You decide – The Best Technical Training for You!

    You can make a difference. Applied Technology Institute is scheduling new courses for September 2016 through July 2017. Please let us know which courses you would like to see on our schedule or brought to your facility. ·         If you have a group of 3 or more people, ATI can schedule an open enrollment course in […]
    You can make a difference. Applied Technology Institute is scheduling new courses for September 2016 through July 2017. Please let us know which courses you would like to see on our schedule or brought to your facility. ·         If you have a group of 3 or more people, ATI can schedule an open enrollment course in your geographic area. ·         If you have a group of 8 or more, ATI can schedule a course on-site at your facility. On-site training brings our experts to you — on your schedule, at your location. It also allows us to plan your training in advance and tailor classes directly to your needs. You can help identify courses to suit your training needs and bring the best short courses to you! ATI courses can help you stay up-to-date with today’s rapidly changing technology. Boost your career. Courses are led by world-class design experts. Learn from the proven best. ATI courses by technical area: Satellites & Space-Related courses Acoustic & Sonar Engineering courses Engineering & Data Analysis courses Radar, Missiles and Combat Systems courses Project Management and Systems Engineering courses ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact us: ATI@ATIcourses.com or (410) 956-8805
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I thought that this was an awesome post about 100 entrepreneurs and their brief quotes.

I thought that this was an awesome post about 100 entrepreneurs and their brief quotes. http://www.getsidekick.com/blog/100-entrepreneurship-lessons? Examples include: Billionaire CEOs of technology companies (ex. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg) Aggressive hedge fund managers (ex. George Soros, Ray Dalio) World-class athletes and performers (ex. Serena Williams, Tiger Woods) Highly-effective authors, actors, directors, and movie producers (ex. JK […]
I thought that this was an awesome post about 100 entrepreneurs and their brief quotes. http://www.getsidekick.com/blog/100-entrepreneurship-lessons? Examples include: Billionaire CEOs of technology companies (ex. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg) Aggressive hedge fund managers (ex. George Soros, Ray Dalio) World-class athletes and performers (ex. Serena Williams, Tiger Woods) Highly-effective authors, actors, directors, and movie producers (ex. JK Rowling, Steven Spielberg) Leading inventors and scientists (Edison, Ford) Which quotes or people resonate with your life experience?    

New INCOSE CSEP Handbook v4.0 to be Released! Pass the CSEP test Now!

New INCOSE Handbook – New CSEP Opportunities The newest INCOSE SE Handbook (version 4.0) is expected this month (June 2015). Now is a great time to plan for the CSEP/ASEP exam best suited to you, because the transition gives you a choice!. Insider Hint – Since the CSEP application process can be long and time […]
New INCOSE Handbook – New CSEP Opportunities The newest INCOSE SE Handbook (version 4.0) is expected this month (June 2015). Now is a great time to plan for the CSEP/ASEP exam best suited to you, because the transition gives you a choice!. Insider Hint – Since the CSEP application process can be long and time intensive, sign up first to become an ASPE. Once you pass the exam, you then can take your time to complete the more demanding CSEP application process. The Handbook was delayed to coincide with the recent release of ISO-15288. Now INCOSE will offer a transition period for you. From now through December 2015, the current exam will continue to be primary, based on Handbook v3.2.2. The new exam will become primary in January 2016 – but the new exam can also be available by special request as early as July. ATI matches the transition with our Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Preparation course. You can still take our 2-day course based on Handbook v3.2.2 on July 7-8, 2015 in Chantilly, VA. Or you can expand your knowledge with our new 3-day version based on Handbook 4.0 on September 24-26 (and forward). The new course will cover the significant expansion in the new Handbook (another 50 pages!) and will also include more exercises and activities to help you “seal in” the knowledge for the exam. You can choose! Take the shorter course and get your ASEP/CSEP now, before the change – or take the longer course to get the full set of new knowledge and more learning activities. Either way, you advance your career by gaining the INCOSE certification!  
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How to Be More Productive When You & Your Staff are Spread too Thin

I recommend the Clemson Conference to anyone working in training. I have attended many times over my career. This year for the first time I am giving a presentation. I am looking forward to sharing ideas with you at the August 24 – 26, 2014 Clemson Conference. As Founder and President of the Applied Technology […]
I recommend the Clemson Conference to anyone working in training. I have attended many times over my career. This year for the first time I am giving a presentation. I am looking forward to sharing ideas with you at the August 24 – 26, 2014 Clemson Conference. As Founder and President of the Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses), I have been in the continuing education/training “trenches” for 30 years. From a few dollars of seed money and starting with one associate in 1984, we have built ATI into a multi-million dollar technical and scientific training company with over 200 subject matter experts as instructors. One of my key observations from 30 years of experience is that most training companies and university continuing education departments operate as small business units, usually with less than 50 employees. The training department at many companies is also small, perhaps 5 people at a typical company or government facility.  Everyone must be a knowledgeable “jack of all trades,” and at the same time “master of some.” With a small staff, everyone must have clearly defined responsibilities, but just as important to success is having everyone crossed-trained to provide back-up. Cross-training and back-up is especially important as the work load increases, or as people change jobs or retire.  As we know many organizations face the retirement of key “Baby Boomers.” Are you and your team ready for the people who will likely leave in the next few years? As people leave or retire, the existing staff is often asked to take on more responsibility. This means each one of us has to be more productive. Today, I thought I would share with you a working list of 20 ways I have tried to stay productive over the years. The first one on the list will set your up for the rest of the day. If you find yourself having a hard time getting some sleep, you might consider buying Modalert online. This will help you stay awake in the morning, thus making you tired when the night comes.
  1. Get a Full Night’s Rest
  2. Wake-Up & Get-Up Really Early
  3. Eat a Banana or Fruit Mid-Afternoon Every Day
  4. Have Two Monitors on Your Desk
  5. Put House Plants in Your Office, but Try to Get Others to Water Them
  6. Work by a Window Whenever Possible
  7. Limit Your Email Use (or at least schedule your email time)
  8. Avoid Social Media Rabbit Holes
  9. Don’t Try to Multi-task
  10. Chew Some Gum or Drink Water Regularly
  11. Avoid Procrastination and Putting Off Projects. Prioritize Tasks Each Day
  12. Take Short Breaks Between Bouts of Work of About 1.5 Hours
  13. Use an App Like Toggle to Keep Track of Your Time Allocation
  14. Ditch Your Perfectionism
  15. Get Up Out of that Desk Chair and Stretch
  16. Say ‘I Don’t” When Declining an Offer vs. ‘I Can’t
  17. Measure People by the Size of Their Hearts, Not Their Resumes
  18. Know that Life is Not Fair & That You Will Fail Often. But Overcome That with Persistence
  19. When Times are Tough, Get Going and Face Down the Bullies and Other Inevitable Problems
  20. Never, Ever Give Up. If You Fail, View that as a Successful Learning Experience and Move On
I will elaborate on these ideas when we are together. I look forward to getting your ideas and sharing more of our experiences at the conference. So Register Now and join me and the Clemson Team in Chicago. If you want to attend, my contacts will receive a $200 discount. We have created a  special Collaborative Professional Development Registration Form
for the people who learned and register for the conference through ATIcourses.  See the following link: http://www.clemsonconferences.com/registrationpayment_CBR.html
ATIcourses colleagues can book at $495 rather than at  the regular price of $695. Please let me know if you are planning to attend and we can get together during the meeting.

