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  • From the Editor
  • Table of Contents for recent MTT publications
  • International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2015)
  • IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium
  • 85th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference
  • Microwave Theory and Techniques publications are among the most cited journals
  • 2014 MTT-S Video Competition
  • Magdalena Salazar Palma elected to AdCom
  • Call for Nominations: IEEE Technical Field Awards
  • Call for Nominations: Outstanding Chapter Award
  • Call for Nominations: IEEE Fellow Class of 2016
  • A Little Humor

Thought of the Month:

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

From the Editor
Welcome to the November 2014 issue of the IEEE MTT-S e-newsletter; the official monthly e-newsletter for MTT-S members.

The holiday season is approaching and so is the time for the paper submission for the flagship conference of the MTT-S Society – the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2015. It is a great place to learn about the state-of-the-art research in microwave, exchange ideas, and socialize. Also, check out the IMS Channel on IEEE TV.

Bhaskar Banerjee
Editor, MTT-S eNewsletter

Table of Contents for recent MTT publications

International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2015)
The IMS2015 paper submission site is open for 3-page Summary submissions!
Information for prospective authors may be found at the IMS 2015 website.
Paper Summary submission deadline: Monday, 8 Dec 2014, Midnight Hawaii Time.

Please consider submitting your work to IMS2015, and taking the opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues in Phoenix, Arizona next June 2015. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium
The Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium will kick off the Microwave Week on 17–19 May 2015. The RFIC symposium focuses on RFIC design, system engineering & simulation and circuit fabrication & testing in support RF applications that include areas of research such as high-speed mixed signal and analog baseband design and high speed data transceivers. In addition to the standard four page paper submission, we are continuing the popular two-page industrial paper to report recent state-of-the-art without the requirement of a die photo or detailed schematics. The authors of these papers will also be invited to a special poster and demo session during the RFIC reception on Sunday evening, May 17th.

New in 2015: The top paper from the Sunday night industry showcase will receive the RFIC Industry Best paper award.

All papers should be submitted electronically by 12 January 2015 via the RFIC website. There is only a few weeks before the paper submission deadline, so you should begin preparing your submission soon and we look forward to seeing you in Phoenix.

85th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference
The 85th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference forms part of the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Week, and will be taking place in Phoenix, AZ, on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 (the last day of Microwave Week). This year, the main topic of this conference will be “Measurements and Techniques for 5G Applications”. The technical program will contain research papers demonstrating innovative work relating to the roll-out of 5G mobile networks and related communications infrastructures. The technical themes include: test and measurement instrumentation; component and system level requirements; and, measurements and standards. In addition, papers demonstrating research relating to other areas of measurements and techniques at RF, microwave, millimeter-wave and terahertz frequencies are also being scheduled. For more details visit:


Microwave Theory and Techniques publications are among the most cited journals
The Impact Factors for 2013 have been announced and the MTT-S journals are proven to have the highest Impact Factors among journals publishing papers on RF, microwave and THz technologies. The Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques recorded its highest Impact Factor in its history with 2.943. The Microwave and Wireless Components Letters improved its Impact Factor to 2.236, and the Microwave Magazine proves again that it is one of the best magazines with an Impact Factor of 1.674. Finally, the best news of all, the IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology obtained its first Impact Factor and we are happy to announce it is 4.342. Everyone in the MTT-S can be proud of its journals.

2014 MTT-S Video Competition
The 2014 IEEE MTT-S Video Competition is now underway, with this year’s theme being “Microwave Education.” The challenge is to create an educational video about a fundamental microwave engineering principle, relating said principle to an everyday experience. Prizes of $2000, $1000, and $500 will be awarded for the top three teams, and the top 10 teams will receive free 2015 IEEE and MTT-S memberships. The current deadline is December 12, 2014. Please see the website for competition updates and a full list of rules.

Magdalena Salazar Palma elected to AdCom
Salazar Palma

It is with great pleasure I inform that Magdalena Salazar Palma has been elected to the MTT-S AdCom (in this year Election At-Large) for the three-year term. Congratulations to Magdalena!

Call for Nominations: IEEE Technical Field Awards
IEEE Technical Field Awards are awarded for contributions or leadership in a specific field of interest of the IEEE and are among the highest awards presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors. All IEEE members are encouraged to submit a nomination for a worthy candidate within their technical fields.
Since 1917, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. By this means, the image and prestige of the organization, its members, and the profession are all enhanced.
Download nomination forms and award-specific criteria and learn more about IEEE Medals, Technical Field Awards, and Recognitions here.

Deadline: 31 Jan 2015.

Call for Nominations: Outstanding Chapter Award
The MTT-S is introducing a new award for Outstanding Chapters worldwide that have exhibited exceptional performance. The award will recognize the chapter’s contributions with special consideration for the local constraints and chapter size.
All nominations are due to be received by the MTT-S MGA Awards Committee via the regional coordinator by 1 February 2015. Nominations will be based on the chapter’s performance in 2014 and will be judged by 31 March 2015. More information available here.

Nomination submission deadline: 1 Feb 2015.

Call for Nominations: IEEE Fellow Class of 2016
IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members. The honor is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.
If you know of an MTT-S colleague who is a Senior member or Life Senior member in good standing, has completed five years of service in any grade of IEEE membership, and who has made an outstanding contribution to the electronic or electrical engineering profession, you can nominate this person in one of four categories: Application Engineer/Practitioner, Educator, Research Engineer/Scientist, or Technical Leader.
Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2016 are now being accepted.

Deadline: 1 Mar 2015.

A Little Humor
A programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.

An electron is driving down a motorway, and a policeman pulls him over. The policeman says: “Sir, do you realise you were travelling at 130km per hour?” The electron goes: “Oh great, now I’m lost.”