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Development Of A Wireless And Satellite Communication Laboratory At Penn State Harrisburg

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.148.1 - 2.148.5



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Ali Behagi

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Session 1526


Ali Behagi, Ph.D. Associated Professor of Electrical Engineering Penn State Harrisburg 777 W. Harrisburg Pike Middletown, PA 17057 Phone: 717-948-6379 Fax: 717-948-6401 Email:

Summary: With the strong support from the National Science Foundation, the Hewlett-Packard Company and the Penn State administration, a state of the art RF and microwave engineering laboratory for undergraduate education has been established. The test and measurement equipment purchased under the NSF-ILI grant has extended the frequency range of measurements from about 100 MHz to over 20,000 MHz. This extended range makes it possible for students to design and evaluate high frequency circuits used in wireless and satellite communication systems.

The HP Eesof Series IV software packages, which were donated to Penn State Harrisburg by the Hewlett-Packard Company in October 1996, are design tools developed especially for the needs of today’s RF and microwave engineers. These tools are integrated in a graphical user environment that helps the students to solve design problems from concept to production. To utilize both the hardware and the software more effectively new courses and several new laboratory experiments have been developed.

1.0 Introduction In the US and other industrialized countries, wireless and satellite communication systems such as cellular phone, mobile radio, paging, and satellite radio and TV have become part of peoples’ everyday life. In these systems most signal processing is done digitally at low frequencies. However, the small number of unavoidable high frequency analog circuits are the design bottlenecks of an entire system. Three reasons have contributed to this bottleneck. First, the high frequency analog circuit design requires a good understanding of several core courses in the electrical engineering curriculum such as; electromagnetic field theory, antennas and propagation, transmission line theory, communication theory and microwave engineering. In order to cover more digital and computer courses, most electrical engineering programs do not offer or require only some of these courses in their undergraduate education. Second, most IC

Behagi, A. (1997, June), Development Of A Wireless And Satellite Communication Laboratory At Penn State Harrisburg Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6510

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