Monday, January 23, 2017

What's on this week- Jan 23-29 2017

It's a quiet week here at CST, we are getting ready for a big week next week with the launch of our Getting Ahead webinar series and some exciting exhibitions!


Toward 5G Mobile
January 25th 2017
London, United Kingdom

Mobile and fixed networks have reached a point of unprecedented change as each attempt to meet the insatiable demand for data that is essentially driven by smart phones and tablets. In order to meet the huge demand for increasing capacity, ubiquitous super-fast connectivity and seamless service delivery several major leaps in technology development are needed. Hence a number of research initiatives on 5G wireless technology have been launched around the world recently including the 5G PPP an EU-funded collaborative industry-led research totalling €1.4 Billion. Also frequency regulation and standardization activities will be launched very soon for the next generation standard. The event provides a valuable opportunity to meet and interact with the 5G drivers in terms of wireless industry, players, researchers and stakeholders.


This week, join us in Massy, France for a two-day CST STUDIO SUITE - EMC/EMI Training 
24th - 25th Jan 2017

The CST MWS EMC/EMI training class will cover the following topics

  • CAD import + healing + simplification for EM analysis
  • Geometry modeling, variables and parametric sweeps
  • Definition of materials, thin panels, conductive coatings, absorbers
  • Antenna modeling, ports, s-parameters and far-field calculation
  • External plane wave sources and internal noise sources
  • Meshing and boundary conditions
  • Cable modeling (shielded cables, twisted pairs)
  • Compact aperture models (slots, seams, vents)
  • Incorporating lumped component circuits into the simulation
  • Post processing and field/current visualization
  • Shielding effectiveness calculation
  • Emissions and immunity analysis
  • Decomposing models using Near-field sources (optional workflow)
  • Susceptibility (optional workflow)
  • Lightning (optional workflow)
  • Efficient cable simulation and extraction of transfer impedance (optional workflow)
  • ESD analysis (optional workflow)
  • Customer specific questions and discussion (please send your models in advance)

This course is available exclusively to CST customers. Lunch and refreshments will be included.

There is a registration deadline one week prior to the training class and subject to availability. To apply register online.

Monday, January 16, 2017

What's on this week- Jan 16-22 2017

CST has got lots going on this week, and we hope to see many of you at our exhibitions or our training events. 


Radio & Wireless Week 
15th - 18th Jan 2017
Phoenix, AZ, United States
RWW consists of five related conferences that focus on the intersection between wireless communication theory, systems, circuits, and device technologies. This creates a unique forum for engineers to discuss various technologies for state-of-art wireless systems and their end-use applications.
Visit us at booth #11
Magnetics 2017  
18th - 19th Jan 2017
Orlando, FL, United States

This two-day conference is a leading global event focused on the latest economic developments and technical advancements in magnetics markets and technologies bringing together worldwide magnetics experts. This is a once-a-year opportunity for professionals involved in magnetics technologies to learn the latest advancements in magnetic applications, technology and materials as well as global issues of supply, demand and pricing of magnetic materials. Magnetics 2017 will focus on the latest advancements in magnetic applications, technology and materials. Serving OEM developers of products that utilize magnets and magnet systems, design engineers, OEM developers involved in EMC technology and magnetic effects, magnetics manufacturers and integrators, and material suppliers in the magnetics industry.

Visit us at booth #517


CST STUDIO SUITE - Microwave and Antenna Training 
17th - 18th Jan 2017
Anaheim, CA, United States

CST MWS Training will cover the following topics

  • Basic and advanced parametric modeling
  • CAD import and parameterization
  • Solver overview and help overview
  • MW/RF applications using different solvers
  • Antenna simulations including detailed farfield post processing
  • Antenna matching network in CST DESIGN STUDIO™
  • Performance tuning and meshing
  • Template-based post processing
  • Thermal co-simulation
  • Horn antenna + reflector (farfield source) (optional workflow)
  • PIFA antenna & matching network (optional workflow)
  • RFID-NFC + mobile phone (optional workflow)
  • Patch antenna array (optional workflow)
  • RCS calculation (optional workflow)
  • Customer specific questions & discussions (please send your models in advance)

This course is available to customers or evaluators who want to become proficient users of CST STUDIO SUITE. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

CST STUDIO SUITE - Microwave and Antenna Training 
Advanced Training
19th Jan 2017

Framingham, MA, United States

  •  CST MWS Training will cover the following topics
  • Advanced materials modeling
  • Macros and VBA scripting
  • Optimization
  • CST DESIGN STUDIO™ and System Assembly and Modeling (SAM)
  • High Performance Computing (optional topic)
  • Phased Array (optional workflow)
  • Radiated Emission on Differential Traces (optional workflow)
  • Installed Performance Antennas (optional workflow)

This course is available to customers or evaluators who want to become proficient users of CST STUDIO SUITE. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 
The class is subject to availability (group will be up to 10 people). Please register for a place online

Friday, October 14, 2016

European Microwave Week wrap-up

We’re now back from a very busy, productive and enjoyable European Microwave Week. As ever, it was good to catch up with our customers and partners, and to introduce new visitors to electromagnetic simulation.

