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Hackathon: 30-Minute Circuits!

Traditionally, Hackathons events can last up to a full day, where participants use their creative energies to solve problems. They provide opportunities for newcomers to become exposed to a new field, and allow veterans to hone their skills. This year at IMS we will be introducing a new Hackathon that will compress the event time, introducing an exciting race-like component. A basic RF circuit component will be selected for the design challenge and the specifics of the design won’t be revealed until the day of the event! The means that participants will have to use all their knowledge and skills to complete the challenge.  Everyone is encouraged to attend whether you’re a student, veteran RF engineer, or the foremost researcher in wireless technologies! 

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IMS2017 Project Connect

            Project Connect has been a part of the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) since 2014 in Tampa, Florida. The program was created by Dr. Tom Weller and was designed to increase the participation of underrepresented minority students at IMS. Each year, the program has become more and more integrated into IMS, and each conference provides different experiences for the attendees. For example, at IMS2016 in San Francisco, the heart of Silicon Valley, students attended a panel session made up of successful entrepreneurs and were able to listen to their success stories and gain inspiration for their own potential endeavors.

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition- Meet the Judges!

In advance of IMS's first-ever Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, see what some of the judges have to say about what they're looking for, what excites them about technology, and what they hope to see at IMS2017! All IMS2017 attendees are welcome to come see the 3MT competition on Monday, June 5 at 2 p.m. in the Hawai'i Convention Center, Room 313C. Attendees are also welcome to come to the briefing session at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 5, in the same room. For more information: http://ims2017.org/technical-program/competitions/3mt.

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Women in Defense: An All-Female Technical Session

Did you know that women made up only 15% of the entire engineering population in 2016?  

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Students get Free Access to Industry Leaders & Technology

Aloha Students! Did you know that the MicroApps Theater is having leaders in the Microwave industry presenting 44 papers, over the 3 days during exhibit’s? This is all free to you, and located on the exhibits floor, at booth 1946. Each being a short 20-minute presentation, that is packed with new products and technologies, with a wide variety of subjects. Topics categories include components, materials, CAD/Simulation, design, and test and measurement. This is stuff you don’t get in the classroom!

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#YoPro, Charting your Course!

There you are on an inflatable life raft in the middle of the ocean, with no map, no compass, and not even an imaginary tiger to help you out. The vast expanse of ocean suggests unlimited possibilities, but you feel powerless to steer your vessel in any one specific direction, so you float aimlessly in the murky unknown, waiting for a passing fishing boat or a helicopter to rescue you. The wait, like the disappearing horizon on the sea, seems endless......

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Free Access to Knowledge for Exhibitors

Hello Exhibitors,

Did you know that you have free access to industry knowledge at the MicroApps Theater, located on the exhibit floor? We have 44 presentations from industry leaders, which includes your suppliers, partners, competitors, and potential customers! These are short 20 minute presentations, that are packed with new products and technologies, with a wide variety of subjects. Topics categories include components, materials, CAD/Simulation, design, and test and measurement.

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

New for IMS2017, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition is designed for eligible students and young professionals, who indicated upon submission of a paper their desire to enter the competition and whose paper is accepted for either oral or interactive forum presentation. The 3MT® contestants will make a presentation of three minutes or less, supported only by one static slide, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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Double Blind Review

Aloha! We’ve made it to the last few weeks of 2016, and all of the traditional indicators of the winter season are upon us. Here in Honolulu, the humpback whales have returned after their long summer absence, and daytime highs have plummeted from 85°F (29°C) to a chilly 81°F (27°C). It is indeed a wintery wonderland.

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New in 2017: 3-Minute Thesis® Competition for Students and Young Professionals

New at IMS 2017 is the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition for Students and Young Professionals (see http://ims2017.org/technical-program/competitions/3mt/).

Developed in 2008 by the University of Queensland (Australia) and subsequently adopted by more than 350 universities across 19 countries (see http://threeminutethesis.org/), 3MT® is a competition intended to showcase and celebrate those presenters who, through skill and practice, have distilled their research into a presentation of three minutes or less, supported by only one static slide and no other props or aids, given in language appropriate for a non-specialist audience.

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GaN is King (again) at This Year’s IMS High Efficiency Power Amplifier Competition


After the first upper cut, came a flying side kick to the chest…yeah, this is not an MMA competition. This is a competition of the best student minds. At IMS2016 in San Francisco, the MTT-5 committee organized the 12th annual High Efficiency Power Amplifier Student Design Competition (HEPA SDC). Dr. Joe Staudinger, Dr. Kiki Ikossi, Dr. Joe Qiu directed this year’s contest to focus on PAs having both high efficiency and linearity. Here is a snap shot of the rules for the 2016 competition.

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