FEKO Student Competition 2017

The FEKO Student Competition is an international contest organised annually by the FEKO team in support of engineering education.

Details and Rules Register
Pursuant to the terms of these competition rules (“Competition Rules”), the FEKO Student Competition (“Competition”) is open to students of colleges and universities from every country in the world who are aged 18 years and older at the time of entry, (each Entrant) except for students in countries or at universities subject to a ban on receiving US technology exports. Such students are hereby prohibited from entering into the Competition. Anyone who submits an Entry (as defined below) that is not based on work performed while enrolled as a student at a college or university will be disqualified.

Entry Period
The Competition will begin on April 12, 2017. Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2017 (the “Entry Period“).

Registration Information
Registration for the Competition is free. Entrants must use and complete the online registration form.

In the eventuality that the online registration form is unavailable, the Entry must be submitted via e-mail to feko-competition@altair.com.

Registration requires the first name, family name and contact information of the Entrant, the college or university attended and the name and contact details of the Entrant’s supervisor.

Registration must be completed within the Entry Period. If applying for a temporary full-featured FEKO licence, the Entrant must complete the registration form when applying for such a licence.

Entry Information
By entering the Competition, the Entrant warrants:

  • That the entry is the Entrant’s own, original work.
  • That a supervising or advising faculty member has reviewed and approved the entry.
  • That material submitted to the Competition may be used for FEKO promotional purposes.
  • Neither the entry nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trademark, copyright, etc.) of any other party.
  • Acceptance and agreement with all terms and conditions set out in the Educational End User License Agreement. Use of the software license is for ACADEMIC USE ONLY, which includes creating an Entry for this contest.
  • Students who have a FEKO License, can get started right away. If a FEKO license is needed please click here contact us.


Entry Submission Requirements
To submit an Entry to the Competition, an Entrant must: 1) successfully complete registration, 2) provide a submission that serves to summarise and present the Entrant’s work involving FEKO as described below; and 3) accept Altair’s Educational Software License Agreement (collectively, an “Entry“).

The submission must be in English, Chinese or Japanese language and may be in report, article or presentation format. No templates are provided. The submission should be submitted as a PDF file no larger than 5 MBytes in size. If a written report is submitted, it should not exceed 10 pages in length, inclusive of images and using a font no smaller in size than 11 pt Times New Roman. If a presentation is submitted, it should be limited to a maximum of 20 slides.

The submission should highlight the problem solved with FEKO, including details on simulation setup, solution method used, results and result interpretation.
The submission may be supplemented by FEKO model files, other documents (e.g. published articles, thesis) and multimedia content. If larger files need to be submitted, special arrangements have to be made with Altair via e-mail.
A full thesis or published article will not be accepted as submission, but may be submitted as supporting documents to an Entry. FEKO model files do not need to be submitted at time of entry, but may be requested by the judges during the judging process. Submit the entry to feko-competition@altair.com

Only complete Entries will be eligible to win. Any Entry containing software viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, or other computer code designed to disrupt, damage or limit the functioning of any software or hardware will be disqualified.

Judging Criteria
A team of FEKO engineers will evaluate the submitted Entries (the “Judges”). Submissions will be reviewed with respect to the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

  • Clear definition of the EM problem
  • Quality of FEKO models and proper usage of solution options
  • Presentation of the results
  • Verification of results (i.e. comparison with measurements and/or results from other numerical tools)
  • Interpretation of results
  • Overall quality of the report

The complexity of the EM problem studied will not be the major consideration for judgement.
Winners will be announced on the Altair Academic website no later than December 15, 2017. In addition, e-mail notifications will be sent to the winner, the winner’s supervisor and other Entrants.

The decisions of the Judges are final. The odds of being selected as the winner depend entirely on the quality of the Entry pursuant to the Judging Criteria, relative to the performance of all Entrants and the number of eligible Entries received, and does not involve chance.

The Competition is sponsored by Altair Engineering Inc., 1820 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48083 USA (“Altair”).

The Prizes
First prize: The winner of the first place Entry will be given the choice between paid attendance for him/her to an ATC / ATXc conference of his/her choice, including travel and accommodation costs up to the value of US$2000 OR a state-of-the-art laptop computer up to the value of US$2000.

If the ATC / ATXc conference is chosen as the prize, the winning Entrant is responsible for making his/her own travel arrangements and obtaining any visas which he/she may require. Transport, accommodation and/or registration fees will be paid up to the maximum of US$2000.
If the laptop is chosen as the prize, the winning Entrant can select a laptop of your choice at an online store of his/her preference subject to Altair‘s approval, to a maximum value of US$2000 inclusive of delivery cost and taxes.

Supervisor prize: The supervisor of the student who wins the first prize will receive an online store gift voucher to the value of US$400. For co-supervised Entries the supervisor prize will be divided equally between the supervisors or as agreed upon between Altair and the Entrant.

The winner will receive recognition on the Altair company websites. Runners-up and other Entrants may have their name, entry and school mentioned in the results announcement.

Other prizes: Further gift vouchers for runners-up and other Entrants may be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

Please make sure and read the complete FEKO Student Competition 2017 Rules.

And finally – good luck!

Past Winners

  • 2016: Daniel Ung, ICRAR/Curtin University, Perth, Australia, "Embedded Element Pattern Beam Model for Murchison Widefield Array"
  • 2015: Ting-Yen Shih, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA “Design of Platform-Mounted HF Antennas with Enhanced Bandwidth using the Characteristic Mode Configuration in FEKO”
  • 2014: Gastón E. Pérez from the National Technical University in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Facultad Regional Buenos Aires). Honourable mention was made of Ekaterina Auerbach from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 2013: Chenchen Li from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA. Runners-up: Ezdeen Elghannai (2nd) and Ming Chen (3rd) from the ElectroScience Laboratory within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Ohio State University, USA.
  • 2012: Richard Pierce from the Department of Electrical Engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, USA. Honourable mention was made of Tresor Diakiese from the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2011: Joan Gemio Valero from the Antenna and Microwave Systems Group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Honourable mention was made of Miguel Sossouhounto from the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2010: Christopher Thajudeen from the Center for Advanced Communications, College of Engineering, Villanova University in Pennsylvania, USA. Honourable mention was made of Jacob Adams from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Illinois, USA.
  • 2009: Simone Ledda from the Electronic and Telecommunications Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Florence, Italy. Honourable mention was made of Markus Lehner (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Ravensburg and EADS Military Air Systems [training company], Germany), Bennie Jacobs (University of Pretoria, South Africa) and Gideon Wiid (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa).
  • 2008: Markus Birk, Stephan Werker and Jens Holzapfel from the High Frequency Laboratory at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Special mention awards were made to Shaun Walker (University of Kansas-Missouri City, USA) and Yijun Zhou (Ohio State University, USA).
  • 2007: Brad Kramer from Ohio State University, USA. Special mention awards were presented to Kichul Kim (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA), Gideon Wiid (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) and Taeyoung Yang (Virginia Tech, USA).
  • 2006: Michael Buck from Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.The Educational Institute Prize has been awarded to Prof Jim Breakall (Antenna & Radio Engineering Lab), Pennsylvania State University, USA.
  • 2005: S. J. Marais from The University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • 2004: Laura Ollino and Luca Manetta from Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
  • 2003: Lester Low from Kent University, England.