Welcome Letter from the General Chair
To the attendees of the WAMI FORUM 2021 conference:
To the attendees of the WAMI Student Forum 2021,
I would like to cordially welcome you on behalf of all members of the student led, organizing crew and IEEE MTT-s USF student chapter to WAMI student forum 2021. This will be the third consecutive time that we have the pleasure of hosting this event. It is an honor and a delight to serve as a general chair for this event.
Our main objectives for this event are to excite USF students to different career opportunities and paths in RF and microwave industry, as well as facilitate industry EAB members to engage with students and share information about the expectations and necessary skills required, to succeed in their companies. Our vision is to create and nurture a pro-active network of students and professionals to facilitate trouble free and robust student to professional transformation. I am confidence that all attendees will gain the answers that they are looking for, weather they are regarding which skill-set to master for their dream job or the top trends in research of RF and microwave field or to build a strong network.
I would like to acknowledge all of our event sponsors, especially our and WAMI Center External Affiliates Board (EAB) member companies including Tier 2 (Gold) members Mini-Circuits and Modelithics and Tier 1(Silver) members: Qorvo, L3Harris, Collins, and Lockheed Martin. It is your generous supports that allows us to organize this event, which provides opportunity for students to improve both their technical and soft skills. We are certain that you will find this year’s event as engaging and enjoyable as previous years experiences.
Vishvajitsinh (Vish) Kosamiya
WAMI Student Forum 2021-General Chair
Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems (WAMI)
Moderators: Dheeraj Prasad Y, Stacy Johnson
Stacy Kalisz Johnson has served in multiple capacities throughout marketing in field and factory in her nearly 20 years at Keysight Technologies. Stacy is a high energy marketing professional that knows how to remove roadblocks to drive business results and is currently serving Keysight as a practice manager for Keysight Global Services. Stacy loves working with students and early career professionals on career advancement and has been recognized by the Society of Women Engineers with the SPARK award for her mentoring contributions.
Stacy is also the operations manager of a household of 3 athletic boys. She, along with her husband Rich enjoys anything fitness, travel and volunteering for the American Heart Association.
Stacy holds a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University
Lunch Panel Session
(12:00 pm – 01:15 pm)
Launching your career
Moderators: Jeremy Braun, Larry Dunleavy
Panelists: Ted Heil (Mini-Circuits), Alberto Canabal (Qorvo), Mark Billsberry (Colins)
Ted Heil is the President of Mini-Circuits, a global leader in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of RF and microwave products serving a wide range of markets, including telecommunications, broadband wireless, instrumentation, defense and aerospace. Mini-Circuits has over 2500 employees with design and manufacturing facilities in 10 locations worldwide.
Ted is an RF engineer with over 30 years of experience in the electronics industry. Prior to joining Mini-Circuits in 2008, Ted served as Americas and Asia President of the Interconnect Product Group at Volex Inc., a $500M manufacturer of cable assemblies and power cords. Prior to Volex, Ted held several senior management positions at Powerwave Technologies, a top-tier provider of infrastructure equipment for the wireless communications sector, including Vice President of Product Development and Vice President of OEM Sales. He has additionally held a variety of engineering, sales and general management positions in the RF & microwave industry at companies including American Technical Ceramics, MITEQ and M/A-Com. He received his B.S.E.E from Villanova University.
Dr. Alberto Canabal graduated from the University of Vigo (Spain) with a Telecommunications Engineering degree in 2004 and with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from New Mexico State University in 2009. While completing his Ph.D. he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in particle accelerator technology, and then joined the University of Maine as a postdoc where he conducted research in Surface-Acoustic-Wave (SAW) sensors. He later started his career in the semiconductor industry by joining TriQuint Semiconductor (now Qorvo) in 2011 as an RF Design Engineer, and currently, he is the Director of Design Engineering for Qorvo at the Florida Design Center in Apopka, Florida. Dr. Canabal has authored or co-authored about 30 papers, including peer-reviewed, conference proceedings, and patents.
Mark Billsberry (Colins)
Director RF Engineer at Collins Aerospace, working within the Communication, Navigation and Surveillance department, based in Melbourne, Florida. Graduated from Bath University with BSc/MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineer. I spent 10 years working within the Cellular industry, developing high efficiency linearized power amplifiers and cellular modems. I currently
work on commercial aviation products spanning from HF up to Ku Band. Our team develops the complete radio solution including the antenna, transmitter, receiver
and the digital signal processing required to make market leading radio solutions.
David Runton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL in 1993, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1993) and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Georgia Tech in 1994. He has also received a Master of Business Administration as part of the High Technology Program from Arizona State University in 1999.
He has held positions as RF Design and Applications Engineer with Motorola Semiconductor/Freescale, lead the High Power GaN engineering team at RFMD, VP of Engineering at Nitronex, and is now Vice President and General Manager of the RF Power team at MACOM based in Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC.
