2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog 
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2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Microwave Engineering, CAS

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Thomas Barnard, Howard A. Blair, Tomislav Bujanovic, Stephen J. Chapin, Biao Chen, C.Y. Roger Chen, Shiu-Kai Chin, Jun Hwan (Brandon) Choi, Wenliang (Kevin) Du, Sara Eftekharnejad, Ehat Ercanli, Makan Fardad, James W. Fawcett, Prasanta Ghosh,  Jennifer Graham, Mustafa Cenk Gursoy,  Robert Irwin, Can Isik,  Andrew Chung-Yeung Lee, Jay Kyoon Lee, Yingbin Liang, Duane L. Marcy, Kishan G. Mehrotra, Chilukuri K. Mohan, Jae C. Oh, Susan Older, Vir Phoha, Qinru Qiu,  James S. Royer, Jeffrey Saltz, Tapan K. Sarkar, Fred Schlereth, Q. Wang Song, Sucheta Soundarajan, Jian Tang, Yuzhe (Richard) Tang, William C. Tetley, Pramod K. Varshney, Senem Velipasalar, Li Wang, Hong Wang, Yanzhi Wang, Heng Yin, Edmund Yu, Reza Zafarani

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Syracuse University offers the Certificate of Advanced Study in Microwave Engineering (CASME). This certificate program reflects the Department’s strength in the theoretical and practical aspects of microwave engineering.


There is a shortage of microwave engineers in the U.S. This is primarily due to the fact that a microwave engineer must have a solid background in microwave theory coupled with hands-on experience designing, simulating, building, and testing microwave devices. The defense industry has traditionally employed microwave engineers since many of the electronic devices used by the defense industry work at microwave frequency. During the last decade, the demand for microwave engineers in the commercial world has soared due to the recent “explosion” in the wireless systems.

Overview of Certificate

The comprehensive set of courses in this certificate program provides a strong theoretical basis for microwave engineering. Moreover, participants of the program gain hands-on experience in practice of microwave engineering. The project-based courses of the certificate teach the students how to design, simulate, build, and test microwave devices such as amplifier, filter, oscillator, or antenna. The simulation tools used in these courses are identical to some of the commercial software used by microwave industry. The test equipment used is state-of-the-art microwave measurement devices commonly used by the industry.

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on academic record of a BS in electrical engineering, professional experience, and letter of recommendation.

Educational Objectives and Outcomes

The students earning this certificate will have developed a thorough understanding of microwave theory coupled with the ability to design, simulate, build, and test microwave devices.

The certificate is composed of a comprehensive and coherent collection of courses to ensure that students acquire the following educational outcomes:

  1. Mastery of the underlying principles of microwave theory.
  2. Use of microwave theory concepts to design microwave devices satisfying a given set of specifications and to predict their behaviors.
  3. Use the latest software tools to simulate microwave circuit behavior.
  4. Use microwave theory concept and CAD software to optimize microwave circuits to meet given specifications.
  5. Mastery of the use of microwave equipment such as network analyzer, spectrum analyzer, and antenna chamber.

CASME Requirements

The CASME program builds on the foundation established in a standard undergraduate electrical engineering program.

To earn a CASME the student must take a series of courses depicted below whose description can be found in the catalog course listing.

1. Students must successfully complete:

2. Students must successfully complete four courses from the following list

satisfying the restriction specified below:


A selection of four courses must include at least two of the following:

(Special topics courses 700-level or above may be used to fulfill this requirement if approved by Dr. Jun (Brandon) Choi).

Additional Information

Must maintain a cumulative total GPA of at least a 3.0 in those courses to be credited towards the CASME

Credits Towards a Mater’s Degree

Successful completion of the CASME does not ensure admission to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE). However, the credits earned by completing the courses specified above can be accepted toward the MSEE Program.

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