2023 CERF meeting brings together students and industry

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Every year, the ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) hosts the Consortium on Electromagnetics and Radio Frequencies (CERF) Meeting to bring together industry affiliates, researchers and students to discuss recent advances in electromagnetics.

Electromagnetics (EM) and radio frequency (RF) circuits and systems are the backbone of all modern communication, radar, telemetry, remote sensing and navigation systems. The demand for well-trained professionals who can develop new EM and RF systems and technology is exploding. U.S. industry and government agencies need to keep their workforce informed of the latest technological developments and breakthroughs in these areas to design next generation systems in a timely fashion.

ESL faculty and researchers formed the CERF to share their expertise with the U.S.-based RF community, as well as provide a pipeline of dedicated, well-trained professionals ready for the EM workforce.

The 2023 CERF Technical Meeting occurred on August 1, 2023, and welcomed representatives from Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, MIT Lincoln Laboratory and as well as many local companies.

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“I was incredibly pleased by this year’s CERF meeting. The attendance was great, both among industry visitors and ESL researchers and students,” said ESL Interim Director Chris Ball, PhD. “The students particularly did a phenomenal job presenting their research. The poster session generated a lot of interest from our affiliates, and the 3-Minute Thesis competition was the highlight of the day. ESL’s students are truly remarkable, and we are proud of how well they represented the lab to the CERF attendees.”

Four sessions were held throughout the day focusing on the research performed at ESL on navigation and sensing, EM modeling and measurements, microelectronics, and millimeter waves and photonics, that were fully or partially funded by the Consortium. ESL graduate and undergraduate students also presented research posters and three-minute theses (3MT). Over the four technical sessions, 27 posters were presented, and 19 were presented by students and eligible for the poster competition.

Students had to present not only to their peers and other ESL researchers and faculty, but also with the representatives of CERF Affiliates, who had the task of selecting top five based on the academic content (accuracy, methodology), appeal to audience (their rationale and comprehension) and overall quality (flow of the presentation, supporting images). The first, second and third place presenters receive $500, $300 and $200 of monetary prize respectively along with a certificate acknowledging their successful presentation.

Congratulations to our 3MT Winners:

First Place: Krutant Mehta, Electrically Small Antenna Arrays for DOA Estimation of More Sources than Sensors

Second Place: Joe Vinci, Preliminary Phased Array Data from the Coastal Land-Air-Sea Interactions Mission, Florida, 2023

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Third Place: Indranil Nayak, Accelerating Time-Domain Electromagnetic Solvers using Real-Time Machine Learning (ML)

Congratulations to our Poster Winners:

First Place: Sharbel Kozhaya, Opportunistic Navigation with Multi-Constellation LEO Satellites

Second Place: Luke Newton, Characterization of Antenna Arrays via Open-air-Fixture Model of Backscattered Signals

Third Place: Sam Coogle, Classifying Cognitive Workload from MagnetoCardioGraphy Data

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