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You can make a difference. Applied Technology Institute is scheduling new courses for September 2016 through July 2017. Please let us know which courses you would like to see on our schedule or brought to your facility.

·         If you have a group of 3 or more people, ATI can schedule an open enrollment course in your geographic area.

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Eric Clapton, Tom Logsdon, & the Kitchen Stove: A Tiny Tale of Creativity & Innovation

Last week when a customer had questions I talked with Tom Logsdon about the 6 methods of training used in his

Creativity & Innovation course. The six methods are spelled out in his book Six Simple Creative Solutions that

Shook the World. Tom is a mathematician and rocket scientist by training (and he teaches courses on GPS and

Orbital & Launch Mechanics in his spare time) who teaches creativity paired with discipline.

Yesterday, my husband called to alert me to a minor crisis at home. Our 2 year old gas stove, both burners and

oven, had ceased to heat. It was fine at breakfast and not at lunch. Although fueled by gas it has electric igniters.

During the phone call we took a scientific approach.

Six Simple Creative Solutions that Shook the World #1: Break your problem apart & put it back together:

we concluded that since the burners could be started with a lighter that the problem was not in the gas

feed. Additionally, the digital clock didn’t work. Everything pointed to something electric. However, the

circuit breaker was fine.

Later, when I came home we pulled the stove out and

6SCStStW #2: Take a fresh look at the interfaces. The electric connection appeared secure on both ends

and it didn’t work with an alternate outlet.

By this time -in a too-crowded kitchen with a malfunctioning appliance- the (wall) clock was ticking, no food was

being prepared and my husband and mother were chomping at the bit. I reached for the iPod, plugged it in to the

speaker and turned on some vintage Eric Clapton Unplugged….and nothing…..happened. Zero sound. Then the

Eureka moment occurred! Or

6SCStStW #6. Happy Serendipity. Believe me, I needed those mellow acoustic notes. That is when I

realized that the outlet circuit had tripped. I hit the reset button and Voila! Eric Clapton strummed the

guitar and Chuck Leavell dazzled on the piano.

Electricity was restored to the stove and dinner was prepared and served. Thank you Tom Logsdon & Eric Clapton!

Note: Tom Logsdon’s Creativity & Innovation course is available for training at your facility.

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE INSTRUCTOR, TOM LOGSDON, HELPS INTERNATIONAL SURVEYORS MASTER THEIR CRAFT

Instructor Tom Logsdon, turquoise shirt at front center, poses with some of his students at the United Nations Humanitarian Center located on the heel of the boot in Brindisi, Italy. Over a period of five days, the students learned how to use the GPS-based radio navigation system to survey their countries with extreme precision. The students and their instructors were flown into Brindisi by the United Nations from various other countries around the globe.

In June 2014 while on assignment for the Applied Technology Institute in Riva, Maryland,

Logsdon and his professional colleague, Dr. Moha El-Ayachi, a professor at Rabat, Morocco,

taught a group of international students who were flown into the United Nations Humanitarian

Services Center in Brindisi, Italy. The students came in from such far-flung locales as Haiti,

Liberia, Georgia, Western Sahara, the South Sudan, Germany, and Senegal to learn how to

better survey land parcels in their various countries. Studies have shown that if clear,

unequivocal boundaries defining property ownership can be assured to the citizens of a Third-

World Country, financial prosperity inevitably follows. By mastering modern space-age

surveying techniques using Trimble Navigation’s highly precise equipment modules, the

international students were able to achieve quarter-inch (1 centimeter) accuracy levels for

precise benchmarks situated all over the globe.

This was Logsdon’s second year of teaching the course in Brindisi and the Applied Technology

Institute has already been invited to submit bids for another, similar course with the same two

instructors for the spring of 2015. The students who converged on Brindisi were all fluent in

English and well-versed in American culture. Their special skills were especially helpful to their

instructors, Tom and Moha, who trained them to use the precisely timed navigation signals

streaming down from the 31 GPS satellites circling the Earth 12,500 miles high.

