Bits to Waves Workshop Featuring NI AWR Software Inspires Cal Poly Pomona Student’s Senior Project
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CPP), part of the California State University system, is ranked as one of the best public universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. CPP is known for its polytechnic identity and learn-by-doing approach to education. The university recognizes that students who solve the classroom problems of today have an advantage as employees solving the real-world problems of tomorrow. Faculty in all disciplines apply theory to practice, providing students with numerous opportunities to use their knowledge in hands-on projects, research collaborations, and valuable internship and service-learning programs.
The Design Challenge
Wilson Chung, a senior at the CPP College of Engineering, was gifted a seat at the popular From Bits to Waves: Building a Modern Digital Radio in One Day workshop conducted by Dr. David S. Ricketts, a professor of electrical engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Ricketts offers this hands-on workshop at IEEE conferences throughout the world. The class teaches participants the basic theory of modern digital radios as well as the RF circuits and systems used to build them.
After participating in the workshop, Wilson Chung put his experience to good use in his senior project at CPP. He and his team produced more than 100 microstrip circuits, including antennas, amplifiers, couplers, phase shifters, and more. This project was made possible by the ability to produce the PCB on site rather than having it manufactured at a board house, which dramatically shortened the wait time. He then presented his project, an S-band phased-array radar, at the annual College of Engineering Symposium. His advisor, Professor Gerald Herder, commented that it was one of the best he had seen that year and that he hopes the project will live on after Chung’s graduation as upcoming students do more testing and improvements.
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