General Chair Message

As General Chair, I invite you to participate in the 2019 IEEE MTT-S Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference we affectionately call WAMICON. This year's WAMICON will be held at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront in Cocoa Beach, Florida Monday April 8th through Tuesday April 9th 2019. This will be the 20th consecutive Wireless and Microwave Conference held in Florida. WAMICON started life as an outcome of industry-academic exchange between the University of South Florida (USF) Electrical Engineering Department's Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems (WAMI Center) and companies involved in microwave and wireless engineering.

The first "conference" was held in February 1999 at the Embassy Suites adjacent to the USF campus. That conference with its small 50, or so, attendees has blossomed over the years into an IEEE MTT-S sponsored annual international conference earning generous support from academia and industry. What started from the "friends and family of USF" has grown to a worldwide network of industry and academia now the "Friends and family of WAMICON".

Now 20 years later, the conference is still going strong and we expect upwards of 200 attendees and an exciting technical program featuring keynote and plenary speakers from leaders in the area of simulated-driven design for upcoming developments in the field of wireless and microwave engineering, a panel with government, academia, and industry representatives, tutorial sessions on fundamentals of simulation technologies, and an IEEE Young Professionals event. WAMICON would not be nearly as successful as it has turned out to be without active industry involvement, and this year is no different. The industry exhibit has been growing of late and the plans for this year's exhibit are aimed towards increasing the interaction between the audience and the industry representatives.

On behalf of the WAMICON 2019 Steering Committee, we would like to extend a warm welcome to participate in the 20th Wireless and Microwave Conference at the Cocoa Beach.

Hjalti Sigmarsson
General Chair, WAMICON 2019

Quenton Bonds
Vice Chair, WAMICON 2019