AMTA Boot Camp

AMTA Boot Camp
AMTA 2016 Boot Camp
Sunday, October 30
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

The new 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 ideal 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:

  • Antenna Measurement System
  • Radar Cross Section (RCS) Measurement System
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility/Interference (EMC/EMI) Measurement System
  • Material Measurement System

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.)

Course Outline

  • Brief Overview of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA)
    Presented by: Steve Nichols, NSI-MI Technologies, AMTA President
    • AMTA MIssion, Vision, Goals, Objectives, and History
    • AMTA Membership Base (Industry + Academia + Government)
    • Two-Port Network Analyzers and S-Parameters
    • Benefits of AMTA Membership and Participation
    Presented by: Jim Puri, MVG
    • RF Measurement Origins
      • Maxwell’s Equations: Physical Interpretation
      • Maxwell’s Equations: Real-World Interpretation
    • RF Measurement Origins
      • RF Power Measurements (Power Meter Demo)
      • Network Analyzers (S-Parameters)
      • Spectrum Analysis
      • Time/Frequency Domain
      • Calibration
    • RF Measurement Practice
      • RF Spectrum
      • Basic Review of Coordinate Systems
      • Open-Air Measurements
      • Guided Wave Measurements
AMTA 102: Antenna Measurements (1 Hour)
Presented by: Kim Hassett, NSI-MI Technologies Topics Covered to Include:
  • Classification of Antennas and Their Applications
  • Antenna Performance Metrics
    • Motivating Examples Prompting Need for Performance Metrics (e.g., Communication Link Analysis)
    • Performance Metrics (Gain, VSWR, Beamwidth, Antenna Pattern, Bandwidth, Co/Cross-Polarization Metrics, Isolation)
  • Antenna Measurement Systems
    • Overview of Antenna Measurement Systems
      • Antenna Measurement System Types (Far-Field, Compact Range, Near-Field)
      • Comparison/Pro’s-Con’s of the Antenna Measurement Systems
      • Comparison of signals used for Extracting Antenna Parameters (CW, Stepped CW, Pulsed CW, Chirp, Hard and Soft Gating)
      • Desired Characteristics and Comparison of Feed Antennas (Horn, corrugated circular, Vivaldi)
      • Comparison of Mount Structures and Positioning Systems
      • System Calibration and Measurement of Antenna Parameters
    • Far-Field Ranges
    • Compact Ranges
      • Anechoic versus Echo/Reverberation Chambers
      • Tapered versus Non-Tapered Designs
      • Comparison of Reflector Designs (Gregorian, Cassegrain, Dual Cylinder, Serrated versus Rolled Edge)
    • Near Field Ranges
      • Planar, Cylindrical, Spherical Scanning Systems
      • Near-Field to Far-Field Transformation
    • Error Assessment and Mitigation (Chamber Diagnostics, Uncertainty Analysis and Best Practices)
    • Specialized Topics (Future Developments – Conformal Antennas, Smart Antennas, Digital Beamforming, MIMO Antennas, etc.)
  • Bibliography/References
AMTA 103: Radar Cross Section (RCS) Measurements (1 Hour)
Presented by: Brian Kent, Applied Research Associates Topics Covered to Include:
  • Motivating Examples of Scattering Targets
  • RCS Metrics
    • Brief Reminder of Far-Zone Field and Polarization
    • Brief Review of Definition of Scattered Field
    • Performance metrics (Monostatic and Bistatic RCS)
  • RCS Measurement Systems
    • Overview of RCS Measurement Systems
      • RCS Measurement System Types (Far-Field, Compact Range, Near Field)
      • Comparison/Pro’s-Con’s of the RCS Measurement Systems
      • Signals Used for Extracting RCS Parameters (CW, Stepped CW, Pulsed CW, Chirp, Hard and Soft Gating)
      • Desired Characteristics and Comparison of Feed Antennas (Horn, corrugated circular, Vivaldi)
      • Comparison of Mount Structures and Positioning Systems
      • System Calibration, Calibration Targets and Measurement of RCS Parameters
    • Far-Field Ranges
    • Compact Ranges
      • Anechoic versus Echo/Reverberation Chambers
      • Tapered versus Non-Tapered Designs
      • Comparison of Reflector Designs (Gregorian, Cassegrain, Dual Cylinder, Serrated versus Rolled Edge)
    • Near Field Ranges and Near-Field to Far-Field Transformation
    • Error Assessment and Mitigation (Chamber Diagnostics, Uncertainty Analysis and Best Practices)
    • Specialized Topics (Dynamic RCS Measurements, Imaging, ISAR)
  • Bibliography/References
AMTA 104: Electromagnetic Compatibility/Interference (EMC/EMI) Measurements (1 Hour)
Presented by: Zhong Chen, ETS-Lindgren Topics Covered to Include:
  • Introduction to EMC (Electromagnetic Immunity/Electromagnetic Susceptibility)
  • EMC Design Considerations
  • EM Immunity Testing
  • EMC Chamber Designs
  • EM Susceptibility Testing
  • Automotive EMC Testing
  • Various EMC Testing Requirements
  • Summary
AMTA 105: Material Measurements (45 Min)
Presented by: Michael Janezic, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Topics Covered to Include:
  • Metrics
    • Brief Review of Constitutive Parameters for Isotropic & Anisotropic, Homogeneous and Inhomogeneous Media
    • Example Material Applications and Types (absorbers & substrates; magnetic, dielectric & resistive)
    • Constitutive Properties vs. Scattering Parameters)
  • Methods
    • Transmission Line
      • Waveguides & TEM lines
      • Pros/cons, Idiosyncrasies
      • Calibration
      • Material inversion
    • Free Space
      • Focused vs. Unfocused
      • Pros/cons, Idiosyncrasies
      • Calibration and Gating
      • Material inversion
    • Resonant Cavity
      • Concept of Resonance
      • Example Fixtures: Striplines, Waveguides, etc.
      • Pros/cons, Idiosyncrasies
      • Material Inversion
    • Error Assessment and Mitigation (Uncertainty Analysis, Best Practices, Alternative Theory)
    • Emerging Methods: CEM based inversion
  • Bibliography/References
  • Demonstrations (1 Hour 20 Min)
    Presented by Jim Puri, MVG; Ed Szpindor, MVG; and Jeff Kemp, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
  • Topics Covered to Include:
    • Antenna Measurement Demo
      • VSWR of Varios Antennas
      • Simple Near-Field or Far-Field Antenna Pattern
    • RCS Measurement Demo
      • Shielding
    • Material Measurement Demo using X-Band Waveguide and Free Space System
      • Configuration of Network Analyzer
      • Calibration
      • Sample Measurement
      • Extraction of Permittivity and Permeability of the Sample
  • Conclusion (10 Min)
    Presented by: AMTA President Steve Nichols, NSI-MI Technologies
  • Topics Covered to Include:
    • Demo wrap-up
    • Concluding Remarks

