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Showcasing talent with the FEKO student competition

The FEKO Student Competition is an international contest organised annually by the Altair Academic Team in support of engineering education.
Past Winners

Past Winners

Winner 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.  Read more about their entries in the results announcement.

Previous Winners

2010 FEKO student competition winner Christopher Thajudeen: Monostatic SAR TWRI 2009 FEKO student competition winner Simone Ledda: Human CAD model 2008 FEKO student competition winners Birk, Werker and Holzapfel: Cologne University of Applied Sciences building with dipole array 2007 FEKO student competition winner Brad Kramer: ultra-wideband spiral antenna 2006 FEKO student competition winner Michael Buck: sinuous antennas
Details and Rules

Details and Rules


Undergraduate or postgraduate students working on projects in EM engineering and making use of FEKO, may enter. The work on which an entry is based must have been performed by a student pursuing an academic degree at a recognized tertiary institution at the time.  Students who would like to start using FEKO in order to enter, are welcome to contact us.


    • Winner: The winning student can choose between receiving a laptop computer or attending an international electromagnetics related engineering conference.  Both the laptop and conference would be that of the winner’s choice, up to the value of US$2000, with the laptop’s specifications dependent on availability at the end of the competition.
    • Supervisor: The winning student's supervisor will receive an online gift voucher to the value of US$400.
    • Other: Further gift vouchers up for grabs!

      Preparing Your Submission

      A submission should describe recently completed or ongoing student research involving FEKO.   Any original FEKO simulation work may be submitted for the competition.

      The report should be in English.  No templates are provided.  Any format or medium may be chosen for reporting on the project, as long as it gives a concise overview of the problem solved with FEKO.  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.

      A full thesis or published article will not be accepted as submission, but may be submitted as supporting documents to an entry.  Model files do not need to be submitted at time of entry, but may be requested by the judges during the judging process.

      A submission should clearly describe:

      • the research problem
      • the modelling approach and solution method(s) used
      • results and conclusions drawn

      Entering the Competition

      • Submit the online registration form.
      • Your work should be submitted as a PDF file (if the chosen reporting medium permits) no larger than 5 MByte, uploaded and submitted with the online entry form, or emailed to us.
      • Any further files, such as model files, visual aids (poster, presentation, video) and/or supporting documents (thesis, published article) may be submitted via email.
      • All materials must be received by the submission deadline.

        Evaluation of Entries

        Reports will be reviewed by a panel of judges and evaluated with respect to the following 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.