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IEEE STUDENT BRANCH COMPETITION
The results for “IEEE Australia Council Outstanding Student Branch Competition 2015” are out now. We are very pleased to announce that IEEE Student Branch at Macquarie University has secured 2nd position in the “Best Student Branch Award” category throughout Australia. Many Congrats to all the team members, Ex-com and Volunteers. We are sharing a short video highlighting the history, activities, achievements and future activities.
LATEX FOR BEGINNERS: USING LATEX TO WRITE A RESEARCH PAPERS/THESIS
22 September 2015 MQ IEEE-SB Chair Tariq Khan gave a detailed workshop titled “LaTeX for Beginners: Using LaTeX to Write a Research papers/Thesis”. The workshop included such important questions as editing and compiling LaTeX documents, understanding of logical structures, sections, subsections and other document divisions; he demonstrated how to include graphics, create tables, bibliographies and finally deal with large documents.
UWB ANTENNAS FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND DETECTION APPLICATIONS
Prof. Ahmed Kishk from Concordia University, Canada, gave a lecture at Macquarie University on August 11, 2015. His lecture was on “UWB Antennas for Wireless Communication and Detection Applications”.
On 15th of August all engineering students were invited to participate in a badminton tournament. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere helped to establish good relationship between new and senior students.
MICROWAVE ENGINEERING: WHAT IS IT, WHERE IS IT HEADED, AND HOW IT SERVES THE MANKIND
Prof. Madu S. Gupta from San Diego State University, USA, visited Macquarie University for a lecture on “Microwave Engineering: What is it, where is it headed, and how it serves the mankind”. His lecture was arranged by MQU student branch on August 4, 2015.
IEEE NSW WIDE FIRST CASUAL TUTOR FORUM
On June 9, first IEEE NSW wide casual tutor forum was arranged by NSW IEEE Education Society in collaboration with MQ SB at Macquarie University. The event was free, and highlighted the importance of casual teachers in engineering education. Three casual tutors shared their experiences and ideas. IEEE Education Chapter chair, Sasha Nikolic was present himself, to highlight the importance of casual tutors in Undergraduate program.
COLLABORATION WITH THE ROWAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT BRANCH
On 26th of May, IEEE Student Branch Chair, Rowan University (Glassboro, New Jersey) along with 9 members visited the Department of Engineering, Macquarie University, for informal discussion and future collaboration in the areas of mutual interest.
WORKSHOP ON ANTENNA AND MICROWAVE CIRCUITS
On 15th of May, a one day workshop on Antenna and Microwave Circuits has been arranged by MTT student chapter and MQ IEEE-SB. Speakers from academia and industry were invited to give a lecture and share their experiences. Prof. Animesh Biswas (IIT-Kanpur, India) gave a lecture on “Microwave Circuits and Antennas”. Tony Fattorini (M/A-COM Technology Solutions) covered “Load-pull Measurement of AM-AM and AM-PM Characteristics for Microwave Power Amplifier Design”. “Reconfigurable antenna designs” was covered by Dr. Peiyuan Qin (UTS, Sydney).
PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES IN MICROWAVE IMAGING AND MICROWAVE INDUCED THERMOACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY
Prof. Qing Huo Liu (AP-S Distinguished lecturer) from Duke University, USA, has visited Macquarie University on May 13, 2015. He gave a lecture on “Progress and Challenges in Microwave Imaging and Microwave Induced Thermoacoustic Tomography”.
FUNDRAISING FOR VICTIMS OF EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL
IEEE MQ-SB along with Nepalese Student Association arranged a fund raising campaign on 5th May, 2015 to support the victims of Nepal Earthquake. Free pizzas were distributed and the donation was later transferred to World Food Programme (WFP).