    Boot Camp Speaker Biographies

    Dr. Brian M. Kent

    Dr. Brian M. Kent joined Applied Research Associates (ECD, Fairborn, Ohio office) as a Senior Scientist and Science and Technology (S&T) Lead for Electro-Magnetics (EM), Radio Frequency (RF), and Sensing Systems. ARA is an employee-owned scientific research and engineering company founded in 1979 and dedicated to producing innovative solutions that tackle critical national problems in National Security, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment, and Health Solutions. ( Dr. Kent supports corporate ARA technical efforts, and works to expand S&T opportunities in his area of expertise. In addition, Dr. Kent continues to serve as Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering with Michigan State University's Department of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Kent is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an international IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Antennas and Propagation Society. He is also a Fellow of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA) and of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). In 2009 he was a Meritorious Presidential Rank Awardee.
    Previously, Dr. Kent was a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives as the Chief Technology Officer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He served as AFRL's principle scientific/technical advisor and primary authority for the technical content of the S&T Portfolio. He evaluated the total Laboratory technical research program to determine its adequacy and efficiency in meeting national, DoD, USAF, AFMC, and AFRL objectives in core technical competency areas. He identified research gaps and analyzed advancements in a broad variety of scientific fields to advise on the their impact on Laboratory programs and objectives. He recommended new initiatives and adjustments to current programs required to meet current and future Air Force needs. As such, as an internationally recognized scientific expert, he provided authoritarian counsel and advice to AFRL management and the professional staff as well as to other government organizations. He also collaborated on numerous interdisciplinary research problems that encompassed multiple AFRL directorates, customers from other DOD components, as well as the manned space program managed by NASA.
    His technical specialties include EM Scattering and Material Property Measurements, Radar, Antenna, and Radar Cross Section Measurements, Radar Performance Evaluation, RF/EO Sensing Technologies, and Passive/Active Electronic Warfare.

    Edward Szpindor

    Edward Szpindor joined Orbit/FR in January 2012 as Director of RF and Systems Engineering. He brings over 25 years of Antenna and RCS range experience - including range design, integration, and test.
    From the range user side, he brings experience in range operations and management, Test Engineering for both development and production programs, test article design, and fixture/mounting designs. He is skilled at finding solutions to myriad of test and instrumentation scenarios using proven techniques or developing unique approaches that result in cost effective and sound measurements.
    Over his career, he has focused on EM measurement solutions. From very low frequency to high energy photons, his work has supported multiple industries including: antenna performance, RCS, radio astronomy, and deep space optical imaging. This broad view of the measurement world provides a unique perspective when “out of the box” solutions or insight are required.
    His personal interest in antenna, RCS, and material measurements are working with the community to advance the understanding of measurement errors, how to control them, and to further improve the quality of these type measurements.
    Edward has a BSEE from New Mexico Tech and has had the opportunity to work with institutions such as: Scientific Atlanta (MI Technologies), RATSCAT (NRTF), Trex Enterprises, The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and BAE Systems.

    Jeff Kemp

    Jeff Kemp is a Principal Research Scientist and Branch Head in the Antenna Systems Division (ASD) in the Sensors and Electromagnetics Applications Laboratory (SEAL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He received his BS and MS (Physics) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He began his technical career at GTRI as an undergraduate coop student in 1989 and since 1996 as a full-time researcher. Mr. Kemp currently works in the field of Foreign Materiel Exploitation (FME) and Integrated Technical Evaluation and Analysis of Multiple Sources (ITEAMS) of antennas in radar systems and of radar systems. He also has expertise in the areas of phased-array antenna development, simulation, and testing. Mr. Kemp developed and administers the Georgia Tech short course, Modeling and Simulation of Antennas. He has taught in over eighty Georgia Tech short course offerings on the topics of measuring and modeling antennas, including Basic Antenna Concepts and Antenna Engineering.

    Mr. Kemp is a Senior Member of the AMTA and of the IEEE. He served as the Technical Coordinator for the 2006 and 2007 AMTA Symposia and as the President of AMTA for 2008. In addition, Mr. Kemp served as the Chair for the IEEE Atlanta Section in 2008 and as Chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques Societies (APS-MTTS) in 2003. He served as an officer for four years in the Atlanta Chapter of the IEEE APS-MTTS and served as an officer for three years in the IEEE Atlanta Section. He and his wife, Tamiko, have been married for twenty years and have one daughter, Alsu (18) and two sons, Ivan (15) and Timothy (8).

    Jim Puri

    Jim Puri's career in electronic instrumentation spans more than 40+ years. He started his working career as an electronic instrument technician with the US Army Security Agency back in 1973 at a signal intercept post in West Berlin. After his service in 1979, he joined Hewlett-Packard as a repair and calibration technician in Dallas Texas. During his career at HP/Agilent Technologies, he held many rolls and became the lab metrologist at the Texas repair and calibration center. He then moved into field service where he installed and supported T/R module and antenna test systems utilizing the 8530 based receivers. In 1999 he became an Applications Engineer where he specialized in vector network analysis and later was a lead in the migration of the Agilent PNA into Antenna Test applications. Jim has since held a number of master applications engineering roles at Agilent and focused on test system design for antenna test. He has been an active participant in Antenna Measurement Techniques Association for more than 10 years and was nominated as a senior member in 2012. Jim retired from Agilent in May of 2013 and has since joined MVG-Orbit/FR as a senior application engineer. Jim lives in Sunnyvale, Texas where enjoys restoring classic Alfa Romeo's and various other collector cars with his son Anthony.

