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Engineering students vie for top slot in radio monitoring tilt

Posted: 25 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:radio monitoring? engineering? competition?

Aspiring engineering students in Germany will compete for the top slot and a chance to work with Rohde & Schwarz as they put their knowledge and skills to the test during the 8th annual international case study competition on radio monitoring.

The annual competition, with this year's theme "Keep pace with the future! The future of radio monitoring is in your hands!," is staged by Rohde & Schwarz jointly with the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE), to let upcoming engineers solve various exercises and real-world issues in the field of cutting-edge radio monitoring, where increasing radio density and ever-complex radio transmission methods present huge challenges to engineers.

According to Hans Knapek, Rohde & Schwarz's head of human resources, the annual case study competition puts the students to test with concrete, real-world challenges as monitoring radio traffic has become more and more complex due to increasing radio density and the growing number of different radio transmission standards.

Knapek said that as a specialist in the field of radio monitoring and radio location, the company gives engineering students the opportunity to experience what developers really do in their work. "In addition, the participants have the chance to get to know our innovative family-run company," Knapek said.

The preliminary rounds, which are scheduled from May 10 to June 6 in 10 universities in Germany and two in Singapore, will require would-be engineers to design a competitive high-frequency modem and to devise an operation monitoring concept for the modem.

According to Knapek, these are the very challenges that face even experienced developers of radio monitoring systemsfirst, to understand the transmission methods used by today's modems and, second, to ensure smooth radio traffic by using this knowledge to develop radio monitoring systems.

Knapek said, however, that solid technical knowledge must be combined with teamwork, power of persuasion and self-confidence to succeed.

"To emerge successfully from the preliminary round, the teams have to present their results to a highly-qualified jury composed of a professor, an engineer and a human resources officer from Rohde & Schwarz and win them over," Knapek said.

The 12 winning teams selected from the preliminary rounds will compete against each other to tackle an in-depth exercise during the finals at Rohde & Schwarz Munich headquarters on June 16 to 17.

Knapek said members of the victorious team will receive brand new Acer HD Beamers while their university will be granted around $3,000 (2000 euros).

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