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Jonathan Anderson, EIT

(613)770-4184                                           jon.anderson@mail.utoronto.ca        LinkedIn: Jonathan Anderson

 

Professional Summary

An experienced antenna and RF designer registered with Professional Engineers of Ontario as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT). Over three years’ experience specializing in electromagnetic theory with applications to antennas, RF/Microwave circuits and network theory.

Looking for an opportunity to join an industry leading research/engineering team to apply my skills to solve cutting edge electromagnetic research and engineering challenges, while continuing to develop and grow my skillset and become a professional engineer.

Experience

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Research Assistant: Antenna and EM Surface Designer                                                                                                                                                                             Sept 2017-Present

Developed a dipole antenna array with an integrated artificial impedance surface (metamaterial).

·      Simulations in Ansys HFSS and Altair FEKO demonstrate significant improvements to radiation efficiency.

·      Array profile was reduced to 1/2 the size of original array.

·      Dramatically improved system RF link-budget up to 40 dB (through gain enhancement).

 

Constructed and evaluated performance of an LGPR system testbed based on MIT Lincoln Labs Model.

·      Developed tools with Python and PyVisa to automate data collection and signal processing from VNA.

·      Streamlined signal processing and time domain transformations to create radargrams.

·      Presented findings to industry partner, identifying numerous improvements and opportunities to further develop technology.

 

Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, Canada

Research Assistant: RF Designer – Circuit Models for Antenna Array Modeling         May 2016 – Sept 2017

Developed an improved circuit model utilizing Artificial Neural Networks for antenna arrays.

·      Automated model generation for neural network training and testing (HFSS API).

·      Integrated neural network with RF circuit simulator ADS resulting in improved model accuracy.

·      Trained graduate students to develop improved workflows emphasizing scripting in HFSS/Matlab

·      Developed a process flow to translate HFSS designs to PCB schematics improved accuracy and provided significant time savings.

 

Thales Canada Inc., Toronto, Canada

Integration Validation and Qualification                                                      May 2015 – August 2015

Created an integrated validation and verification tool for Interface Control Documents

·      Developed integrated excel document that combined testing data parsing with complete system analysis.

·      Compared to previous system the new tool was over 10x faster and could analyze multiple interfaces.

·      Tool was adopted to demonstrate validation of system testing on major international transit projects.

 

Goodyear Canada Inc., Napanee, Canada

Team Leader and Production Technician                                                          April 2008 – June 2014

Led a team of nine production technicians that saw record performance in safety, quality, and production.

Active team member in vertical tasks

·      Emergency response team: administering medical, fire, and spill response services to safeguard plant and team members

·      Quality support coordinator and lab technician: ensuring only the best products are seen by customers.

Education

Master of Applied Science (Expected Sept 2019), Electrical Engineering-Electromagnetics, University of Toronto

Bachelor of Engineering (2017), Electrical Engineering, Ontario Tech University

Bachelor of Science (2016), General Science, University of Waterloo

 

Key Skills

Leadership • HFSS • RF Circuit Design • Antenna Design • Python • Matlab • Microwave Circuits • FEKO • C++

Circuit Analysis • Keysight ADS and Momentum • Mobile Communications • Circuit Analysis • Signal Processing

Antenna Measurement • Electromagnetic Simulation • VNA • Transmission Line Theory • PCB Layout

 

Practicum Projects from Coursework

Advanced Topics in EM Waves (Graduate Course)

·        Developed method of moment code in Matlab to determine input impedance of wire antenna.

·        Evaluated the performance of different feed topologies, mesh size, wire thickness, and basis functions.

·        Extended model to resistively loaded dipole which compared favorably to commercial solvers.

 

Mobile Communications (Graduate Course)

·        Decoded and analyzed CDMA software defined radio signals and determined the spreading code.

·        Processed the signal to correct for the software defined radios frequency drift and phase offset.

·        Identified the primary and secondary synchronization codes used by the base station.

 

Computational Electrodynamics (Graduate Course)

·        Modeled couplers, transmission lines, microstrip structures, and dipole antenna in FDTD using Matlab.

·        Implemented absorbing boundary conditions and perfectly matched layers.

 

Microwave Circuits (Graduate Course)

·        Designed and simulated hybrid quadrature couplers (3.5 GHz center frequency) to achieve wideband operation in ADS.

·        Analyzed couple line feeding and multistage branch-line couplers with Chebyshev response.

·        Achieved fractional bandwidth of 49% for couple line feeding and 36% for 3-stage Chebyshev coupler.

 

Capstone 4th Year Engineering Project (Undergraduate Course)

·        Designed an RF harvesting device with integrate microcontroller unit (MCU).

·        Optimized PIFA tri-band antenna design to operate in ISM frequencies – WIFI – 2.4 GHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz

·        Developed an RF rectifying circuit using harmonic balance simulation in ADS to optimize voltage and power output.

·        Programmed the MCU to emit Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons as well as a simple chat application.

 

RF and Microwave Circuits (Undergraduate Course)

·        Designed and simulated a bandpass filter at 6.5 GHz with fractional bandwidth of 18% with attenuation of 40 dB

·        Investigated differences between circuit simulations ADS-layout and full wave solutions ADS momentum

·        Developed parallel coupled half wavelength resonator with 7 stages to achieve desired performance.

 

IEEE Continuing Learning Certificates

Basics of Microwave Filter Design • 4G Broadband LTE • Design of Electrically Small Antennas • Design of Small Ultrawideband Antennas

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