Purdue grad students win IMS design competition
A team from Purdue University’s Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering placed first in the ‘Packaged C-band Filter’ Student Design Competition (SDC) at the International Microwave Symposium. Alden Fisher and Michael Sinanis are graduate students advised by Dimitrios Peroulis, Michael and Katherine Birck Head and Reilly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The competition encourages students to employ creative problem solving and gain practical design experience by developing a circuit, or system, to address a problem stated in the competition rules while following specified constraints.
The ‘Packaged C-band Filter’ design challenge, hosted by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), was to create a high-performance filter centered at 7.3 GHz, which can be used for satellite communications. Teams had ~5 months to design, fabricate, and test their filters and were ultimately judged on its performance during the competition at IMS. Fitting inside a 1”x1” package, Fisher and Sinanis’s design, using cavity filters in substrate integrated waveguides (SIW), placed 1st in this international competition.
The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the premier annual international meeting for technologists involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice. It consists of a full week of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops, and tutorials. The symposium is the flagship event in a week that also includes the IEEE MTT-S Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) and the Automatic Radio Frequency Techniques Group (ARFTG).