Chapter G11: The STEM Program

IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium

Guidelines and Procedures Manual


Prepared by Ramesh Gupta, January 2015

Table of Contents




Executive Summary

IEEE MTT-S and International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014) launched a new and exciting STEM program with primary audience of high-school age students interested in careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) with goal as outlined in purpose below.

Purpose and Duties

1) To introduce students to Microwave Electronics (technology/careers/networking) through a Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM)-focused “day at a conference” experience.

 2) To integrate university/industry educational engagement with technical speakers, hands-on activities, informational tables, and exhibition tour.

3) To create an opportunity for quality interaction between potential future engineers and scientists and practicing engineers in the interesting and engaging setting of an international engineering event.

Suggested Membership Structure

A large Committee representing a cross section of stakeholders and IMS STEM supporters from IMS volunteers, administrators, industry representatives and academia was formed. The Committee names and functions for IMS2014 are provided below:

•        Ramesh Gupta  - Chair, IMS2014 STEM

•        Larry Dunleavy (Modelithics ) - IMS2014 General Chair

•        Mike Majerus  - Vice-Chair, IMS2014 STEM

•        Suzie Horn (MPA Associates) - Sponsorships

•        Blythe Hess (Freeman) – Local Arrangements

•        Alen Fejzuli – Co-Chair, IMS2014 STEM

•        Amanda S.  (free spirit) – IMS2014 Administrative Support

•        Mike Dunleavy (HS Student) _ Student Rep

•        Nicole Dunleavy (HS Student) – Student Rep

•        Holly Dunleavy (Modelithics) _ Student Rep

•        Paige  Elliott (HS Student) – Student Rep

•        Molly D. (MOSI)  - MOSI Coordination

•        Larry Plank (Hillsborough School board)  - School Coordination

•        Bojana  Z – Exhibit and STEM Day Support

•        Bill Esenstadt (UF) –University Coordination

•        Steve Saddow (USF) - University Coordination

•        Elsie Cabrera (IEEE) - IMS2014 Administrative Support

•        Sam Baylis (Mini-Circuits – Industry Volunteer/Support

•        Bill Eisenstadt (UF) - IMS2014  University Support

•        Mark Weatherspoon (FSU) - IMS2014  University Support

•        Rashaunda Henderson (UT Dallas) - IMS2014  University Support

•        Steve Eason (Northrop Grumman) - Industry Volunteer/Support

•        Mike Kujawa (Trak Microwave) - Industry Volunteer/Support


Timeline of Events

The committee met initially on a monthly basis to develop a compelling program with wide appeal to high school students and to the industry as sponsors. The frequency of the meetings was increased to Bi-weekly and then weekly (about two months prior to event) to enable detailed planning.

Description of Events

The focus day for this activity was designed to be Thursday, 5 June 2014 at and around the Tampa Bay Convention Center. Additional planned activities included - Explore Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on Tuesday, 3 June 2014 and fun at Busch Gardens on Wednesday, 4 June 2014.  However these two activities had to be cancelled because of lack of interest from students caused by student exam during the same period.

Problems Encountered

1)     Being launched for the first time in IMS – No previous experience with the committee

2)     Involvement of High School student who are on their own school calendar

3)     Uncertainty on the student interest to enable planning

4)     A very diverse Committee which was a strength as well as a challenge

5)     Coordination of Industry displays/experiments for student appeal

Suggestions and Recommendations

1)     Coordination with local schools must be done early. Student calendars are very busy in May/June time frame

2)     Careful Exhibit route planning so that no Exhibits are skipped and Exhibit floor is well covered

3)     Rehearsal of the walking route with the volunteers. They must stick to their assigned schedule and route

4)     More instructions to students to stay with their assigned volunteer

5)     A parents program for those who wish to stay

6)     Effective feedback from students after the event


1)     Industry response was very positive for the first event – early involvement can enlarge the program

2)     Those students who attended were thrilled

3)     IMS 2014 Exhibit Floor tour was highlight of the event

4)     Hands-on experiments in the STEM venue were a huge success

5)     Parents and School administration official participation is crucial at early stage

STEM Documents

Exhibit I – Power point used for planning the STEM







IMS Reports