The DOD’s Request for Proposal for the GPS navigation system was released in 1973.

Rockwell International won that contract to build 12 satellites with the total contract value of

$330 million. Over the next dozen years, the company was awarded a total of $3 billion in

contracts to build more than 40 GPS navigation satellites. Today 1 billion GPS navigation

receivers are serving satisfied users all around the globe. The course taught by Tom and Moha

covered a variety of topics of interest to specialized GPS users: What is the GPS? How does it

work? What is the best way to build or select a GPS receiver? How is the GPS serving its user

base? And how can specialize users find clever new ways accentuate its performance?

The GPS constellation currently consists of 31 satellites. That specialized constellation provides

at least six-fold coverage to users everywhere in the world. Each of the GPS satellites transmits

precisely timed electromagnetic pulses down to the ground, that require about one 11th of a

second to make that quick journey. The electronic circuits inside the GPS receiver measure the

signal travel time and multiply it by the speed of light to obtain the line-of-sight range to that

particular satellite. When it has made at least four ranging measurements to a comparable

number of satellites, the receiver employees a four-dimensional analogy of the Pythagorean

theorem to determine its exact position and the exact time. This solution utilizes four equations

in four unknowns: the receiver’s three position coordinates and the current time. The GPS

system must keep track of time intervals to an astonishing level of precision. A radio wave

moving through a vacuum travels a foot in a billionth of a second. So an accurate and effective

GPS system must be able to keep track of time to within a few billionths of a second. This is

accomplished by designing and building satellite clocks that are so accurate and reliable they

would lose or gain only one second every 300,000 years. These amazingly accurate clocks are

based on esoteric, but well-understood principles, from quantum mechanics. Despite their

amazing accuracy, the clocks on board the GPS satellites must be re-synchronized using

hardware modules situated on the ground three times each and every day.

The timing measurements for the GPS system are so accurate and precise Einstein’s two

famous Theories of Relativity come into play. The GPS receivers located on or near the ground

are in a one-g environment and they are essentially stationary compared the satellites whizzing

overhead. A GPS satellite travels around its orbit at a speed of 8600 miles per hour and the

gravity at its 12,500-mile altitude above the earth is only six percent as strong as the gravity

being experienced by a GPS receiver situated on or near the ground. The difference in speed

creates a systematic distortion in time due to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. And the

difference in gravitational attraction creates a systematic (and predictable) time distortion due to

Einstein’s General Theory Of Relativity. If the designers of the GPS navigation system did not

understand and compensate for these relativistic time-dilation effects, the GPS radionavigation

system would, on average, be in error by about 7 miles. Fortunately, today’s scientists and

engineers have gradually developed a firm grasp of the mathematics associated with relativity

so they are able to make extremely accurate compensations to all of the GPS navigation

solutions. The positions provided by the GPS, for rapidly moving users such as race cars and

military airplanes, are typically accurate to within 15 or 20 feet. For the stationary benchmarks of

interest to professional surveyors, the positioning solutions can be accurate to within one

quarter of an inch, or about one centimeter.

Tom Logsdon has been teaching short courses for the Applied Technology Institute

(www.ATIcourses.com) for more than 20 years. During that interval, he has taught nearly 300

short courses, most of which have spanned 3 to 5 days. His specialties include “Orbital and

Launch Mechanics”, “GPS Technology”, “Team-Based Problem Solving”, and “Strapped-

Down Inertial Navigation Systems”.

