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200 years ago, it would take a message about 2 weeks to cross the Atlantic. And today, it takes a blink of an eye!

Martin Cooper from Motorola placed the very first mobile phone call 45 years ago. The world has changed a lot since that call!

10 years ago, the internet could only be accessed through a wired computer. The drive to optimize communication has led Engineers to efficiently place the internet in our pockets.

This wireless journey that we’ve set upon with the dawn of 5G and its impact on our society is no less exciting than a roller coaster ride.

The Radio Wireless Week 2018 was held in Anaheim, California from 14th-17th January 2018. In it, the Young Professionals held an interactive forum and networking event for professionals in Microwave. The focus of the panel session was on the growing trends in Microwave and Wireless technology. The event also addressed the much-asked question: “How can Microwave professionals and graduating students can place themselves in the current growth scenario and excel in the job market?”’

A lot of new innovations, like smart cities, autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things, rest on a need for very fast wireless connectivity. But using 5G millimeter wave frequencies in the real world is a whole lot difficult than it seems.

Harnessing the full potential of millimeter-wave wireless will require a coordinated approach across the industry, academia, and government agencies. So, there should be constant research advances in communication and signal processing techniques, antenna, digital hardware, and wireless networking. The new research projects have the potential to provide unique learning and research opportunities for training wireless engineers and innovators.

The IEEE-MTTS President Thomas Brazil [Ph.D. National University Ireland], addressed the audience, discussed his current research in non-linear modeling and characterization techniques at the device, circuit and system level within high-frequency electronics.

The panelists had been selectively chosen to rightfully answer the above-mentioned question about Microwave professionals.

The panel comprised of four distinguished individuals with a diverse background:

  1. Gerhard Schoenthal- Virginia Diode, inc
  2. C.S. Lam- Skyworks Solutions
  3. Ken Kooper- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  4. Usama Zaghloul Heiba- Broadcom Limited

With a brief introduction on their background, the session enrolled into their life-changing decisions, what motivated them and how they liked their current leadership roles. They described the roles of Engineers in their organizations and the technology/product that they work on.

Today’s ideal RF Engineer has experience with each of the following critical components of a wireless communications network and understands that the primary purpose of RF is to deliver data between two points by providing quality customer experience in Analog, RF Front End Module (Amplifiction, Switching, Filtering) and RF Transceiver Signal Processor.

The key to a successful career in RF involves an in-depth knowledge in these fields and an ability to adapt to new technologies.

The YP event indeed turned out to be a valuable tool for young engineers to network and learn how to navigate into a career in RF/ Microwave Engineering.

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