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September 20, 2012 meeting in Blacksburg

Layout-based Electromagnetic Design

Presented by: Jeffrey Tharp, Ph.D.
Senior High Frequency Application Engineer
Statesville, NC


Transitioning to a physics-based simulation flow can be a key inflection point to a customer’s design process. Creating 3D models from scratch or from low-level fabrication files can be cumbersome and can be an error-prone process. To improve this design flow, core technologies have been developed to integrate 3D parametric electromagnetic extraction (HFSS) into the layout process.


Jeff Tharp is a Senior Application Engineer who has been with Ansoft/ANSYS since 2008. He works primarily with HFSS and Designer and the integration between the two tools. Prior to joining Ansoft/ANSYS, Jeff earned his Ph.D. in Optics from the College of Optics of the University of Central Florida working on research in Optical and IR electromagnetics.

Meeting Details:

Thursday September 20, 2012
Social:   6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk:     8:00 PM
Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00


Holiday Inn – Blacksburg
900 Prices Fork Rd.
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Directions to Holiday Inn – Blacksburg:

From I-81, take exit 118 towards Blacksburg (you will be on US-460)

Take the Downtown exit (first Prices Fork exit), which is just past the Southgate Drive traffic light on US-460 if traveling west.

The Holiday Inn is at the corner of Prices Fork Rd and University City Blvd.


RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, September 17, 2012. Please specify the number of attendees.

Joe Hartwell, or
John Dilley,

Continuing Education Credit Hours:

One Continuing Education Credit Hour will awarded to professional engineers (licensed in Virginia) who participate in the meeting.

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