DGE faculty trains at MIT to build small radar systems

Prof. Principe with the small radar system that he built.

Prof. Principe with the small radar system that he built.

UP DGE Assistant Professor Jeark A. Principe recently attended the ”Build a Small Radar System” short course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

The course, which was held from June 10-14, 2013, was offered by MIT for engineers and scientists who are interested in learning about radar by building and testing their own imaging radar system, for those who plan to design radars; use radar systems in a product or as the final product; work on radar systems, components, or subsystems; or are interested in using radar systems for observation of physical phenomena.

The 4-day course focused on the design, fabrication and testing of a laptop-based radar sensor capable of measuring Doppler and range and forming synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. Prior to these, lectures were presented on applied electromagnetics, antennas, RF design, analog circuits, and digital signal processing. The training has enabled the participants to build their own radar system and perform field experiments. Each student received a radar kit, designed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff, and a course pack.

There were 24 participants of the short course. Prof. Principe was the only one from the Philippines. The other 23 came from 7 countries that include the USA, Canada, Dominican Republic, Norway , Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Prof. Principe’s participation was made possible through a travel grant from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCIEERD-DOST), and a scholarship from the MIT Professional Education (50% discount on course fees).