Michal Okoniewski

Dr. Michal Okoniewski




Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering

Associate Member

Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.220.6175


Office: ICT354


Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering, University of Gdansk, 1990

Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Gdansk, 1990

Electrical Engineering Electrical and Computer Engneering, University of Victoria, 1994

Electrical Engineering - Masters Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Gdansk, 1984

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Gdansk, 1984


Dr. Okoniewski received his MSc and PhD from the Gdansk University of Technology (Poland), and had his post-doctoral training at the University of Victoria. He has published over 100 journal articles and over 300 conference papers. He is also  the Chief Scientist and Director of Acceleware.


Areas of Research

Summary of Research

Dr. Okoniewski’s research is interested in many aspects of applied electromagnetics, ranging from computational electrodynamics, to reflectarrays and self-configuring antennas, as well as re-configurable computational hardware. He is also actively involved in bio-electromagnetics, where he works on tissue spectroscopy and cancer detection. For the last several years he has worked on using electromagnetic, radio frequency (RF)  energy in enhanced oil recovery, for which he has authored several patents.

Dr. Okoniewski’s key projects are: a micro-scale chip that will have the same functional capacity as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) devices commonly used in spectroscopy; GPUs (graphical processing units) computing. He has introduced GPUs into the field of computational electromagnetics transforming the academic and commercial codes; novel antennas; enhanced oil recovery: he has developed several small and large scale antennas, including large scale antennas for enhanced oil recovery.  


Course number Course title Semester
ENEL 575 LAB 01 B01 Rdofrquncy Mcrwve Pssve Crcuts 2021
ENEL 575 LAB 02 B02 Rdofrquncy Mcrwve Pssve Crcuts 2020
ENEL 575 LEC 01 01 Rdofrquncy Mcrwve Pssve Crcuts 2021
ENEL 575 TUT 01 T01 Rdofrquncy Mcrwve Pssve Crcuts 2020
ENEL 627 LEC 01 01 Antennas 2021


  • Engineering Students Society Teaching Excellence Award, 2014
  • USRI Award for outstanding teaching performance, 2014
  • EuCAP paper competition, 2012
  • V-ce Chair IEEE AP Fellows committee, 2012
  • Inst. of Physics Roblat Medal, 2011
  • Fellow of IEEE, 2009
  • IEEE AdCOM member, 2009
  • Best Paper, 2008
  • Finalist, Student Paper Competition, 2008
  • Nominated for NSERC Accelerator Award, 2008
  • finalist, ASTECH, 2007
  • Research Excellence Award, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering. 2004
  • Outstanding Achievement in Supervision, Fcaulty of Graduate Studies. 2003
  • Canada Research Chair, 2002
  • Service Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering. 2002
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation Award, 1994
  • Elected IEEE Senior Member, 1994
  • URSI Young Scientist Award, 1993
  • NSERC International Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 1992
  • The Polish Ministry of Education Research Award (highest grade), 1992
  • The Polish Ministry of Education Research Award (highest grade), 1990
  • Polish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Research Award, 1982


