Akyurtlu Alkim

Alkim Akyurtlu, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Alkim Akyurtlu, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor, Graduate Coordinator - Doctorate
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Electromagnetics, metamaterials, printed electronics, antennas, and RF devices

Research Interest

The design, fabrication and characterization of metamaterials (computational electromagnetics, electromagnetic metamaterials, complex media, micro- and nano-scale device modeling, antennas). Prof. Akyurtlu’s work involves developing novel low-loss metamaterials in the microwave to the visible regime and application of these materials in antennas and other optical devices. She has been funded by NSF, AFOSR, DARPA, AFRL as well as several industry partners.

Educational Background

B.S.   Virginia Polytechnic Institute
MS.    Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D.  Pennsylvania State University


Prof. Akyurtlu’s current research interests focus on computational electromagnetics with emphasis on modeling electromagnetic wave interaction with metamaterials and complex media, antennas, and micro- and nano-scale devices and on applications of electromagnetics in nanotechnology.  These research projects are funded by NSF, NASA, and AFOSR.  Prior to coming to UMass Lowell in the Fall of 2002, Prof. Akyurtlu worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory with the Systems and Analysis Group as a Technical Specialist conducting research on electromagnetic modeling and statistical analysis of radar systems. 

Prof. Akyurtlu was a Summer Faculty Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom Air Force Base and NASA Langley Research Center, where she received the Best Paper Award. Dr. Akyurtlu was an Academic Computing Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University. She was a recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at the 2000 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symposium.  She is a member of IEEE Antennas and Propagation and IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Societies. Prof. Akyurtlu won the Outstanding Teaching Award in the Electrical Engineering Department for the 2002-2003 Academic year at UMass Lowell.