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Exploring Online Presentation Skills for Engaging Your Audience

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour, 15 min

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To present to a technical audience is challenging. To kindle curiosity and fire up your non-technical audience with your complex research—whether in person or online—is even more challenging, but developing such skills will be lifetime career assets.

The “virtual” medium, in particular, is fraught with technical and physical limitations, surprises, and, yes, wrong assumptions, easily leading you astray, e.g., from a professional posture. Then there is bandwidth, video resolution, microphone quality, your physical disconnect from your audience and slide(s), and more.

Our webinar contrasts “virtual” with in-person presentations, suggesting do’s and don’ts, with specific focus on the Microwave Week virtual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. We draw on experience: writing and directing plays, running entrepreneurial and exhibition booths, mentoring and coaching candidates for competitive presentations, as well as delivering relevant talks, webinars and workshops. We discuss storytelling, first impressions, citation, subtext, authenticity, articulation, script design, slide design, staging, stage presence, and respecting your audience.

We analyze 3MT® case studies from past IMS and Microwave Week 3MT® competitions, focusing on titles, slides, scripts, and opening and closing lines. While we expect students and young professionals to be our primary audience, professors and practicing engineers from industry should equally appreciate this webinar.

Meanwhile, check out our previous four related MTT-S webinars and watch videos from prior Microwave Week 3MT® competitions on the MTT-S IMS YouTube channel.


John Bandler

John Bandler
Professor, McMaster University
McMaster University

John Bandler, OC, McMaster professor emeritus, is an engineer, entrepreneur, innovator, artist, speaker, and author of fiction, including stage plays (see YouTube). Fellow of several societies, and winner of both the Microwave Application and Microwave Career Awards from IEEE MTT-S, he has published 500+ papers; pioneered space mapping; sold his start-up to Hewlett-Packard; is an Officer of the Order of Canada; and winner of the Professional Engineers Ontario 2018 Gold Medal. He has coached 100’s of individuals for presentations, and co-organizes 3MT® competitions, including the IMS 3MT®.

Erin Kiley

Erin Kiley
Assistant Professor, MCLA
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Erin Kiley is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She is an applied mathematician whose research specializes in modelling and computational electromagnetics, including problems in microwave sintering. She received her B.Sc. (Mathematics and Statistics) and B.A. (Russian) from the University of New Hampshire, and her M.Sc. (Applied Mathematics) and, in 2016, her Ph.D. (Mathematics) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She co-organized all four 3MT® Competitions for the IEEE International Microwave Symposium, an event she is also co-organizing for 2021.

Daniel Tajik

Daniel Tajik
GSRA, McMaster University

Daniel Tajik is a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering developing microwave image processing algorithms for use in medical diagnostics. In 2017, he won both the First Place and Audience Choice Awards in the first ever 3MT® competition at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium. In 2018, he won first place for the same presentation in the first ever Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate 3MT® competition at McMaster University. He is a member of the 2021 Microwave Week 3MT® committee.

Aline Eid

Aline Eid
GSRA, McMaster University

Aline Eid is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Receiver of 16 awards during her masters and PhD studies, inventor in 4 patents, and author/co-author of more than 25 conference and journal papers, she won both the Second Place and Audience Choice Awards in the IEEE IMS2019 3MT® competition. She also gained First Place in the Student Design Competition and Honorable Mention in the Student Paper Competition. Her goal is to develop the next generation of 5G/mm-wave-powered consumer devices. She is a member of the 2021 Microwave Week 3MT® committee.

MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecture: Dr. James Hwang

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Microwaving a Biological Cell Alive ‒Label-free Noninvasive Cell Characterization by Broadband Impedance Spectroscopy

Date: Monday, February 22, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

Duration: 2 hour

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Microwave is not just for cooking, smart cars, or mobile phones. We can take advantage of the wide electromagnetic spectrum to do wonderful things that are more vital to our lives. For example, microwave ablation of cancer tumor is already in wide use, and microwave remote monitoring of vital signs is becoming more important as the population ages. This talk will focus on a biomedical use of microwave at the single-cell level. At low power, microwave can readily penetrate a cell membrane to interrogate what is inside a cell, without cooking it or otherwise hurting it. It is currently the fastest, most compact, and least costly way to tell whether a cell is alive or dead. On the other hand, at higher power but lower frequency, the electromagnetic signal can interact strongly with the cell membrane to drill temporary holes of nanometer size. The nanopores allow drugs to diffuse into the cell and, based on the reaction of the cell, individualized medicine can be developed and drug development can be sped up in general. Conversely, the nanopores allow strands of DNA molecules to be pulled out of the cell without killing it, which can speed up genetic engineering. Lastly, by changing both the power and frequency of the signal, we can have either positive or negative dielectrophoresis effects, which we have used to coerce a live cell to the examination table of Dr. Microwave, then usher it out after examination. These interesting uses of microwave and the resulted fundamental knowledge about biological cells will be explored in the talk.

