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IEEE AP-S Workshop Held in GUC Campus, Egypt,2019

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The German University in Cairo (GUC) hosted “Antenna Challenges in Current and Future Applications” workshop, which was organized by Prof. Yahia M.M. Antar, Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; Prof. Hadia ElHennawy, Former Dean of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, and Chair of the IEEE AP-S Egypt Chapter; and Prof. Hany F. Hammad, GUC. 

International Antenna experts sponsored by the AP-S and European Association on Antennas delivered talks. The presenters included Prof. Kiochi Ito (AP-S President), Chiba University, Japan  Prof. Tapan K. Sarkar, Syracuse University, New York  Prof. Ahmed Kishk, Concordia University, Montréal Prof. Stefano Maci, University of Siena, Italy  Prof. Levent Sevgi, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey Prof. Atif Shamim, King Abdulla University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia  Prof. Jawad Siddiqui, University of Calcutta, India Prof. Karl Warnick, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. 

The talks encompassed diverse topics, such as the interaction between electromagnetic fields and the human body, smart antennas and ground penetrating radar, millimeter-wave applications in 5G (gap waveguide), met surfaces for planar antennas and phased arrays, multiband multifunctional antennas, phased-array receivers, antenna-on-chip and antenna-in-package designs, Nano-Antennas, multiple input/multiple output systems, and reconfigurable antennas. In addition, there were discussions about AP-S education initiatives. 

The inaugural session included a welcome presentation by Prof. Yasser Hegazy, GUC president followed by Prof. Ito’s introduction to the IEEE AP-S. Prof. Hammad delivered a brief talk about the workshop. The event included presentations from speakers from universities in Egypt, including Ain Shams University, Alexandria University, Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, Electronics Research Institute, Military Technical College, and others, many of Digital Object Identifiers. Some of the workshop presenters Prof. Levent Sevgi, Prof. Kiochi Ito, Prof. Hany F. Hammad, Prof. Tapan K. Sarkar, and Prof. Ahmed Kishk pose together. Prof. Yasser Hegazy delivers the welcome “IEEE ANTENNAS & PROPAGATION MAGAZINE “which were far from Cairo. 

The workshop provided an opportunity to showcase Egypt’s research in the domain of Antennas and propagation and fostered interaction that opened avenues for further international collaboration in the region. The events of each day were summarized during an open panel discussion, which included speakers and participants, many of whom were students and researchers and who were encouraged to interact with the panelists. 

The topics ranged from technical to societal benefits and IEEE policies. More than 145 academic researchers and engineers from 40-plus institutions attended the workshop and 40% of them were women who could join the IEEE Women in Engineering initiative. The IEEE Student Chapter at the GUC joined several other clubs at the university to organize and host the events. Students at the 15-year-old university have been able to participate in several IEEE AP-S activities, including reaching the finals of the AP-S Student Design Contest four times (2013, 2015, 2016, and 2019), winning third place in 2013 and first place in 2019. 

During the workshop events, the visiting speakers visited the Giza pyramids and other attractions in Cairo. There was a significant number of women engineer attendees at the workshop who showed the potential of significant future activities in sync with the IEEE Women in Engineering initiative.. Participants gather for the workshop. of the 145 attendees, nearly half are women. Some of the workshop participants visit the Giza pyramids compound.