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Research in computational E&M is becoming more and more closely tied to wireless communications, and high speed computer design. Electromagnetic field theory is the main research and education area of the laboratory. Applications in electrical engineering include RFID and wireless communication in harsh environments.


At OSU current research programs focus on the use of computational electromagnetics to determine radar scattering of radar from rough surfaces. The laboratory is a pioneer in the research on the theory and potential applications of electromagnetic interference countermeasures microwave technology, antenna structures, rough surface scattering and reduction of radar cross section.

REFTAS (Robust Electromagnetic Field Testing and Simulation Lab) has a reverberation chamber which is being used in the susceptibility testing of electronic equipment and measurement of shielding effectiveness. Another application is the use of electromagnetic waves and sensors to determine the soil moisture for agricultural assessments.



  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Antenna Theory
  • Radar theory
  • Numerical Methods
  • Microwave Engineering

Research Labs

Robust Electromagnetic Field Testing and Simulation Lab


Dr. Charles F. Bunting received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1992 and 1994, respectively. From 1994 to 2001 he was an assistant/associate professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of Engineering Technology where he worked closely with NASA Langley Research Center on electromagnetic field penetration in aircraft structures and reverberation chamber simulation using finite element techniques. In 2001 he joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University as an associate professor. His chief interests are fundamental variational principles and computational electromagnetics, statistical electromagnetics and the analysis of optical and microwave structures using numerical methods including finite element techniques.

Dr. James West's research interests are in the areas of radar remote sensing, radar scattering, numerical electromagnetics, antenna design and analysis and microwave systems. His current research focus is computational electromagnetics as applied to rough surface scattering and reverberation chambers. He received a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma in 1982 and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1986 and 1989, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University in 1989. He also served as a Visiting Scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory from August 1998 through July 1999.