Conquering Coronavirus Together

Conquering Corona virus   A three part blog. (opens in a new tab)

by Jaime Leger

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has shaken up the world, including electronic engineers. The tiny parasite is a very real threat to human health, especially for those over age 60 and with poor immune systems. It has impacted the stock market, put an end for the moment to worldwide sporting events, and shut down major technology events, such as conferences and trade shows. What happens if it shuts down the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS)?

The annual IEEE IMS is an invaluable get-together for many in the high-frequency industry, a chance to catch up with old friends and even competitors. It is a tremendous educational opportunity for younger engineers to learn from some of the brightest minds in the industry during workshops and presentations, and a wonderful social experience that reminds engineers about the uniqueness of the microwave industry. Will it be lost because of corona-virus?

RF/microwave engineering has long been considered a kind of “odd” part of electronics, compared to technologies such as audio and digital electronics that are more familiar to the general public. RF/microwave engineers have built reputations as being “scrappy” and “fighters” ever since the earliest radars, and they are now becoming better known by the world for developing technologies that will enable the Fifth Generation (5G) of cellular telephones. The world has become quite comfortable with wireless technologies and quite dependent on them. Those same wireless technologies can not only help this industry survive the loss of a major event like the IEEE IMS but help the world conquer the corona-virus. Don’t miss the next Leger blog to learn how we can get through these times together.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford