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AMTA 2019 Student Day will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 11:30 am to 7 pm at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in downtown San Diego, California.

During AMTA’s Student Day, students will participate in presentations and discussions related to antenna measurement technology culminating in a design and measurement contest with prizes awarded to the winners. They will also have the opportunity to tour the vendor exhibit hall and view several technology demonstrations. As these vendors are typically looking to hire science and technology professionals, it is recommended that students bring several copies of a current résumé to share.


11:30 AM - 12:45 PMRegistration and Lunch
12:45 - 1:00 PMStudent Day introductions by Student Day Coordinator Filippo Capolino
1:00 - 2:00 PMGuest Speaker: Dr. Paolo Focardi , Senior RF Microwave Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA
"Instrument Antennas for NASA's Earth Science Projects"
2:00 - 3:00 PMVendor Demonstrations (Exhibit Hall)
3:00 - 3:30 PMRefreshment Break / Mingling with Exhibitors
3:30 - 5:00 PMStudent Design and Measurement Competition
5:00 - 6:00 PMGuest Speaker: Dr. Brian Fischer, Principal Research Scientist at Resonant Sciences, Dayton OH
6:00 - 7:00 PMDinner and Award Presentations

There is no cost to attend the student day, but you must be enrolled as a university student  and register for the event in order to attend.

Contact Dr. Fillippo Capolino, UC Irvine (studentday@amta2019.org) for more details.

Register for Student Day

Student Day Speakers

Paolo Focardi

Dr. Paolo Focardi

Senior RF Microwave Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Paolo Focardi is a Senior RF Microwave Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He received the MSc in Electronic Engineering and the PhD in Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1998 and 2002 respectively. Early in his career, between 1999 and 2000, he worked for the Italian Space Agency and collaborated with NASA and DLR for the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). In 2001 he visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for six months to work at the development of an accurate electromagnetic model of THz detectors between 600 GHz and 2.5 THz. In 2002, after completing his PhD, he joined the staff of JPL again as a Post-Doc and became Staff Engineer in 2004. Between then and 2009 he worked on a project to remotely detect human vital signs which led to the creation of a start-up company of which he’s still an officer. In 2008 he supported the development of the A1 and A2 antennas for JUNO and then he joined the RF team developing the instrument reflector antenna for SMAP. In 2009 he joined the Spacecraft Antennas Group at JPL and in 2010 he started the design of the feed horn assembly for SMAP. He was the first to be able to model the entire SMAP observatory in order to get very accurate predictions of the radiation patterns. In the same period he was also responsible for the design and delivery of the COWVR instrument antenna, a flight project in collaboration between JPL and the US Air Force to measure wind speed over the ocean. He’s currently working on the feed assembly for NISAR, a project in collaboration between NASA and ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organization. His work is focused on analytical and numerical methods in electromagnetism for the analysis and design of RF circuits and antennas. He has authored and co-authored over 60 journal and conference publications including two book chapters about reflector antennas.


Brian Fischer

Dr. Brian E. Fischer

Principal Research Scientist, Resonant Sciences, LLC

Dr. Brian E. Fischer received the BSEE from Michigan Technological University in 1988, the MSEE from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1992, and the PhD EE:Systems from the University of Michigan in 2005. He entered the Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1988, left active duty to join the Air Force Reserve in 1997, and retired from the Air Force in 2010. In 1997, Brian joined the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan, which later became Veridian and then General Dynamics. Brian joined Integrity Applications Inc. in 2009, serving as Ann Arbor’s Director for 5 years. In 2018, Brian joined Resonant Sciences LLC, in Dayton Ohio. Brian has been active in the IEEE and AMTA throughout his career and has served in key development and leadership roles in all of his involvements. Brian has served as AMTA President in 2012 and is this year’s AMTA Distinguished Achieved Awardee.  He also served as the co-associate and associate editor of the Antennas and Propagation Magazine Measurements Corner for 10 years. Brian’s research interests have focused on the development of electromagnetic optimization methodologies, antenna direction finding, advanced signal processing algorithms, spectral estimation and numerical techniques, synthetic aperture radar technologies, fast iterative solutions to electromagnetic forward operator models, and radar cross-section near-field transformation, prediction and measurement programs supporting a variety of US Government sponsors. His current technical focus is in the area of high-speed electronic sensing and signal exploitation using adaptive antenna methods.