IEEE AP-S Student Design Contest 2011: Radiation Patterns on a Budget
Travel to the 2011 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium
Win $1500, $750, $250
Join the 2nd IEEE AP-S Antenna Design Contest! Build a measurement system that can be used to measure the gain and radiation pattern of an antenna. The top three teams will receive up to $2,500 in travel funds to attend the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium in Spokane, Washington, USA, July 3-8, 2011 to demonstrate their working systems. From these top teams, the first, second, and third place winners will be announced at the 2011 IEEE AP-S Awards Banquet at the symposium and will receive cash prizes of $1500, $750, and $250, respectively.
The important deadlines are January 30, May 2, and May 13, 2011. See the Application and Review Process below for details.
Student Design Contest: Monday, July 4, 2011 Early Bird Room, Davenport Hotel
|Student Set-up||8:30 – 10:00 am|
|Public Demonstrations||10:00 pm – 12:00 pm|
|Judges’ Meeting||12:00 pm – 1:00 pm|
Student Design Contest Update
The Education Committee received 13 entries for the second annual AP S Student Design Contest.
This year’s challenge is to design and build an inexpensive, portable radiation pattern measurement
system that operates at 2.4 GHz. The Committee is pleased to announce the following six semi-finalist
“ESTG:” Nuno Leonor; Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal.
“IsotropicThunder:” Frédéric Goora, Brandon Brown, and Christopher Rouse; University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
“MSU_spartans:” Andrew Temme, Don VanderLaan, and Stephen Zajac; Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, USA.
“Team Marconi:” Keith Martin and Vittorio Picco; University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
“TelemicKUL:” Hadi Ali-Akbarian and Saeed Farsi; Katholeike Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
“Tsinghua University:” Han Wang, Yue Li, Kunpeng Wei, Yang Zhao, and Wendong Liu; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Early this year, the semi-finalists received US$1500 each to build and test their proposed systems. In May, the Education Committee selected three finalists to travel to the AP-S Symposium in Spokane, where they will demonstrate their working measurement systems to the public on Monday, July 4. First, second, and third prize winners will be selected to receive cash prizes of US$1500, US$750, and US$250, respectively. The winners will be announced at the Annual Banquet on Wednesday, July 6.
Goals and Specifications:
- Design a measurement system that can be used to find the gain and radiation pattern of a test antenna. An anechoic chamber is not required, so inaccuracies due to reflections by nearby objects are inevitable. However, a reasonable argument must be presented that the gain measurement accuracy would be ±0.5 dB in an anechoic environment.
- The system must be safe and durable, easily reproducible by others, inexpensive, and portable so that it can be demonstrated at the symposium.
- The system must operate at 2.4 GHz, generate its own signal, have its own power supply, and fit on a table or two closely spaced tables. Readily available software (e.g., student versions of C, Matlab, Visual Basic, LabView) or free software packages may be used.
- The total cost for reproduction of the system must be less than $1,500. All equipment and software (except for a computer, if needed) must be included in the budget. The use of a computer is allowed and does not have to be included in the $1,500 budget.
The Application and Review Process:
- All applicants must submit a preliminary design by January 30, 2011. It must include:
- Full contact information for all team members, including e-mail addresses, surface mail addresses, the name of team’s institution, and at least one phone number.
- A proposal limited to two pages and in 12-pt Times New Roman font that contains
- A detailed description of the system to be built.
- The steps that will be taken to ensure the accuracy of the system.
- A bill of materials (up to $1,500).
- A letter from a professional mentor such as a professor or engineer in industry indicating agreement to supervise the project. The mentor must be an IEEE AP-S member and must verify that all members of the team are full-time graduate and/or undergraduate students at a university, college, or technical school.
All materials must be integrated into a single pdf file named TeamName.pdf in the order listed above.
- A detailed description of the system, including schematic and other key diagrams.
- A list of parts and materials required, including where to obtain them and costs.
- Photos of the final system, including a scale to show the sizes of key components.
- Assembly and operating instructions for the system.
- A set of measurements obtained using the system with an example test antenna.
- Biographies (100 words or less each) and photos of all design team members.
- All software necessary to build and/or operate the system in a separate file(s).
How to Submit Materials:
Send all materials to email@example.com with the subject line “2011 IEEE AP-S Design Contest Submission.” Questions may be sent to the same address. All submitted materials must be in pdf format according to the guidelines above.