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Greetings members of the Virginia Mountain Section,

It's time for our 2017 annual elections for officers.

Please go to the following link, log in, and cast your vote for officers
by February 24, 2017:

Thank you for all you do to advance the profession of engineering.

Best Regards,

Joe Hartwell
Chairman, Virginia Mountain Section of IEEE

Meeting Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Roanoke.

In-Flight Entertainment Systems and the Application of Radomes

by Dr. Brad Davis of General Dynamics

The use of antennas in terrestrial and other surface systems is often clear from pole-mounted cellar arrays, domes and even the large “golf ball” radomes covering the larger, and often gimballed antennas. In airborne systems, however, the antennas are exposed to a much harsher environment. In these cases, a different style of radome is required since it must conform to the aerodynamics and structural requirements of the aircraft. This imposes challenges to the strict performance requirements of airborne weather radar as well as satellite communication system on airborne platforms. The addition of a radome creates several deleterious effects on the system that the radome is meant to protect. In this talk, a brief introduction to the effects and electrical loading of radomes will be presented. Examples will be drawn from commercial, in-flight entertainment systems that have been increasingly present on commercial and private aircraft..

Speaker's Bio:
Brad Davis earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2000 in electrical engineering and holds a professional engineer’s license. Brad’s expertise lies in design, construction, modeling and testing of passive and active electromagnetic systems. His background includes industrial experience in electromagnetic wave propagation, diffraction and scattering, the design and development of antennas, radar systems, sensor systems, and power systems. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and he currently works for General Dynamics in the areas of radomes, antennas and related electromagnetic applications and simulations. Dr. Davis was previously employed by NanoSonic, Inc., Virginia Tech, Central Maine Power, Westinghouse and GTE. He has published over 40 journal and conference papers.

Meeting Details:
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Social:   6:30 PM
Dinner:  6:45 PM

Presentation:  7:30 PM

Members and Guests:  $20, Students $10
Let us know if you have special dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy or gluten allergy, etc.)

Holiday Inn, Roanoke
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke VA 24017

Directions to Holiday Inn, Roanoke:

From I-581 take exit 3W Hershberger Rd. 
Turn right at the first traffic light (near WDBJ-7 studios & Zaxby's) onto Ordway Drive. 
Continue past Big Lots. The Holiday Inn is on the right.

Reservations:  Please RSVP by noon, Monday January 23.  Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary restrictions.  Please RSVP to George Williams, Vice-Chairman, at

Credit: One continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this presentation.

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The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.

We currently have two Student Branches in local universities and colleges:

  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech
and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group.

The purpose of this Affinity Group is to share information concerning consulting opportunities, and to make a list of consultants and their areas of expertise available to potential employers.

Anyone wishing to be added to this group, or desiring more information should contact David Livingston,

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