Department of Engineering

Ashanthi Maxworth

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Office Location

125 John Mitchell Center

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2020

All appointment via Zoom. Send e-mail to schedule.



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver (2017)
  • M.S. Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver (2014)
  • B.Sc. Engineering (Hons), University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (2010)


Welcome to my USM faculty page!

I am Dr. Ashanthi Maxworth an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering at the Department of Engineering, starting from fall 2020. I was born and raised in Sri Lanka. My B.Sc is from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in electronic and telecommunication engineering.

In December 2012, I moved to Denver Colorado for graduate studies. My Masters and Doctoral degrees are from University of Colorado Denver. I was lucky to be the first PhD student of Prof. Mark Golkowski. Both my Masters and PhD were based on electromagnetic wave propagation in the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere.

One semester after obtaining my PhD, I moved to Saskatchewan Canada for a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Saskatchewan.

Since 2013, I have published more than 10 publications in peer reviewed journals and presented at nearly 40 conferences.

My research interests are, modelling EM wave propagation in the near Earth space using ground based and satellite observations, antenna designing for biomedical and space applications, and analyzing low frequency data for general space applications.

I have more than ten years of teaching experience in electrical engineering, in three countries (Sri Lanka, USA and Canada). So far I have taught electric circuits, electromagnetic fields, digital communications, digital logic, technical programming and communication systems, at University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado Boulder, Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka.

Recent Publications

  1. Maxworth, A. S., Gołkowski, M., Malaspina, D. M., & Jaynes, A. N. ( 2020). Raytracing study of source regions of whistler mode wave power distribution relative to the plasmapause. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 125, e2019JA027154.

  2. Maxworth, A.; Hussey, G.; Gołkowski, M. Coexistence of Lightning Generated Whistlers, Hiss and Lower Hybrid Noise Observed by e-POP (SWARM-E)–RRI. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 177.

  3. A. Maxworth, "How to Make the Best of Your Graduate Student Life," in IEEE Potentials, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 25-27, Nov.-Dec. 2019.

  4. Maxworth, A. An Extended Constructive Alignment Model in Teaching Electromagnetism to Engineering Undergraduates. Educ. Sci. 20199, 199.

  5. M. Golkowski, A. Maxworth, “Whistler Mode Wave Refractive Index in a Finite Temperature Anisotropic Plasma Medium” – Journal of Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society -33 (10)   2018.

  6. Maxworth, A. S., and M. Gołkowski (2017), Magnetospheric whistler mode ray tracing in a warm background plasma with finite electron and ion temperature, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 122, 7323–7335, doi:10.1002/2016JA023546.

  7. Maxworth, A. S., M. Gołkowski, M. B. Cohen, R. C. Moore, H. T. Chorsi, S. D. Gedney, and R. Jacobs (2015), Multistation observations of the azimuth, polarization, and frequency dependence of ELF/VLF waves generated by electrojet modulation, Radio Sci., 50, 1008–1026, doi:10.1002/2015RS005683.

Awards and Recognition

  1. IEEE Life member Graduate Study Fellowship (2013 -2014) - Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  2. Ernest K Smith Student Paper Award - The United States National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science – 2017
  3. Young Scientist Award -International Union of Radio Scientists, May 2018
  4. Outstanding Graduate Student of the Department of Electrical Engineering CU Denver(2013- 2014)
  5. Tashiro Tutoring Award (2014 -2015) - University of Colorado Denver
  6. 2014 USNC – URSI National Radio Science Meeting Travel Fellowship Grant
  7. Outstanding Graduate Scholarly Activity at the CU Denver Research and Creative Activity Symposium 2016 -University of Colorado Denver
  8. Outstanding Graduate Scholarly Activity at the CU Denver Research and Creative Activity Symposium 2015 - University of Colorado Denver
  9. 2016 USNC – URSI National Radio Science Meeting Travel Fellowship Grant
  10. Grace Hopper Scholarship 2016 - Anita Borg Institute – California

Professional Activity

  1. IEEE Eta Kappa Nu                                  March 2017 - Present
    Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  2. Member                                                   October 2012 - Present
    Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  1. Member                                                   January 2013 - Present
    American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  1. Associate Member                                   May 2011 - Present
    Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka