PROFESSOR ENGINEERING SCIENCE
(Electronics/Telecommunication)

Department of Engineering
The College of New Jersey
PO Box 7818
Ewing, NJ 08628

Office: Armstrong Hall 149
Phone: (609) 771-2666
Email: a.katz@ieee.org

 
 
 
 

EDUCATION:

D.Sc. (E.E.) New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1971
M.S. (E.E.) Rutgers University, 1966
B.S.E.E.
New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1964

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST:

Distortion reduction/linearization of communications systems - particularly high power amplifiers in the microwave and millimeterwave frequency range using predistortion techniques.

Neural Networks - particularly concerning the extrapolation of information/pattern identification in the presence of noise.

Development of communications aids for the handicapped.

Earth-Moon-Earth propagation - the use of the Moon as a passive reflector for extended range microwave communications.  (Edit/Publish EME Newsletter).

Radio Astronomy/Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.


 

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS:
 

    1. Distortion Reduction of Direct and Externally Modulated Laser Communications Systems
    2. Very Wideband Distortion Reduction Systems
    3. Improved Models for Prediction of Intermodulation/Harmonic Distortion
    4. Characterization of Millimeter Wave Non-linear Components
    5. Investigation of a Unique Neural Network Centering Element


 

INVOLVEMENT OF STUDENTS IN RESEARCH:

Students are highly involved in my research.  Normally I have three or four students working on senior projects related directly to my research interests.  These efforts regularly lead to published papers in reviewed journals.  Students have also won paper contest awards for research related projects.  Three past students have received patents jointly with me.

SOME RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

1) “Wideband GaN Linearizer”, Digest of 2006 Government Microcircuit Applications and Critical Technologies Conference, San Diego, CA, March 20-23, 2006.

2) Linearized Microwave and Millimeter Wave Power Modules (L-MPMs)for Space Ground Station Applications,” AIAA 23rd International Communications Satellite Systems Conf. Proc., Rome, Italy, Sept. 26-28, 2005.

3) “Wideband Dynamic Range Improvement of EO Modulated Microwave Photonic Links,” IEEE LEOS Avionics Fiber-Optics Conf., Minn., MN, Sept. 20-22, 2005.

4) “A Highly Efficient & Linear Integrated PA for Ka/Q-Bands,” MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, June 12-14, 2005.

5)) "Introduction to DSP Linearization," Digital Linearization of High Power Amplifiers Workshop Digest, MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, June 7, 2004.

6) “Linearizing MPMs for Communications,” Microwave and RF Magazine, pp. 58-70, Vol 42, No. 11, Nov. 2003.

 

INDUSTRIAL INVOLVEMENT:

Provide engineering consulting services to a number of companies primarily in support of the development of microwave and satellite communications hardware.  (I have a long-standing arrangement with Lockheed Martin in support of their microwave engineering group.  A large percentage of the engineers employed by this group are The College of New Jersey graduates.)

President and founder of Linearizer Technology, Inc. (LTI), an organization specializing in the solution of problems involving all aspects of non-linearity. Both manufacturing and consulting services are provided.  LTI is the largest producer of linearizers for satellite ground stations.
 
 

TRENTON COMPUTER FESTIVAL:

Originator and presently Director of the Trenton Computer Festival (TCF).  TCF, now in its 32th year, was the first computer festival in the world.  It started on the TCNJ campus and has been managed by Engineering Department faculty since its inception. TCF is the principal source of funds for the Engineering Departmentís Scholarship Program.

<www.tcf-nj.org>


Dr. Allen Katz
Last Update Aug.
12, 2006