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  • From the Editor
  • Table of Contents for recent MTT publications
  • IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (CSICS 2014)
  • IMS 2015: Call for workshop and short course proposals
  • In Memorium: Tina Quach
  • 2015 IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowships
  • 2015 IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarships
  • A Little Humor

Thought of the Month:

“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.”
― Claude Lévi-Strauss

From the Editor
Welcome to the August 2014 issue of the IEEE MTT-S e-newsletter; the official monthly e-newsletter for MTT-S members. With summer coming to an end, we look forward to a great fall with many upcoming conferences starting with European Microwave Week and the CSICS 2014.

Bhaskar Banerjee
Editor, MTT-S eNewsletter

Table of Contents for recent MTT publications

IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (CSICS 2014)
The IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (CSICS 2014) will be held on October 19–22 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego, California, USA. CSICS is a highly regarded annual technical conference and exhibition at which distinguished experts in the field of semiconductor technology and circuit design meet to share their latest state-of-the-art developments and innovations. In keeping with its tradition as a mixed-discipline conference, the CSICS technical program features a diverse array of papers and tutorials covering topics from GaN HPAs, emerging device technologies, and modeling to advanced electro-optics, photonics, and mm-Wave/THz circuits. For a quick overview of CSICS 2014, please browse the “At-a-Glance” technical program. For more detailed information, please refer to the Advance Program. CSICS offers discounted early registration rates which will be available through 26 September 2014. Attendees are also encouraged to stay at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine hotel at the special CSICS rate.

2014 IEEE CSICS highlights:

Key dates:

Hotel Reservation deadline (CSICS rate): 17 September 2014
CSICS Early Registration deadline: 26 September 2014

For up-to-date information, please explore our redesigned website at www.csics.org. Further questions may be addressed to the Symposium Chair: Douglas S. McPherson, Ph: +1–613–670–3371.

IMS 2015: Call for workshop and short course proposals
The 2015 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium TPC is now accepting workshop and short course proposals for the 2015 IEEE International Microwave Week. Workshops and short courses are solicited from all of the technical areas within MTT-S and are encouraged from new subject areas. These new areas include not only emerging topics such as terahertz technology, carbon-based electronics, green microwave technologies, flexible/wearable electronics, wireless power, etc., but also topics that may be outside the usual scope of the IMS such as industrial and scientific applications of microwaves, vacuum electronics, and others. A formal call for proposals along with the instructions and submission templates can be downloaded from the IMS 2015 website. The website also has a link to the TPMS, where the formal proposals can be submitted. Once on the TPMS site, the organizers have the options to select between

(a) short course, (b) RFIC only workshop, (c) IMS only workshop, (d) joint RFIC/IMS workshop and (e) joint ARFTG/IMS workshops.

First time organizers are particularly encouraged to contribute by submitting proposals for a half-day or full day workshop / short course. All proposals must be submitted by September 9, 2014 to be considered.

IMS 2015 website

In Memorium: Tina Quach
Tina Quach, Technical Program Chair and General Chair of RFIC 2008 and 2009 passed away on 15 July 2014 at age 49. Throughout her 25 years career, Tina’s professional focus was on design of state of the art RF IC components, specifically RF in the areas of cellular and wireless connectivity system ICs, broadband wireless communications, silicon millimeter-wave IC’s, RF device technology, modeling, and characterization, and high-efficiency RF Power Amplifiers. Tina was a truly dedicated IEEE and MTT-S volunteer, and a life member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She was one of the founding members of IEEE RFIC Symposium and started working as part of the technical program committee in 2000. Tina Quach is survived by her husband, Carl, and her children, Stephanie, Thomas and Stacy.

2015 IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowships
The MTT Society provides financial assistance to graduate students who show promise and interest in pursuing full-time programs in RF and microwave engineering. There are 10 awards for general Microwave Engineering Fellowships and two awards for the Microwave Engineering for Medical Applications Fellowships. The awards will be distributed at the 2015 International Microwave Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona.

Don’t miss the great opportunity to be the next recipient.

IMPORTANT: The submission deadline is October 15, 2014.

Please consult the detailed instructions for IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowships at:
students page and submit your application at:

The submission site will be available starting August 15, 2014.

2015 IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarships
MTT Society will sponsor up to ten scholarships for each Spring and Fall semester in 2015 for undergraduate/pre-graduate students to encourage their interest in microwave and RF technologies. Additional travel supplement funds will be available for the awardees to attend an MTT-S sponsored microwave conference.

MTT-S strongly encourages students in microwave and RF engineering to apply for the Scholarships and to take the chance to be the next recipient.

Submission deadline for the Spring semester 2015 Scholarships: October 15, 2014.

NEW: From this competition cycle, IEEE student membership is not required to be eligible to apply. However, supervisors should still be MTT-S members.

Please consult the detailed instructions for Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarship Program here
and submit your application at: http://www.mtt-tpms2.org/symposia_v6/MTTEDU/start.html.

A Little Humor
Heisenberg and Schrödinger are traveling in a car and are pulled over by a cop. The officer asks, “Do you know how fast you were going?” Heisenberg replies, “No, but I know where I am.” This arouses the officer’s suspicion, so he asks to check their trunk. He looks inside and asks, “Are you aware there is a dead cat in your trunk?” Schrödinger replies, “I do now!”