RF Educators Special Session

Title: RF/Microwave Education: Where are we headed?

Date: Tuesday afternoon, April 10, 2018.

Abstract: The purpose of this special session is to have an open discussion, and hopefully debate, about the future of RF/microwave education. Numerical computing environments, such as Matlab, and CAD tools are making it possible for students to perform complex computations and create complicated RF/EM designs extremely quickly - possibly without a solid understanding of the underlying math and EE concepts.

At the same time the intellectual domain of electrical engineering is rapidly expanding, and as educators it is challenging to stay well-versed and competent enough to teach related courses. Shifts in the market, and high profile trends such as "5Gb" and "IoT" further complicate decisions as to where emphasis and limited teaching resources should be placed. How do we know how much of the fundamentals to cover, and still provide exciting educational opportunities to attract the best students? And, how do we produce the type of graduates that industry needs?

This special session is intended to be the first in a continuing tradition of RF/microwave education sessions at WAMICON, setting a model for other EE/ECE domains to follow.

Speakers and Panelists:

  • Linda Katehi, Distinguished Professor, University of California - Davis
  • Steve Ellingson, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
  • Yong-Kyu Yoon, Associate Professor, University of Florida