Remembering electrical engineering professor emeritus Markus Zahn


Markus Zahn SB ’67, SM ’68, EE ’69, ScD ’70, professor emeritus {of electrical} engineering, handed away on the age of 75 March 13. Zahn is remembered for his electrodynamics analysis and writings, educating prowess, and renown as a scholar advisor.

Zahn earned his undergraduate and doctorate levels at MIT earlier than changing into a professor on the College of Florida. He joined the college at MIT in 1980 and retired in 2015.

In keeping with Zahn’s obituary, his analysis pursuits in electrodynamics ranged “from the theoretical to the sensible.” This included high-voltage cost transport and breakdown phenomena in dielectrics; battery expertise; making use of magnetic processes for oil cleanup; detecting buried land mines; and charged, polarizable, and magnetic fluids.

Zahn additionally carried out analysis on how electrical energy strikes “via completely different mediums” and penned a seminal textbook within the subject, Electromagnetic Subject Concept: A Downside Fixing Strategy.

For Zahn’s contributions to his subject, he grew to become an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow in 1993 and obtained the Paris Sciences Scholar ESPCI (École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles) Medal in 2000.

Zahn has taught 6.013 (Electromagnetics and Functions), 6.641 (Electromagnetic Fields, Forces, and Movement), 6.642 (Continuum Electromechanics), and 6.UAT (Preparation for Undergraduate Superior Venture).

Zahn “collected stamps and loved bicycling, baseball, good meals and time along with his household,” his obituary states. He and his spouse Linda “shared a love of journey and have been in a position to go to a lot of the world.” He’s survived by his spouse, 4 kids, and 7 grandchildren.

Zahn’s on-line memorial could be discovered at www.lastingmemories.com/memorial/markus-zahn.



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