Student Day

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Please use the form below to register for the AMTA Student Day, to be held Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 11am to 7pm at the Grant Hyatt in Buckhead. There is no cost to attend, but you must be enrolled as a University student in order to register using this form.

AMTA will provide lunch and dinner to attendees on the day of the event. AMTA also plans to provide transportation from local Universities to the conference and back. More information will be provided through email to students who register using this form.

During AMTA’s Student Day, students will participate in presentations and discussions related to antenna measurement technology culminating in a design and measurement contest with prizes awarded to the winning team. They will also have the opportunity to tour the vendor exhibit hall and view several technology demonstrations. As these vendors are typically looking to hire science and technology professionals, it is recommended that students bring several copies of a current résumé to share.

Student Day Registration Form

Contact Info

Student Day Coordinator

Brett Walkenhorst, Ph.D.

Assistant Coordinator

Jacob Kunz, Ph.D.

Student Day Speakers

Tuesday, October 17
11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Yahya Rahmat-Samii

Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles, USA

The Art and Engineering of Antenna Near-Field Measurements and Diagnostics: History, Fundamentals, Current and Future


This talk will provide the participants with a novel way to understand the fundamental concepts behind modern antenna measurements and, in particular, the near field measurements and diagnostic techniques. Starting from Marconi’s first antenna pattern measurements, we then suggest planar near-field measurements as an educational paradigm linking electromagnetic theory, sampling techniques, and FFT. Starting from the basic electromagnetic principles, the underlying concepts governing simulations, designs and operations of planar-near field measurements and diagnostics techniques will be reviewed. Modern measurement schemes such as plane-polar and bi-polar scanning will be highlighted. Advances in applying these techniques to millimeter-wave measurements will be reviewed. Representative measurement results of reflector, array and reflectarray antennas will be presented. The importance of near field diagnostic techniques will be discussed through some unique test cases. Finally, the topic of phaseless measurement techniques and algorithms will be touched upon demonstrating the potential applications of these techniques in modern antenna measurements. It is the intent of this talk to expose the students to the fun world of antenna metrology, where they can get hands-on experience in a number of related fields.


Yahya Rahmat-Samii is a Distinguished Professor, holder of the Northrop-Grumman Chair in electromagnetics, member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), winner of the 2011 IEEE Electromagnetics Field Award and the former chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCLA, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Caltech/NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Rahmat-Samii was the 1995 President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and 2009-2011 President of the United States National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). He has also served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer presenting lectures internationally.

Dr. Rahmat-Samii is a Fellow of the IEEE, AMTA, ACES, EMS and URSI. Dr. Rahmat-Samii has authored or co-authored over 1000 technical journal articles and conference papers and has written over 35 book chapters and five books. He has over fifteen cover-page IEEE publication papers. In 1984, he received the Henry Booker Award from URSI, which is given triennially to the most outstanding young radio scientist in North America. In 1992 and 1995, he received the Best Application Paper Prize Award (Wheeler Award) of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. In 1999, he received the University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2000, Prof. Rahmat-Samii received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the AMTA Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2001, Rahmat-Samii received an Honorary Doctorate Causa from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2001, he became a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. In 2002, he received the Technical Excellence Award from JPL. In 2004, he received the 70th Anniversary of the Faculty of Engineering of University of Tehran Distinguished Alumni Award. He received the 2005 URSI Booker Gold Medal presented at the URSI General Assembly. He is the recipient of the 2007 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award and the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He is the recipient of the 2010 UCLA School of Engineering Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2011 campus-wide UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from The Engineer’s Council. In 2016, he received the John Kraus Antenna Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and in 2017, Rahmat-Samii received the ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award.

Prof. Rahmat-Samii has had pioneering research contributions in diverse areas of electromagnetic and antennas, antenna measurements and diagnostics techniques, numerical and asymptotic methods, satellite and personal communications, human/antenna interactions, RFID and implanted antennas in medical applications, frequency selective surfaces, electromagnetic band-gap structures, applications of the genetic algorithms and particle swarm optimizations, etc., His original antenna designs are on many NASA/JPL spacecrafts for planetary, remote sensing and Cubesat missions (visit Prof. Rahmat-Samii is the designer of the IEEE AP-S logo which is displayed on all IEEE AP-S publications.

Dr. Brian M. Kent

Senior Scientist and S&T Lead for Electro-magnetics, Radio Frequency, and Sensing Systems.

Return-to-Flight Electromagnetic Measurements - The NASA Shuttle Ascent Debris Radar System


The NASA Debris Radar (NDR) system was developed to characterize ascent debris liberated during the Shuttle’s ascent into space. Radar is well suited for characterizing ascent debris, and is essential during night launches when optical sensors are severely degraded. The NDR mission presents challenging radar requirements in terms of target detection, tracking, minimum detectable radar cross-section (RCS), calibration accuracy, power profile management, and operational readiness. After revisiting the Columbia accident investigation, I describe the NDR system, consisting of a stationary C-band radar located at Kennedy Space Center and two sea-based X-band radars. During the 3 year development effort, the NDR team examined static and dynamic radar signatures of the shuttle and liberated debris, and executed an “in-situ” Electromagnetic Interference Measurement on the Orbiter “Discovery” to certify its safety from radar EMI. Since Shuttle Mission Managers needed definitive safety assessments within 24-30 hrs of launch, analysis tools and software provided shuttle metric data in real-time, visualize metric and signature data during post-mission analysis, automatically detect and characterize debris tracks in signature data, determine ballistic numbers for detected debris objects, and assess material type, size, release location and threat to the orbiter based on radar scattering and ballistic properties of the debris.


Dr. Brian M. Kent joined Applied Research Associates (ECD, Fairborn, Ohio office) as Senior Scientist and 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 will support corporate ARA technical efforts, and will work to expand S&T opportunities in his area of expertise. In addition, Dr. Kent will continue 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 Engineering and an international IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Antenna and Propagation Society. He is also a Fellow of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association and of the Air Force Research Laboratory. He also was a 2009 Meritorious Presidential Rank Awardee.

Previously, Dr. Brian M. Kent, was a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is the Chief Technology Officer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He serves as AFRL's principal scientific/technical advisor and primary authority for the technical content of the Science and Technology Portfolio. He evaluates 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 identifies research gaps and analyzes advancements in a broad variety of scientific fields to advise on the their impact on Laboratory programs and objectives. He recommends new initiatives and adjustments to current programs required to meet current and future Air Force needs. As such, he is an internationally recognized scientific expert, and provides authoritarian counsel and advice to AFRL management and the professional staff as well as to other government organizations. He also collaborates on numerous interdisciplinary research problems that encompass multiple AFRL directorates, customers from other DOD components, as well as the manned space program managed by NASA.

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