National Science Foundation Sponsored Radio Spectrum Workshop Sizzles in Baylor ECS’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Baylor University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) welcomed undergraduate students at this summer’s Spectrum Sizzle, an event designed to develop future stewards of the wireless spectrum and sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
“Events like this are a great way to get students engaged and excited about the opportunities and challenges involved in spectrum science," says John Chapin, NSF's Special Advisor for Spectrum. “The demand for trained spectrum experts in the U.S. is only growing and it's a rewarding career path for students who want to work on important and interdisciplinary topics.”
From June 5-8, ECS’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted a group of undergraduate students, almost all from other universities. Guided by instructors from Baylor and from industry, the group honed their skills during technical workshops designed to give students hands-on, real-world experiences with development, use, and management of wireless systems.
“We are very grateful to the National Science Foundation for their visionary forethought in making this event possible through their sponsorship,” said Charles Baylis, PhD, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Baylis and his team utilized equipment support from Keysight Technologies to help students immerse themselves in an action-packed schedule of learning.
Through this workshop, students participated in many unique projects, experiments, and even a scavenger hunt.
Some of the work included:
experiments with an automotive-grade radar system
designing, building, and testing microwave frequency filters
performing live, real-time spectrum analysis of deployed wireless systems
encoding and decoding their own over-the-air transmissions
discussion of policy implications of recent public debates about the future of the AM radio band
tracking down transmitters hidden across campus
Through these projects, students experienced hands-on learning from a group of leading experts in different areas. Not only did they get to participate in these technical workshops, but they also got the opportunity to talk with these experts about their experiences.
With 15 students as part of the first-year cohort, the group was able to ask more questions related to personal motivations and challenges related to instructors’ experiences in the field to inquiries about what graduate school is like. Dr. Baylis spoke of how “it was special to watch the students take interest in finding hidden transmitters, processing data from radar systems, building filters, and discussing deeper matters of career and life motivation,” he said.
The group has begun planning to host the workshop again in Summer 2024.
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