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IMS2014 Offers STEM Program to Introduce Students to Microwave Electronics

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TAMPA, Fla., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The IEEE MTT-S 2014 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) on Thursday, June 5 will host a program designed to introduce students to microwave electronics through a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-focused "day at a conference" experience.

The program, led by local University of South Florida professor and IMS2014 General Chair Larry Dunleavy, will integrate university and industry educational engagement with technical speakers, hands-on activities, informational tables and an exhibition tour. Students will have an opportunity to interact with practicing engineers and scientists during an international industry event, giving students a taste of life as a microwave engineer.

Onsite activities will include a scavenger hunt on the IMS show floor, opportunities to meet with students and faculty from top university engineering programs such as the University of Florida, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida, and interactions with industry leaders such as Agilent Technologies, Freescale, MACOM, Mouser Electronics, National Instruments and Raytheon.

Participants will end the day with closing keynotes from Dr. Quenton Bonds, a research electronics engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Motivational speaker and New York Times-bestselling author Kyle Maynard will also speak about overcoming challenges in his talk, "No Excuses!"

"Whether you're a student working to find your path or an experienced professional facing new challenges in an ever-changing field, the 'no excuses' approach teaches audiences to persevere, even when hit with setbacks," Maynard said. "When faced with a challenge, it's hard to step back up and keep going, but that's when you learn who you are inside."

The program is open to students ages 13-18 who are interested in pursuing a career in STEM fields. For additional details and to apply, please visit Applicants will be considered while space is available.


STEM Program for students ages 13-18

Hosted by the 2014 International Microwave Symposium


Thursday, June 5, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Tampa Bay Convention Center

333 S. Franklin Street

Tampa, FL 33602

About IMS
The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the annual conference and exhibition of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). IMS features a large trade show with more than 575 exhibitors and a technical program with more than 160 technical sessions, workshops and panel sessions covering wireless communication, radar, RF technologies, high frequency semiconductors and electromagnetics for a variety of commercial and military applications. For more information, visit or follow IMS2014 on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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