Ways to enhance India’s competency in space technology, biomedical engineering, and information technology on the platform of microwave engineering were explained to 300 students at a workshop on microwave integrated circuits and metamaterials organised by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sri Angalamman College of Engineering and Technology.
During the workshop that encompassed sessions on wireless technology, VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration), signal processing, image processing and embedded systems, there were about 50 technical paper presentations by students of engineering colleges in the region, according to the department head and programme coordinator S.Suganthi.
S.Raghavan, Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, NIT-Tiruchi, dwelt on the use of planar circuit architecture in the form of Microwave Integrated Circuits (MICs) and RF MEMS (Radio frequency Micro Electro Mechanical Systems), which, he explained, have opened up opportunities in terms of reduction in size, weight, power consumption of components as well as extension of their operating frequencies even up to millimetre wave band. The design approach is also undergoing significant developments in Computer Aided Design tools. Miniaturisation and move towards higher frequencies for wireless applications were also the trends influencing the direction of RF/Microwave component and system development. Expansion and merging of RF technology with Microwave Integrated Circuit techniques have widened the scope for high performance wireless products for communication, Prof.Raghavan said, adding that study of ElectroMagnetic theory, the foundation for wireless communications, has now become easier with the introduction of Microwave CAD software.
Under Prof.Raghavan’s mentorship, a Microwave Women Group comprising eight members from the host institution had won the appreciation of the organisers of a recent international workshop on ‘Women in Electromagnetics, Antenna Theory, Wave Propagation and Application’ organised recently for the first time in India under the aegis of IEEE’s Women in Engineering, at Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore. The programme was dedicated to women engineers as part of the observation of International Women’s Day. Guided by Prof.Suganthi the microwave group members presented three papers focussing on antenna designs. The microwave group and the workshop convenors were felicitated by college chairman M.Subramaniam and principal Christhuraj.