RF Engineering


Technical Elective course

4 credit hours (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: Circuit Analysis II or by approval 

Develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of radio frequency (RF) electronics and systems, and the applications for antennas, radars, satellite communications, autonomous vehicles, and next generation wireless telecommunication technology. This class presents the spectrum of RF circuit modeling and simulation options from the perspectives of theory, practical commercially available simulation software, and RF test and measurement equipment.

Key concepts you will learn in this course:

  • Smith charts
  • S-parameters
  • RF systems and circuits
  • RF budget link


Hands-on learning by conducting RF measurements using vector network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, RF signal generators, RF power meters, and hand-held analyzers. Conduct measurements with antennas. Learn essential RF measurement skills such as calibration of network analyzers.  



Applications of RF Engineering

  • Commercial Applications
    • RF circuits, components, systems
    • Smartphones, motherboards
    • Wireless devices
    • Industry - Hardware related RF positions
    • Google, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, Meta
    • Local companies in RF, Antenna, Wireless



  • Defense Applications
    • RF feed for antennas and radars
    • RF systems for antenna beamforming
    • Radar systems, array antennas
    • GTRI, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Harris
    • Northrop Grumman, Defense contractors
    • NASA, Commercial Space Industry

defense applications


  • Biomedical Applications
    • Implantable biomedical devices
    • Wireless biomedical devices
    • RF pulses in medical applications
    • Biomedical startup companies
    • GE Healthcare, Medtech, Medtronics 
    • FDA, NIH, CDC, non-profit organizations

biomedical applications