As General Chair and Vice-Chair of the 2014 International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014), we want to enthusiastically invite you to join us 1-6 June 2014 in Tampa, Florida. The IMS encompasses an event-filled week of technical paper presentations, workshops, short courses, exhibits and networking opportunities – all of a scale and level of excellence that you will find nowhere else. As always, “Microwave Week” includes the RFIC and ARFTG conferences; although for the first time this year’s ARFTG will be combined with Florida’s own IEEE WAMICON which together will offer broader technical coverage, enhanced paper and presentation opportunities and a combined exhibitor area.

The RFIC Symposium brings focus to the technical accomplishments in RF circuits, systems, and devices. This year's exciting program will showcase the latest innovations in RF integrated circuit design with sessions that cover a broad spectrum of topics such as cellular and wireless-connectivity system ICs, low power transceivers, reconfigurable and digital RF, broadband wireless communications, silicon millimeter-wave ICs, power amplifier technology, and RF device modeling and characterization. For more information visit www.rfic2014.org.

The Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG) is a technical organization interested in all aspects of RF and microwave test and measurement. The most important part of the ARFTG experience is the opportunity to interact one-on-one with colleagues, experts and vendors of the RF and microwave test and measurement community. Whether your interests include high-throughput production or one-of-a-kind metrology measurements, complex systems or simple circuit modeling, small signal S-parameter or large-signal non-linear measurements, phase noise or noise figure, DC or lightwave, you will find a kindred spirit or maybe even an expert. Visit www.arftg.org for more information.

The IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference – WAMICON grew out of a series of very successful 1-day forums organized by the University of South Florida Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems faculty, the WAMI Advisory Board, and the Florida West Coast IEEE MTT/AP/ED chapter. The goal of this conference, hosted annually in Florida, is to create a stimulating environment for the exchange of information about the status and directions of wireless and microwave technology and actions being taken by educators, industrial practitioners, and governmental research agencies to address relevant challenges and move the technology forward. WAMICON is an excellent networking and information sharing event with a unique charm. WAMICON is now an international event that is technically and financially sponsored by the IEEE MTT Society. Visit www.wamicon.org for more information.

We want to encourage you not only to attend, but to take full advantage of all IMS2014 has to offer:

  • Invest in your future - Now more than ever, we must invest in our careers. At IMS you will have an opportunity to see new circuit and system architectures, to experience new techniques in analysis and design, and to learn about new technologies. Hear over 600 peer-reviewed papers presented on fundamental to advanced topics. Interact with over 550 exhibitors out on the exhibitor floor. Both you and your organization will gain from what you have learned.
  • Network - Mingle with leaders and luminaries of academia, industry and government. They will be on hand to instruct, listen, and discuss new technologies and products. Many evening events present additional relaxed opportunities to share experiences and develop lasting professional friendships.
  • Consider bringing your teens (really?!) – this year we are developing a program aimed at introducing teenage students to Microwave Electronics (technology/careers/networking) through a Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM)-focused “day at a conference” experience. Plans are to integrate university/industry educational engagement hands-on activities, informational tables, and an exhibition tour. More information on our teen STEM program will be posted on the IMS2014 website soon.
  • Enjoy Tampa - Florida in June is usually sunny and pleasant, but some find it warm and humid at times. We want everyone to fully enjoy themselves and be relaxed and comfortable as they move about. We are suggesting that “no tie zones” prevail throughout Microwave week and want to encourage you to include your favorite Hawaiian/Tropical shirts and business casual attire as you pack your bags. For those that can, by all means plan to stay a little longer and enjoy the Tampa Bay area. We have a full calendar of social activities and guest programs. Links on this website will guide you to things to do before, after and during IMS.

IMS2014 is the premier event in the RF/Microwave community. We plan to have a great week and your participation will be key to making IMS2014 all that it promises to be. See you there!

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Larry Dunleavy Tom Weller
IMS2014 General Chair IMS2014 Vice-Chair