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GUC won the first place in the International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

GUC Communications students at the Faculty of Information Engineering and Technology won the first place at the final competition titled DIY antenna characterization setup held on the sidelines of the International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting taking place between 07 - 12 Jul 2019. Among 5 competing university teams, three from the United States, one from Portugal and another one from Colombia, GUC students Monica Wasfi, Nada Khaled, Samar Abd El Aati, and their teacher assistant engineer Yasmine Abdullah created an innovative design explaining antennas functions and measuring setup with a budget of 1500$.

The created setup uses a UHF RFID universal reader connected to the antenna under test placed in the center of hemispherical dome made of light material with UHF RFID tags placed at specific predetermined angles inside the dome. Additionally, this system can measure the antenna radiation pattern and other properties without any moving parts which is the usual standard in such measuring setups. It can also be used for educational purposes to simplify the concepts for students.

The competition was held by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE – in cooperation with the International Union of Radio Science URSI.

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Dr. Hany Hammad, the team supervisor announced that the winning team received financial award in addition to the right to publish their design in the specialized scientific antenna magazine.

He added that this year, the competition was about the creation of antenna system - which is nowadays the most crucial part of communication devices that transmits or receives electromagnetic waves used in radio and television broadcasting, wireless communication, local computer networks, radar, Space exploration, remote sensing, underwater, and soil penetration at certain frequencies for short distances.

Doctor Hammad declares that the competition is one of the most significant international scientific competitions organized for universities interested in the fields of electromagnetic, antennas and waves propagation.

It is worth mentioning that this is the fourth time that a team from the German University in Cairo has been qualified for the finals under the supervision of  Dr. Hani Hammad. The University has already won the third place in this competition in Florida, USA in 2013, and two other teams reached the finals in 2015 and 2016.