Professor Emeritus Thomas B. A. Senior has
been awarded the 2010
IEEE Electromagnetics Award,
"For significant contributions to the advancement of electromagnetic
diffraction and scattering theories."
This prestigious award is sponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation
Society, the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, the IEEE Microwave
Theory and Techniques Society, and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Society. It is awarded on the basis of outstanding contributions to
electromagnetics in theory, application or education.
Prof. Senior joined the department as a research scientist in 1957, and
became Professor Emeritus in 1998 after a distinguished career marked by
research and teaching excellence, and a remarkable legacy of service to the
department and to his profession.
He has made fundamental contributions to the knowledge of electromagnetic
and acoustic scattering and to the development of analytic and numerical
techniques applicable at low, resonant and high frequencies. He has authored
or co-authored 3 books and over 200 publications; some of his articles are
now classics in the field.
Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 1990, Prof. Senior also received 2
HKN Faculty Awards, a TBP Outstanding Faculty Award, a CoE Teaching
Excellence Award, and a State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award. In
addition, he provided outstanding leadership for 36 consecutive years in the
department, first as Associate Director (1962-74) and then as Director
(1974-87) of the Radiation Laboratory, and finally as Associate Chair of
Academic Affairs (1984-98) for the entire department.
For more than 20 years, Prof. Senior has been a leader in the
International Union of Radio Science (URSI). He served on the US National
Committee for URSI in a variety of roles for most of this time, including
the editorship of the joint Radio Science (1973-79) and USNC/URSI chair
(1981-84). He also held a series of international positions, including URSI
President. During this period, URSI established itself as the leading
international organization in the field of radio science.