Logsdon has written and sold 1.8 million words including 33 nonfiction books. These have

included The Robot Revolution (Simon and Schuster), Striking It Rich in Space (Random

House), The Navstar Global Positioning System (Van Nostrand Reinhold), Mobile

Communications Satellites (McGraw-Hill), and Orbital Mechanics (John Wiley & Sons). All of

his books have sold well, but his best-selling work has been Programming in Basic, a college

textbook that, over nine printings, has sold 130,000 copies. Logsdon also, on occasion, writes

magazine articles and newspaper stories and, over the years, he has written 18,000 words for

Encyclopaedia Britannica. In addition, he has applied for a patent, help design an exhibit for

the Smithsonian Institution, and helped write the text and design the illustrations for four full-

color ads that appeared in the Reader’s Digest.

In 1973 Tom Logsdon received his first assignment on the GPS when he was asked to figure

out how many GPS satellites would be required to provide at least fourfold coverage at all times

to any receiver located anywhere on planet Earth. What a wonderful assignment for a budding

young mathematician! Working in Technicolor— with colored pencils and colored marking pens

on oversize quad-pad sheets four times as big as a standard sheet of paper— Logsdon used

his hard-won knowledge of three-dimensional geometry, graphical techniques, and integral

calculus to puzzle out the salient characteristics of the smallest constellation that would provide

the necessary fourfold coverage. He accomplish this in three days— without using any

computers! And the constellation he devised was the one that appeared in the winning

proposal that brought in $330 million in revenues for Rockwell International.

Even as a young boy growing up wild and free in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, Tom

Logsdon always seemed to have an intuitive understanding of and subtle mathematical

relationships of the type that proved to be so useful in the early days of the American space

program. His family had always been “gravel-driveway poor.” At age 18 he had never eaten in a

restaurant; he had never stayed in a hotel; he had never visited a museum. But, somehow, he

managed to work his way through Eastern Kentucky University as a math-physics major while

serving as the office assistant to Dr. Smith Park, head of the mathematics department. He also

worked as the editor of the campus newspaper, at a noisy Del Monte Cannery in Markesan,

Wisconsin, and as a student trainee at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Silver Spring,

Maryland.

Later he earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Kentucky where he

wrote a regular column for the campus newspaper, played ping-pong with the number 9

competitor in the America, and specialized in a highly abstract branch of mathematics called

combinatorial topology. In his 92-page thesis, jam-packed with highly abstract mathematical

symbols, he evaluated the connectivity and orientation properties of simplicial and cell

complexes and various multidimensional analogies of Veblin’s Theorem.

Soon after he finished his thesis, Logsdon accepted a position as a trajectory and orbital

mechanics expert at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, California. His most famous projects

there included the giant 135 foot-in-diameter Echo Balloon, the six Transit Navigation Satellites,

the Thor-Delta booster, and the third stage of the Saturn V moon rocket. A few years later, he

moved on to Rockwell International in Downey, California, where he worked his mathematical

magic on the second stage of the Saturn V, the four manned Skylab missions, the 24-satellite

constellation of GPS radionavigation satellites, the manned Mars mission of 2016, various

unmanned asteroid and comet probes, and the solar-power satellite project which, if it had

reached fruition, would have incorporated at least 100 geosynchronous satellites each with a

surface area equal to that of Manhattan Island (about 20 square miles).

Among his proudest accomplishments at Rockwell International was the clever utilization of nine

different branches of advanced mathematics, in partnership with his friend, Bob Africano, to

increase the performance capabilities of the Saturn V moon rocket by 4700 extra pounds of

payload bound for the moon — each pound of which was worth five times its weight in 24 karat

gold! These important performance gains were accomplished without changing any of the

hardware elements on the rocket. Logsdon and Africano, instead, employed their highly

specialized knowledge of mathematics and physics to work out ways to operate the mighty

Saturn V more efficiently. This involved shaping the trajectories of the rocket for maximum

propulsive efficiency, shifting the burning mixture ratio in mid flight in an optimal manner, and

analyzing their six-degree-of-freedom post-flight trajectory simulations to minimize the heavy

reserve propellants necessary to assure completion of the mission. These powerful

breakthroughs in math and physics led to a saving of $3.5 billion for NASA – an amount equal to

the lifetime earnings of 2000 average American workers!