  • A Reconfigurable Dielectric Resonator Antenna Using Movable Dielectric Slabs. Michal Okoniewski; T Apperley. (2012)
  • A reconfigurable Circularly-Polarized MicrostripAntenna Using Micro-Pneumatic Control. Wu. B; Michal Okoniewski; C Hayden; T Apperly. (2012)
  • An Open-Ended Circular Waveguide Radiatingthe TM01 Mode. M Sutinjo; Michal Okoniewski; T Cameron. (2012)
  • FDTD on a Lebedev grid for analyzing magnetizedferrites. Michal Okoniewski; M Poter; M Nauta. 760-763. (2012)
  • Accelerated FDTD technique for marine Controlled Source Electromagnetic imaging. D Pasalic; Michal Okoniewski. 1198-1200. (2012)
  • A modified fingerprinting technique for an indoor, range-free, localization system with dynamic radio map annealing over time. Jorgen Nielsen; Michal Okoniewski; Lesser AM*. (2012)
  • FDTD on a Lebedev Grid for Improved Material Modelling. M* Nauta; Michal Okoniewski; O Potter. (2013)
  • Design and fabrication of pneumatically controlled capacitive switches. C Hayden; Michal Okoniewski; B* Wu. (2013)
  • Remote respiratory sensing with an infrared camera using the Kinect(TM) infrared projector. A* Loblaw; Michal Okoniewski; Jorgen Nielsen; M A Lakhani. (2019)
  • A new half mode substrate integrated waveguide leaky wave antenna. R* Henry; Michal Okoniewski. 586-589. (2014)
  • Comparing the simulated and measured results of a pneumatically controlled antenna. B* Wu; C Hayden; Michal Okoniewski. (2014)
  • Half mode substrate integrated waveguide periodic leaky wave antenna with antipodal tapered slots. Michal Okoniewski; R* Henry. 1284-1285. (2014)
  • Assisted extra heavy oil sampling by electromagnetic heating. A Suarez; S A Hocol; L Andarcia; Michal Okoniewski; D Pasalic; W Acosta; P Vaca; J Bermúdez. 49-61. (2014)
  • Simulation of microwave transmission measurements of the human heart. M* Seguin; M. Okoniewski; Elise Fear; J Bourqui. (2015)
  • Design and Fabrication of a Dynamic Heart Model for Ultra Wideband Transmission Systems. Michal Okoniewski; M.* Seguin; E. Fear; J. Bourqui. (2015)
  • University of Calgary participation in CCAT CHAI development. Rene Plume; E Zailer; Leonid Belostotski; N Zhang; H* Xie; Michal Okoniewski. 1378-1379. (2015)
  • Numerical Simulation of Dielectric Heating in a Heavy Oil Reservoir Using a Shaped Dipole Antenna. Pedro Vaca; Cesar Ovallesa; Michal Okoniewski; Gunther Dieckmann; Damir Pasalic; James Dunlavey. (2018)
  • Substrate-integrated waveguide (SIW) based antenna in remote respiratory sensing. Michal Okoniewski; B* Muharram. 312. (2015)
  • A liquid crystal switched passive Van Atta array for automobile radar target enhancement in heavy rainfall. Jorgen Nielsen; Michal Okoniewski; Dratnal AJ*. 153. (2015)
  • Acceleration of Large-Scale FDTD Simulationson High Performance GPU Clusters. D Cyca; Michal Okoniewski; C Ong; M Weldon. (2009)
  • A Modular System for Electromagnetic Heating of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs. Thomas Apperley; Michal Okoniewski. Global Petroleum Show. (2019)
  • GAN Data Augmentation Through Active Learning Inspired Sample Acquisition”. Michal Okoniewski; Christopher Nielsen. IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Soc.. 109-112. (2019)
  • Array Lens Antenna Using Element Rotation. Michal Okoniewski; R Phillion. (2009)
  • Enhanced directivity of a tapered slot antenna fornear-?>eld imaging. J Bourqui; Elise Fear; Michal Okoniewski. (2009)
  • Comparison ofmicrowave and laser surface detection for microwave imaging systems. Elise Fear; Michal Okoniewski; J Bourqui; T Williams; T Cameron. (2009)
  • A Holographic Antenna Approach to Improvethe Surface Wave E?>ciency and Gain of a Microstrip Patch. A Sutinjo; Randal Norman Johnston; Michal Okoniewski. (2009)
  • Dielectric Director for Near-Field MicrowaveImaging. Elise Fear; J Bourqui; Michal Okoniewski. (2009)
  • Improving the Surface Wave E?>ciency andGain of a Microstrip Patch Using a Bi-Phase Hologram. Michal Okoniewski; A Sutinjo; Randal Norman Johnston. 1-4. (2009)
