Student Hardware Competition
The Education Committee (EdCom) of the IEEE EMC Society would like to invite students currently enrolled in a college or university at either the Ph.D., graduate, or undergraduate level to submit a PowerPoint slide set that demonstrates a method for locating an RF source in the presence of unknown reflections. Specifically, three low-power radio transmitters operating on different frequencies near 146 MHz will be hidden in the exhibit hall of the EMC+SIPI 2024 Symposium. The task for the team is to locate each transmitter as quickly as possible.
To accomplish this task, it is preferred that each group design a suitable antenna, or devise another means, to pinpoint the locations. It is left to the team to decide if they wish to use commercial equipment or devise a receiver particularly suited to this application.
The top three selected teams will be required to attend the Symposium to demonstrate their design and might have to construct their antenna for purposes of this demonstration. The teams will have a one-hour time period to demonstrate their solution and find the transmitters.
Other equipment such as a portable spectrum analyzer can be provided by the EMC Society onsite.
GENERAL COMPETITION RULES
1. The Team should include a mentor (i.e., academic advisor, industry professional, etc.). Entries are limited to one team per mentor. Student groups are expected to complete the work on their own.
2. The student(s) should use the corresponding institutional email address rather than their personal emails for all correspondence.
3. The Top 3 finalists will do the second round of the Hardware demonstration on site at the symposium venue.
• First Place: $2,000 USD
• Second Place: $1,000 USD
• Third Place: $500 USD
4. Award recipients will need to complete the appropriate US Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service forms as required by the IEEE.
5. The winning team should submit a brief article to the IEEE EMC Magazine to share their design experience with the greater EMC and SIPI Community.
Submit your PowerPoint file to the Online Application at the bottom of this page.
The submitter will receive a confirmation email after a successful submission.
Submissions should include the following contents:
- The submission should include the names of all team members and their institutional email addresses, along with the mentor’s name, title, and email address. The title, team members, mentor name, and institution name should be on the title slide of the PowerPoint with the institutional background or logo.
- A mentor letter is mandatory, stating that the project is the original work of the students.
Evaluation Criteria: All submittals will be judged by a team comprised of several EMC Society EdCom members based on technical design (35%), creativity (35%), and practical application (30%) both at the first round of submittal and at the symposium venue.
• Deadline to submit the solution in a PowerPoint format: April 29, 2024
• Notification of top 3 finalists: June 1, 2024
• Top 3 finalists will be listed in the conference program.
• Top 3 finalists will compete in the EMC+SIPI 2024 Exhibit Hall on August 7, 2024
• Winning entries will be recognized at the EMC+SIPI 2024 Awards Luncheon:
August 8, 2024
Please include the subject line of “2024 EMC Student Contest.”