Penn State Harrisburg

2017 Central PA Signal Integrity Symposium

April 21, 20178:00am - 4:30pm
Capital Union Building, Penn State Harrisburg

Building on the success of the previous symposiums on signal integrity, our 11th annual symposium will feature internationally recognized speakers discussing a range of topics.

Who Should Attend?

Engineers and other professionals working in the electrical connector/interconnect industry, graduate students, undergraduate seniors, and researchers.

Why Attend?

To gain an edge over competition in a challenging industry. Learn from international experts about the latest developments in signal integrity and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with them, as well as other professionals and local business leaders.


Free parking only on the Library Parking lot. Anywhere else on campus, please get a temporary parking permit from one of the automated kiosks and place it on the dashboard.


Registration fee includes light breakfast and lunch.


Tentative; last updated 3/23/17

Presenter bios and topic abstracts

Time Activity

8:00 to 8:30 

Registration Breakfast

8:30 to 9:30  

Welcome and Plenary Speaker 1, Main Room

Vittal Balasubramian, Principal Signal Integrity Engineer, Dell Computers

Topic: Ethernet Roadmap for Networked Storage

9:40 to 11:10

Workshop 1, Keysight
(Main Room)

OJ Danzy and Russ Kramer

Topic: Signal Integrity Tips and Techniques Using TDR-VNA Modeling

Workshop 2, Ansys

 Mr. Bill McGinn 

Topic:"Advances in EM Based Simulation Techniques for SI/PI Applications"                    


11:15 to 12:15 

Plenary Speaker 2

John Coonrod, Rogers Corporation

Topic: "How High Frequency Circuit Material Properties affect Printed Circuit Board Performance"

12:15 to 1:10

Lunch Speaker:

Dr. Geoffrey Zhang, Distinguished Engineer and SerDes Architect,

Topic: “Moving from NRZ to PAM4 − 56G and beyond for serial communications”

1:15 to 2:15

Plenary Speaker 3

Dr. Tracey Vincent, CST of America

Topic: “Comparison of Numerical Techniques for some Connector Applications”

2:30 to 4:00

Workshop 3 (Main Room)

Chris Scholz, Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc.

Topic: "PAM4 Channel Characterization with Vector Network Analyzers"

Workshop 4, Tektronix


Jason Ruffing, John Smith, Frank Salvaggio

Topic: TBD