Altair calls for entrants to 15th annual FEKO Student Competition

Engineering students from around the world are being invited by Altair to participate in the 15th annual FEKO Student Competition.

The competition is looking for undergraduate and post-graduate students who have worked on a supervised project in electromagnetic engineering using FEKO, which is Altair’s electromagnetic (EM) analysis software suite.

Prizes include a top of the range laptop computer or attendance at an Altair ATC or ATCx, conference series, which are hosted around the world each year. For the 15th edition of the competition, entries will be accepted in Chinese and Japanese.

The 14th edition of the competition was won by Daniel Ung, a Masters student from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

“Working on this project was challenging and rewarding at the same time,” said Daniel. “I have developed an appreciation of the amount of ‘behind the scenes’ work that enables radio astronomy to deliver groundbreaking science. I hope the next generation of low-frequency telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array will benefit from my project.”

Artist’s impression of SKA

Daniel’s winning entry – Embedded Element Pattern Beam Model for Murchison Widefield Array – addressed the need for an accurate yet accessible beam pattern of the Murchison Widefield Array for astronomers.

“The judges were very pleased to see the complexity and accuracy of the results achieved using FEKO versus real-world results,” said Matthias Goelke, senior director – Business Development Academic Markets at Altair.

The competition is being launched through the Altair academic website ( and along with great prizes, the winner will also have the opportunity to host a webinar to present their project, which will expose them to a much larger audience and provide a very useful experience for their future engineering careers.

Students can register for the competition now. Once registered, the participants will receive further details on requirements, links to support forums, and guides. Deadline for entries is 31 October 2017.