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What Can Systems Engineers Learn From the Healthcare Roll-out Disaster?

Systems engineering, detailed planning and testing matter. ATIcourses offers a full range of Project Management and Systems Engineering courses. Read this article on the lessons learned (again) from the disaster of the healthcare web roll-out.  A big public failure focuses the mind. Tenet #1 – Reduce complexity. Roll out products in phases, starting with a Minimal […]
Systems engineering, detailed planning and testing matter. ATIcourses offers a full range of Project Management and Systems Engineering courses. Read this article on the lessons learned (again) from the disaster of the healthcare web roll-out.  A big public failure focuses the mind.
Tenet #1 – Reduce complexity. Roll out products in phases, starting with a Minimal Viable Product (MVP).
Tenet #2 – Allow room for discovery and testing. With any software development project, especially one that works with existing components or legacy systems, it’s guaranteed that nobody will know all the potential issues up front.
Tenet #3 – Don’t let sales drive the product road-map.
Tenet #4 – Have a product manager. It’s mind boggling that with hundreds of people and several different companies working on the project, there was no central person, like a Product Manager, responsible for how the pieces fit together.
Read more here  

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Doing Business with DoD and All of Fed Government- Post-Sequestration

ATI has many customers who work for the government in defense or aerospace. We thought that this article was interesting and timely about working with agencies that are subject to sequester. Doing Business with DoD and All of Fed Government- Post-Sequestration July 3, 2013 By ChrisScott http://ctovision.com/2013/07/doing-business-with-government-post-sequestration/?goback=%2Egde_1979445_member_255336659 Do you interact with government professionals in DoD […]
ATI has many customers who work for the government in defense or aerospace. We thought that this article was interesting and timely about working with agencies that are subject to sequester. Doing Business with DoD and All of Fed Government- Post-Sequestration July 3, 2013 By ChrisScott http://ctovision.com/2013/07/doing-business-with-government-post-sequestration/?goback=%2Egde_1979445_member_255336659 Do you interact with government professionals in DoD or elsewhere in the federal government? This post may give you some important insights that may help. Next time you make an appointment to meet with your DoD counterpart, you will most likely notice some very unpleasant changes. As you are well aware, sequestration has forced DoD to make some arbitrary cuts in ways that make no contribution towards meeting DoD goals and missions. By design, the sequestration is devoid of logic and planning, and it is breeding a sense of helplessness into an organization that prides itself on mission accomplishment. First off: the furloughs themselves. Civil service employees in DoD are mandated to take 11 unpaid days off between now and 1 October, the end of the Fiscal Year. I have observed very few exemptions to the mandate. It appears that unless you are directly working in a combat zone, you will have to comply. In the Navy, even the working capital employees of SPAWAR are required to furlough. Since these working capital employees are paid directly by the funds received for the projects they are working on, not paying them for these days does nothing to save USN money, and makes the programs at risk for having unobligated funds at the end of the year. I have talked to numerous civil servants who are suffering the effects of this unanticipated 20% pay cut. You should know that when they do the math, they do NOT call it a 20% pay cut, but more than that. They have fixed expenses for their health care, insurance, retirement, etc. When the resulting 20% comes off the remainder, it is felt as more than 20% of the whole. Secondly: the psychological effect. I have worked in DoD for many years, and I usually encounter the best and the brightest. These folks come to work with only one thing on their mind: doing the BEST job they can. They have always known that they have traded a lower income for a sense of National pride and a direct impact on the US defense mission. Now they are being directed to work less hours and chastised that they must NOT work the full 40 hours. Their normal inclination is to suck it up and accomplish their job anyways. In fact, many of these employees are being told that there must be some pain to this policy. Some things must fall apart. For a force that prides itself on getting things done, this is having a very debilitating psychological impact. As these employees sit back and watch their work go undone, it is only natural that they feel a sense of shame and frustration. They are being asked to do less. They are being told that their work is not important. They are being told that completing their work successfully is no longer a requirement. I have always known that the most motivated employees are those that clearly understand their mission and have the tools and authorities to accomplish the goals. No amount of bonuses, time off, promotions, etc. can compete with the sense of well being achieved by doing a hard job well. How this will unfold for next year is still unknown. A few organizations have obtained approval for reduction in forces (RIF). (Commander Naval Installations just announced that 745 civilian positions will be eliminated by 2014 ). It is clearly more effective to trim forces by 20%, vice rendering 100% of the forces 80% (or less) effective through furloughs. Meanwhile, as you try to line up your meetings with DoD, some things you should know. Most commands are furloughing on Fridays. Some are bundling their Fridays with a Monday, to give them four-day weekends. During their furlough days, they are not reading/answering any emails or taking any phone calls. When they return, their emails and voice mails are backed up. If you time your request wrong, you will get lost in the backlog. Things that were always hard are now a lot harder. DoD has not standardized their visitor requirements across the department. We all know that “boutique” solutions exist from organization to organization, usually a combination of Visitor Requests, JPAS submissions, etc. Making sure that all these t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted usually requires someone from within to connect the dots. On my recent swing through the PACOM AOR, I experienced two such disconnects. I usually bat 100%. Finally, the meeting itself is subject to coordination across the participant organizations to find a time/date where all players are at work. With all the catching up that they are doing from their days off, and with the overwhelming sense of failure that comes from not completing your work, it’s increasingly difficult to line up productive sessions. I have found that one-on-one meetings are much more likely to be successful. In conclusion, you will need to pay special attention to the above as you work with DoD this year. No matter how frustrated you are at the results, please remember to give a few words of encouragement. We are all in this together, whether we like it or not.