Currently, Logsdon and his wife, Cyndy, live in Seal Beach, California. Logsdon is now retired

from Rockwell International, but he is still writing books, acting as an expert witness in a variety

of aerospace-related legal cases, lecturing professionally at big conventions, and teaching

short courses on rocket science, orbital mechanics, and GPS technology at major universities,

NASA bases, military installations, and at a variety of international locations. Prior to his recent

trips to Italy, Logsdon delivered two lectures at Hong Kong University in southern China and

taught two short courses at Stellenbach University near Cape Town, South Africa. Over the past

30 years or so he has taught and lectured at 31 different countries scattered across six

continents. At the International Platform Association meetings in Washington, DC, two of his

presentations in successive years placed in the top 10 among the 45 professional platform

lecturers making presentations there. Colleges and Universities that have sponsored his

presentations have included Johns Hopkins, Berkeley, USC, Oxford, North Texas University,

the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, Saddleback.


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Do You Know the Key Differences between Gimballing and Strapdown Intertial Navigation Systems?

Strapdown Algorithm Design for Strapdown Inertial Navigation Systems
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Maybe You Should Find Your Way to ATI’s Strapdown and Integrated Navigation Systems Course

In this highly structured 4-day short course – specifically tailored to the needs of busy engineers, scientists, managers, and aerospace professionals – Thomas S. Logsdon will provide you with new insights into the modern guidance, navigation, and control techniques now being perfected at key research centers around the globe

The various topics are illustrated with powerful analogies, full-color sketches, block diagrams, simple one-page derivations highlighting their salient features, and numerical examples that employ inputs from today’s battlefield rockets, orbiting satellites, and deep-space missions. These lessons are carefully laid out to help you design and implement practical performance-optimal missions and test procedures

Why not take a short course? ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for an understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems.

What You Will Learn

• What are the key differences between gimballing and strapdown Intertial Navigation Systems?

• How are transfer alignment operations being carried out on modern battlefields?

• How sensitive are today’s solid state accelerometers and how are they currently being designed?

• What is a covariance matrix and how can it be used in evaluating the performance capabilities of Integrated GPS/INS Navigation Systems?

• How do the Paveway IV smart bombs differ from their predecessors?

• What are their key performance capabilities in practical battlefield situations?

• What is the deep space network and how does it handle its demanding missions?

Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes

Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Determine for yourself the value of this course before you sign up.

Click here for the sample Course video on YouTube

You will receive a full set of detailed notes at the beginning of the class for future reference and you can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction. After attending the course you will also receive a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.

About the Applied Techinolgy Institute (ATI)

Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems.

Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses.

About the Instructors

ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.

Thomas S. Logsdon has accumulated more than 30 years experience with the Naval Ordinance Laboratory, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Aerospace, and Rockwell International. His research projects and consulting assignments have included the Tartar and Talos shipboard missiles, Project Skylab, and various deep space interplanetary probes and missions.

Mr. Logsdon has also worked extensively on the Navstar GPS, including military applications, constellation design and coverage studies. He has taught and lectured in 31 different countries on six continents and he has written and published 1.7 million words, including 29 technical books. His textbooks include Striking It Rich in Space, Understanding the Navstar, Mobile Communication Satellites, and Orbital Mechanics: Theory and Applications.

Dr. Walter R. Dyer is a graduate of UCLA, with a Ph.D. degree in Control Systems Engineering and Applied Mathematics. He has over thirty years of industry, government and academic experience in the analysis and design of tactical and strategic missiles. His experience includes Standard Missile, Stinger, AMRAAM, HARM, MX, Small ICBM, and ballistic missile defense. He is currently a Senior Staff Member at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and was formerly the Chief Technologist at the Missile Defense Agency in Washington, DC. He has authored numerous industry and government reports and published prominent papers on missile technology. He has also taught university courses in engineering at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Dates and Locations

For the dates and locations of all of these short courses, please see below:

Sep 24-27, 2012 Columbia, MD

Jan 21-24, 2013 Cape Canaveral, FL

Sincerely,

The ATI Courses Team

P.S Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com

 


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Under President Obama, the PUBLIC Sector is Doing Fine

Typical Agile Project Management Process

Typical Agile Project Management Process

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Do You Know How to Satisfy the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Requirements (Circular A-11) while Applying an Agile Execution Approach?

