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The University of Virginia (UVA) Engineering School, the third oldest public university engineering school in the United States, is dedicated to providing significant hands-on experiences in RF and microwave circuit design to its students. The RF and Wireless Circuits course, taught by Prof. N. Scott Barker, covers design basics such as device impedance matching, noise, distortion and RF building blocks (low-noise amplifiers, mixers, voltage-controlled oscillators). The classroom learning material is complemented by a semester-long project of designing, building, testing and fielding a weather satellite receiver to receive and demodulate an automatic picture transmission (APT) signal.
“Using NI AWR software in my RF and microwave classes and labs has given my students strong hands-on experience, as well as a better view of how and why components interact as they do,” said Scott Barker, professor at UVA. “Since adopting NI AWR Design Environment, the size of my course has tripled to over 30 students.”
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Nolan Johnson and Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
Gary Spivey is director of engineering projects at George Fox University, a Christian college in the Pacific Northwest, and his students learn to design and fabricate a PCB while also giving back to the community. Not surprisingly, these graduates get snapped up quickly. In this wide-ranging interview, Spivey discusses GFU’s engineering curriculum, their cutting-edge lab facilities, and the need to teach students to think critically.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
The AltiumLive event in Munich drew several hundred PCB designers from around Europe, including engineering students interested in PCB design. I spoke with Pablo Sanchez Martinez, a student at FH Joanneum in Austria who is working toward being a full professor in hardware design. Pablo discussed his studies in engineering and PCB design, the classes he’s teaching, and his plans for teaching the young engineers of the future.
Joe Fjelstad, Verdant Electronics
The 23rd annual IEEE International Symposium for Design and Technology in Electronic Packaging (SIITME) was held in Constanta, Romania, in October 2017. It attracted more than 190 participants from Romania, and 13 other counties. While there might be some who question the suitability of Romania as a venue for such a conference, the country has a long technological history and has produced some top innovators and pioneers in aviation including Aurel Vlaicu, Traian Vuia, Henri Coanda, who prototyped an early jet aircraft in 1910.