CSU, Chico News

Electromagnetics Students See Double in Design Competition

Date: 09-11-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Uma Balaji
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Students in the Department of Electrical Engineering, California State University, Chico, won two top awards at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) student design competition. They were honored at the annual IEEE conference held in Detroit in August.

In a rare double win, Friedrich Kirk won the EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Student Design contest and received a $900 cash prize and a travel grant to attend the award symposium. Wilfred Ghonsalves and Tian He together won the Leo L. Beranek Student Travel Award. All three are graduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This is the fourth consecutive year that CSU, Chico has won this competition. For the last three years, Uma Balaji, PhD, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has taught the class in electromagnetic compatibility that prepares the students for the competition.

The objective of the contest is to develop the best solution to a standardized broadband electromagnetic interference (EMI) problem. Each contestant receives a standardized “design kit,” complete with a sample circuit diagram and electronic components. Using this as the starting point, the students design, construct, evaluate, and document the EMI mitigation techniques they employ to reduce radiated and conducted emissions. The completed kits are evaluated by impartial judges who are EMC engineers from industry and academia.