Date of Award

Fall 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

Committee Director

Resit Unal

Committee Member

Charles B. Daniels

Committee Member

Chuck Keating


The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the application of design of experiments approaches in the analysis of split ring resonators, and to compare two different approaches. The design parameters of the meta-material device are examined to study all the main effects, the two factor interactions, and the curvature effects. A full factorial design and a central composite design is utilized for the study. The results in improving split ring resonator design are discussed.

This study shows that the design of experiments approaches can effectively be utilized to examine the effects on the response values of a specific type of meta-material. The optimal values for each specific design parameter to maximize the response values are determined.

Another important aspect of the thesis is to demonstrate the existence of a tradeoff between the efficiency and accuracy of different experimental design models. This study demonstrated that a full factorial design gives more dependable results than a central composite design even though more experiments are required. This result is due to the more extensive coverage of the design space with full factorial designs.