Dr. James Hwang
Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

James Hwang is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. He graduated from the same department with a Ph.D. degree. After years of industrial experience at IBM, Bell Labs, GE, and GAIN, he spent most of his academic career at Lehigh University. He cofounded GAIN and QED; the latter became the public company IQE. He used to be a Program Officer at the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research for GHz-THz Electronics. He had been a visiting professor at Cornell University in the US, Marche Polytechnic University in Italy, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He is an IEEE Life Fellow and a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer. He is also a Track Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He has published approximately 400 refereed technical papers and been granted eight U.S. patents. He has researched the design, modeling and characterization of optical, electronic, and micro-electromechanical devices and circuits. His current research interest includes electromagnetic sensors for individual biological cells, scanning microwave microscopy, and two-dimensional atomic-layered materials and devices.

IEEE MTT-S WEBiNAR -Battery-free RF/Microwave Systems

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Duration: 1 hour

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In the next future we will be surrounded  in our daily lives by a multitude of small, relatively inexpensive computing devices, equipped with wireless communication and sensing featuring the concept of  “pervasive intelligence”, a basis from which we can envision our future world as an Internet of Everything (IoT/IoE), in terms of both a consumer IoT/IoE and the Industrial IoT. With this scenario in mind, one of the main challenging task is the wireless powering of a multitude of ubiquitous devices and machines to allow truly perpetual wireless-powered communication (WPC).

This webinar first describes possible solutions for the RF architectures of transmitting and receiving sides for battery-less scenarios, showing how multi-domain design techniques, combining EM theory and numerical simulation with nonlinear circuit design can provide reliable system implementaions; secondly the effective exploitation of such systems is shown through some significant applications, such as high precision localization (centimeter-level ) and tracking, adopting UWB communication, and predictive maintenance in machineries and industrial plants scenarios exploiting low-energy communications. The design challenges for both the transmitting and receiving subsystems are presented together with the performance achievements in real scenarios.

Dr. Alessandra Costanzo
Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Italy

Alessandra Costanzo is full Professor at Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Italy,since 2018 where she leads the RF and wireless lab. She is currently involved in research activities dedicated to design entire wireless power transmission systems, based on the combination of EM and nonlinear numerical techniques, adopting both far-field and near-field solutions, for several power levels and operating frequencies. She has played a key role in creating the bridge between system-level and circuit-level analysis techniques of RF/microwave wireless links. She has developed simulation techniques capable of treating, in an integrated and efficient way, nonlinear (NL) components, such as transistors, and electromagnetic entities, such as an antenna or other radiators. She has accomplished this goal by means of a general purpose approach combining electromagnetic (EM) theory, EM simulation inside the nonlinear circuit analysis. She is currently the PI of many research and industrial international projects at microwave and millimeter wave,dedicated to Industrial IoT, and smartand safemobility.She has authored more than 260 scientific publications on peer reviewed international journals and conferences and several chapter books. She owns four international patents. She is co-founder the EU COST action IC1301 WiPE “Wireless power transfer for sustainable electronics”, where she chaired WG1: “far-field wireless power transfer”. She was workshop chair of the EuMW2014, TPC co-chair of IEEE IMARC 2018 and IEEE WPTC 2019. She is the past-chair (2016-2017) of the MTT-26 committee on wireless energy transfer and conversion and member of the MTT-24 committee on RFID. She is past Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on MTT, and Associate Editor of the Cambridge International Journal of Microwave and of Wireless Technologies and of the Cambridge International Journal of WPT. Since 2016 she is Steering Committee Chair of the new IEEE Journal of RFID. She is MTT-S representative and Distinguished Lecturer of the CRFID, where she also serves as MTT-S representative. She was Chair of EUMC2020 and is an IEEE Senior Member.

AP-S Distinguished Lecturer Seminar – Lens antennas: Fundamentals and present applications

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Time: May 3rd, 2021 at 11am MDT

Speaker: Dr. Quevedo-Teruel at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Oscar Quevedo-Teruel is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He received his Telecommunication Engineering Degree from Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain in 2005, part of which was done at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He obtained his Ph.D. from Carlos III University of Madrid in 2010 and was then invited as a postdoctoral researcher to the University of Delft (The Netherlands). From 2010-2011, Dr. Quevedo-Teruel joined the Department of Theoretical Physics of Condensed Matter at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid as a research fellow and went on to continue his postdoctoral research at Queen Mary University of London from 2011-2013.

In 2014, he joined the Division for Electromagnetic Engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden where he is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master Programme in Electromagnetics Fusion and Space Engineering. He has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation since 2018 and is the founder and editor-in-chief of the EurAAP journal Reviews of Electromagnetics since 2020. He was the EurAAP delegate for Sweden, Norway, and Iceland from 2018-2020, and he has been a member of the EurAAP Board of Directors since January 2021. He is a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the period of 2019-2022, and Chair of the IEEE APS Educational Initiatives Programme since 2020.

