Are Your “Soft Skills” Getting Soft?

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“Soft Skills” May Help You Get a Job and Keep It
In a 2008 survey of more than 2,000 businesses in the state of Washington, employers said entry-level workers in a variety of professions were lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation. You’ll likely see these “soft skills” in job descriptions, after demands for technical qualifications. Employment experts agree that tech skills may get you an interview, but these soft skills will get you the job and keep it. Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Some of our courses cover these “soft skills” as well. One of these “soft skills” is communication. You don’t have to be an excellent speaker or writer. It does mean you have to express yourself well, whether it’s writing a coherent memo, persuading others with a presentation or just being able to calmly explain to a team member what you need. Communication is a keystone of effective project management. Some of our project management courses are summarized below. ATI’s PROJECT DOMINANCE COURSE This two-day course is designed for engineers, scientists and managers who work in the projects domain on complex systems. Students will learn how to build a cancellation-resistant project, how to form and lead a world-class project team and how to lead the entire effort to a successful conclusion. Cross-discipline and inter-generational techniques are taught and key topics are reinforced with small-team exercises. Attendees are given the Meyers-Briggs© assessment – many discover mismatches in temperament and assignment. All learn how to be much more effective on Project Teams. ATI’S PROJECT MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW AND LEADERSHIP COURSE This class is an introductory class to the Project Management discipline. It includes the basics of Project Management as well as Leadership as it pertains to Project Management. This course is intended for project managers and team leaders who need a good foundation for further study in Project Management. There are no prerequisites for this course. ATI’S FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSE Today’s complex systems present difficult challenges to develop. From military systems to aircraft to environmental and electronic control systems, development teams must face the challenges with an arsenal of proven methods. Individual systems are more complex, and systems operate in much closer relationship, requiring a system-of-systems approach to the overall design. This three-day workshop presents the fundamentals of project management approach to solving complex problems. What you will learn: • How to prepare a sound plan for your project and maximize your probability of success • How to achieve Buy-In from the people who will perform the work on the project • How to deal with conflict and also to use it to the advantage of your project • Techniques for monitoring and controlling the outcome of your project • Effective approaches to managing multiple projects Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes 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 After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (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.


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ATI Specializes in Short Course Technical Training

Video Clip: Click to Watch Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (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. Our website (ATI Courses) contains many […]

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Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (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. Our website (ATI Courses) contains many online tutorials on technical topics. For example, hyper-spectral (& multi-spectral) imaging, radar, space communications, Rockets 101, GPS and along with even more subjects are covered. Check it out for yourself here. ATI Top SlideShare Tutorials for 2010 The five tutorials below were our most viewed offerings on SlideShare in 2010. CERTIFIED SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL (CSEP) PREPARATION COURSE This two-day course walks through the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) requirements and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Handbook to cover all topics that might be on the CSEP exam. Interactive work, study plans, and sample examination questions help you to prepare effectively for the exam. Participants leave the course with solid knowledge, a hard copy of the INCOSE Handbook, study plans, and a sample examination. The INCOSE CSEP rating is a useful and coveted milestone in the career of a systems engineer, demonstrating knowledge, education and experience that is of high value to systems organizations. The certification requires passing an extensive examination based on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook v3.2. This course provides you with the detailed knowledge and practice that you need to pass the CSEP examination. See CSEP Slide Samples. See a sample of the CSEP Preparation Course on YouTube. TACTICAL MISSILE DESIGN COURSE & SYSTEMS ENGINEERING This three-day short course covers the fundamentals of tactical missile design, development, and system engineering. The course provides a system-level, integrated method for missile aerodynamic configuration/propulsion design and analysis. It addresses the broad range of alternatives in meeting cost and performance requirements. The methods presented are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide insight into the primary driving parameters. Configuration sizing examples are presented for rocketpowered, ramjet-powered, and turbo-jet powered baseline missiles. Typical values of missile parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems and technologies for tactical missiles and the current/projected state-of-the-art. Daily roundtable discussion. Videos illustrate missile development activities and missile performance. Finally, each attendee will design, build, and fly a small air powered rocket. See a course sampler here. ADVANCED TOPICS IN DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING (DSP) COURSE This four-day course is designed for communication systems engineers, programmers, implementers and managers who need to understand current practice and next generation DSP techniques for upcoming communication systems. DSP is more than mapping legacy analog designs to a DSP implementation. To avoid compromise solution appropriate for an earlier time period, we return to first principles to learn how to apply new technology capabilities to the design of next generation communication systems. Students will receive a copy of the instructor’s textbook, Multirate Signal Processing for Communication Systems. See a DSP course sampler here. SONAR PRINCIPLES ASW ANALYSIS COURSE This course provides an excellent introduction to underwater sound and highlights how sonar principles are employed in ASW analyses. The course provides a solid understanding of the sonar equation and discusses in-depth propagation loss, target strength, reverberation, arrays, array gain, and detection of signals. Physical insight and typical results are provided to help understand each term of the sonar equation. The instructors then show how the sonar equation can be used to perform ASW analysis and predict the performance of passive and active sonar systems. The course also reviews the rationale behind current weapons and sensor systems and discusses directions for research in response to the quieting of submarine signatures. The course is valuable to engineers and scientists who are entering the field or as a review for employees who want a system level overview. The lectures provide the knowledge and perspective needed to understand recent developments in underwater acoustics and in ASW. A comprehensive set of notes and the textbook Principles of Underwater Sound will be provided to all attendees. See a SONAR course sampler here. SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING COURSE This three-day course is designed for satellite communications engineers, spacecraft engineers, and managers who want to obtain an understanding of the “big picture” of satellite communications. Each topic is illustrated by detailed worked numerical examples, using published data for actual satellite communications systems. The course is technically oriented and includes mathematical derivations of the fundamental equations. It will enable the participants to perform their own satellite link budget calculations. The course will especially appeal to those whose objective is to develop quantitative computational skills in addition to obtaining a qualitative familiarity with the basic concepts. See a sample of the Satellite Communications Systems Engineering Course on YouTube. See a slide sampler for the Satellite Communications Systems Engineering Course. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Determine for yourself the value of these or our other 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. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. To see the complete course listing from ATI, click on the links at the bottom of the page. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. ATI short courses are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide you a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems. Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. 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 also become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. 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. Times, Dates, and Locations For the times, dates and locations of all of our short courses, please visit ATI Schedule of Short Courses.

ATI’s GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space Course is to be presented in Laurel, MD on March 14-17, 2011

ATI is scheduled to present GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space Course is to be presented in Laurel, MD on March 14-17, 2011.  This course will be taught by legendary instructor, Mr. Tom Logsdon, who taught short courses and lectured in 31 different countries. He has written and published 40 technical papers and […]
ATI is scheduled to present GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space Course is to be presented in Laurel, MD on March 14-17, 2011.  This course will be taught by legendary instructor, Mr. Tom Logsdon, who taught short courses and lectured in 31 different countries. He has written and published 40 technical papers and journal articles, a dozen of which have dealt with military and civilian radionavigation techniques. He is also the author of 29 technical books on various engineering and scientific subjects.

In this popular four-day short course, GPS expert Tom Logsdon will describe in detail how those precise radionavigation systems work and review the many practical benefits they provide to military and civilian users in space and around the globe.

Each student will receive a new personal GPS Navigator with a multi-channel capability.

Through practical demonstration you will learn how the receiver works, how to operate it in various situations, and how to interpret the positioning solutions it provides.

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1,235 planets found by Kepler Telescope!

54 of them are in habitable zones of stars that are cooler then the Sun and temperatures could allow for existence of liquid water. This is exciting news considering that this report comes from the data collected by Kepler satellite within first four month of the 3.5 year project. Scientist predict that they will eventually […]
54 of them are in habitable zones of stars that are cooler then the Sun and temperatures could allow for existence of liquid water. This is exciting news considering that this report comes from the data collected by Kepler satellite within first four month of the 3.5 year project. Scientist predict that they will eventually find Earth-like planets. Read more here


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Astronauts are about to get some help from Robonaut 2

Astronauts are about to get some help from Robonaut 2 in February. Robonaut 2, the latest generation of the Robonaut astronaut helpers, is set to launch to the space station aboard space shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission. It will be the first humanoid robot in space, and although its primary job for now is […]

Astronauts are about to get some help from Robonaut 2 in February. Robonaut 2, the latest generation of the Robonaut astronaut helpers, is set to launch to the space station aboard space shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission. It will be the first humanoid robot in space, and although its primary job for now is teaching engineers how dexterous robots behave in space, the hope is that through upgrades and advancements, it could one day venture outside the station to help spacewalkers make repairs or additions to the station or perform scientific work.

R2, as the robot is called, will launch inside the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module, which will be packed with supplies and equipment for the station and then installed permanently on the Unity node. R2 is so ready, in fact, that it’s going up ahead of its legs, which will follow on a later launch. Once the legs are added, the trainee will be able to move around inside the station, wiping handrails, vacuuming air filters, and doing other mundane tasks for the crew. R2 even has “eyes” (two video cameras that give it three-dimensional vision) for viewing an external worksite before the crew heads out to tackle a job. Also, R2 can stay outside working as long as necessary, while humans can stay only a limited time. R2 could scout a potential landing site on a planet or an asteroid or set up a workstation or habitat there.

Top Five ATI Tutorials for 2010

Video Clip: Click to Watch ATI specializes in short course technical training Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (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 […]
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Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (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
Our website (ATI Courses) contains many online tutorials on technical topics. For example, hyper-spectral (& multi-spectral) imaging, radar, space communications, Rockets 101, GPS and along with even more subjects are covered. Check it out for yourself here. ATI Top Tutorials for 2010 The five tutorial/articles highlighted below were some of our most viewed offerings on our website in 2010. #1 Antenna Tutorial Our most popular tutorial summarizes the basic properties of antennas used in satellite communication and derives several fundamental relations used in antenna design and RF link analysis. Click here for the antenna tutorial If you want to learn more about antenna theory and design, check out our antenna related courses. Antenna Fundamentals – One Day Overview course This one day class is geared as an introduction into basic antenna and antenna array concepts. The material is basic and should be familiar to an engineer working on any system involving transmitted electromagnetic waves (e.g., radar, satellite communication, terrestrial communications, etc.). The course is roughly broken into four components: Basic antenna concepts, Basic antenna array concepts, and an overview of antenna simulation tools (software) and antenna measurements. Antenna and Antenna Array Fundamentals course This three-day course teaches the basics of antenna and antenna array theory. Fundamental concepts such as beam patterns, radiation resistance, polarization, gain/directivity, aperture size, reciprocity, and matching techniques are presented. Different types of antennas such as dipole, loop, patch, horn, dish, and helical antennas are discussed and compared and contrasted from a performance – applications standpoint. The locations of the reactive near-field, radiating near-field (Fresnel region), and far-field (Fraunhofer region) are described and the Friis transmission formula is presented with worked examples. Propagation effects are presented. Antenna arrays are discussed, and array factors for different types of distributions (e.g., uniform, binomial, and Tschebyscheff arrays) are analyzed giving insight to sidelobe levels, null locations, and beam broadening (as the array scans from broadside.) The end-fire condition is discussed. Beam steering is described using phase shifters and true-time delay devices. Problems such as grating lobes, beam squint, quantization errors, and scan blindness are presented. Antenna systems (transmit/receive) with active amplifiers are introduced. Finally, measurement techniques commonly used in anechoic chambers are outlined. The textbook, Antenna Theory, Analysis & Design, is included as well as a comprehensive set of course notes. #2 Rocket Tutorial A satellite is launched into space on a rocket, and once there it is inserted into the operational orbit and is maintained in that orbit by means of thrusters onboard the satellite itself. This tutorial will summarize the fundamental principles of rocket propulsion and describe the main features of the propulsion systems used on both launch vehicles and satellites. Click here for the rocket tutorial If you really want to become a rocket scientist, then you need to sign-up for one of our rocket courses today. Rocket Propulsion 101 course This three-day course is based on the popular text “Rocket Propulsion Elements” by Sutton and Biblarz. The course provides practical knowledge in rocket propulsion engineering and design technology issues. It is designed for those needing a more complete understanding of the complex issues. The objective is to give the engineer or manager the tools needed to understand the available choices in rocket propulsion and/or to manage technical experts with greater in-depth knowledge of rocket systems. Attendees will receive a copy of the book Rocket Propulsion Elements, a disk with practical rocket equations in Excel, and a set of printed notes covering advanced additional material. Fundamentals of Rockets & Missiles course This course provides an overview of rockets and missiles for government and industry officials with limited technical experience in rockets and missiles. The course provides a practical knowledge in rocket and missile issues and technologies. The seminar is designed for engineers, supporting disciplines, decision makers and managers of current and future projects needing a more complete understanding of the complex issues of rocket and missile technology. The seminar provides a foundation for understanding the issues that must be decided in the use, regulation and development of rocket systems of the future. You will learn a wide spectrum of problems, solutions and choices in the technology of rockets and missile used for both military and civil purposes. The seminar is taught to the point-of-view of a decision maker needing the technical knowledge to make better informed choices. What you need to know about how rockets and missiles work, why they are build the way they are, what they are used for and how they differ from use to use. You will learn how rockets and missiles differ when used as weapons, as launch vehicles, and in spacecraft or satellites. The objective is to give the decision maker tools to understand the available choices, and to manage the technical experts with a greater in-depth knowledge of specialized disciplines. #3 GPS Tutorial The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a vital national resource. Over the past thirty years it has made the transition from concept to reality, representing today an operational system on which the entire world has become dependent. Click here for the GPS tutorial. To learn even more about GPS, check out one of our courses below. GPS Technology course Nearly every military vehicle and every satellite that flies into space uses the GPS to fix its position. In this popular four-day short course, GPS expert Tom Logsdon will describe in detail how those precise radionavigation systems work and review the many practical benefits they provide to military and civilian users in space and around the globe. Each student will receive a new personal GPS Navigator with a multi-channel capability. Through practical demonstration you will learn how the receiver works, how to operate it in various situations, and how to interpret the positioning solutions it provides. GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing (Geomatics) course This four-day course will provide a technical overview of the current state of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the integration of this powerful tool with GPS, remote sensing, and other data. This course is designed for those currently using GIS, those who are considering purchasing GIS systems, and managers who wish to better understand the issues involved in properly utilizing these tools. The course provides an overview of the origins, current status, and future directions and applications of Geomatics tools. Information on GIS resources and making these tools work well in your own organization are highlighted. #4 International System of Units Article The fourth most viewed tutorial is titled “International System of Units (SI) Its History and Use in Science and Industry”, by Robert A. Nelson. The International System of Units has become the fundamental basis of scientific measurement worldwide. It is also used for everyday commerce in virtually every country of the world but the United States. Economic pressure to compete in an international environment is a strong motive for contractors to use metric units. Indeed, most satellite design technical literature does use metric units, including meters for length, kilograms for mass, and newtons for force, because of the influence of international partners, suppliers, and customers. Click here for the International System of Units tutorial Dr. Nelson also teaches our Satellite Communication Systems Engineering course. #5 Watching an Apple Fall from the Tree Article An article about Sir Isaac Newton, apples and gravity by Tom Logsdon, rounds out our top five tutorials for 2010. Click here for the apple article Mr. Logsdon also teaches our GPS Technology course. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Determine for yourself the value of these or our other 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. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. To see the complete course listing from ATI, click on the links at the bottom of the page. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. ATI short courses are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide you a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems. Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. 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 also become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. 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. Times, Dates, and Locations For the times, dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below. 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.

ATI’s Short Course on Wavelets: A Conceptual Practical Approach

Video Clip: Click to Watch Wavelets can be used to identify the time, the frequency, and the shape of a transient signal  Fast Fourier Transforms (FFT) are in wide use and work very well if your signal stays at a constant frequency (“stationary”). But if the signal could vary, have pulses, “blips” or any other kind […]

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Wavelets can be used to identify the time, the frequency, and the shape of a transient signal 

Fast Fourier Transforms (FFT) are in wide use and work very well if your signal stays at a constant frequency (“stationary”). But if the signal could vary, have pulses, “blips” or any other kind of interesting behavior then you need Wavelets. Wavelets are remarkable tools that can stretch and move like an amoeba to find the hidden “events” and then simultaneously give you their location, frequency, and shape. Wavelet Transforms allow this and many other capabilities not possible with conventional methods like the FFT

In this class you will learn how Wavelets can be used to identify the time, the frequency, and the shape of a transient signal (radar pulse, heartbeat, stock market tic, image edge detection in baggage, etc,) and do all 3 simultaneously! For example, in the figure above (a 3-D wavelet transform of a chirp signal), the horizontal axis indicates time, the vertical axis indicates frequency, and the colors indicate magnitude (at that particular time and frequency) This course is vastly different from traditional math-oriented Wavelet courses or books in that we use examples, figures, and computer demonstrations to show how to understand and work with Wavelets. This is a comprehensive, in-depth, up-to-date treatment of the subject, but from an intuitive, conceptual point of view.  We do look at a few key equations from the traditional literature but only AFTER the concepts are demonstrated and understood. If desired, further study from scholarly texts and papers is then made much easier and more palatable when you already understand the fundamental equations and how they relate to the real world. Each student will receive extensive course slides, a CD with MATLAB demonstrations, and a copy of the instructor’s new book, Conceptual Wavelets.  What you will learn:  • How to use Wavelets as a “microscope” to analyze data that changes over time or has hidden “events” that would not show up on an FFT.  • How to understand and efficiently use the three types of Wavelet Transforms to better analyze and process your data using state-of-the-art methods and applications.  • How to compress and de-noise data using advanced Wavelet techniques. How to avoid potential pitfalls by understanding the concepts. A “safe” method if in doubt.  • How to increase productivity and reduce cost by choosing (or building) a Wavelet that best matches your particular application.  Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes  1. What is a Wavelet? Examples and Uses. “Waves” that can start, stop, move and stretch. Real-world applications in many fields: Signal and Image Processing, Internet Traffic, Airport Security, Medicine, JPEG, Finance, Pulse and Target Recognition, Radar, Sonar, etc.  2. Comparison with traditional methods. The concept of the FFT, the STFT, and Wavelets as all being various types of comparisons with the data. Strengths, weaknesses, optimal choices.  3. The Continuous Wavelet Transform (CWT). Stretching and shifting the Wavelet for optimal correlation. Predefined vs. Constructed Wavelets.  4. The Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT). Shrinking the signal by factors of 2 through downsampling. Understanding the DWT in terms of correlations with the data. Relating the DWT to the CWT. Demonstrations and uses.  5. The Redundant Discrete Wavelet Transform (RDWT). Stretching the Wavelet by factors of 2 without downsampling. Tradeoffs between the alias-free processing and the extra storage and computational burdens. A hybrid process using both the DWT and the RDWT. Demonstrations and uses.  6. “Perfect Reconstruction Filters”. How to cancel the effects of aliasing. How to recognize and avoid any traps. A breakthrough method to see the filters as basic Wavelets. The “magic” of alias cancellation demonstrated in both the time and frequency domains.  7. Highly useful properties of popular Wavelets. How to choose the best Wavelet for your application. When to create your own and when to stay with proven favorites.  8. Compression and De-Noising using Wavelets. How to remove unwanted or non-critical data without throwing away the alias cancellation capability. A new, powerful method to extract signals from large amounts of noise. Demonstrations.  9. Additional Methods and Applications. Image Processing. Detecting Discontinuities, Self-Similarities and Transitory Events. Speech Processing. Human Vision. Audio and Video. BPSK/QPSK Signals. Wavelet Packet Analysis. Matched Filtering. How to read and use the various Wavelet Displays. Demonstrations.  10. Further Resources. The very best of Wavelet references.  Determine for yourself the value of this course before you sign up.  See Slide Samples of our Wavelets: A Conceptual Practical Approach  After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.  Comments from participants:  “Your Wavelets course was very helpful in our Radar studies. We often use wavelets now instead of the Fourier Transform for precision de-noising.”  –Long To, NAWC WD, Point Wugu, CA  “I was looking forward to this course and it was very rewarding–Your clear explanations starting with the big picture immediately contextualized the material allowing us to drill a little deeper with a fuller understanding”  –Steve Van Albert, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research  “Good overview of key wavelet concepts and literature. The course provided a good physical understanding of wavelet transforms and applications.”  –Stanley Radzevicius, ENSCO, Inc.  The Instructor  Dr. Lee Fugal is the Founder and President of an independent consulting firm. He has over 30 years of industry experience in Digital Signal Processing (including Wavelets) and Satellite Communications.  He has been a full-time consultant on numerous assignments since 1991. Recent projects include Excision of Chirp Jammer Signals using Wavelets, design of Space-Based Geolocation Systems (GPS & Non-GPS), and Advanced Pulse Detection using Wavelet Technology.  He has taught upper-division University courses in DSP and in Satellites as well as Wavelet short courses and seminars for Practicing Engineers and Management. He holds a Masters in Applied Physics (DSP) from the University of Utah, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.  About 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.  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.  Times, Dates, and Locations  Wavelets: A Conceptual Practical Approach  Feb 22-24, 2011 San Diego, CA  Jun 7-9, 2011 Beltsville, 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. 