If you answered NO,

Then you should take our

Agile Projects in the Government Environment Course

In this powerful two-day course, you’ll grasp the concepts, principles, and structure of Agile development and how these are being applied in the unique federal environment.

A common misconception is that Agility means lack of order or discipline, but that’s incorrect. It requires strong discipline. You must have a solid foundation of practices and procedures in order to successfully adapt Agile in the Government environment, and you must also learn to follow those practices correctly while tying them to pre-defined, rigid quality goals. This workshop gives you the foundation of knowledge and experience you need in order to be successful on your next federal project.

Define principles and highlight advantages and disadvantages of Agile development and how to map them to federal guidelines for IT procurement, development and delivery. Get firsthand experience organizing and participating in an Agile team. Put the concepts you learn to practice instantly in the classroom project. Understand and learn how to take advantage of the opportunities for Agile, while applying them within current government project process requirements.

Specifically, you will

• Consistently deliver better products that will enable your customer’s success

• Reduce the risk of project failure, missed deadlines, scope overrun or exceeded budgets

• Establish, develop, empower, nurture and protect high-performing teams

• Identify and eliminate waste from processes

• Map government project language to Agile language simply and effectively

• Foster collaboration, even with teams that are distributed geographically and organizationally

• Clearly understand how EVM and Agile can be integrated

• Understand the structure of Agile processes that breed success in the federal environment

• Embrace ever-changing requirements

Who Should Attend

Because this is an immersion course and the intent is to engage in the practices every Agile team will employ, this course is recommended for all team members responsible for delivering outstanding software. That includes, but is not limited to, the following roles:

• Business Analyst

• Technical Analyst

• Project Manager

• Software Engineer/Programmer

• Development Manager

• Product Manager

• Product Analyst

• Tester

• QA Engineer

• Documentation Specialist

The Agile Boot Camp is a perfect place for cross functional “teams” to become familiar with Agile methods and learn the basics together. It’s also a wonderful springboard for team building & learning. Bring your project detail to work on in class.

About the Applied Technology Institute (ATI)

Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems.

What You Will Learn

• Consistently deliver better products that will enable your customer’s success

• Reduce the risk of project failure, missed deadlines, scope overrun or exceeded budgets

• Establish, develop, empower, nurture and protect high-performing teams

• Identify and eliminate waste from processes

• Map government project language to Agile language simply and effectively

• Foster collaboration, even with teams that are distributed geographically and organizationally

• Clearly understand how EVM and Agile can be integrated

• Understand the structure of Agile processes that breed success in the federal environment

• Embrace ever-changing requirements for your customer’s competitive advantage

Why not take a short course? ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for an understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems.

Dates and Locations

For the dates and locations of these short courses, please see below:

Jul 19-20, 2012 Baltimore, MD

Aug 9-10, 2012 Washington, DC

Sep 13-14, 2012 Herndon, VA

Oct 18-19, 2012 Columbia, MD

Sincerely,

The ATI Courses Team

P.S Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com


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Get Grounded with an Introduction to Ground System Elements and Technologies from ATI

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This course provides a practical introduction to all aspects of ground system design and operation. Starting with basic communications principles, an understanding is developed of ground system architectures and system design issues. The function of major ground system elements is explained, leading to a discussion of day-to-day operations. The course concludes with a discussion of current trends in Ground System design and operations.