He has made scientific contributions to higher symmetries, transformation optics, lens antennas, metasurfaces, leaky wave antennas and high impedance surfaces. He is the co-author of 95 papers in international journals and 140 at international conferences.


Fig. 1: Transformation of a cylindrical wave into a plane wave by using a convex lens represented with rays and waves.

Lens antennas are commonly englobed in a more general type of antennas, named aperture antennas. As their name indicates, they make use of a lens to modify the field distribution at the aperture of the antenna, which is typically fed by a single source. The lens is employed to transform the waves arriving from the source into a desired radiation pattern. Commonly, the desired radiation pattern is a directive beam in a given direction. However, similar to arrays, reflectors or leaky wave antennas, the goal changes depending on the application. For example, other desired features may be to produce multiple beams, or a broad beam-width.

Lenses were more commonly employed in optical applications. For this reason, most of the nomenclature comes from optics, and they are evaluated with rays theory. In this sense, the performance of the lens is conventionally described in terms of aberrations. An aberration is a failure of the rays to converge at the desired focus. This failure must be due to a defect or an improper design. Aberrations are classified as chromatic or monochromatic, depending on whether or not they have a frequency dependence. There are five monochromatic aberrations: spherical aberration, coma, astigmatism, Petzval field curvature, and distortion. However, this is not a common nomenclature for antenna designers in the radio-frequency and microwave regimes. In these regimes, the rays are substituted by electromagnetic fields, and the designers evaluate their antennas in terms of directivity, gain, efficiency, side lobe levels, cross polarization levels, etc. Therefore, there is a communication gap between both communities: optics and microwaves. In the THz regime, which is in between these two communities, researchers must understand both nomenclatures

In this talk, I will explain the operation of lens antennas, their potential, and two innovative techniques that have become very important in recent years. The first technique is transformation optics, which can be employed to produce three-dimensional directive lenses. The second one is metasurfaces, which can be used to produce low-cost and planar two-dimensional lenses. In the case of metasurfaces, fully metallic solutions are possible, which is a clear advantage in terms of losses. However, with the available technology, metasurfaces are only able to scan in one single plane. Finally, we introduce the concept of higher symmetries, that can be employed to enhance the bandwidth of conventional metasurfaces, or to increase their equivalent refractive indexes.

Terahertz Communications at 300 GHz: Devices, Packages and System

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Duration: 1 hour

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Recent progress in semiconductor devices on compound semiconductor or silicon substrates has made it possible to produce more power and receive a signal with less noise at THz frequencies. Various integrated circuits for the THz radio front-end functional blocks, including power and low-noise amplifiers, modulators and demodulators, and oscillators, have been demonstrated in the last decade. In the first experimental demonstration conducted in 2004, bulky instruments originally developed for THz spectroscopy were used to transmit pulsed THz signals carrying a 7-kHz bandwidth audio signal across a short free space. However, recently, there have been several successful demonstrations of multi-Gbps data transmissions at THz frequencies with state-of-the art devices and components. In this talk, the first prototype of a THz wireless communications system designed under the ‘touch-and-go’ scenario will be presented. I clarify the concept of the KIOSK data downloading system, cover some considerations in this work, and present a brief link-budget plan. We will then overview technologies for implementing THz components operating at 300 GHz and their performance, followed by preliminary investigation of the channel responses and the experimental demonstration results. At the end of the presentation, we will discuss several issues that need to be addressed for the future of the THz communications systems, in terms of system architectures, packaging and potential applications.

Dr. Ho-Jin Song

Dr. Ho-Jin Song

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone

Ho-Jin Song received the B. S. degree in electronics engineering from Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea in 1999, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Gwangju, Korea, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. Since he joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, Japan in 2006, which is the third largest telecommunication company in the world, he had engaged in the development of sub-millimeter and terahertz wave devices, circuits and systems for communication, remote sensing and imaging applications. In 2015, he was named to a distinguished research scientist of NTT Labs. Since 2016, Dr. Song has been with the department of Electrical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Gyeongbuk, Korea. His current research interest includes mm-wave and terahertz circuits, antenna, packages and test-bed systems, particularly for wireless communication, connectivity and radar applications. Dr. Song was a recipient of GIST Best Thesis Award (2005), NTT Labs Research of the Year Award (2009 and 2014), Young Scientist Award of Spectroscopical Society of Japan (2010), IEEE Microwave and Wireless Component Letters Tatsuo Itoh Best Paper Award (2014) and Best Industrial Paper Award at IEEE MTTs-IMS 2016 (2016). He is a senior IEEE member and an IEEE distinguished microwave lecturer for the 2019-2021 term.

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