Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
to go to our microwave events page
Who is the IEEE? From their web
site... The IEEE name was originally an acronym for the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Today, the organization's
scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields, that
it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E).
For microwave engineers, you
won't find a better source of information than the IEEE. However,
the articles and presentations can be quite tedious as authors compete
to show how smart they are. So there will always be a place for
web sites such as Microwaves101 to dumb down the subject, spice
it up and make it less painful than stepping on a rusty nail...
MTT Graduate Fellowship
In their own words...
The purpose of the IEEE
Microwave Theory & Techniques (MTT) graduate fellowship is
to recognize and provide financial assistance to graduate students
who show promise and interest in pursuing a graduate degree in
Up to six $6000 awards may
be granted each year. The awards are presented at the International
Microwave Symposium (IMS) in June 2009. Limited travel support
is available to enable the winners to attend the IMS.
For more information please visit:
All applications should be submitted
by December 12th, 2008 to:
Prof. John Papapolymerou
Georgia Institute of Technology
85 5th Street - Suite 417
Atlanta, GA 30308 USA
IEEE Explore and copyright restrictions
on IEEE papers
The IEEE has a great web site
where most of their articles are archived, it's called IEEE Explore.
You (or your company) need to join the IEEE before you can use it.
Click here to go to IEEE
you should read them. Many engineers think it's OK to download articles
to their hard drives, then email them to each other or put them
in electronic collections on a server. Guess what? You are not supposed
to do that! Microwaves101 tries to respect copywrited material,
so you won't see us offering any of their articles as downloads.
But we might quote them from time to time....
The dark side of writing a paper
for the IEEE...
Before you go and write an article
for the IEEE, let us tell
you a little story. Not long ago an article was submitted to IEEE
Microwave magazine, by one of the "executives" of Microwaves101.
It was published in the February 2007 issue. And it had the wrong
author listed. Great editing job, dudes! Don't quit the day job.
No problem, you'd think that they'd address this problem by reprinting
the article in its entirety in a follow-up issue, with the correct
author given credit. Wrong, they won't do that. But you'd at least
figure that they'd correct the article in the IEEE Explore database
to show the correct author. Wrong again, they state that it is a
policy that .pdf versions must exactly match printed versions.
You can't make up stuff like this! Time to get a lawyer? Nah, that
won't be half as much fun as bringing this to everyone's attention
how out of touch the IEEE is when it comes to doing the right thing!
Microwaves and Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) is a subgroup
within the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Although we might
target the IEEE with so-called humor here at Microwaves101, the
IEEE holds the world's repository of all electronics knowledge,
including all things microwave. The collection of papers on the
IEEE site go back at least to 1960. So why not just go to IEEE instead
of Microwaves101? Two reasons: first, all of the IEEE papers are
written so that you need a solid background in microwave theory
to understand them (like you will get here at Microwaves101!) Some
of the papers will give you not much more than a headache. And second,
their collection is only accessible if you are a member (which costs
money!) Sometimes your employer will pay so that you will have access
to this great collection.
museum page is a free collection of stuff that the IEEE has
gathered on microwave history.
The main IEEE MTT-S web site
can be accessed by clicking
here. Here is the purpose of this organization (we copied it
from the MTT-S web site, hope they don't mind):
"The IEEE Microwave Theory
and Techniques Society (MTT-S) is a transnational society with more
than 9,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. Our society promotes
the advancement of microwave theory and its applications, usually
at frequencies from 200 MHz to 1 THz and beyond."
If you live in a big U.S. city,
chances are there is a local IEEE chapter that organizes seminars
and short courses from time to time. U.S. chapters include Los Angeles,
San Fernando Valley, Santa Clara Valley, San Diego, Denver, Washington
DC/Northern VA, Springfield, MA, Melbourne, Florida, Long Island,
NY. There are local chapters in many other countries, comrades!
The IEEE Long Island section
of MTT has some great lecture notes that you can access for free
on their web site! (Click
here.) Some especially good notes on noise figure are available
The IMS Symposium
The "big show" of microwaves
is put on by MTT-S every year, it's called the International Microwave
Symposium (IMS). Typically 20,000 engineers from all over the world
attend for up to a week. As many as 500 microwave vendors advertise
their wares in the exhibition hall, and there is a student paper
contest, great for recruiting smart college
kids and scoring free drinks. In 2005 the show was in Long
Beach California, 2006 was San Francisco, 2007 was Honolulu, 2008
was Atlanta, 2009 was Boston, 2010 was Anaheim, and 2011 was Baltimore.
Here are the next two venues if you want to mark your calendars:
2012 - Montréal, Canada, June 17-22
IMS 2013 - Seattle, WA, June
See you there!