Detecting Quiet Diesel Electric Submarines

This is an article worth reading. You can also learn more by attending ATI’s sonar and acoustics courses. https://aticourses.com/schedule.htm#acoustic http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20130626.aspx This is a quote from the summary. There are 39 nations operating a total of 400 diesel electric subs. Only three of these nations (China, Iran, North Korea) are likely to use their subs against […]
This is an article worth reading. You can also learn more by attending ATI’s sonar and acoustics courses. https://aticourses.com/schedule.htm#acoustic http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20130626.aspx This is a quote from the summary. There are 39 nations operating a total of 400 diesel electric subs. Only three of these nations (China, Iran, North Korea) are likely to use their subs against the U.S. or its allies. China has fifty of these boats, Iran has three (plus 25 much smaller mini-subs) and North Korea has 20 (plus 50 much smaller mini-subs). So the U.S. has to worry about 73 diesel electric subs and 75 mini-subs. But about half the full size subs are elderly, obsolete, and noisy. The same can be said for at least half the mini-subs. That leaves about 36 full size subs and 40 mini-subs that are a clear threat (though the older stuff can be a threat if you get sloppy). That’s a lot of subs, and they make the East Asian coast and the Persian Gulf dangerous places for American warships. Moreover, the North Korean and Iranian fleets (and governments) are in decline, while China is pouring more cash into their armed forces. If there’s any diesel-electric boats the U.S. Navy has to be extremely concerned about, it’s the Chinese. While China continues to try and develop world class nuclear subs, they are also moving ahead in creating world class diesel electric boats.      

Training budgets: Smaller is not an option

  The debate on the budgets for the government organizations is pretty toxic in the US. Both US Navy and US Army alongside other organizations have declared budget shortfalls which effect many areas including training. Without commitment to training and learning new skills there can be no continuous improvement, which is one of the prime […]
  The debate on the budgets for the government organizations is pretty toxic in the US. Both US Navy and US Army alongside other organizations have declared budget shortfalls which effect many areas including training. Without commitment to training and learning new skills there can be no continuous improvement, which is one of the prime directives of any government or company. The Applied Technology Institute (ATI) specializes in short course technical training in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, systems engineering and signal processing. Since 1984 ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and on-site technical training to defense and NASA facilities, as well as DOD and aerospace contractors. The courses provide a clear understanding of the fundamental principles and a working knowledge of current technology and applications.   When your company does not want to pay for the training you really want, as an alternative, you can:
  • Spent your own personal money and funds; if you believe in it and then you will do it
  • Find a user group who are practicing the skills you desire
  • Don’t accept the classic answer from the boss, “How does X help the business?”. If the training is relevant to you achieving a goal of being a much better employee then of course it is relevant.
  • Find another organization to work for
A training manager with a good team can:
  • Fight for your team and their training; fight for your team’s budget and don’t let the senior management take it away
  • Give up your personal training for the entire year and suggest that they allocate the extra budget to training for your team members
  • Perhaps, it is time to evaluate the relationship with the preferred supplier of training. Has your firm been getting decent value from the PSL (preferred supplier list)?
  • Find alternatives to training like brown bag lunches and/or collaborate with other businesses
Everybody needs training and self-improvement. Please share your opinion with us by commenting below.
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Agile Boot Camp: Practitioner’s Real-World Solutions

Video Clip: Click to Watch Practitioner’s Workshop to Pragmatic Real-World Adoption Iteration Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, User Story Development and Iteration Execution Presented by the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) While not a silver bullet, Agile Methodologies are quickly becoming the most practical way to create outstanding software. Scrum, Extreme Programming, Lean, Dynamic Systems […]
Agile is a wonderful springboard for team building & learning
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While not a silver bullet, Agile Methodologies are quickly becoming the most practical way to create outstanding software. Scrum, Extreme Programming, Lean, Dynamic Systems Development Method, Feature Driven Development and other methods each have their strengths. While there are significant similarities that have brought them together under the Agile umbrella, each method brings unique strengths that can be utilized for your team success. Rarely do organizations adopt one methodology in its pure form. Rather success is achieved by combining the best practices, creating a hybrid approach. The only way to Agile success is practice. Agile is an art more than a science. The art of Agile must be practiced and finely tuned over multiple iterations. In this three-day Agile Boot Camp you will put the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques taught to work. The classroom will be broken up into Agile teams and your expert instructor will drive each team through the Agile process from Vision down to Daily planning and execution. Your instructor will answer questions with real world experience, as all of our instructors have Agile experience “in the trenches.” This three-day class is set up in pods/teams. Each team looks like a real-world development unit in Agile with Project Manager/Scrum Master, Business Analyst, Tester and Development. The teams will work through the Agile process including Iteration planning, Product road mapping and backlogging, estimating, user story development iteration execution, and retrospectives by working off of real work scenarios. Specifically, you will: • Practice how to be and develop a self-organized team • Create and communicate a Product Vision • Understand your customer and develop customer roles and personas • Initiate the requirements process by developing user stories and your product backlog • Put together product themes from your user stories and establish a desired product roadmap • Conduct story point estimating to determine effort needed for user stories to ultimately determine iteration(s) length • Take into consideration assumed team velocity with story point estimates and user story priorities to come up with you release plan • Engage the planning and execution of your iteration(s) • Conduct retrospectives after each iteration • Run a course retrospective to enable an individual plan of execution on how to conduct Agile in your environment Who Should Attend? Because this is an immersion course and the intent is to engage in the practices every Agile team will employ, this course is recommended for all team members responsible for delivering outstanding software. That includes, but is not limited to, the following roles:
Business Analyst, Technical Analyst, Project Manager Software Engineer/Programmer, Development Manager, Product Manager Product Analyst, Tester, QA Engineer, Documentation Specialist
What You Will Learn • Practice and maintain a regular cadence when delivering working software each iteration • Follow the team approach; start as a team, finish as a team • Gain knowledge and understanding of Agile principles with context on why they are so important for each team • Embrace planning from Vision down to Daily level, recognizing the value of continuous planning over following a plan • Build a backlog of prioritized stories that provides emergent requirements for analysis that also fosters customer engagement and understanding • Engage in more effective estimating (story points) and become more accurate by being less precise • Pull together Agile release plans that connect you back to business expectations – including hard date commitments and fixed price models • Apply Agile testing strategies based on unit and acceptance testing, which creates a bottom up confirmation that your software works • Avoid the top mistakes made when rolling out Agile practices and how to craft an adoption strategy that will work in your organizational culture Dates and Locations For the dates and locations of these short courses, please see below: 5/2-4/2012, San Diego, CA 5/9-11/2012, Philadelphia, PA 5/14-16/2023, Phoenix, AZ 5/16-18/2012, Washington, DC 5/23-25/2012, Houston, TX 6/6-8/2012, Cleveland, OH 6/13-15/2012, Chicago, IL 6/18-20/2012, Columbia, MD 6/25-27/2012, Baltimore, MD 6/27-29/2012, Kansas City, MO 7/23-25/2012, Boston, MA 7/30-1/2012, Reston, VA 8/8-10/2012, San Diego, CA 8/27-29/2012, St Louis, MO The Agile Boot Camp is a perfect place for cross functional “teams” to become familiar with Agile methods and learn the basics together. It’s also a wonderful springboard for team building & learning. Bring your project detail to work on in class.