This show was especially important to us, both as an opportunity to introduce our new colleagues from Aurorasat (who were also presenting at the exhibition) and Idemworks, and as our first major event as part of the Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA family. Working together, we hope to take the potential of simulation further than ever before.

We also developed our co-operation with Rohde & Schwarz through our “Measurement Meets Simulation” live demo. At our booth, we measured the S-parameters of a cavity filter kindly provided by Kathrein, and a planar filter developed at our new CST Lab in Prague, using a VNA provided by Rohde & Schwarz, while at the same time showing simulation results from CST STUDIO SUITE® simulations of the same filters. We were able to show how closely simulation and measurement can agree, and how these two approaches – usually thought of as rivals – can actually be used together: for example, in order to extract the properties of materials.

Finally, we thank like to congratulate everyone who took part in the modeling competition. Participants were asked to model and simulate a coaxial-to-rectangular waveguide transition using the CST STUDIO SUITE Student Edition. If you want to try for yourself, you can download the Student Edition for free from our website and follow the instructions

Next year, European Microwave Week will be returning to Nuremberg, Germany. See you there!


Martin Timm
Director of Global Marketing, CST 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The CST Webinar Series 2016

It’s fall once more, and as ever CST will be seeing the season through with a series of webinars on hot topics in the fields of electrical engineering and electronics, covering the role of simulation in the development of the latest technologies.

In the ever-changing world of EM simulation, it can be a challenge keeping up with new technology, techniques and materials, and every year, thousands of interested engineers, designers, researchers and managers across industry and academia watch our Webinar Series to learn about the cutting edge of simulation technology.

Running from September to December, CST's Webinar Series 2016 offers 12 free webinars that provide an insight into EM simulation and techniques. The topics to be covered range from techniques for miniaturized devices and IoT - including smartwatch design, flexible electronics and coreless package – to the latest techniques for analysing the safety and reliability of systems – including RF interference analysis, radhaz exposure simulation and E3 shielding design.

Each webinar is about an hour in length, including a Q&A session at the end allowing you to ask your questions directly to our simulation experts.

Register today for the webinars which pique your interest.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Past and Future of Women in Engineering: A conversation with Helen Duncan

Helen Duncan is the former editor of Microwave Engineering Europe, where she was a part of the team that launched the first European Microwave Week. It was there that we at CST first encountered her and over the years, we have had a wonderful relationship. While contemplating the issue of women in engineering we knew that her perspective would be an invaluable one.

I called Helen Duncan the day after the 3rd Annual National Women in Engineering Day.  She has had a long career, getting her degree in Electrical Engineering in 1974. I asked, how does a girl growing up in the mid-20th century end up entering a field that is still dominated by men?
Her answer is elegantly simple, her father was a mechanical engineer. “I grew up talking about technical things at home, albeit about cars. He did in fact, take me to an engineering exhibition when I was about ten or eleven years old. I saw the very early CNC machines, which I thought were absolutely wonderful. You know? Making stuff automatically, then, it was like something out of science fiction.”

She grew up in Birmingham, a centre of the automotive industry in the UK. She also went to an all-girls school, which she credits for instilling in her the belief that women could, in fact, do anything.
In fact, she tells me, “It’s still identified that the high proportion of women who go into engineering or technical courses go to single-sex schools.” She continues that the lack of negative messaging that comes from male peers regarding the choice to enter into “male” fields just isn't there. 
“The school actually did try to dissuade me from doing engineering. They said I should do physics instead. I am a little perverse and if someone tells me I can’t do something it just makes me more determined.”

And you would have to be, to fight for the inclusion of women in this intimidating field requires that kind of gumption. It’s clear that Helen had what it takes. She acknowledges that it helps that she was always good at physics, but she says, she was also good at languages and that was a tough choice. A choice made easier by one defining moment, “I was in a physics classroom when I was about 13 and we had to make an electric motor. In a class of 25-30 girls, mine was the only one that worked and the feeling that I got when that happened; it crystallised my ambition.”
When she got to university, she was one of only two girls on the course, out of 100. It was strange going from an all-girls school, but she adapted quite well. Her tutor was especially keen for girls to do electronics, and by the time she graduated, the UK had passed laws ensuring gender equality in the workplace. Her timing was perfect.