    Kim Hassett

    Kim Hassett has been involved with the antenna community for 30 years. During that time, her career has progressed from antenna design, analysis, modeling, testing, and currently providing antenna measurement solutions. Kim received her BSEE from the University of Maryland in 1985, followed by graduate studies in Electromagnetics at The John Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. After graduation, she worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation (Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems) in Baltimore, Maryland and spent the early part of her career designing phased array antennas and later became involved with phased array analysis, simulation and modeling. This eventually led her to the antenna range where she worked for seven years specializing in phased array calibration and testing. She joined Hewlett-Packard/Agilent technologies in 1998 as a Support Engineer for antenna measurement systems, and later as a Technical Consultant for network analysis, spectrum analysis, satellite test systems, and wideband surveillance systems. However, it was her desire to return to the antenna test community that led her to join Nearfield Systems, Inc. in 2003. She is currently employed by NSI-MI, and provides sales and technical support for US customers from her home in Boulder, Colorado. Kim is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Senior Member of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA), has served on the AMTA Board of Directors as Treasurer, President, and Host for the AMTA 2015 Symposium, and was a EuCAP 2016 AMTA Invited Speaker.

    Michael Janezic

    Dr. Michael Janezic leads the Communications Test Coordination Office within the Communications Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado. He received the B.S. (1990), M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2003) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since joining NIST in 1988, Dr. Janezic has published over fifty papers related to dielectric and magnetic materials measurements, organized various workshops for U.S. industry and government agencies, and collaborated with U.S. standards organizations. From 2009 to 2012, he also served as a Program Analyst for the Office of the U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards at NIST’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In addition to his duties at NIST, Dr. Janezic is the Program Manager for the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) and is a member of the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board.

    Mike Havrilla

    Dr. Michael J. Havrilla is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Dr. Havrilla’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of electromagnetic theory, measurement and applications of anisotropic and bianisotropic media, guided wave and antenna applications and low observable technology. Dr. Havrilla has advised and mentored over 50 graduate students and has published over 150 journal and conference papers. Prior to AFIT, Dr. Havrilla worked in industry for 6 years at General Electric Aircraft Engines, Evendale, Ohio and Lockheed Skunk Works, Palmdale, California. His academic and industrial background has allowed him to bring hands-on education into the classroom and help guide students into areas of applied research that is relevant to the Air Force and measurement community. Dr 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. He is a member of URSI Commission B, a senior member of the IEEE, a member of AMTA, and a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi honor societies.

    Steven R. Nichols

    Steven R. Nichols is the Manager of Applications and Systems Engineering at NSI-MI Technologies. He was named to this position in July 2014 after having served as the Manager of Product Engineering for 11 years, where he led the development of the company’s new microwave measurement system architecture and a new line of instrumentation products that compose the system. Initially, Steve joined MI Technologies in 2002 as the Manager of Systems Engineering.

    Steve has over 35 years of experience in engineering design and technical management, much of it spent advancing the state of the art in antenna, radar cross section, and radome measurement instrumentation and systems at both MI Technologies and as part of the Microwave Instrumentation Division of Scientific Atlanta. He also served as Director of R&D for Satellite Networks for several years, managing product development for telephony and data VSAT systems, and he continued in this role after the business was sold to ViaSat.

    Steve is currently serving as President on the Board of Directors for the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association and served the two years prior as the Technical Coordinator. He is also a member of the IEEE and has served on the Board of Directors for the IEEE Atlanta section.

    Steve graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with highest honors in 1980, receiving a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. He received management training at Scientific Atlanta through the “Leadership through Teamwork” program. Steve has also published several technical papers on antenna measurement topics and has given presentations as an invited speaker at several related industry events, such as AMTA, ATMS India, and EuCAP.

    Zhong Chen

    Zhong Chen is the Director of RF Engineering at ETS-Lindgren, located in Cedar Park, Texas.  He has over 20 years of experience in RF testing, anechoic chamber design, as well as EMC antenna and field probe design and measurements.   He is an active member of the ANSI ASC C63® committee and Chairman of Subcommittee 1 which is responsible for the antenna calibration and chamber/test site validation standards.  He is chairman of the IEEE Standard 1309 committee responsible for developing calibration standards for field probes.  His research interests include measurement uncertainty, time domain measurements for site validation and antenna calibration, and development of novel RF absorber materials. Zhong Chen received his M.S.E.E. degree in electromagnetics from the Ohio State University at Columbus.  He may be reached at

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