ENGINEERING PASSIVE AND ACTIVE METAMATERIAL-INSPIRED ELECTRICALLY SMALL RADIATING SYSTEMS
30 April 2015 Prof. Richard W. Ziolkowski gave a Joint Lecture at CSIRO theatre, Marsfield on the topic “Engineering Passive and Active Metamaterial-inspired Electrically Small Radiating Systems”.
RF ASPECTS OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
Prof. Robert H. Caverly from Villanova University, USA, visited Macquarie University on March 24, 2015 and gave a lecture on “RF Aspects of Magnetic Resonance Imagining”.
ENGINEERING WELCOME PARTY
The department of Engineering at Macquarie University is growing with the roll of years. This year more than three hundred engineering students were enrolled in the Undergraduate Engineering program. IEEE MQ-SB extended their hand in welcoming these budding Engineers on 17th March, 2015 along with the department. Branch Counsellor delivered a speech regarding the activities of IEEE MQ-SB. Leaflets and brochures were handed out to the students to make them aware of the importance of the IEEE society and its commitment to the Engineering community and the society at large.
On 17 April, IEEE student branch held again their free movie night with PhD movie in a lecture theatre E6A R.102. For those who don’t know, the PhD movie is the independently produced liveaction adaptation of the online comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper. The atmosphere was pretty awesome as part of the appeal for PhD Comics is that you know the punchline because it’s such an accurate representation of the Grad Student life.
VNA Measurement training by Oya
A VNA measurement training was held in MQU laboratory on 15 April. Dr. Oya Sevimli conducted a workshop “Introduction on S-parameter measurements with the 26 GHz PNAX network analyser” to provide the firsthand experience in using advanced RF equipment. At first, Oya briefly explained the principle of operation of a VNA and demonstrated how to properly connect the device under test to the analyser. Then, under her supervision the attendees measured the scattering parameters of an antenna prototype. Thanks Oya for the training!
End of year celebration – BBQ
Macquarie University IEEE Student Branch is organising a BBQ event to celebrate the end of year. Event details are follows:
- Date : Saturday, 8 November 2014
- Time : Starting at 11:00 am
- Location : Koonjeree picnic area, Lane Cove National Park
For more information please refer to the end of year BBQ flyer or contact the branch
IEEE Invited Lecture by Professor Amir Boag
IEEE Macquarie University Student Branch together with MTT-S Chapter IEEE NSW AP and MTT Joint Chapter is glad to announce the upcoming invited lecture on UWB Nano-Antenna Arrays. The distinguished speaker is Professor Amir Boag. Event details are as follows
- Date : Thursday, 25 September 2014
- Time : 11:00 am to 12:00 am
- Location : Building E6B, Room 1.34 (Seminar Room), Macquarie University NSW 2109
For more information please refer to this flyer or contact the branch.
Four day workshop on Synopsys IC Compiler
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to use IC Compiler to perform placement, clock tree synthesis (CTS), routing, and design-for-manufacturability (DFM) on non-UPF block-level designs with an existing floorplan. The covered flows are aimed at achieving design closure for designs with moderate congestion, and multi-corner multi-mode (MCMM) timing and power challenges.
- Day 1: Introduces the GUI, then covers data setup for concurrent MCMM optimization, including on-chip variation (OCV) effects, followed by a high-level overview of floorplanning.
- Day 2: The Placement Unit covers; control setup, placement with recommended optimizations, and incremental post-placement optimization. The CTS Unit covers; control setup, clock tree synthesis, post-CTS optimizations, and clock tree analysis.
- Day 3: The Routing Unit covers; control setup, clock and signal routing, post-route optimization, DRC fixing, and functional ECOs. The workshop concludes with DFM and data generation for final validation.
