December 2013 e-Newsletter

IEEE- RWW 2014
IMS 2014 Tampa Bay
From the Editor

Welcome to the December 2013 issue of the IEEE MTT-S e-newsletter; the official monthly e-newsletter for MTT-S members. With another year coming to an end, it’s time to renew our IEEE memberships. Please also consider becoming member of the MTT Society.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy holidays!

See you all in 2014!

— Bhaskar Banerjee
Editor, MTT-S eNewsletter

Table of Contents for recent MTT publications

Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC 2014)

The RFIC 2014 paper submission website is open, accepting traditional 4-page papers as well as new 2-page Industrial-Brief Papers. Information for prospective authors can be found at the RFIC 2014 website.

Paper submission deadline: Monday, January 13, 2014

Please consider submitting your work to RFIC 2014 and participating in one of the foremost forums for integrated circuits and sub-systems for RF, wireless, wireline, millimeter-wave, and mixed-signal applications. RFIC 2014 will be held June 1–3, 2014 in Tampa, FL, in conjunction with Microwave Week 2014.

IEEE RFID 2014 is Accepting Paper Submissions

The premier technical conference on RFID is currently accepting accept high-quality papers submissions. You can get the Call for Papers and submit a paper here.

Paper Submission deadline: 20 December 2013

Looking to establish yourself as an expert in RFID and related technologies and have experience? Try hosting a tutorial or a workshop. Our Tutorial/Workshop Chair, Dr. Rahul Bhattacharyya (MIT), will be glad to receive your proposal by 20 January 2013. Just send an email to the workshop chair.

And don’t forget, RFID 2014 is co-located with RFID Journal Live! 2014, where you can meet all of the RFID industry players, large and small. We will be happy to see you again in Orlando!

IEEE MTT-S and International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014) set to launch STEM program

IEEE MTT-S and International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014) will launch a new and exciting STEM program with a primary audience of high-school students interested in careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). The program will pursue the following goals:

  1. To introduce students to Microwave Electronics (technology/careers/networking) through a Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM)-focused “day at a conference” experience.
  2. To integrate university/industry educational engagement with technical speakers, hands-on activities, informational tables, and exhibition tour.
  3. To create an opportunity for quality interaction between potential future engineers and scientists and practicing engineers in the interesting and engaging setting of an international engineering event.

Focus day for the activity: Thursday, 5 June 2014
Location: Tampa Bay Convention Center.

Additional activities being planned include: Explore Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on Tuesday, 3 June 2014 and fun at Busch Gardens on Wednesday, 4 June 2014.

Checkout the MTT-S STEM Website for more information.

FCC seeks public comments on procedures to consider technologies at Frequencies above 95 GHz

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has requested public comments on a petition filed by IEEE-USA in July 2013, that proposed that technologies at frequencies greater than 95 GHz, generally prohibited from commercial use because FCC services rules only go as high as 95 GHz, be considered “new technology” under the terms of Section 7 of the Communications Act of 1934. Such a determination would speed consideration of such technologies as well as increase the burden on those opposing such technologies. (However, existing allocations for radio astronomy and remote sensing would remain unchanged.) IEEE-USA hopes that such timely deliberation would decrease “regulatory risk” for the developers of this technology, increase capital formation for privately-funded R&D, and stimulate development of commercial technology above 95 GHz.

FCC has designated this issue as Docket 13–259. While formally comments are due in early December 2013, comments in such issues are generally considered if received within 2 months of the deadline. Comments filed can be seen here. To submit comments, convert to .pdf form and file here.

For further information contact Michael Marcus, Chairman, Committee on Communications Policy, IEEE-USA.

Call for Nominations: IEEE Fellows

Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2015 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the application process, visit the IEEE Fellow Program page. The deadline to submit nominations for IEEE Fellows is 1 March 2014.

A Little Humor

The optimist sees the glass as half full, the pessimist sees the glass as half empty.
The engineer sees the glass as twice as big as it needs to be!

Why can’t you trust atoms?
They make up everything.

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