  • 'Conformal FDTD Method Employing SurfaceImpedance Boundary Condition for Curved Lossy Metal Surfaces. E Okoniewska; Michal Okoniewski; D Pasalic. (2009)
  • Bandwidth of circularly polarized reectarray and arraylens elements. R Phillion; Michal Okoniewski. (2009)
  • Analysis of a Transmit-Array Antenna for Circular Polarization. Michal Okoniewski; R Phillion. (2010)
  • An Investigation Into the Implementaion ofIntegral Equation Methods on GPU. S Velamparambil; J Perry; Michal Okoniewski. (2010)
  • Versatile Ultrawideband Sensor for Near-Field MicrowaveImaging. Elise Fear; Michal Okoniewski; J Bourqui. 1-4. (2010)
  • An Array Lens for Circular Polarization with Emphasis onAperture E?>ciency. Michal Okoniewski; R Phillion. 1-4. (2010)
  • A Circularly Polarized Broadside ScanningPatch Array. T Cameron; Michal Okoniewski; A Sutinjo. 1-4. (2010)
  • A Broadside Radiating Holographic Antenna Excited by aTravelling Wave Patch Array. Michal Okoniewski; A Sutinjo. (2010)
  • Using an Array Lens as a Circular Polarization SplittingPrism. R Phillion; Michal Okoniewski. 1-4. (2010)
  • Measuring antenna noise parameters using a set of Wheeler caps. Michal Okoniewski; Leonid Belostotski; P* Groves; P* Conroy. (2016)
  • Propagation of New Power Waves On a Complex Impedance Transmission Line. Michal Okoniewski; Randal Norman H Johnston. (2016)
  • preliminarystudy of the electrical properties of healthy and diseased lymph nodes. Travis Ogilvie; Michal Okoniewski; Elise Fear; B Banks; D Mew; T Cameron. 1-3. (2010)
  • Improved E?>ciency Measurements and AnalysisMethod Using an Over-moded Wheeler Cap. A Sutinjo; Randal Norman Johnston; Michal Okoniewski. 1-4. (2010)
  • Circular Polarization Selectivity of Space-Fed Arrays UsingElement Rotation. Michal Okoniewski; R Phillion. 1-4. (2010)
  • A Broadband Metamaterial Based Beam-Shifter. M. Salmasi; M. Potter; M. Okoniewski. (2016)
  • Optimizing Microwave-Radar Imaging Parameters. M. Okoniewski; B.* Lavoie; Elise Fear. 1-2. (2019)
  • Modeling and Measuring of Antenna Array S-parameters and Radiation Efficiency. M. Okoniewski; L. Belostotski; De Silva O*.. (2017)
  • Marine CSEM scattered subsurface responsedetection using total-field scattered-field FDTD formulation. Michael Edward Potter; T Tan; Michal Okoniewski; A Dukeshire. 1608-1611. (2011)
  • Advances in Accelerated Finite Difference Time Domain Methods and Their Applications. A Dukeshire; A Sutinjo; T Cameron; M. Okoniewski. (2011)
  • Suppression of the slot-mode propagation in a slitted waveguide. A Sutinjo; Michal Okoniewski; T Cameron. (2011)
  • Realizing PEC boundary conditions on Lebedev grid. M. Potter; M. Okoniewski; M. Salmasi. (2017)
  • Radiation Efficiency of an Individual Antenna in a System of Multiple Non-Identical Antennas. De Silva S*.; M. Okoniewski; L. Belostotski. 1-4. (2017)
  • Increased FDTD Efficiency for Marine CSEM Using Total-Field Scattered-Field Formulation. A Dukeshire; Michael Edward Potter; Michal Okoniewski; T Tan. (2011)
  • Measurement of Microwave Frequency Signals Transmittedthrough the Human Breast. Elise Fear; J Bourqui; Michal Okoniewski. (2011)
  • A Slitted Waveguide Design for the Purpose ofSuppressing Board Slot-Mode Propagation. T Cameron; A Sutinjo; Michal Okoniewski. (2011)
  • Advanced surface impedance boundary condition in EM-FDTD. N Kuster; D Pasalic; Michal Okoniewski; S Schild; N Chavannes; E Okoniewska. (2011)
  • Accelerating Electromagnetic Simulators Using Graphics Processing Units. Michal Okoniewski. (2012)
  • A novel scheme for realizing a microstrip antenna with switchable circular polarization. Michal Okoniewski; B Wu. (2012)
  • A Reconfigurable Dielectric Resonator Antenna Using Movable Dielectric Slabs. M. Okoniewski; T Apperley. (2012)
  • Reconfigurable antenna designs using micro-pneumatic control of dielectric slugs. B* Wu; Michal Okoniewski; T* Apperly; C Hayden. 69-72. (2012)
  • Efficiency measurement of 1-D connected array using the Improved Wheeler Cap method. Randal Norman Johnston; Leonid Belostotski; A Sutinjo; Michal Okoniewski. (2012)