The venue and time are as follows
- Tuesday (9 sept): 12-3 PM Lab 235 E6A
- Wednesday(10 sept): 12-6 PM Lab 235 E6A
- Thursday(11 sept): 10-6 PM Lab 235 E6A
- Friday(12 sept): 12-6 PM Lab 235 E6A
Three day workshop on Synopsys Design Compiler
This course covers the ASIC synthesis flow using Design Compiler Topographical / Graphical — from reading in an RTL design (Verilog, SystemVerilog and VHDL) to generating a final gate-level netlist. You will learn how to read in your design file(s), specify your libraries and physical data, constrain a complex design for timing and floorplan, apply synthesis techniques using Ultra, compile to achieve timing closure and an acceptable congestion, analyze the synthesis results for timing and congestion, and generate output data that works with downstream layout tools.
- Timing: 10AM-5PM
- Dates: 20-22 August 2014
- Venue: Lab 235, Building E6A, Department of Engineering, Macquarie University
Note: Seats are limited because of the licence constraints, if you want to attend please contact the branch for registration which will be confirmed by an email.
Workshop on Introduction to Latex
A workshop on Latex will be conducted on 30/06/2014. The workshop will cover introductory material specifically tailored for new postgraduate students. Please contact the branch for more information.
Macquarie University IEEE Student Branch is organising a badminton competition on 20/06/2014. Competition will take place at Macquarie University Gymnasium 4:30-7:00 PM. Please express your interest in advance to secure a place.
Volunteer work on IEEE International Conference on Communications
We are assisting with organisation activities at IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 10-14 June, 2014 in Sydney.
Workshop on Wearable Flexible Antennas and Electronics
A workshop on Wearable Flexible Antennas and Electronics will be conducted on 3/3/2014 by Professor John L. Volakis, The Ohio State University, USA. Please contact the branch for more information.
Workshop on Wideband and Low-Loss Metamterials for Microwave and RF: Fast Algorithm and Applications
A workshop on Wideband and Low-Loss Metamterials for Microwave and RF: Fast Algorithm and Applications will be conducted on 3/3/2014 by Professor Joshua Le-Wei Li, Monash University, Malaysia. Please contact the branch for more information.
Workshop on Terahertz Radar for Stand-Off Through-Clothes Imaging
A workshop on Terahertz Radar for Stand-Off Through-Clothes Imaging will be conducted on 3/3/2014 by Professor Goutam Chattopadhyay, California Institute of Technology, USA. Please contact the branch for more information.
Lecture on Gap Waveguides and PMC Packaging: Octave Bandwidth mm-and submm-Wave Applications of Soft & Hard Surfaces, EBGs and AMCs
A lecture on Gap Waveguides and PMC Packaging: Octave Bandwidth mm-and submm-Wave Applications of Soft & Hard Surfaces, EBGs and AMCs will be conducted on 21/3/2014 by Professor Per-Simon Kildal. Please contact the branch for more information.
Lecture on Characteristic Mode Based Antenna Design –A Straight Forward Approach to Small Form Factor Antenna Integration
A lecture on Characteristic Mode Based Antenna Design –A Straight Forward Approach to Small Form Factor Antenna Integration will be conducted on 10/3/2014 by Professor Dirk Manteuffel. Please contact the branch for more information.
Towards Greener Smart Phones with Microwave Measurements
Professor Dominique Schreurs will deliver a seminar at Macquarie University: Towards Greener Smart Phones with Microwave Measurements. Brought to you by the MTT-S Chapter at Macquarie University.
To join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. Building E6A, Room 109, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m..
More information here.
IEEE Workshop in Sensing and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
A workshop is running at Macquarie University: IEEE Workshop in Sensing and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), featuring talks by Professor Monai Krairiksh (IEEE AP-Society Distinguished Lecturer), and Professor Nemai Karmakar from Monash University.
This event will be in Building E6B, Room 136 – arrive at 9:30 a.m. for 10:00 a.m. start. Please email email@example.com for more information and to register. The full program may be viewed here.
This event is brought to you by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT-S) Chapter at Macquarie University.