Agile Project Management Certification Workshop (PMI-ACP)

Video Clip: Click to Watch More than a Methodology Agile Project Management Embraces a Set of Principles AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP (PMI-ACP) Prepare for your Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification while learning to lead Agile software projects that adapt to change, drive innovation and deliver on-time business value in this Agile PM training course Agile […]
You Need a Very Different Set of Tools to Manage Your IT Projects
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More than a Methodology Agile Project Management Embraces a Set of Principles
Prepare for your Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification while learning to lead Agile software projects that adapt to change, drive innovation and deliver on-time business value in this Agile PM training course Agile has made its way into the mainstream — it’s no longer a grassroots movement to change software development. Today, more organizations and companies are adopting this approach over a more traditional waterfall methodology, and more are working every day to make the transition. To stay relevant in the competitive, changing world of project management, it’s increasingly important that project management professionals can demonstrate true leadership ability on today’s software projects. The Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification clearly illustrates to colleagues, organizations or even potential employers that you’re ready and able to lead in this new age of product development, management and delivery. This class not only prepares you to lead your next Agile project effort, but ensures that you’re prepared to pass the PMI-ACP certification exam. Acquiring this certification now will make you one of the first software professionals to achieve this valuable industry designation from PMI. Who Should Attend: This Agile project management training course is designed for anyone who is considering the use of an Agile methodology for software development, including:
Project Managers, Analysts, Developers, Programmers, Testers IT Managers/Directors, Software Engineers, Software Architects Software Managers, Testing Managers, Team Leaders, Customers.
What You Will Learn: • Embrace a model of continuous planning over simply following a plan • Transform your Agile project management style from “command and control” to “empower and inspire” with your team • Create a cadence for the team and eliminate process distractions for a dramatic boost in efficiency • Establish credible and achievable estimates using Agile project management estimating techniques • Communicate more transparently and reduce interruptions to your team • Rapidly build trust with your customers through frequent and effective collaboration Dates and Locations For the dates and locations of this course, please see below: 5/2/2012-4/2012 Milwaukee, WI 5/9/2012-11/2012 Tampa, FL 5/9/2012-11/2012 Tampa, FL 5/22/2012-25/2012 VIRTUAL TRAINING 5/23/2012-25/2012 Columbia, MD 5/30/2012-1/2012 Raleigh, NC 6/6/2012-8/2012 Boston, MA 6/13/2012-15/2012 Washington, DC 6/18/2012-20/2012 Houston, TX 6/20/2012-22/2012 Denver, CO 6/27/2012-29/2012 Sacramento, CA 7/16/2012-18/2012 Baltimore, MD 7/18/2012-20/2012 St Louis, MO 7/24/2012-27/2012 VIRTUAL TRAINING 7/25/2012-27/2012 Oklahoma City, OK 7/25/2012-27/2012 Philadelphia, PA 7/30/2012-1/2012 Chicago, IL 8/6/2012-8/2012 Washington, DC 8/8/2012-10/2012 Kansas City, MO 8/20/2012-22/2012 Dallas, TX 8/27/2012-29/2012 Minneapolis, MN 8/29/2012-31/2012 Boston, MA 9/5/2012-7/2012 Vancouver, British Columbia 9/19/2012-21/2012 Toronto, Ontario 10/10/2012-12/2012 Calgary, Alberta 10/17/2012-19/2012 Toronto, Ontario 11/14/2012-16/2012 Toronto, Ontario 11/27/2012-29/2012 Vancouver British, Columbia 12/12/2012-14/2012 Toronto, Ontario


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Announcing ATI’s New Model Based Systems Engineering with OMG SysML