We talk about the statistic that more girls get a grade of A or B in their STEM A-levels than boys, but that when they finish their degrees, they are much more likely to not continue working in the field of engineering. Helen finds that disappointing: “That says to me that they are finding -or perceiving - discrimination in the workplace. And I almost wonder if it’s worse now than when I did it. People were quite protective of me...”

She worries about the macho culture that has developed in some technology companies— a culture that could possibly be countered by more networks of women supporting women.
“Women benefit from mentors, either in their workplace or outside, to encourage them and to advise them on how to handle prejudice. That’s one of the reasons I became involved in the IEEE Women in Engineering committee. I think that role is just as important as trying to interest women in engineering, which I’m also involved in as a STEM Ambassador and a member of WISE (Women Into Science and Engineering). We have drinks receptions at events like European Microwave Week, talks about how to cope in the workplace, and that kind of thing. I think that could be one of the biggest obstacles, and the fact that news of how women are treated in the workplace is filtering down to girls. There always seems to be a cluster effect. If you have a number of women engineers with a particular employer, then more tend to join.”

There has always been a sense of safety in numbers, across issues of race, class and gender it has been found again and again that being the only representative of your group results in a high risk of failure. Helen is investing her time and energy into creating an environment in the field of engineering that allows women to feel supported and safe. That is the key, she says, to changing the face of the field. In the early 80s she was the first woman engineer at her company, and after that more and more followed. That is the key to change.

So I ask, if Helen could make one suggestion to a company wanting to increase their gender parity and ensure the comfort of the women who work for them what would it be?
Of course, she has an answer right away. Gender neutral CVs, much like blind orchestra auditions, greatly increases the number of women hired. Then, there’s the issue of family support later on in a woman’s career. The gender pay gap is mostly attributed to lack of retention once women have children, in a society that doesn’t make work/family balance an easy one to maintain, the engineering field as a whole misses out. There is a shortage of qualified engineers, so flexible working conditions for parents benefit everyone. Helen’s company made it as easy as possible to have children and also to remain a part of the office and I’m sure that’s part of why she is still going strong. This is not the case across the globe, though.

There is also a role for better communications to play, the more that women see examples of other engineers who are thriving and not having to sacrifice their work/life balance, the more secure they feel in trying to do the same. When the technology she had specialised in stalled, and was clearly no longer going anywhere, Helen transitioned to tackle that very issue. Marketing and communications was a natural fit, she was always a good writer.

Today, she spends a lot of time speaking to young women about the field and she has embraced social media. If you don’t already follow her Twitter feed, I highly recommend it. Helen is plugged into discussions on technical advances, political issues regarding engineering, everything. Recently, she’s been a source on fascinating analyses of the way the recent Brexit vote will affect the field of Engineering in the UK. She is very concerned, to say the least. The European Commission, she points out is crucial to the UK & Europe’s strong entry into the cellular market. Research into the development of GSM and Bluetooth were funded in part by the European Commission. She is not alone in this concern, the outgoing president of the IET wrote an article in the spring detailing the risks for the UK engineering community. Only the future will tell, but Helen is watching cautiously and worriedly. She has spent so much of her career bolstering the UK telecoms and wireless engineering industry. It’s easy to imagine the uncertainty she feels.

We laugh about shifting the conversation to something so political, so we talk about what kinds of messages are most valuable for young women and girls who hope to become engineers. Helen received this advice in school and stands by it.
 “Don't close any doors that will limit what you can do in the future. Even if you aren't top of the class in maths, don't give it up. Sticking with it will open lots of doors for you.” She laments that schools often pressure students into courses where they will be assured good grades- but taking a strange combination of courses unrelated to your career goals is good for the school, but not for the student.

That advice works all the way into someone’s career, she says- “Just remain open to any opportunities that come along. If I had been asked at the age 16 what I wanted to do, I would have said I would go into a research lab and stay there for the whole of my career. But I’ve changed the whole direction of my career on two or three occasions. Just see what opportunities are out there and seize them when they arise.”

Helen Duncan can be found on Facebook, Twitter and her PR company is called MWE Media- learn more on her site.

She will be participating in the European Microwave Week Careers Platform, which is sponsored by CST.