Julio Navarro is a Principal Senior Technical Fellow at the Boeing Company. He is a subject matter expert in radio frequency (RF) circuits, antennas & heterogeneously-integrated electronics. He provides technical leadership of RF & mm-Wave technologies for Boeing’s Research & Technology (BR&T) Division. He has initiated, desi
gned and delivered many phased array antenna designs for unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft, ships, submarines, satellites and missiles. He also defines, shapes and develops technical concepts along with product planning roadmaps which lead to breakthrough performance and efficiency gains for our business unit customers.
Before his current position, Dr. Navarro was the key innovator in the design, development and transition of Ku- and Ka-band compact radar sensors, as well as the Ku-band directional network (DNW) line-of-sight communication phased-array antennas (PAAs). His designs have transitioned to the Zumwalt class DDG1000 Command-Data-Link PAAs, the UAE Small-Form Factor Ka-band SATCOM PAAs and mm-wave PAAs on the Talon Hate program. For the past two decades, Dr. Navarro’s integrated ceramic module design served the government VIP Strategic Air Mission (SAM) fleet in the arbitrary linear-pol transmit PAAs of the Boeing Broadband SATCOM Network (BBSN). The VIP SAM fleet of Boeing derivative aircraft include the VC-25, C40 and C32 biz jets.
Dr. Navarro began his career with Boeing Heritage in 1996 in Information, Space and Defense Systems as a principal RF designer for the Teledesic Phased Array program. Since joining Boeing’s RF technology and PAA group, he has introduced electronic packaging architectures that have increased integration and functionality, and reduced the number of piece-parts which resulted in significant PAA cost reduction. He is now in the Mission Systems and Autonomy organization of BR&T. He also consults for Omni-Patch Designs, Inc. providing affordable custom planar antenna and integrated commercial system designs.
Dr. Navarro is Boeing’s executive sponsor for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and a mentor for Great Minds in STEM. He has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, has been granted 33 U.S. patents and has received four Boeing Special Invention Awards.
In 2021, Dr. Navarro was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering for the development and implementation of phased-array sensors and communication systems for aerospace applications. Julio received the 2017 Great Minds in STEM Engineer of the Year, 2015 Scientist of the Year from the Black Engineer of the Year organization, SHPE’s President Award of 2014, GMIS’s Hispanic in Technology Award of 2011, SHPE’s STAR Award of 2008 and HENAAC’s Most Promising Engineer of 2001.
Duration: 1:15 pm- 2:45 pm
Session Chairs: Nicolas Gutierrez & Gokhan Mumcu
William Clausen – Qorvo
Time: 1:15 – 1:30 (+ 5 min Q&A)
Title: The Expanding Frontier for Mobile Communication
Abstract: In the mobile world, the continued growth of new frequency bands and standards have created new possibilities in communication and data transfer. Since 4G is now commonplace among many smartphone manufacturers and data providers, we enter new communication capabilities such as 5G, WiFI6, UWB, and mmWave. This presentation will cover the applications of these new communication standards, the RF content associated with them, and the exciting opportunities for new RF engineers to contribute in these new challenging products.
William Clausen is originally from Tampa, FL. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, in 2003. From 2002 to 2006, he was an active device modeling and characterization engineer at Modelithics Inc. In 2006, he joined RFMD as an active device modeling engineer working with device development. Since December 2011, he has been with Qorvo (formerly Triquint/RFMD) as Senior Manager of RFIC design in Apopka, Fl. Primary work at Qorvo is leading RF SOI LNA, switch, and analog solutions for front-end wireless applications.
Time: 1:40:1:55 (+ 5 min Q&A)
Aaron Vaisman – Mini Circuits
Title: The Journey to LTCC Solutions for mm- Wave Applications
Aaron has been with Mini-Circuits since 2010, and currently works at the Miami, Florida location. As the LTCC Product Line Manager, he leads a team of design engineers in the development
of connectorized and surface mount passive components in diverse technologies such as LTCC, MMIC, Thin-Film and PCB.
He has been awarded four patents with others pending approval. His research interests are: Millimeter-Wave passive components, packages and interconnects, network analysis and synthesis techniques, EM simulation techniques and modeling,
measurement uncertainty, statistical analysis and material characterization.
Aaron holds a B.Sc. degree from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, 2007 and an M.Sc. From Columbia University in the city of New York, 2009.
Time: 2:00: 2:15 (+ 5 min Q&A)
Brian Andrews – Sofwerx
Title: Ethical Considerations for Future Technologists
Brian Andrews Bio
Mr. James “Brian” Andrews served for 7 years in the U.S. Navy serving as an Aegis Weapons System and AN/SPY-1B radar technician. He held positions as a Work Center Supervisor and Division Petty Officer and was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals.
After his military service, he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering. While attending classes as an undergraduate student he worked as an assistant for the UT Applied Research Laboratories developing TDOA geo-location algorithms and as a student intern for National Instruments.
