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Vadim V. Yakovlev

My professional interests include electromagnetic and multiphysics modeling, scientific computations, and optimization in various interdisciplinary areas associated with high frequency electromagnetics. I am particularly interested in applications of microwave power engineering as well as microwave imaging (i.e., non-destructive evaluation and testing of materials from the characteristics of the electromagnetic field). I run the Industrial Microwave Modeling Group (IMMG), which I established in 1999 as a division of WPI’s Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS). This organization allows me to enrich traditional research activities by direct interaction with the real world – with engineers, practitioners, and industrialists.

Oftentimes, people involved in development of related technologies do not have adequate support from mathematical and computer models and do not use the exceptional resources of modern virtual prototyping. My group is focused on remedying this problem, cooperating with a wide range of institutions (from global corporations to small businesses) – especially, in recent years, the food industry and technologies related to materials science.

Students joining IMMG activities never do their projects just in order to stay busy and earn a grade; student work is designed as an integral (incremental or principal) part of our programs at-large. This approach opens the door for early interaction with industry, publications, and other outreach practice, allowing the students to gain important experience facilitating their upcoming postgraduate emergence into a complex world.

Research Interests

  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Multiphysics modeling
  • Numerical optimization
  • Microwave imaging


  • MS, Saratov State University, 1979
  • PhD, Institute of Radio Engineering & Electronics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1991

Featured Publications

  • E. M. Moon, C. Yang, and V.V. Yakovlev, Microwave-induced temperature fields in cylindrical samples of graphite powder - experimental and modeling studies, Intern. J. Heat & Mass Transfer, vol. 84, 2015 (to appear)
  • E. K. Murphy and V. V. Yakovlev, Neural network optimization of complex microwave structures with a reduced number of full-wave analyses, Intern. J. of RF & Microwave Computer-Aided Engng, vol. 21, no 2, pp. 279-287, 2011
  • T. V. Koutchma and V. V. Yakovlev, Computer modeling of microwave heating processes for food preservation, In: Mathematical Modeling of Food Processing, M.M. Farid, Ed., CRC Press, pp. 625-657, 2010
  • V. Brovko, E. K. Murphy, and V. V. Yakovlev, Waveguide microwave imaging: neural network reconstruction of functional 2-D permittivity profiles, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. 57, no 2, pp. 406-414, 2009
  • Yu.V. Shestopalov and V. V. Yakovlev, Uniqueness of complex permittivity reconstruction in a parallel-plane waveguide, Radio Science, vol. 42, pp. RS6S20, 2007

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Professional Highlights

  • IMPI, Member of the Board of Governors, 2012-
  • Highest Quality Workshop Award, IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, Boston, 2009
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Modeling, Journal of Microwave Power & Electromagnetic Energy, 2007
  • IEEE, Senior Member; IEEE MTT-S IMS Technical Program Review Committee, Chair of a Sub-Committee; Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society; MIT Electromagnetics Academy; AMPERE
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