The UH Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering gathered to honor Professor Donald Wilton at a retirement reception this month.
Wilton joined the Cullen College of Engineering as a professor of electrical engineering in 1983, a position he would hold for the duration of his 29-year tenure at UH. From 1970 to 1983, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Mississippi, and from 1965 to 1968 he was with Hughes Aircraft Company, engaged in the analysis and design of phased array antennas.
Wilton's primary research interest has focused on the application of mathematical and numerical methods to the solution of antenna, guided wave, and electromagnetic scattering problems, and he has published, lectured, and consulted extensively in this area.
"Dr. Wilton is a renowned scholar in the area of computational electromagnetics whose work is highly cited and respected by electrical engineers worldwide," said Badri Roysam, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "I am delighted that Dr. Wilton will remain engaged with the department that he loves. In fact, he is just starting a major book writing project, and may return to the classroom in the future as well. His engagement with the ECE department is deep and long term."
Wilton is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2002. He has served the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society as an associate editor of the publication Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and as a Distinguished National Lecturer. He is also a member of the Electromagnetics (EM) Research Group, and has served as a member of Commission B of the International Radio Science Union (URSI), in which he held various offices, including Chair of U. S. Commission B. In 2009 he won a Cullen College Outstanding Teaching Award.
Wilton received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1964, 1966, and 1970, respectively.