Video Clip: Click to Watch MODEL BASED SYSTEMS ENGINEERING WITH OMG SYSML™  Increased Productivity through Model-Based Systems Engineering Principles and Practices This three day course is intended for practicing systems engineers who want to learn how to apply model-driven systems engineering practices using the UML Profile for Systems Engineering (OMG SysML™).You will apply systems engineering principles […]
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MODEL BASED SYSTEMS ENGINEERING WITH OMG SYSML™  Increased Productivity through Model-Based Systems Engineering Principles and Practices
This three day course is intended for practicing systems engineers who want to learn how to apply model-driven systems engineering practices using the UML Profile for Systems Engineering (OMG SysML™).You will apply systems engineering principles in developing a comprehensive model of a solution to the class problem, using modern systems engineering development tools and a development methodology tailored to OMG SysML™. The methodology begins with the presentation of a desired capability and leads you through the performance of activities and the creation of work products to support requirements definition, architecture description and system design. The methodology offers suggestions for how to transition to specialty engineering, with an emphasis on interfacing with software engineering activities. Use of a modeling tool is required.  What You Will Learn: • Identify and describe the use of all nine OMG SysML™ diagrams • Follow a formal methodology to produce a system model in a modeling tool • Model system behavior using an activity diagram • Model system behavior using a state diagram • Model system behavior using a sequence diagram • Model requirements using a requirements diagram • Model requirements using a use case diagram • Model structure using block diagrams • Allocate behavior to structure in a model • Recognize parametrics and constraints and describe their usage Each student will receive a lab manual describing how to create each diagram type in the selected tool, access to the Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Methodology (OOSEM) website and a complete set of lecture notes. You can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction. When the course is over you will receive a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructor Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology. J.D. Baker is a Software Systems Engineer with expertise in system design processes and methodologies that support Model-Based Systems Engineering. He has over 20 years of experience providing training and mentoring in software and system architecture, systems engineering, software development, iterative/agile development, object-oriented analysis and design, the Unified Modeling Language (UML), the UML Profile for Systems Engineering (SysML), use case driven requirements, and process improvement. He has participated in the development of UML, OMG SysML, and the UML Profile for DoDAF and MODAF. J.D. holds many industry certifications, including OMG Certified System Modeling Professional (OCSMP), OMG Certified UML Professional (OCUP), Sun Certified Java Programmer, and he holds certificates as an SEI Software Architecture Professional and ATAM Evaluator. Date and Location The date and location for this short course is: May 22-24, 2012 in Columbia, MD Click here for more information For the dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below. Sincerely, The ATI Courses Team P.S. Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com or Join, Link, Follow or Share with us at: Join us on Facebook Link to us on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Share with us on Slideshare P.P.S. What Happens at ATI does NOT Stay at ATI because our training helps you and your organization remain competitive in this changing world. Please feel free to call Mr. Jenkins personally to discuss your requirements and objectives. He will be glad to explain in detail what ATI can do for you, what it will cost, and what you can expect in results and future performance.

RFPs and RFIs: Do You Know What to Always Include and What Should Never Be Included?

Video Clip: Click to Watch How to build solid RFIs and RFPs for complicated systems, which will maximize the number of highly qualified bidders This three-day course on proposal writing is designed for engineers, scientists, project managers and other professionals who design, build, test, buy or sell complex systems. Each topic is illustrated by real-world case studies […]
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How to build solid RFIs and RFPs for complicated systems, which will maximize the number of highly qualified bidders
This three-day course on proposal writing is designed for engineers, scientists, project managers and other professionals who design, build, test, buy or sell complex systems. Each topic is illustrated by real-world case studies discussed by experienced system development and acquisition professionals. Key topics are reinforced with small-team exercises. Over two hundred pages of sample Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Requests for Information (RFI) and are provided. Students assess real RFIs and RFPs in class using checklists and templates provided
Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team are in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems. Why not take a short course? ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems.  What You Will Learn From This Course:
  • What are Requests for Proposal (RFP)?
  • How do they differ from Requests for Information (RFI)?
  • How can they help us cost-effectively buy robust systems that meet not only the specification but also meet the needs and expectations of the end users?
  • What makes “good” RFIs and RFPs?
  • What should always be included and what should never be included in them?
  • What is the one item that, if missing from the RFP, will ensure no reputable firm will bid the job?
  • What is the one thing that inexperienced RFP writers inadvertently do that guts the competitiveness (only one company will bid) and practically guarantees protests of any contract award?
  • What RFP components and features will attract the most qualified bidders?
Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes BUILDING SOLID REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS After taking this course you will be able to write solid RFPs and RFIs and you will know how a well-crafted one is organized, structured, designed and built by an acquisition/procurement enterprise (either government or a contractor). After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes at the beginning of the class for future reference and can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology. Mack McKinney, president and founder of a consulting company, has worked in the defense industry since 1975, first as an Air Force officer for eight years, then with Westinghouse Defense and Northrop Grumman for 16 years, then with a SIGINT company in NY for six years. He now teaches, consults and writes Concepts of Operations for Boeing, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Raytheon Missile Systems, Joint Forces Command and all the uniformed services. He has US patents in radar processing and hyperspectral sensing. Dates and Locations The dates and locations of this short course are below: Jan 31-Feb 2, 2012        Virginia Beach, VA May 1-3, 2012                  Virginia Beach, VA
 

The New Year is almost Here, Are You Resolved to Learn Next Year?

What Resolutions Have You Made? Video Clip: Click to Watch Why Not a Short Technical Course for Your New Year’s Resolution? Are you or your team ready to face the challenges of 2012 with what you know now? With technology and industries shifting so quickly businesses need to embrace training just to keep up. Since 1984, […]
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Why Not a Short Technical Course for Your New Year’s Resolution?
Are you or your team ready to face the challenges of 2012 with what you know now? With technology and industries shifting so quickly businesses need to embrace training just to keep up. Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems. Why not take a short course instead? ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes
Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes at the beginning of the class for future reference and can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.


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Early Technical Short Courses for 2012 are forming Now! Why Not Give Yourself the Gift of Knowledge?

Video Clip: Click to Watch Are you or your team ready to face the challenges of 2012 with what you know at the end of 2011? With technology and industries shifting so quickly individuals need to embrace training just to keep up. Why not give yourself a gift and take a short course? Our short courses […]
Why Not Self-Gift This Year?
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Are you or your team ready to face the challenges of 2012 with what you know at the end of 2011? With technology and industries shifting so quickly individuals need to embrace training just to keep up. Why not give yourself a gift and take a short course? Our short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date and provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems. For over twenty five years, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will also become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems. These 2012 Courses are Forming Now PRACTICAL STATISTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING – USING MATLAB This 4-day course covers signal processing systems for radar, sonar, communications, speech, imaging and other applications based on state-of-the-art computer algorithms. These algorithms include important tasks such as data simulation, parameter estimation, filtering, interpolation, detection, spectral analysis, beamforming, classification, and tracking. Until now these algorithms could only be learned by reading the latest technical journals. This course will take the mystery out of these designs by introducing the algorithms with a minimum of mathematics and illustrating the key ideas via numerous examples using MATLAB. COMPUTATIONAL ELECTROMAGNETICS This 3-day course teaches the basics of CEM with application examples. Fundamental concepts in the solution of EM radiation and scattering problems are presented. Emphasis is on applying computational methods to practical applications. You will develop a working knowledge of popular methods such as the FEM, MOM, FDTD, FIT, and TLM including asymptotic and hybrid methods. Students will then be able to identify the most relevant CEM method for various applications, avoid common user pitfalls, understand model validation and correctly interpret results. Students are encouraged to bring their laptop to work examples using the provided FEKO Lite code. You will learn the importance of model development and meshing, post- processing for scientific visualization and presentation of results. Participants will receive a complete set of notes, a copy of FEKO and textbook. STRAPDOWN AND INTEGRATED NAVIGATION SYSTEMS In this highly structured 4-day short course – specifically tailored to the needs of busy engineers, scientists, managers, and aerospace professionals – Thomas S. Logsdon will provide you with new insights into the modern guidance, navigation, and control techniques now being perfected at key research centers around the globe. The various topics are illustrated with powerful analogies, full-color sketches, block diagrams, simple one-page derivations highlighting their salient features, and numerical examples that employ inputs from today’s battlefield rockets, orbiting satellites, and deep-space missions. These lessons are carefully laid out to help you design and implement practical performance-optimal missions and test procedures. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Determine for yourself the value of our other courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes at the beginning of the class for future reference and can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.