Upon completion of his EE degree, he began employment with Raytheon/E-Systems (now part of L3 Technologies) designing phased array antennas and RF distribution networks on the RC-135 Rivet Joint platform. While at Raytheon he served as the Lead Systems Engineer on the Project Liberty (MC12) Logistics Support program and as a Project Engineer for the JavaMan ISR program.
While at L3 Technologies he earned an ME in Systems Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology earning the Best Capstone Project Award for his project entitled “A Systems Framework for Ethical Behaviors in Fully Autonomous Systems.”
As the DEFENSEWERX/SOFWERX former Deputy Director and current CTO, he and his team are responsible for creating a forum for accelerating delivery of innovative capabilities to USSOCOM, as well as refining capabilities through exploration, experimentation and assessment of promising technology via the Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) with USSOCOM.
Duration: 3:15 pm- 4:15 pm
Session Chairs: Anil Imren & Jing Wang
Time: 3:15 – 3:30 (+ 5 min Q&A)
Hugo Morales – Modelithics
Title: Modeling Challenges and Solutions for RF/Microwave Designs
Abstract:Review typical design data available from component suppliers for RF designs, and provide example EDA simulation-based solutions. For example, s2p format files v
s scalable circuit models for SMT chip components and full-wave 3D EM geometry models.
is the VP of Engineering at Modelithics, Inc. Tampa FL. He has been with Modelithics since 2006, leading and managing projects while supporting microwave/mm-wave linear and non-linear measurements, and modeling of passive, test fixture and active microwave components. In 2015, he received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, with primary focus in simulation-based power amplifier design using Modelithics Qorvo GaN Library software models. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2002 with senior design involving microstrip filters, and PCB design and fabrication for flexible and mm-wave applications. He previously worked as a Research Engineer at the Center for Ocean Technology, USF College of Marine Science in the area of wireless communications and remote sensing from 2003-2006. He has authored and co-authored several technical papers on RF and microwave measurements, modeling of passive structures and circuit design, and has given multiple conference presentations over the years.
Time: 3:35 – 3:50 (+ 5 min Q&A)
Matt Vanture – Whiting Turner
Title: Internet of Things (IoT) in Construction
Matt Vanture Bio:
Matt Vanture is an experienced Virtual Design and Construction Manager for Whiting-Turner from the Tampa office. Over the past 10 years he has worked on numerous sectors from health care to theme parks, universities, and campus data centers. He has a strong operations focus and passion for leveraging technology to empower the field. Matt is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Florida for BIM and VDC as well as a National Science Foundation advisory board member. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science focused in Construction Management from University of Florida and is originally from Orlando, FL. Outside of work, Matt loves sailing and spending quality time with his wife and daughter.
Time: 3:55: 4:10 (+ 5 min Q&A)
Nikolas Soulandros – Draper
Title: How USF WAMI program prepared me for a career in RF Engineering
Nikolas Soulandros Bio
-USF EE Bachelors
-USF Masters Student (Current)
-Worked on Dean Bishop’s CubeSat 2017-2020
-Draper Employee RF Electronics Engineer since September 2020
Electronic Beam steering (Specifically Analog Beam-steering)
Electronically Small Antennas
Software Defined Radio
Session Co-Chair(s): TBD
Camilo Gomez Duarte
Camilo is an RF Design Engineer in the LTCC design group, and is actively involved in the design of millimeter wave ﬁlters and surface mount packaging solutions. He has authored three papers in
RF and microwave academic and industry publications, and has led workshops on FEM 3D simulation for passive microwave devices.
Camilo recently completed a leadership program with Mini-Circuits where he honed his public speaking skills, as evidenced in his WaveSpace video, Innovating LTCC Components for 5G mmWave Applications.
Stephen has been with Mini-Circuits since 2016. He began his journey in the Engineering Development Program, and discovered his passion for working closely with university professors and students on closing the gap between RF theory and hands-on application.
Stephen recently completed a leadership program with Mini-Circuits, and is paying-forward by mentoring students at USF on th
eir capstone project.
Dr. Michael Grady is currently a research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, GA. He received the B.S. (2008) and M.S. (2010) degrees in electrical engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, AL, and the Ph.D. (2017) in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL.Within his current role at GTRI, he designs and models high frequency electronic circuits, antenna systems, and various active and passive sensors. He also is very active with sponsored program development and outreach and service. Dr. Grady’s research interests lie in microwave (MW) measurements, MW circuit design, biomedical sensors, antenna systems, and remote sensing and radiometry.
Dr. Grady is an active member of the IEEE, the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) and the Antennas and Propagation Society. He served on the steering committee for IEEE Project Connect (2014 – 2016, 2018) at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS). He is the founding member of the USF chapter of MTT-S. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the NSF Greater Alabama Black Belt Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GABBR LSAMP) program.
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