IEEE Seattle Section Sponsors TrickFire Robotics Team at University of Washington Bothell
TrickFire Robotics, is a University of Washington Bothell club focused on robotics design and education by conducting hands-on projects. Each year the team travels to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to compete in the NASA Robotics Mining Competition (RMC), in which each team is expected to build an innovative Martian mining robot.

For the past three years, TrickFire Robotics has generated several unique concepts for the NASA RMC as well as worked with the local communities to promote robotics to younger students. This summer we are focused on redesigning our robot’s digging cycle while also completely redesigning our arm to be faster and more versatile. We would like to thank the IEEE Seattle Section for their support in this effort. Without their backing we would not be on track for completing our summer goals and thus our year long competition.

IEEE Seattle Section has approved to sponsor the team for an in-cash donation to support its activity.

Review content and papers presened at SID’s DisplayWeek


Adi and Sam will summarize and review content and papers presented at SID’s DisplayWeek (2019, San Jose).

Adi will start with a summary of the DisplayWeek 2019 keynote addresses by leaders from Samsung, Google and BOE. These keynotes provide the vision of the future display industry. He will then review the symposium sessions related to Emerging Technologies and Applications, with an emphasis on Display Enhancement Technologies. Some examples include the use of liquid crystals, beyond displays, i.e. in smart antennas; as well as describing a special film with polarization properties based on nanoparticles, which enhances display visibility.

Sam will summarize highlights from any of the interesting symposium talks she attends as well as the Exhibitor Forum.  The agenda for the Exhibitor’s Forum can be found here.

When and Where:

Organized by: Pacific Northwest Chapter – Society for Information Display

Wednesday, July 17th – 6:00 P.M.
Planar, A Leyard Company, 1195 NE Compton Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97006

The seminar is free. Non-Members are welcome. RSVP to Samantha Phenix at samantha.phenix@planar.com.
For those attending remotely attending, please click here to register for the webinar.


Adi Abileah is retired from Planar System, where he served as chief scientist in technology group over 14 years.  Before then he was head of optical engineering at OIS-Optical Imaging Systems, MI, where he guided major projects of AMLCD display development since 1987.

Adi is a physicist and has degrees in Plasma physics from the Israel Technion and the Hebrew University.  He worked on high power CO2 laser.  His first work in the industry was development of CT scanner and Gamma camera for medical imaging (Elscint, Haifa) and then managed an electro-optics group at Elbit (Haifa, Israel), including avionic displays and other E-O systems.  He then managed the R&D center of EL-OP Haifa including optical computing, until he came to OIS.

Adi is a regional VP of SID, after serving as the PNW chapter director.  He is an SID Fellow and got the Otto Shade award (2012).  He published and presented many papers at SID conferences, and has 46 issued US patents related to display technologies.

Samantha Phenix has a 20+-year career that has spanned engineering, business development, and corporate leadership. She has a history of driving display technology innovations across multiple, demanding vertical markets, while serving in leadership roles at companies such as Leyard, Planar, Intel, Dell, and Barco.

In 2017 she was named an Industry Innovator by NewBay Media for her outstanding contributions to the professional audiovisual industry. In 2018, she was honored to receive AVIXA’s “Women in AV” award.

She is currently serving as a Board Member of AVIXA, as well as Secretary for SID’s Pacific Northwest Chapter.

Advanced RF Front-End and Transceiver Systems Design Overview for Carrier Aggregation based 4G/5G Radios

August 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Microsoft Building 99 – Room 1919, Redmond, WA.

Speaker: Walid Ali-Ahmed.

Walid Ali-Ahmad is currently with Facebook Connectivity team as Connectivity Specialist and RF/Analog Systems lead, with focus on 5G and mmW Radio Design for Connectivity & VR Systems


Over the past few years, there has been an explosion in the mobile data usage due to increasing number of tablets and smart phones. To support such demand, wider transmission bandwidths are needed, and hence, the technique of Carrier Aggregation (CA) has been introduced in 4G cellular systems. This enables scalable bandwidth expansion beyond the single LTE carrier by aggregating two or more LTE component carriers of similar or different baseband bandwidth, which can be chosen from the same (intra-band) or different (inter-band) 3GPP frequency bands. Furthermore, CA is supported by both FDD and TDD modes, and this offers the optimum flexibility in the way the spectrum is utilized and how the network scheduling is configured. In order to push towards 5G data rates (>1Gbps), leveraging more antennas and transmitting more bits per symbol to increase spectral efficiency requires the use of MIMO and higher-order modulation techniques. This presentation focuses on discussing the RF system architectural challenges for LTE-Advanced and sub-6GHz 5G NR based user equipment (UE) radio, and the resultant increased complexity in the radio due to the use of CA, MIMO, and higher order modulation techniques; furthermore, concurrency and coexistence scenarios with other radio access technologies (RAT) are considered in how they further add to the complexity of the RF frontend and to its linearity requirements



Lecturer Part-Time in Electrical Engineering, Engineering and Mathematics Division, School of STEM, University of Washington Bothell

Position Description

The Division of Engineering and Mathematics in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) invites applications for non-tenure track Lecturer Part-Time faculty in Electrical Engineering. We are seeking a candidates to join our faculty on a part-time basis (50% – 100%) for a 9-month service period and with opportunities to teach during the summer.  Appointments may be for multiple years (1-5 years).  The start date is September 16, 2019.

Division faculty contribute to teaching and service.  Faculty share an essential commitment to excellence in teaching and enhancing learning opportunities for a diverse student population. Instructional responsibilities for this position are focused, but not limited, to teaching laboratory classes in circuits (B EE 215 and B EE 233) and electronics (B EE 331 and B EE 332). A successful candidate will join a team that is enthusiastically committed to student access and excellence. Attending professional development opportunities offered by the School of STEM is encouraged. For information about the division and school, please see our website at https://www.uwb.edu/stem.


  1. D., or M.S. in Electrical Engineering or related fields, or foreign equivalent, by the date of hire.
  2. Two years experience teaching or mentoring in Electrical Engineering.
  3. Demonstrated ability of using basic laboratory measurement instruments.

More info: https://apply.interfolio.com/64172

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