Inaugural Wireless and Microwave Circuits Symposium Comes to Baylor

April 1, 2009

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) will host the inaugural Baylor Mini-Symposium on Wireless and Microwave Circuits and Systems beginning at 1 p.m., Friday, April 3, at the Mayborn Museum Complex on the Baylor campus.

The event is hosted by the Baylor Wireless and Microwave Circuits and Systems Program (WMCS), the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Houston.

Speakers for the event include representatives from the Naval Research Laboratory, Texas Instruments, Boeing, SMSC, TriQuint and UT-Dallas.

"The goal of this event is to expose students to the wireless and microwave engineering field, a very significant and emerging field within the electrical engineering discipline," said Dr. Charles Baylis, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor. "The event also provides an opportunity for the Baylor WMCS program to become better leaders in performing research and also be innovative and relevant in the classroom."

Larry Cohen, researcher in the radar division at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., will present the keynote address "Navy Electromagnetic Compatibility and Spectrum Challenges" at 1:15 p.m.

Following Cohen at 1:45 p.m. will be Dr. Andy Blanchard, engineer at the University of Texas at Dallas. Blanchard will present "Innovative Ultrawideband Antenna Configurations: Design and Analysis."

Hank Largey and Dr. Same Villareal from Texas Instruments will lecture on "Careers in the RF and Microwave Field" at 2:10 p.m.

At 2:35 p.m., Gary Warren from Smart Mixed-Signal Connectivity (SMSC) will present "Multimedia Oriented System Transport Network for Automotive Applications."

Heath Noxon from Nationals Instruments will feature the "Future Role of Programmable FPGA Technology in RF Systems" at 3:45 p.m.

The symposium will conclude with recognition of the sponsors and IEEE officers and will feature student posters from Baylor, UT-Dallas and Houston.

Registration costs are $5 for students and $10 for the public. To register for the event, log on to the Baylor WMCS web site at http://www.wmcs2009.com. Registration includes dinner.

For more information about the Baylor WMCS, contact Baylis at (254) 710-4306.

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