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YP and WIM Panel

When: April 16, 2024, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: Marriot Sand Key, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Young Professionals and Women in Microwaves Panel Speakers

Chris Bailey
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Affiliation: Mission Architect, L3Harris Technologies Space and Airborne Systems

Bio: Chris Bailey is a Mission Architect within L3Harris’ Space and Airborne Sector. In his 5 years with L3Harris he has held technical leadership roles on pursuits resulting in over $1B of new awards.  Prior to joining L3Harris, Chris spent 12 years at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he was Chief of the Antenna Systems Division. Chris routinely taught classes on Phased Array Technology and authored multiple textbook chapters on the subject while at Georgia Tech. He began his career at Northrop Grumman working on airborne phased array radar systems.  Chris holds degrees from Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech and NC State.

Dr. Gaurangi Gupta
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Affiliation: RF Microwave Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Bio: Dr. Gaurangi Gupta is currently an RF Microwave Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA. She is currently working on antenna development for INCUS Earth Science mission, and Farside Seismic Suite Lunar mission. At JPL, she has also developed multiple antennas for radio telescope, radar systems and satellite communication. She completed her Masters and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 2014 and 2020 respectively. During her PhD, she worked on the design and development of low profile antennas with meta surface reflectors. She worked as a research associate at IIT Kanpur during 2020-2021 where she worked on phased array antennas for satellite on the move applications. Under the Indo US Fellowship during 2018-2019 she worked as a visiting scholar at the Remote Sensing Center, University of Alabama, where she contributed to the ongoing radar development. She has published multiple papers in journals and conferences. She is a recipient of the URSI Young Scientist Award, multiple best paper awards and travel grants in IEEE conferences. She is currently the IEEE AP-S Young Professional Ambassador.

Spencer Erekson
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Affiliation: Principal RF Design Engineer, CesiumAstro

Bio: Spencer holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He has over 13 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry designing a broad spectrum of RF electronics including filters, MMICs, receivers, transmitters, synthesizers, and phased arrays. Many of his designs are currently flying on the Iridium Next Constellation with several others on small satellites. He has previously worked for the US Navy, L3Harris Technologies, and Lockheed Martin. Spencer currently works at CesiumAstro where he leads a team that is developing a next generation Ka-band SATCOM terminal.

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