What is EMPossible?
When I was a struggling PhD student, trying to develop my skills and investigate some new topics for my research, I kept running into the same roadblocks. All the materials I found assumed that I already knew a lot about those topics – and I didn’t. There were no materials out there for someone just getting started. There was no “computation for beginners’ class or resource I could find that would start with the basics and then build on them to do something useful and innovative. So I created EMPossible to do just that – to be the thing I wish I’d had when I was getting started.
Computational EM was the spark, but education is taking it’s time to modernize itself. We have all these new ways to demonstrate topics, such as the internet, advanced graphics, VR but traditional education is slow to adapt these methods, particularly in more advanced topics. I want to make EMPossible a place to made animations and visualizations an integral part of the learning experience. Our courses include graphical explanations of how to not only compute, but visualize what is happening, for further understanding. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a animation of how fields interact or how light beams can travel can be invaluable. In the future, you can expect EMPossible to incorporate VR, MR and new technologies to explain complex topics. We’re hoping to set the bar high for future educators.
Who is EMPossible for?
At the core, CEM (Computation and ElectroMagnetics) is the initial focus for the courses offered by EMPossible. However, we have big ideas and big visions for expanding the library of classes to provide instruction in a larger range of topics.
What do EMPossible classes offer that other don't?
EMPossible courses are based on a very visual approach to learning – you will learn the math, and see how it works through graphics and animations. You’ll see how electromagnetic waves interact with other devices, or how magnetic fields combine. Visualizing the transitions from the equations from matrices to the computer code, so that you understand what is happening, and how to code it. You’ll also be learning from one of the experts in the field, Dr. Raymond C. Rumpf, who brings years of research and teaching experience to each course. Click the button below to view some samples of EMPossibles great instructional videos.
Meet the EMProfessor
Dr. Raymond (Tipper) Rumpf is the EMProfessor, world renowned researcher and educator in the fields of computation and electromagnetics. He is the Schellenger Professor of Electrical Research in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the Director of the EM Lab. Dr. Rumpf formed the EM Lab with a mission to develop revolutionary technologies in electromagnetics and photonics that are enabled by digital manufacturing. Under Dr. Rumpf’s leadership, the EM Lab has produced numerous breakthroughs, discoveries, and first-ever achievements. Prior to joining UTEP, Raymond was the Chief Technology Officer for Prime Photonics where he helped transform the company’s technology portfolio from exclusively fiber optic sensors to an array of technologies for extreme applications. Before Prime Photonics, Raymond was a Principal Investigator for Harris Corporation where he researched and developed a wide range of technologies to radically miniaturize communications systems. Raymond earned his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995 and 1997 respectively. He earned his PhD in Optics in 2006 from the University of Central Florida. Raymond has been awarded many research, mentoring, and teaching awards including the 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, Most Outstanding Faculty Member in 2016/2017, and the highly prestigious University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Raymond holds five world records for skydiving and has been awarded more than a dozen United States patents. He is an Associate Editor for SPIE Optical Engineering, a Fellow of SPIE, and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is also a member of OSA, and ARRL. Raymond is active in outreach with local grade schools in El Paso as well as helping students in third-world countries.