Penn State Harrisburg

2017 Symposium on signal integrity to bring together students, researchers, and professionals

The Center for Signal Integrity at Penn State Harrisburg will host the 11th Central Pennsylvania Symposium on Signal Integrity, Friday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capital Union Building on campus. Signal integrity involves the quality of electrical signals passing through connectors used in electronic devices like computers or cellular phones. 

Participants will have the opportunity to 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.

This year, the event will include speakers and workshops. The following speakers are scheduled to present in the symposium:

  • Vittal Balasubramian, principal signal integrity engineer, Dell Computers - Topic: “Ethernet Roadmap for Networked Storage”
  • Dr.  Geoff Zhang, distinguished engineer and SerDes architect, Xilinx - Topic: “Moving from NRZ to PAM4 − 56G and Beyond for Serial Communications”
  • OJ Danzy and Russ Kramer, Keysight, Ansys - Topic: Signal Integrity Tips and Techniques Using TDR-VNA Modeling
  • Mr. Bill McGinn, Ansys, engineer - Topic: "Advances in EM Based Simulation Techniques for SI/PI Applications"
  • John Coonrod, Rogers Corporation - Topic: “How High Frequency Circuit Material Properties Affect Printed Circuit Board Performance.”
  • Dr. Tracey Vincent, CST of America - Topic: “Comparison of Numerical Techniques for Some Connector Applications”
  • Chris Scholz, Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc. - Topic: "PAM4 Channel Characterization with Vector Network Analyzers"

The Center for Signal Integrity is housed within the college’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology and is the only academic unit in the region that is dedicated to partnering with area connector companies in product development through faculty and student research and collaboration. 

The Center for Signal Integrity assists Central Pennsylvania’s numerous connector companies with product development by fostering collaboration between them and the college’s engineering faculty and students. The center is partially funded by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Pennsylvania, Penn State Harrisburg, ANSYS, Amphenol, The Siemon Company, Samtec, TE-Connectivity, Innovation Transfer Network, and Keysight Technologies.

Known as the “connector capital of the world,” the Harrisburg Metropolitan area is home to more than 25 electrical connector companies. Dr. Sedig Agili and Dr. Aldo Morales, co-directors of the Center and electrical engineering faculty members at Penn State Harrisburg, estimate that the region holds 80 to 90 percent of the U.S. connector market and about half of the market worldwide. 

The cost for the symposium is $200 for the general public, $160 for member companies and $12 for students. The fee includes lunch. For registration or information please visit harrisburg.psu.edu/center-signal-integrity/symposium or contact Dr. Aldo Morales at awm2@psu.edu, Dr. Sedig Agili at ssa10@psu.edu, or Ms. Deb Miller at dmm79@psu.edu.

IEEE Susquehanna section is partially sponsoring this year’s symposium.