This course is intended for engineers, technical managers, and scientists who are interested in acquiring a working understanding of ground systems as an introduction to the field or to help broaden their overall understanding of space mission systems and mission operations. It is also ideal for technical professionals who need to use, manage, operate, or purchase a ground system.

Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time.

You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems.

Why not take a short course? ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for an understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems.

What You Will Learn

• The fundamentals of ground system design, architecture and technology

• Cost and performance tradeoffs in the spacecraft-to-ground communications link

• Cost and performance tradeoffs in the design and implementation of a ground system

• The capabilities and limitations of the various modulation types (FM, PSK, QPSK)

• The fundamentals of ranging and orbit determination for orbit maintenance

• Basic day-to-day operations practices and procedures for typical ground systems

• Current trends and recent experiences in cost and schedule constrained operations

Course Outline, Sampler, and Notes

Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Determine for yourself the value of this course before you sign up.

See Slide Samples

You will receive a full set of detailed notes at the beginning of the class for future reference and you can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction. After attending the course you will also receive a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.

About ATI and the Instructors

Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses.

ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.

Steve Gemeny is Principal Program Engineer. Formerly Senior Member of the Professional Staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he served as Ground Station Lead for the TIMED mission to explore Earth’s atmosphere and Lead Ground System Engineer on the New Horizons mission to explore Pluto by 2020. Prior to joining the Applied Physics Laboratory, Mr. Gemeny held numerous engineering and technical sales positions with Orbital Sciences Corporation, Mobile TeleSystems Inc. and COMSAT Corporation beginning in 1980. Mr. Gemeny is an experienced professional in the field of Ground Station and Ground System design in both the commercial world and on NASA Science missions with a wealth of practical knowledge spanning nearly three decades. Mr. Gemeny delivers his experiences and knowledge to his students with an informative and entertaining presentation style.

Date and Location

For the date and location of this short course, please see below:

Sep 10-12, 2012 Albuquerque, NM


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ATI’s Fiber Optic Communication Systems Engineering Course


Can You Perform Cost Analysis or

Design Fiber Optic Systems?

This three-day course investigates the basic aspects of digital and analog fiber-optic communication systems. Topics include sources and receivers, optical fibers and their propagation characteristics, and optical fiber systems. The principles of operation and properties of optoelectronic components, as well as signal guiding characteristics of glass fibers are discussed. System design issues include both analog and digital point-to-point optical links and fiber-optic networks.

From this course you will obtain the knowledge needed to perform basic fiber-optic communication systems engineering calculations, identify system tradeoffs, and apply this knowledge to modern fiber optic systems. This will enable you to evaluate real systems, communicate effectively with colleagues, and understand the most recent literature in the field of fiber-optic communications.

Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for these sophisticated systems.

Why not take a short course?????????????????

ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for an understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems.

What You Will Learn:

• What are the basic elements in analog and digital fiber optic communication systems including fiber-optic components and basic coding schemes?

• How fiber properties such as loss, dispersion and non-linearity impact system performance.

• How systems are compensated for loss, dispersion and non-linearity.

• How a fiber-optic amplifier works and it’s impact on system performance.

• How to maximize fiber bandwidth through wavelength division multiplexing.

• How is the fiber-optic link budget calculated?

• What are typical characteristics of real fiber-optic systems including CATV, gigabit Ethernet, POF data links, RF-antenna remoting systems, long-haul telecommunication links.

ATI Fundamentals of Passive and Active Sonar Short Course

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Do You know All There Is to Know About All the Major System Components in a SONAR System?

This four-day course is designed for (SOund Navigation And Ranging) SONAR systems engineers, combat systems engineers, undersea warfare professionals, and managers who wish to enhance their understanding of passive and active SONAR or become familiar with the “big picture” if they work outside of either discipline. Each topic is presented by instructors with substantial experience at sea. Presentations are illustrated by worked numerical examples using simulated or experimental data describing actual undersea acoustic situations and geometries. Visualization of transmitted waveforms, target interactions, and detector responses is emphasized

Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated systems

What You Will Learn:

• The differences between various types of SONAR used on naval platforms today

• The fundamental principles governing these systems’ operation

• How these systems’ data are used to conduct passive and active operations

• How to avoid previous mistakes revealed when systems were taken to sea

• Signal acquisition and target motion analysis for passive systems

• Waveform and receiver design for active systems

• The major cost drivers for undersea acoustic systems

Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes

Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses.

Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube.

You will receive a full set of detailed notes at the beginning of the class for future reference and you can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction. After completing the course you will also receive a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.

About ATI and the Instructors

Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses.

ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.

Dr. Harold “Bud” Vincent, Research Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island and President of DBV Technology, LLC is a U.S. Naval officer qualified in submarine warfare and salvage diving. He has over twenty years of undersea systems experience working in industry, academia, and government (military and civilian). He served on active duty on fast attack and ballistic missile submarines, worked at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and conducted advanced R&D in the defense industry. Dr. Vincent received the M.S. and Ph.D in Ocean Engineering (Underwater Acoustics) from the University of Rhode Island. His teaching and research encompasses underwater acoustic systems, communications, signal processing, ocean instrumentation, and navigation. He has been awarded four patents for undersea systems and algorithms.

Dr. Duncan Sheldon has over twenty-five years’ experience in the field of active sonar signal processing. At Navy undersea warfare laboratories (New London, CT, and Newport, RI) he directed a multiyear research program and developed new active sonar waveforms and receivers for ASW and mine warfare. This work included collaboration with U.S. and international sea tests. His experience includes real-time direction at sea of surface sonar assets during ‘free-play’ NATO ASW exercises. He was a Principal Scientist at the NATO Undersea Research Centre at La Spezia, Italy. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1969 and has published articles on waveform and receiver design in the U.S. Navy Journal of Underwater Acoustics.

Date and Location

For the date and location of this short course, please see below:

Aug 13-16, 2012 Newport, RI

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Agile Boot Camp: Practitioner’s Real-World Solutions

Agile is a wonderful springboard for team building & learning

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Presented by the Applied Technology Institute (ATI)

While not a silver bullet, Agile Methodologies are quickly becoming the most practical way to create outstanding software. Scrum, Extreme Programming, Lean, Dynamic Systems Development Method, Feature Driven Development and other methods each have their strengths. While there are significant similarities that have brought them together under the Agile umbrella, each method brings unique strengths that can be utilized for your team success. Rarely do organizations adopt one methodology in its pure form. Rather success is achieved by combining the best practices, creating a hybrid approach. The only way to Agile success is practice. Agile is an art more than a science. The art of Agile must be practiced and finely tuned over multiple iterations.

In this three-day Agile Boot Camp you will put the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques taught to work. The classroom will be broken up into Agile teams and your expert instructor will drive each team through the Agile process from Vision down to Daily planning and execution. Your instructor will answer questions with real world experience, as all of our instructors have Agile experience “in the trenches.”

This three-day class is set up in pods/teams. Each team looks like a real-world development unit in Agile with Project Manager/Scrum Master, Business Analyst, Tester and Development. The teams will work through the Agile process including Iteration planning, Product road mapping and backlogging, estimating, user story development iteration execution, and retrospectives by working off of real work scenarios.

Specifically, you will:

• Practice how to be and develop a self-organized team

• Create and communicate a Product Vision

• Understand your customer and develop customer roles and personas

• Initiate the requirements process by developing user stories and your product backlog

• Put together product themes from your user stories and establish a desired product roadmap

• Conduct story point estimating to determine effort needed for user stories to ultimately determine iteration(s) length

• Take into consideration assumed team velocity with story point estimates and user story priorities to come up with you release plan

• Engage the planning and execution of your iteration(s)

• Conduct retrospectives after each iteration

• Run a course retrospective to enable an individual plan of execution on how to conduct Agile in your environment

Who Should Attend?