Top Five ATI Technical Short Courses for 2010

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ATI specializes in short course technical training 

Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. ATI short courses are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date.  Our courses provide you a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems.  Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. 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 also become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues.  The five courses highlighted below were our most popular offerings in 2010. To see the complete course listing from ATI, click on the links at the bottom of the page.  SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING COURSE  This three-day course is designed for satellite communications engineers, spacecraft engineers, and managers who want to obtain an understanding of the “big picture” of satellite communications. Each topic is illustrated by detailed worked numerical examples, using published data for actual satellite communications systems. The course is technically oriented and includes mathematical derivations of the fundamental equations. It will enable the participants to perform their own satellite link budget calculations. The course will especially appeal to those whose objective is to develop quantitative computational skills in addition to obtaining a qualitative familiarity with the basic concepts.  See a sample of the Satellite Communications Systems Engineering Course on YouTube  See a slide sampler for the Satellite Communications Systems Engineering Course  ANTENNA AND ANTENNA ARRAY FUNDAMENTALS  This three-day course teaches the basics of antenna and antenna array theory. Fundamental concepts such as beam patterns, radiation resistance, polarization, gain/directivity, aperture size, reciprocity, and matching techniques are presented. Different types of antennas such as dipole, loop, patch, horn, dish, and helical antennas are discussed and compared and contrasted from a performance – applications standpoint. The locations of the reactive near-field, radiating near-field (Fresnel region), and far-field (Fraunhofer region) are described and the Friis transmission formula is presented with worked examples. Propagation effects are presented. Antenna arrays are discussed, and array factors for different types of distributions (e.g., uniform, binomial, and Tschebyscheff arrays) are analyzed giving insight to sidelobe levels, null locations, and beam broadening (as the array scans from broadside.) The end-fire condition is discussed. Beam steering is described using phase shifters and true-time delay devices. Problems such as grating lobes, beam squint, quantization errors, and scan blindness are presented. Antenna systems (transmit/receive) with active amplifiers are introduced. Finally, measurement techniques commonly used in anechoic chambers are outlined. The textbook, Antenna Theory, Analysis & Design, is included as well as a comprehensive set of course notes.  What You Will Learn:  • Basic antenna concepts that pertain to all antennas and antenna arrays.  • The appropriate antenna for your application.  • Factors that affect antenna array designs and antenna systems.  • Measurement techniques commonly used in anechoic chambers.  CERTIFIED SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL (CSEP) PREPARATION COURSE  This two-day course walks through the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) requirements and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Handbook to cover all topics that might be on the CSEP exam. Interactive work, study plans, and sample examination questions help you to prepare effectively for the exam. Participants leave the course with solid knowledge, a hard copy of the INCOSE Handbook, study plans, and a sample examination.  The INCOSE CSEP rating is a useful and coveted milestone in the career of a systems engineer, demonstrating knowledge, education and experience that is of high value to systems organizations. The certification requires passing an extensive examination based on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook v3.2. This course provides you with the detailed knowledge and practice that you need to pass the CSEP examination.  See CSEP Slide Samples or see a sample of the CSEP Preparation Course on YouTube  GPS TECHNOLOGY COURSE  Nearly every military vehicle and every satellite that flies into space uses the GPS to fix its position. 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A complete set of notes and a suite of MATLAB m-files will be distributed in source format for direct use or modification by the user.  Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes  Determine for yourself the value of these or our other 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.  After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.  About ATI and the Instructors  Our mission here at the 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. 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GAO REPORT OUTLINES AEGIS ASHORE CHALLENGES

Missile Defense Agency officials say that developing the Aegis Ashore program would not incur high risk, the Government Accountability Office contends “a certain degree of uncertainty remains,” according to a new GAO report. The Dec. 21 GAO report, a series of briefing slides, outlines “acquisition management for the European Phased Adaptive Approach” and “near-term development […]
Missile Defense Agency officials say that developing the Aegis Ashore program would not incur high risk, the Government Accountability Office contends “a certain degree of uncertainty remains,” according to a new GAO report. The Dec. 21 GAO report, a series of briefing slides, outlines “acquisition management for the European Phased Adaptive Approach” and “near-term development risks.” Aegis Ashore is the land-based component of the administration’s proposed “phased adaptive approach” to defending US forces in Europe from ballistic missile attack. The briefing slides include several pages on Aegis Ashore, and additional slides on the planned Standard Missile 3 Block 1B interceptor, the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, and other related topics. MDA says developing Aegis Ashore “is not a high risk since it’s based on the existing Aegis [Ballistic Missile Defense] system,” the report states, adding that the 3.6.1 version of Aegis BMD “is currently in service on BMD-capable cruisers and destroyers.” However, “while Aegis BMD has demonstrated performance at sea, a series of changes are required to modify it for use on land with Aegis Ashore,” says GAO. Changing existing Aegis BMD technologies that would be used for Aegis Ashore “may reduce their maturity in the context of the new Aegis Ashore program, and new features will require testing and assessment to demonstrate their performance,” the report adds, noting that MDA plans to conduct ground and flight tests of the system before it is deployed. Additionally, “there are dependencies on next-generation versions of Aegis systems that are still in development,” according to GAO. Developing Aegis Ashore includes changes to the Aegis ship’s deckhouse and software operating system configurations, the report states, adding that of the 32 components of the integrated Aegis Combat System architecture, “only 11 of these will be reused for Aegis Ashore; the remaining 21 will need to be suppressed or otherwise disabled.”