Carl Edward Baum

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Dr. Baum is a distinguished research professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He is most famous for developing the Singularity Expansion Method (SEM), which compactly and parametrically represents the late-time electromagnetic scattering and gives an aspect-independent radar signature for target identification. He also introduced the concepts of natural frequencies, natural modes, and coupling coefficients that could be computed from an integral equation to concisely represent experimental data.

Dr. Baum is an authority on electromagnetic pulse simulation (EMP) and has designed simulators for testing various electromagnetic systems used by the U.S. Air Force as well as allied and friendly countries. His excellent design of a special class of antennas, used for accurate transient/broadband measurements of electromagnetic fields and related parameters, are now in standard use by the EMP community in both the U.S. and Western Europe.

Obituary for Carl E. Baum

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Saturday December 04, 2010
Carl E. Baum passed away peacefully on December 2, 2010. Born in Binghamton, NY on February 6, 1940, he received his BS in electrical engineering with honors from Cal Tech in 1962. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and assigned to the newly formed Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland AFB. In 1969, Captain Baum received his doctorate from Cal Tech. In 1971, he accepted a civilian position at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory and continued his remarkable engineering work there until 2005. After serving the Air Force for 42 years as both an officer and a civilian, Dr. Baum retired from the government in 2005 and continued his work as a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Baum was a master of mathematics and electromagnetic theory and antenna design, and was blessed with a remarkably creative scientific mind. His works have been published extensively in conference proceedings, scientific journals, and books throughout the world. As a distinguished lecturer, he traveled extensively to all parts of the United States and throughout the world presenting papers, giving lectures, and teaching short courses on high power and ultra-wideband electromagnetics. During the last five years of his life, he was working closely with Old Dominion University developing treatments for cancer using highly focused ultra-wideband electromagnetic pulses. Dr. Baum authored, edited, and maintained an extensive library of technical papers on electromagnetics, mathematics, and related subjects known as the Note Series. He also founded the SUMMA Foundation which sponsors scientific conferences, publications, short courses, fellowships, and awards in electromagnetics. Truly one of the great minds of his time, he will be remembered not only for his work, but also for his generous spirit and joyous outlook on life. A remarkable man with a remarkable mind and spirit, Dr. Baum touched the lives of thousands of colleagues, and he will be greatly missed. Carl is survived by his two nephews and sister-in-law, George, Spencer, and Martha Baum of Albuquerque.