Upcoming Titles From SciTech Publishing

Applied Technology Institute has been partnering with the SciTech Publishing for years.  Here is a list of their upcoming titles. Integral Equation Methods for Electromagnetics (Volakis & Sertel) Expected week of December 5th, 2011 Introduction to Biomechatronics Expected January 2012 Principles of Modern Radar Series Update Once again, the Community Publishing Project is in full swing!  […]
Applied Technology Institute has been partnering with the SciTech Publishing for years.  Here is a list of their upcoming titles. Principles of Modern Radar Series Update Once again, the Community Publishing Project is in full swing!  We have all hands on deck to finish Principles of Modern Radar: Advanced Techniques by RadarCon 2012 in May (Atlanta).  Every chapter, every section, and the entire manuscript has gone through the same community review process as its predecessor, Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles.  If you are unaware of our community review process, check out the Publisher Acknowledgements section of the POMR sample we have running on our site.   EMC Series Update The series continues to grow with new book proposals, contracts and manuscripts.  We urge you to get involved with the series as every electrical/electronic engineer must deal with these issues!  Here’s what is in the works right now:
  • Circuit Modeling for EMC (Ian Darney)
    • Additional reviewers needed for draft manuscript.
  • Design of Wireless Communication Systems for EMC (Bill Duff)
  • Practical EMC Troubleshooting (Pat Andre, Ed Nagauchi)
  • Spectrum and Network Measurement, 2nd Edition (Bob Witte)
Forthcoming Early 2012
  • Pulse Doppler Radar (Clive Alabaster)
    • Reference
  • MATLAB for Electrical and Computer Engineering (Roland Priemer)
    • Text/Reference
  • Introduction to Sensors and Actuators (Nathan Ida)
    • Text/Reference

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Are you Ready to Face the Challenges of Tomorrow with what You Know Today?

Stop Looking! Start Training! Video Clip: Click to Watch Can You Afford NOT to Train when Technologies and Industries Change So Rapidly? Are you or your team ready to face the challenges of tomorrow with what you know today? With technologies and industries shifting so quickly, businesses need to embrace training just to keep up. Some […]
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Can You Afford NOT to Train when Technologies and Industries Change So Rapidly?
Are you or your team ready to face the challenges of tomorrow with what you know today? With technologies and industries shifting so quickly, businesses need to embrace training just to keep up. Some may complain that training is too expensive or fails to deliver its promise. But what is the real cost of slower sales and lower growth? Maybe you and your organization stop looking for perfect employees and start training them instead? As Wharton management Professor Peter Cappelli recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal: “Companies need to stop pinning so much of the blame on our nation’s education system. They need to drop the idea of finding perfect candidates and look for people who could do the job with a bit of training and practice.” We can help you. Why not take a short course? ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems. Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team are in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems. You will receive a full set of detailed notes at the beginning of the class for future reference and can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology. Dates and Locations For the times, dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below. Sincerely, The ATI Courses Team P.S. Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at ATI  Courses.  For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com

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New Jersey Teacher Wins National Award with Help from ATI!

Video Clip: Click to Watch Terry Dougherty wins Great American Teach-Off  for Her Work Tutoring Children of Military Families Nominated by a local Rotary Club, Dougherty was one of top ten finalists left fighting for the prize. Hundreds of teachers from all over the country were nominated for this prestigious honor. Participants, families and friends were […]
Seven Seals Award
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Terry Dougherty wins Great American Teach-Off  for Her Work Tutoring Children of Military Families
Nominated by a local Rotary Club, Dougherty was one of top ten finalists left fighting for the prize. Hundreds of teachers from all over the country were nominated for this prestigious honor. Participants, families and friends were then all allowed to vote online for their favorite teachers, just like in American Idol. Each week, after all the votes were tallied, the two teachers with the lowest number of votes were eliminated from the contest. Jim Jenkins, President of the Applied Technology Institute (ATI), helped support Terry Dougherty for the award by forwarding the announcement of the contest to his instructors and people that he knows in the military. The people responded. From all over the world, all branches of the services, veteran organizations, service clubs etc., they responded. In what became a weekly ritual, they responded and voted for her. They keep voting, each and every week, until the end, until she won. The real winners in all of this are of course the children. Dougherty’s husband Tom started the tutoring program three years ago as a way to help children in need. Because military families relocate frequently, their children often suffer at school. The Seven Seals award is given through the U.S. Department of Defense to a civilian who is working to help military families. The award comes with a $10,000 grant. She will to use the grant money to purchase equipment for a mobile lab. The lab will allow parents stationed overseas participate in school activities. About ATI Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to adult learners. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues.