Because this is an immersion course and the intent is to engage in the practices every Agile team will employ, this course is recommended for all team members responsible for delivering outstanding software. That includes, but is not limited to, the following roles:

Business Analyst, Technical Analyst, Project Manager

Software Engineer/Programmer, Development Manager, Product Manager

Product Analyst, Tester, QA Engineer, Documentation Specialist

What You Will Learn

• Practice and maintain a regular cadence when delivering working software each iteration

• Follow the team approach; start as a team, finish as a team

• Gain knowledge and understanding of Agile principles with context on why they are so important for each team

• Embrace planning from Vision down to Daily level, recognizing the value of continuous planning over following a plan

• Build a backlog of prioritized stories that provides emergent requirements for analysis that also fosters customer engagement and understanding

• Engage in more effective estimating (story points) and become more accurate by being less precise

• Pull together Agile release plans that connect you back to business expectations – including hard date commitments and fixed price models

• Apply Agile testing strategies based on unit and acceptance testing, which creates a bottom up confirmation that your software works

• Avoid the top mistakes made when rolling out Agile practices and how to craft an adoption strategy that will work in your organizational culture

Dates and Locations

For the dates and locations of these short courses, please see below:

5/2-4/2012, San Diego, CA

5/9-11/2012, Philadelphia, PA

5/14-16/2023, Phoenix, AZ

5/16-18/2012, Washington, DC

5/23-25/2012, Houston, TX

6/6-8/2012, Cleveland, OH

6/13-15/2012, Chicago, IL

6/18-20/2012, Columbia, MD

6/25-27/2012, Baltimore, MD

6/27-29/2012, Kansas City, MO

7/23-25/2012, Boston, MA

7/30-1/2012, Reston, VA

8/8-10/2012, San Diego, CA

8/27-29/2012, St Louis, MO

The Agile Boot Camp is a perfect place for cross functional “teams” to become familiar with Agile methods and learn the basics together. It’s also a wonderful springboard for team building & learning. Bring your project detail to work on in class.

Computational Electromagnetics (CEM): New Course from ATI

Maxwell’s Equations in Vector Form

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With this course you will become more of an electromagnetic expert

This three-day course teaches the basics of Computational Electromagnetics (CEM) with application examples. Fundamental concepts in the solution of EM radiation and scattering problems are presented. Emphasis is on applying computational methods to practical applications.

Students will be able to identify the most relevant CEM method for various applications, avoid common user pitfalls, understand model validation and correctly interpret results. Students are encouraged to bring their laptop to work examples using the provided FEKO Lite code. You will also learn the importance of model development and meshing, post- processing for scientific visualization and presentation of results.

COMPUTATIONAL ELECTROMAGNETICS

What You Will Learn:

• A review of electromagnetics and antennas with modern applications.

• An overview of popular CEM methods with commercial codes as examples

• Hands-on experience with FEKO Lite to demonstrate modeling guidelines and common pitfalls.

• An understanding of the latest developments in CEM methods and High Performance Computing.

Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes

Determine for yourself the value of this course before you sign up. See Slide Samples.

Participants will receive a complete set of notes, a copy of FEKO and textbook for future reference. You can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction. After completion, all students receive a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.

About ATI and the Instructors

Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses.

ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.

Dr. Keefe Coburn is a senior design engineer with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi MD. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the VA Polytechnic Institute with Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the George Washington University. In his job at the Army Research Lab, he applies CEM tools for antenna design, system integration and system performance analysis. He teaches graduate courses at the Catholic University of America in antenna and remote sensing. He is a member of the IEEE, the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society, the Union of Radio Scientists and Sigma Xi. He serves on the Configuration Control Board for the Army developed GEMACS code and the ACES Board of Directors.

Dates and Locations

For the dates and locations of this short course, please see below:

May 16-18, 2012 in Columbia, MD

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The ATI Courses Team

P.S Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com

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