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  • PHL-Microsat Researchers Get Best Paper Award at IEEE COMNETSAT 2017
  • UP is top performing school in Oct 2017 Electronics Engineers Board Exam
  • UPCOMING: UP Alumni Engineers 70th Anniversary Homecoming

PHL-Microsat Researchers Get Best Paper Award at IEEE COMNETSAT 2017

The paper, “Development of Deployable Antennas for the Diwata-2 Microsatellite’s Amateur Radio Payload,” discusses the development of the additional Amateur Radio Unit (ARU) payload with voice repeater (FM) and wide area digital data repeater (APRS “digipeater”) capabilities. The ARU, as noted in the paper, “can be utilized as an alternative means of emergency response communications when regular infrastructure suffers damage or congestion,” especially in the Philippines which is frequented by natural disasters. This added capability of Diwata-2 is said to be an improvement on its predecessor, Diwata-1, and addresses a vital secondary communication objective or Diwata-2 that complements the optical payloads tasked with the primary earth observation mission. The inclusion of the ARU in the Diwata-2 payloads presents additional challenges in the design, testing, and eventual operation of the microsatellite. The antennas, which are stowed during launch and deployed upon release into space, play a crucial role in ensuring proper performance in the transmission and reception of signals by the ARU. The researchers were able to show close agreement between the theoretical simulations and practical measurements of the antenna tuning and radiation pattern performance during stowed and deployed positions. The paper also discusses the simulation of the launching and space environment conditions in the testing of the antenna deployment mechanism. Apart from implementing the ARU to fit with the tight requirements and constraints of Diwata-2’s electrical and mechanical subsystems, the study also aims to “promote better awareness of amateur satellites and the amateur radio community in the country as well as encourage experiments and other learning activities of schools.”

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UP is top performing school in Oct 2017 Electronics Engineers Board Exam

The University of the Philippines (UP) is top performing school in the October 2017 Registered Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination, with 59 passers out of 60 examinees coming from the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI).

Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Williard Joshua Jose ranked 2nd with 93.30% score. UP EEEI alumni Jayvee Bondoc and Loren Angelou Cruz also made it to top ten, with Bondoc on the 8th spot, with 90.00% score; followed by Cruz with 89.70%.

The October 2017 national passing rate is 46.72%, after 2235 out of 4784 Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) majors passed the board exam.

The list of successful examinees can be viewed on the official site of the PRC.

UPCOMING: UP COE Alumni Homecoming 2017

See you at the UPAE 70th Anniversary Homecoming on Nov 18, 2017 (Sat.), 6PM, to be held at the Ang Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman. Our theme for this year: Bridging the college with the industry and alumni. Your participation comes inclusive of food, San Miguel beer and good times.

Get 20% off (a PhP200 discount value) from the gate price of PhP1,000 by registering below until Nov 10, 2017 only.


Mailing address: EEEI Bldgs., Velasquez St., UP Diliman, Quezon City, 1100

Telephone numbers: 981-8500 loc-3300/3301

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Janette Salvatus, Williard Jose, Jayvee Bondoc, Loren Angelou Cruz, UP Alumni Engineers

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