What there is to Know Grows Exponentially Every Day

Thomas Edison and His Phonograph (1877) Video Clip: Click to Watch In a knowledge-based economy, your success is directly proportional to the amount of knowledge you possess As Thomas Edison observed, “We don’t know one millionth of one percent about anything.” At the rate at which new information is generated today, doesn’t it seem like the […]
Thomas Edison and His Phonograph (1877)
Thomas Edison and His Phonograph (1877)
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In a knowledge-based economy, your success is directly proportional to the amount of knowledge you possess
As Thomas Edison observed, “We don’t know one millionth of one percent about anything.” At the rate at which new information is generated today, doesn’t it seem like the gap between what you know and what you need is to know is growing at a dizzying pace? From submarine sonar to military radar to an orbiting spacecraft, you or your team must face the challenges of tomorrow with what you know today. With the practical knowledge gained from a short course, you can put textbook theories into real-world practice and expand your problem-solving and risk management skills significantly. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of these complex systems in a short time. Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.


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New Wireless Receiver Design Text/Reference by SciTech Publishing

Greetings!  There are books, and then there are BOOKS.  In mid-August, SciTech will be releasing the 2nd Edition of Radio Receiver Design by Kevin McClaning.  The book has undergone such an extensive transformation from the first edition (1998) we decided that a title change was needed as well.  To mark this happy occasion, we’re offering you […]
Greetings! 
There are books, and then there are BOOKS.  In mid-August, SciTech will be releasing the 2nd Edition of Radio Receiver Design by Kevin McClaning.  The book has undergone such an extensive transformation from the first edition (1998) we decided that a title change was needed as well.  To mark this happy occasion, we’re offering you an additional 10% pre- publication discount on Wireless Receiver Design for Digital Communications, 2nd Edition and related titles.  See below the book descriptions for the Coupon Code.
  
 
mcclaningWireless Receiver Design for Digital Communications, 2nd Edition 
PRACTICAL lessons from decades of experience “at the bench.” This book is a virtual replacement for a mentor who teaches basic concepts and who has the war stories to help you avoid the mistakes of the past. The fundamentals of RF engineering lead you into applying this knowledge in the design of real world systems. When you use the EXPLORE button on the title page on our site, you’ll not only get to see an entire useful chapter, but you can see some of the War Stories from the book as well. 
  
AND…with an extensive problem set and myriad examples, this is an excellent textbook for seniors or first-year graduate students.  If you are an instructor and have a legitimate need to review this book, you can either review the PDF file for free, or purchase a copy for 50% off.  If you indeed adopt the book for your course, we will credit your purchase or send another desk copy.  Please completely fill out the Review Copy Request form online to get started.

 

 
Steer - BookMicrowave and RF Design: A Systems Approach
Our top-selling Microwave & RF book is equally loved in industry and academia. With a focus on designing for systems, it not only prepares students for meeting industry standards, but keeps practicing engineers in the know with in-depth analysis of modern components and subsystems.
  
Design is emphasized throughout the book through exercises and examples.  Much of design is open-ended with problem specific design decisions, and many topics are introduced through detailed design derivations.  For example, Chapter 13 on network synthesis is based entirely on four worked designs.  Instructors teaching relevant courses can also request a review copy of this book as well.
 
BullockTransceiver and System Design for Digital Communications, 3rd Edition 
This book is an intuitive approach to transceiver design for a broad spectrum of readers.  It covers a wide range of data link communication design techniques, including link budgets, dynamic range and systems analysis of receivers and transmitters, digital modulation and demodulation, multipath, gain control, jamming reduction, and much more.  It is an excellent reference for understanding concepts in wireless, data link, and digital communication techniques for both the commercial and military sectors.
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Does Boosting Your Skills in a Short Time Work for You?

Video Clip: Click to Watch Can you or your team face the challenges of tomorrow with an arsenal of proven methods and skills that you know today? Question: By the way, when was the last time you updated your current skills or learned new ones? Answer: It could be as easy as taking a short course […]
Tomorrow is Coming.  Are You Ready?
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Can you or your team face the challenges of tomorrow with an arsenal of proven methods and skills that you know today?
Question: By the way, when was the last time you updated your current skills or learned new ones? Answer: It could be as easy as taking a short course or two to stay updated in your current field.
If you are in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems. How many of the following situations apply to you: Don’t have the time for a full semester college course? Is the nearest class clear across town at rush hour? Do your educational needs run more toward “Advanced Topics in Digital Signal Processing” instead of “Introduction to Business”? Do you count decibels (dBs) more often than dollars ($)? Is the radar equation more familiar to you than one for amortized interest rates? You think satellites are sexy, not Lady Gaga? If one or more of situations apply to you, why not take a short course instead? Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. About ATI and the Instructors Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.


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Are Your Soft Skills Hard on Your Career?

  Video Clip: Click to Watch “Soft Skills” May Help You Get or Keep a Job In a 2008 survey of more than 2,000 businesses in the state of Washington, employers said entry-level workers in a variety of professions were lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation. You’ll likely see […]
Even He Can't Do It Alone
  Video Clip: Click to Watch “Soft Skills” May Help You Get or Keep a Job In a 2008 survey of more than 2,000 businesses in the state of Washington, employers said entry-level workers in a variety of professions were lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation. You’ll likely see these “soft skills” in job descriptions, after demands for technical qualifications. Employment experts agree that tech skills may get you an interview, but these soft skills will get you the job and keep it. Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Some of our courses cover these “soft skills” as well. One of these “soft skills” is teamwork. Forming and leading teams is critical to becoming a successful leader. Successful leaders learn good team formation skills teamwork is a keystone of effective projects. Some of our teamwork related courses are summarized below. ATI PROJECT DOMINANCE COURSE This two-day course is designed for engineers, scientists and managers who work in the projects domain on complex systems. Students will learn how to build a cancellation-resistant project, how to form and lead a world-class project team and how to lead the entire effort to a successful conclusion. Cross-discipline and inter-generational techniques are taught and key topics are reinforced with small-team exercises. Attendees are given the Meyers-Briggs© assessment – many discover mismatches in temperament and assignment. All learn how to be much more effective on Project Teams. ATI’S PROJECT MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW AND LEADERSHIP COURSE This class is an introductory class to the Project Management discipline. It includes the basics of Project Management as well as Leadership as it pertains to Project Management. This course is intended for project managers and team leaders who need a good foundation for further study in Project Management. There are no prerequisites for this course. ATI’S FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSE Today’s complex systems present difficult challenges to develop. From military systems to aircraft to environmental and electronic control systems, development teams must face the challenges with an arsenal of proven methods. Individual systems are more complex, and systems operate in much closer relationship, requiring a system-of-systems approach to the overall design. This three-day workshop presents the fundamentals of project management approach to solving complex problems. What you will learn: • How to prepare a sound plan for your project and maximize your probability of success • How to achieve Buy-In from the people who will perform the work on the project • How to deal with conflict and also to use it to the advantage of your project • Techniques for monitoring and controlling the outcome of your project • Effective approaches to managing multiple projects Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.


