Boot Camp

Sunday, October 6, 2019 | 8:30 am–5:00 pm

The AMTA Boot Camp is a 1-day course on antenna and related measurement fundamentals. Live hands-on demonstrations complement the material presented. The Boot Camp is an ideal training opportunity for those new to the antenna and related measurements community and for those who would appreciate an update or “refresher” course on these topics. Instructors are industry experts who were selected based not only on their expertise, but for their ability to communicate effectively.

The AMTA Boot Camp Back-to-Basics Topics Include:

  • General RF Measurements
  • Material Measurements
  • Antenna Measurements
  • RCS Measurements
  • EMC/EMI Measurements

Technical Goals and Objectives of the AMTA Boot Camp Include:

  • Gain Basic Understanding of the AMTA-Relevant Measurement Systems and Associated Equipment
  • Obtain Basic Understanding of the Theory and Physical Principles of each Measurement System
  • Acquire Technical Vocabulary for each Measurement System
  • Gain appreciation for similarities and differences of each Measurement System
  • Establish appreciation for the Challenges/Applications that are Driving the Need for Each Measurement System
  • Identify Common Themes in Each Measurement System (Calibration, Standards, Best Practices, Uncertainties, etc.)

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Boot Camp  Outline

07:30-08:30Registration & BreakfastHarbor Island 3 Ballroom
08:30-08:50IntroductionLydell Frasch, The Boeing Company
08:50–09:30General RF Measurements Alexander Knisely, AFRL
09:30–09:45 General RF Measurements Demo Alexander Knisely, AFRL
09:45–10:00 Break
10:00–10:45 Material Measurements Michael Havrilla, AFIT
10:45–11:00 Material Measurements Demo Alexander Knisely, AFRL
11:00–11:15 Break
11:15–12:15 Antenna Measurements Jeff Kemp, GTRI
12:15–12:45 Antenna Measurements Demo Jeff Kemp, GTRI
12:45–13:30LunchHarbor Island 3 Ballroom
13:30-14:25RCS Measurements Stephen Blalock, NSI-MI
14:25–14:55RCS Measurements Demo Stephen Blalock, NSI-MI
15:10–16:05 EMC/EMI Measurements Randy Jost, Ball Aerospace
16:05–16:25EMC/EMI Measurements Demo Randy Jost, Ball Aerospace
16:25–16:45ConclusionLydell Frasch, The Boeing Company

Boot Camp  Instructors

Alexander Knisely
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
Michael Havrilla
Air Force Institute of Technology
General RFl Measurements

Alexander Knisely received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA, in 2012 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, USA in 2015 and 2018, respectively. He is currently an electronics engineer at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, USA. His current research interests include electromagnetic material characterization, guided-wave theory, and electromagnetic propagation and radiation in complex media and structures. Dr. Knisely is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi honor societies.
Material Measurements

Michael J. Havrilla received B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics in 1987, the M.S.E.E degree in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. From 1990-1995, he was with General Electric Aircraft Engines, Evendale, OH and Lockheed Skunk Works, Palmdale, CA, where he worked as an electrical engineer. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. He is a member of URSI Commission B, a senior member of the IEEE, a senior member of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association and a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi honor societies. His current research interests include electromagnetic characterization of complex media. electromagnetic and guided-wave theory, electromagnetic propagation and radiation in complex media and structures, and quantum field theory.

Jeff Kemp
Georgia Tech Research Institue (GTRI)
Stephen Blalock
NSI-MI Technologies
Antenna Measurements

Mr. Jeff W. Kemp has 20 years of experience in the areas of antennas measurements and modeling, radar foreign material exploitation, characterization of antennas for foreign radar systems, and radar foreign system analysis. He is currently the GTRI lead on two long-term projects for MSIC on the pre-ITEAMS evaluation, ITEAMS evaluation and threat simulator hardware development efforts on two different advanced air-defense threat radar systems for MSIC. He served as the project lead for seven advanced air-defense threat radar systems on both pre-ITEAMS and ITEAMS efforts. He has experience in the management of pre-ITEAMS and ITEAMS efforts as the GTRI program manager for six different advanced air-defense threat radar systems for MSIC and three air surveillance radar systems for NASIC. He served as the antenna subsystem technical lead on three pre-ITEAMS efforts as well as the antenna subsystem technical lead for one ITEAMS effort. He has extensive antenna expertise and experience involving the analysis and modeling of antennas for threat radar systems, including the development of a MATLAB antenna model for a long-range threat system.
Mr. Kemp has worked at Georgia Tech since 1996. He is the GTRI project director and systems engineer for the integrated technical evaluation and analysis of multiple sources (ITEAMS) design assessment and pre-ITEAMS design assessment of multiple threat systems, with responsibility for project management and for the antenna designs. His work has involved the measurement and evaluation of microwave antennas and radar systems, including Foreign Materiel Exploitation of antennas in radar systems and of radar systems, computer simulation of phased-array and spiral antennas, verification of these simulations with measured data, the measurement of antennas on near-field, far-field, and compact ranges, the measurement of radar cross-section on compact ranges, and the measurement and evaluation of the electromagnetic properties of various materials. He is currently active in computer simulation studies of the performance of phased-array antennas, measurements of microwave antennas on the compact and near-field ranges, and the evaluation of the performance of radar systems. He developed RF antenna model for use in evaluating SAR performance of an airborne platform and developed 4 RF antenna models to simulate the performance of the antenna system in radar systems. He has experience in ECM and ECCM techniques in regards to antenna systems, sidelobe cancellation, and mainlobe/sidelobe nulling techniques and has developed computer simulations predicting antenna performance to varying polarization input as well as radar cross-section performance of a phased-array antenna.
RCS Measurements

Mr. Blalock is Vice President, Engineering at NSI-MI Technologies. In this role, he oversees all engineering activity for the development of sophisticated measurement systems. The company’s engineering department is responsible for the design, integration, verification, and deployment of advanced microwave measurement systems used for characterizing antennas, radomes and other devices from UHF to millimeter wave frequencies. Mr. Blalock is responsible for the electrical, mechanical, software and systems engineering activity needed to bring these systems to market.

He has more than 20 years of experience in antenna, radar signature, and materials characterization using a variety of test systems including compact range, free space and resonant cavity materials measurement apparatus, image plane antenna range, near-field and far-field antenna ranges. In addition to system development and operation, he lectures for short courses in the area of Radar Cross Section Measurement methods. Previously, he lectured for a Radar Cross Section Reduction short course for 12 years and developed a hands-on compact range laboratory as part of the capstone to the short course.

Mr. Blalock is a vetted reviewer for the National Radar Cross Section Measurement Facility Certification program. This national level program consists of national experts who review and certify the nation’s premier radar signature measurement ranges.

Mr. Blalock holds a Master’s degree in Applied Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Southern Polytechnic State University.

Randy Jost
Ball Aerospace
Mike Leffel
Rohde and Schwarz
EMC/EMI Measurements

Dr. Randy J. Jost served as an officer in the United States Air Force, 1982-2006, retiring as a Lt. Colonel and completed assignments as an instructor at the Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering, Signature Technology Office, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Intelligence Agency, Plasma Physics Laboratory (AFRL) and High Power Electromagnetics Applications Branch (AFRL) researching the applications of High Power Microwaves (HPM). He has also served as the On-Site Technical Director of the National RCS Test Facility (RATSCAT), Holloman AFB, NM. Dr. Jost later taught at Utah State University (USU) in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Department of Physics as well as working at the USU Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), where he was involved in the development and implementation of electromagnetic range and materials characterization activities in both the RF and optical area, as well as ensuring the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of SDL designed instruments and payloads. He has developed calibration and measurement procedures to accurately and verifiably measure the signatures of components, subsystems and platforms for aerospace systems. He has also been active in the development of analysis and prediction codes for the modeling and simulation of aerospace systems. Additionally, he has been active in developing codes for the modeling and simulation of the propagation of electromagnetic waves for such applications as optics, radar and wireless communications. He is currently a Staff Consultant at Ball Aerospace where he is the Lead EMC engineer, responsible for a staff of 6 EMI/EMC engineers and the requirements definition, analysis, design and testing of aerospace systems for EMC in the aerospace environment. He provides in-house training for all aspects of EMC. He also provides company-wide support in EMC/EMI technologies as well as providing support in a variety of electromagnetics-related technologies in other divisions of Ball Aerospace. Dr. Jost has served on the Board of Director for the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association and the IEEE EMC Society, and is chair of the Denver, CO chapter of the IEEE EMC Society. He is serving in the EMC standards making bodies of both IEEE and AIAA, having recently served on the committee revising the AIAA-S-121A EMC standard for aerospace systems. He holds both Commercial and Amateur radio operator licenses, holding the highest U.S. government-issued license classes for the construction, maintenance, operation, and RFI mitigation of both commercial and amateur radio transmitters and facilities. Dr. Jost has been the author or co-author of multiple books and book chapters in electromagnetics, EMC and radar, and has published more than 100 technical papers and presentations in professional journals and the proceedings of national and international technical conferences.
Measurement Demonstration

Mike Leffel has been an Application Engineer at Rohde and Schwarz for the past 12 years. Prior to this he has 17 years of RF and Microwave design experience split between Motorola and Andrew. He has worked on synthesizers, receivers and linearized power amplifier designs, primarily for cellular infrastructure systems. He has used vector network analyzers and spectrum analyzers for the duration of his career, and brings a practical perspective to his presentations. He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees in Electrical Engineering, has ten US patents, and several published articles and application notes.