Distinguished Visitor Talk
We have a seminar at Macquarie University with two distinguished visitors delivering talks:
- 11:00 a.m.: Antennas for Body-Centric Wireless Communications
- 12:00 p.m.: Circuit to System Level Practical Microwave Education
The seminar will be in Building E6B, Room 136, arrive at 10:30 a.m. for 11:00 a.m. start. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This event is supported by the IEEE NSW AP/MTT Chapter.
RF/MW/MMW measurement basics and techniques workshop
A free three-day workshop is being conducted at Macquarie University by Andrew Ko from Agilent Technologies, Hong Kong on RF/MW/MMW measurement basics and techniques.
Details are as follows:
- Day 1, 6 August 2013: Fundamentals of Vector Network Analysers
- Day 2, 7 August 2013: Fundamentals of Spectrum and Signal Analysis
- Day 3, 8 August 2013: Fundamentals of Impedance Analysis and Material Measurements
- When: 9:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. (Presentations), 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Applications/Demonstrations)
- Where: Building W3A, Room 328
Please email email@example.com to register your interest.
This event is supported by the IEEE NSW AP/MTT Chapter.
CST Microwave Studio Workshop
Dr. Frank Demming from CST Germany will be visiting Macquarie University to conduct a CST Microwave Studio Workshop.
Details are as follows:
- Outline: Demonstration of CST 2013 followed by some quick examples. The rest of the event is planned to be mostly interactive and open-discussions relating to specific CST models are welcome.
- Level: Intermediate/Advanced
- Pre-requisites: Prior knowledge of basic CST functions or at least any electromagnetic simulator is expected. The workshop is more suitable for people who have a background of microwaves/antennas/RF design. However, everyone who has interest is more than welcome.
- Available Places: 20 Attendees (approximately)
- When: 9.00am – 1.00pm, Wednesday, May 15th 2013
- Where: E4B-308
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 p.m. on Monday 13 May 2013, to register your interest.
Engineering Welcome Event
Macquarie University’s Department of Engineering is organising a get-together to welcome its new engineering students, on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 12:00pm at Building E8A (outdoor courtyard). Pizzas will be provided. Look out for the friendly IEEE Student Branch members there, and feel free to ask them about the benefits of joining the IEEE!
The IEEE Student Branch and the Macquarie University Engineering Society (MQES) are are inviting final year Engineering undergraduate students to compete in a 3-Minute Thesis competition on 30 November 2012 in Building E6A, Room 102. More details can be found here, and refer to here for the 3MT Rules
Robotics Fun day
The “Robotics Fun day” was held as a part of engineering week on 5th August 2-4 pm at Macquarie University. It was fascinating two hours on a Sunday afternoon filled with keen kids of all ages engaging in robotics activities. Lectures on robotics, displays and interactive robotic programming sessions were some of the highlights among this well attended event with over 400 participants. IEEE student branch volunteers supported in teaching kids in programming LEGO robots and logistics.
The Duel Down Under
The first ever FRC event in Australia – “The Duel Down Under” was held at Barker College from 28th-30th June. It was the first national level FRC event held in Australia, a true land mark in the history of robotics. The medium size robots were built by teams of high school kids. These remote controlled robots were battling out in a game of extreme basket ball game in a tremendous two and a half minute time, leaving the crowd breathless. A t 6 teams total of 6 teams were competing for the trophy
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY and IEEE JOINT LECTURE: 6th June from 4:00 – 5:00 PM at W5C 232 at Macquarie University. [Details here]
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY and IEEE JOINT LECTURE: 9th May from 2:00 – 3:00 at W5C 232 at Macquarie University.
Lego robots workshop
Lego robots training/workshop for postgraduate students at Macquarie – on 20th April from 10:00AM-12:00PM at E6A 265
IEEE distinguished talk: 02nd April 2012 on the “Design, Analysis, and Applications of Waveguide-Fed Slot Arrays”
Department welcome: 29th of March 2012 – IEEE sponsored department welcome for Undergraduate students