Joseph M. Rutherford, PhD

Joseph M. Rutherford, PhD

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational electromagnetics (CEM)
  • Electromagnetic phenomenology
  • High frequency asymptotic modeling
  • Multiscale physics modeling
  • High performance computing (HPC)

Background and Current Work

Dr. Joseph M. Rutherford joined Riverside Research in 2010 and is an experienced simulation software developer and CEM researcher. His role at Riverside Research is to formulate and develop CEM solutions tailored to customer-specific needs. He is experienced in compositing disparate full-wave and asymptotic CEM methods into hybrid techniques, mapping algorithms to HPC resources, composing simulation software, and analyzing phenomena in CEM results. He is specialized in multi-level fast multipole algorithm (MLFMA), equivalence principle algorithm (EPA), physical optics (PO), and PO-shooting-and-bouncing rays (PO-SBR) techniques.

At Riverside Research, Dr. Rutherford co-architected a novel PO-SBR implementation for radar scattering and antenna-installation simulations. The implemented tool efficiently maps the parallel-scalable PO-SBR algorithm to available HPC hardware. It has been successfully run on thousands of CPU cores per job with efficient task partitioning and excellent job queue integration.

Education, Awards, and Recognition

Dr. Rutherford graduated with a BS, MS, and PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in. His doctoral research focused on multiscale CEM analyses with physically intuitive techniques to hybridize CEM methods for execution on HPC resources.