Department of Defense instrumentation grants

UNM, Sandia agree to more joint research, including collaborating on High Energy Density Science for the first time!

UNM Microwave research intensifies

Professor acknowledged with esteemed award

Schamiloglu honored with IEEE pulsed power award​

University of New Mexico - Sandia National Laboratories Partnership​

UNM leads $6 million grant to study electronics in extreme electromagnetic environments

Professor Schamiloglu awarded the 2013 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Richard F. Shea Award

Professor Schamiloglu presents a week of lectures at the Microwave Tube Research and Development Centre, Bengaluru, India

Professor Schamiloglu Presents Lectures as Visiting Scholar in China

Professor Schamiloglu presents AFOSR 60th Anniversary Lecture

Popular Science, August 2009

UNM School of Engineering Innovative Research, Fall 2008

Defense Tech Briefs article on the MiPRI program, February 1, 2007

Virginia-Pilot interview regarding Professor Laroussi's "Plasma Pen," October 15, 2005

Popular Science interview regarding the vehicle stopper, May 2005

AFOSR Research Highlights, Jan Feb Mar 2004

UNM Engineering, Spring 2004

Daily Lobo article describing Prof. Schamiloglu's HPM program, February 11, 2004

Albuquerque Journal, January 5, 2004

IEEE Spectrum, cover story, November 2003

Prof. Schamiloglu awarded a 2003 City of Albuquerque "Good Will Ambassador" Award

Washington Post interview, March 19, 2003

New York Times interview, February 20, 2003

Interview with KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM, January 29, 2003

Article on Tatars published in the Santa Fe New Mexican, February 22, 2002

Daily Lobo article describing Prof. Schamiloglu's receiving a $5M MURI grant on compact pulsed power, April 17, 2001

Other Stuff

"The researches of Brahe, Kepler, Newton, and their successors have presented us with a cold view of the world. As far as we have been able to discover the laws of nature, they are impersonal, with no hint of a divine plan or any special status for human beings. In one way or another ... [we need to be] facing up to these discoveries. They express a viewpoint that is rationalist, reductionist, realist, and devoutly secular. Facing up is, after all, the posture opposite to that of prayer." Steven Weinberg, Facing Up: Science and its Cultural Adversaries (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001), p. ix-x.

Here you can find information on Tatars and Turkiye, or go ask my brother!   

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