Student Day

Tuesday, November 1

11:00am - 7:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel
Complimentary to all student attendees

Student Day will provide an opportunity for local college students to get a taste of antenna engineering and related disciplines by interacting with practicing engineers in a variety of venues. As in previous years, students will be able to tour vendor exhibits, sit in on papers, and enjoy a free lunch and dinner while listening to a presentation targeting issues relevant to those about to enter the engineering profession. In addition, AMTA will host a hands-on Student Day Design Contest. This will give students an opportunity to show off their engineering skills to recruiters (they should bring their resumes) and have fun at the same time. Doug Kramer is this year's Student Day Coordinator. Students who have an interest in participating or have questions may contact him at 512-531-2687, or email him at

Sponsored by: Star Dynamics, Denmar Technical Services and Integrity Applications Inc.


  • 11:00 AM to 12:20 PM
    • Registration & Lunch - Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments
  • 12:20 to 12:30 PM
    • Student Day Introductions by AMTA Student Day Coordinator Doug Kramer
  • 12:30 to 1:30 PM
    • Guest Speaker Brian Kent from Applied Research Associates and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer presents:
      "Return-to-Flight Electromagnetic Measurements - The NASA Shuttle Ascent Debris Radar System" (followed by Q&A and a short break)
  • 1:45 to 2:15 PM
    • Guest Speaker Yizhe Zhang with AT&T, Austin, Texas presents
      "Challenges in Industry Antenna Design and Measurement for Automotive and Wearable Devices"
  • 2:15 to 2:30 PM
    • Agenda Review and Discussions
  • 2:30 to 3:45 PM
    • Break - another chance to mingle.
      Vendor demonstrations and walkthrough of exhibit hall. This is a great networking opportunity with members of industry!
  • 3:45 to 5:15 PM
    • Antenna Design Competition
      Prizes will be awarded for the winning team!
  • 5:15 to 6:00 PM
    • Guest Speaker Larry Cohen of the Naval Research Lab (NRL), Washington DC presents:
      "The basics of 5G and IOT: An overview of the electromagnetic environment in terms of spectrum use and potential solutions for optimum functionality of 5G and IOT in a noisy and contested electromagnetic environment"
  • 6:00 to 7:00 PM
    • Dinner with fellow students and AMTA members
      Award presentation for best antenna design

Dr. Brian M. Kent

Dr. Brian M. Kent joined Applied Research Associates (ECD, Fairborn, Ohio office) as a Senior Scientist and Science and Technology (S&T) Lead for Electro-Magnetics (EM), Radio Frequency (RF), and Sensing Systems. ARA is an employee-owned scientific research and engineering company founded in 1979 and dedicated to producing innovative solutions that tackle critical national problems in National Security, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment, and Health Solutions. ( Dr. Kent supports corporate ARA technical efforts, and works to expand S&T opportunities in his area of expertise. In addition, Dr. Kent continues to serve as Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering with Michigan State University's Department of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Kent is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an international IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Antennas and Propagation Society. He is also a Fellow of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA) and of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). In 2009 he was a Meritorious Presidential Rank Awardee.
Previously, Dr. Kent was a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives as the Chief Technology Officer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He served as AFRL's principle scientific/technical advisor and primary authority for the technical content of the S&T Portfolio. He evaluated the total Laboratory technical research program to determine its adequacy and efficiency in meeting national, DoD, USAF, AFMC, and AFRL objectives in core technical competency areas. He identified research gaps and analyzed advancements in a broad variety of scientific fields to advise on the their impact on Laboratory programs and objectives. He recommended new initiatives and adjustments to current programs required to meet current and future Air Force needs. As such, as an internationally recognized scientific expert, he provided authoritarian counsel and advice to AFRL management and the professional staff as well as to other government organizations. He also collaborated on numerous interdisciplinary research problems that encompassed multiple AFRL directorates, customers from other DOD components, as well as the manned space program managed by NASA.
His technical specialties include EM Scattering and Material Property Measurements, Radar, Antenna, and Radar Cross Section Measurements, Radar Performance Evaluation, RF/EO Sensing Technologies, and Passive/Active Electronic Warfare.

Yizhe Zhang

Yizhe Zhang is a Principal Member of the Technical Stuff at AT&T Mobility based in Austin, Texas. She serves as the Subject Matter Expert to provide technical consulting to AT&T partners on RF and antenna matters. She also works closely with the company's vendor partners to manage AT&T device certification. Yizhe previously held a wireless design engineer position at Dell Inc. There she designed antennas and managed overall wireless system performance for Dell notebooks and tablets. Yizhe earned a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi, graduating in 2007.

Lawrence (Larry) S. Cohen

Lawrence (Larry) S. Cohen has been involved in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) engineering and spectrum management, shipboard antenna integration and radar system design for 40 years. In this capacity Larry has worked in the areas of shipboard electromagnetic interference (EMI) problem identification, quantification and resolution, mode-stirred chamber research and radar absorption material (RAM) design, test and integration. In March 2007 Larry acted as the Navy's Principal Investigator in the assessment of radar emissions on a WiMAX network. Additionally, Larry has supported various radar programs, including radar transmitter upgrades.
Larry received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University in 1975 and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1994. Larry served as the Technical Program Chairman for the 2000 IEEE International Symposium on EMC and was elected for a three year term to the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors in 1999, 2009 and 2016. Larry is also a member of the IEEE EMC Society Technical Committee 6 (TC-6) for Spectrum Management. For the past 29 years Larry has been employed by the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.

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