James Cook University Prof Adopts NI AWR Tools


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Dr. C. J. (Keith) Kikkert, professor at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, has adopted the NI AWR Design Environment as the RF/microwave software of choice for his electrical and electronic engineering classes.

The challenge for Dr. Kikkert, professor of electrical and electronic engineering at JCU, was to provide his electronic engineering students with a successful learning experience in the complex discipline of RF/microwave design. He wanted to develop course materials and supporting labs that would help his students learn the basics of high-frequency design. His aim was for the students to understand and explore all the design options, prior to building the required hardware in their design projects, without getting so bogged down in trying to learn the software that it was difficult to achieve a positive design learning experience.

The Solution

Prof. Kikkert had been using Keysight (formerly Agilent EDA) software for many years. In 2000 he switched to NI AWR Design Environment and his students found it significantly easier to use. 

As NI AWR software has a much shorter learning curve, Prof. Kikkert found himself using it more and more during his RF electronics teaching and research. Ultimately wanting to share his coursework and labs in a way that would benefit staff and students at universities worldwide, he created an electronic version of his textbook, RF Electronics: Design and Simulation. Partnering with NI (formerly AWR Corporation), the e-textbook and associated project files are now available free of charge through its Professors in Partnership program. 

Why NI AWR Design Environment

Dr. Kikkert and his students have found NI AWR software tools to be very powerful. The software provides professors with an excellent teaching experience and students with a very easy learning curve in high-frequency electronic design. At JCU, the use of NI AWR software has been extended for teaching electronics at other levels as well as in teaching network theory, from mains frequency to microwaves. Chapter 2 of the e-book is used for the second year teaching of electronics and the rest of the book is used in subsequent courses. The book download includes NI AWR Design Environment project files for all the design examples in the book as a zip file, so that the students can repeat the simulations themselves, or so that the lecturers can demonstrate them. 

For more information, visit www.ni.com.

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