To learn more about women in engineering, and see how you can get involved visit IEEE Women in Engineering or the NWED page.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

National Women in Engineering Day 2016- An Interview With Dr. Monika Balk

We sat down with one of our Market Development Managers, Dr, Monika Balk to talk about her experience getting into the field of engineering. Monika holds a PhD from TU Darmstadt in Electrical Engineering and Computational Electromagnetics. 

Thank you so much for sitting down and talking with me. Let’s start with who you are and what you do here at CST.

My name is Monika Balk and I am a product planning manager and market development manager. That means I communicate with developers about what to develop for the next year and talk to our experts in certain fields and I provide key account support in the charged particle dynamics market- that means everything pertaining to charged particles, like electrons, within an electromagnetic field.

And what did you study at university?

I studied electrical engineering with a special focus in high-frequency engineering. I basically have become a physicist and if you asked my colleagues now, they may not realize I was originally an engineer.

Oh, so did you switch when you did your Masters?

I actually didn’t officially change, but the fields are so closely related and it just happens to be where I work the most these days.

So what first got you excited about sciences, math and engineering?

Ah yeah, so my dad basically tried to make me into a scientist quite early, but I put the LEGO bricks into my hair instead of building things. So, that wasn’t so fruitful. I actually wanted to do something with languages, maybe be a teacher, but it turned out I wasn’t very good at languages. Although I actually ended up having to always speak in a foreign language anyway. Then at a certain point, I had an excellent physics teacher and it was fun. I became quite interested and continued on that path. 

And how old were you?

I think I was 14, 15, maybe - so, old enough to have an idea that this was my direction. 
What about engineering and physics was fun for you?

So engineering is kind of like looking into problems and finding solutions. It’s like being a detective- I’m not finding murderers, but I’m finding solutions to problems and that’s very interesting.

What advice would you give to students looking to enter the field of engineering- girls in particular?

I think that it’s not necessary to be perfectly organized but you have to be curious and analytical - that’s perfect. Everything else can come later while you are learning.  I don’t think that being a woman was a disadvantage for me. I never felt I was looked at negatively. It was more the male students always showing off, they’d say some strange things. Just let them talk - you will probably already have your masters while they leave university without a degree. Just be relaxed and don’t let them scare you.

In the last three years, I have been working on magnetrons, because I find them quite exciting. They are quite complicated- they are the devices that provide the power for radar. They are also in every microwave oven and generate the fields that heat up the food. It’s a very fascinating, complicated thing but I quite like it. Last year I also worked on gyrotron simulation - that is a device that provides high power. It is interesting in terms of fusion reactor programs and that’s so important right now because we are looking to the future of providing power to people. We all need power, so that was quite interesting.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Impressions from CST European User Conference 2016

Every year, our European User Conference (EUC) gives our users from across the continent the chance to discuss their work with their peers and to meet CST engineers and developers. This year’s EUC was held on the 25th-27th April in Strasbourg. This was our first EUC in France, and it was great to see the change in makeup of participants.
Jen Krämer’s keynote talk, “Integration of Simulation into the Electronic Design Flow at FESTO” explained how FESTO AG implements CST STUDIO SUITE very early in its workflows and how it leverages simulation expertise in different projects and teams. Meanwhile, our other keynote speaker Lieven Decrock presented “From Mechanical to High-Speed Design – Twenty Years of Simulation Experience at TE Connectivity”. This was a very personal review of one of our longest-standing customers. He’s seen simulation technology grow and mature in the last two decades.
The schedule this year demonstrated the breadth of applications, in a wide range of industries, solved using CST STUDIO SUITE. Our sessions included aerospace, automotive EMC, medical devices and EDA, to name but a few. We also got the chance to show off key new features for CST STUDIO SUITE 2016 in application areas relevant to our customers. Altium presented their new Altium Designer which now includes the PDN Analyzer powered by CST®.
You will find a detailed agenda and many of these presentations on our website.

After Tuesday’s technical sessions, attendees could admire Strasbourg, a beautiful city, which is both historical and cosmopolitan. Despite the pouring rain, we enjoyed a cruise down the river Ill, from the modern European Parliament to the timber-framed medieval houses in the center. This was followed by a delicious meal of local delicacies, including tarte flambée and quiche Lorraine. 
Overall, we’re delighted with how EUC 2016 went. In fact, the conference was so full that it was barely possible to fit in all the presentations.

As a result, next year’s EUC will be a 3-day event with more time for talks and training workshops. It will take place in our hometown, Darmstadt, Germany, from 26th-28th April 2017. We will keep updating the information on our website, but for now:  Save the date!

Martin Timm
Director of Global Marketing, CST