SPECIAL EVENT FOR ALL IEEE FOOTHILL STUDENTS
|September 18, 2015||Posted by COMauthor under CN, COMSOC, CS, EDCAS, MTT/APS||
A MESSAGE TO ALL IEEE FOOTHILL STUDENT MEMBERS:
As happens in our professional lives constantly, when one opportunity appears to close, another opportunity opens up. This is what is happening in our IEEE Foothill Section now. We recently sent you an IEEE message regarding IEEE student tours of the Maury Microwave factory in Ontario, CA. Due to their upcoming schedule and project needs, Maury Microwave engineers very recently decided to cancel these tours for this year. We thank Maury Microwave for previous years’ support of these tours, and the many professionals there who have volunteered their time for planning and conducting these tours.
Fortunately, another opportunity for our IEEE students to have an industrial experience has just opened up for us. This is the 37th Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA).
This will be held from October 11 through 16, 2015 in Long Beach CA. Of particular interest to us is the AMTA 2015 Student Day, which will be held all day on Tuesday October 13, 2015.
The special student program includes: Vendor presentations and exhibit hall visit to view and inspect antenna and RF measurement equipment, an antenna design competition, and two technical talks designed especially for students. The first talk is on the topic “Return-to-Flight Electromagnetic Measurements—The NASA Shuttle Ascent Debris Radar System”. This talk will be presented by Brian Davis from Applied Research Associates, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. The second talk will be given by Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii from UCLA. His talk is titled, “The Art, Science and Engineering of Modern Antenna Measurements: From Marconi’s First Measurements to Today’s Amazing Advances”. Both are outstanding speakers.
Based upon the recent experiences of the IEEE Foothill Section, we would encourage all students who wish to attend to brush up their knowledge base on some fundamental concepts in the antenna and measurement fields. These concepts can be acquired or reacquired by reviewing your textbooks at hand; visiting the technical reference section at your campus library; taking advantage of your EE professors’ office hours to ask them for clarification of the technical topics; and of course, by going to the IEEE on-line website and reviewing articles in IEEE Spectrum back issues.
A short list of technical topics to make your Student Day at AMTA more interesting and productive would include the following: Transverse electromagnetic (E and H)fields; Reciprocity in Transmit and Receive Antennas; Field regions surrounding a radiating source (Near and Far Field Regions);Radiation Patterns; Gain; Efficiency of antenna; Polarization; Impedance; Bandwidth of the antenna system; and the methods used and statistical model needs in measurements. This prior technical topic review is strongly recommended.
Why would your attendance and learning these technical concepts be valuable and productive to you? It will help you understand the work being described at AMTA meeting; it will enable you to converse with the engineering professionals in attendance and the exhibitors, and it will help you get immediate network contacts for future jobs in the field. Yes, there are solid future jobs in the AMTA field, and well as the related communication society fields, where major technical challenges await in the wireless 5G-MIMO multiple antenna system development and integration, as well as precision automobile navigation radar at millimeter frequencies.
As a plus, the AMTA will provide transportation to this October 13, 2015 event, as well as meals on site. Depending on the student sign-up, we may have shuttle buses starting near the Cal Poly Pomona area as well as the UC Riverside area. This will make it very easy and convenient to go back and forth to the AMTA site at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Long Beach.
If you are interested in attending this all-day event, please contact our IEEE Foothill Chair for MTT / APS Max Cherubin at firstname.lastname@example.org. For planning, we need a response from you, our IEEE Foothill Students, by Wednesday September 30, 2015. If you are missing classes that day, we suggest that you notify the course professor beforehand.
Again, if you are an IEEE Foothill Section member, may we suggest that you bring this message to any EE students in our local colleges that you know, and encourage them to attend.
Frank G Freyne PhD, Chair, IEEE Foothill Section fgfreyne @ieee.org