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Every Spring, the Pros Get Back to the Fundamentals, Do You?

Video Clip: Click to Watch Spring into Fundamentals with a Short Course from the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) Do you return to the fundamentals of your profession once a year like professional baseball players do? Dictionary.com defines fundamental as: “a basic principle, rule, law, or the like, that serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part: […]
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Spring into Fundamentals with a Short Course from the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) Do you return to the fundamentals of your profession once a year like professional baseball players do? Dictionary.com defines fundamental as: “a basic principle, rule, law, or the like, that serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part: to master the fundamentals of a trade”. Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Some ATI short courses are designed to reinforce fundamental professional knowledge. Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time while keeping necessary skills up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such intricate systems. You will also become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. The three courses below emphasize the fundamentals. They are all offered soon or they can be scheduled at your facility. Please see our website for more information. ATI’S FUNDAMENTALS OF RF TECHNOLOGY COURSE This two-day course is designed for engineers that are non specialists in Radio Frequency (RF) engineering, but are involved in the design or analysis of communication systems including digital designers, managers, procurement engineers, etc. The course emphasizes RF fundamentals in terms of physical principles behavioral concepts permitting the student to quickly gain an intuitive understanding of the subject with minimal mathematical complexity. These principles are illustrated using modern examples of wireless components such as Bluetooth, Cell Phone and Paging, and 802.11 Data Communications Systems. What You Will Learn: • How to recognize the physical properties that make RF circuits and systems unique • What the important parameters are that characterize RF circuits • How to interpret RF Engineering performance data • What the considerations are in combining RF circuits into systems • How to evaluate RF Engineering risks such as instabilities, noise, and interference, etc. • How performance assessments can be enhanced with basic engineering tools ATI’S FUNDAMENTALS OF SONAR AND TARGET MOTION ANALYSIS COURSE This three-day course is designed for SONAR systems engineers, combat systems engineers, undersea warfare professionals, and managers who wish to enhance their understanding of this discipline or become familiar with the “big picture” if they work outside of the discipline. Each topic is illustrated by worked numerical examples, using simulated or experimental data for actual undersea acoustic situations and geometries. From this course you will obtain the knowledge and ability to perform basic SONAR and USW systems engineering calculations, identify tradeoffs, interact meaningfully with colleagues, evaluate systems, and understand the literature. What You Will Learn: • What are of the various types of SONAR systems in use on Naval platforms today? • What are the major principles governing their design and operation? • How is the data produced by these systems used operationally to conduct Target Motion Analysis and USW? • What are the typical commercial and scientific uses of SONAR and how do these relate to military use? • What are the other military uses of SONAR systems (i.e. those NOT used to support Target Motion Analysis)? • What are the major cost drivers for undersea acoustic systems? From this course you will obtain the knowledge, skill and ability to configure a communications payload based on its service requirements and technical features. You will understand the engineering processes and device characteristics that determine how the payload is put together and operates in a state-of-the-art telecommunications system to meet user needs. ATI’S FUNDAMENTALS OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING COURSE Today’s complex systems present difficult challenges to develop. From military systems to aircraft to environmental and electronic control systems, development teams must face the challenges with an arsenal of proven methods. Individual systems are more complex, and systems operate in much closer relationship, requiring a system-of-systems approach to the overall design. This two-day workshop presents the fundamentals of a systems engineering approach to solving complex problems. It covers the underlying attitudes as well as the process definitions that make up systems engineering. The model presented is a research-proven combination of the best existing standards. Participants in this workshop practice the processes on a realistic system development. You Should Attend This Workshop If You Are: • Working in any sort of system development • Project leader or key member in a product development team • Looking for practical methods to use today This Course is Aimed at: • Project leaders, • Technical team leaders, • Design engineers, and • Others participating in system development Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About the Instructors and ATI ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology. Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. Times, Dates, and Locations For the times, dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access our schedule.


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Top Five ATI Tutorials for 2010

Video Clip: Click to Watch ATI specializes in short course technical training Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced […]
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ATI specializes in short course technical training
Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses
Our website (ATI Courses) contains many online tutorials on technical topics. For example, hyper-spectral (& multi-spectral) imaging, radar, space communications, Rockets 101, GPS and along with even more subjects are covered. Check it out for yourself here. ATI Top Tutorials for 2010 The five tutorial/articles highlighted below were some of our most viewed offerings on our website in 2010. #1 Antenna Tutorial Our most popular tutorial summarizes the basic properties of antennas used in satellite communication and derives several fundamental relations used in antenna design and RF link analysis. Click here for the antenna tutorial If you want to learn more about antenna theory and design, check out our antenna related courses. Antenna Fundamentals – One Day Overview course This one day class is geared as an introduction into basic antenna and antenna array concepts. The material is basic and should be familiar to an engineer working on any system involving transmitted electromagnetic waves (e.g., radar, satellite communication, terrestrial communications, etc.). The course is roughly broken into four components: Basic antenna concepts, Basic antenna array concepts, and an overview of antenna simulation tools (software) and antenna measurements. Antenna and Antenna Array Fundamentals course This three-day course teaches the basics of antenna and antenna array theory. Fundamental concepts such as beam patterns, radiation resistance, polarization, gain/directivity, aperture size, reciprocity, and matching techniques are presented. Different types of antennas such as dipole, loop, patch, horn, dish, and helical antennas are discussed and compared and contrasted from a performance – applications standpoint. The locations of the reactive near-field, radiating near-field (Fresnel region), and far-field (Fraunhofer region) are described and the Friis transmission formula is presented with worked examples. Propagation effects are presented. Antenna arrays are discussed, and array factors for different types of distributions (e.g., uniform, binomial, and Tschebyscheff arrays) are analyzed giving insight to sidelobe levels, null locations, and beam broadening (as the array scans from broadside.) The end-fire condition is discussed. Beam steering is described using phase shifters and true-time delay devices. Problems such as grating lobes, beam squint, quantization errors, and scan blindness are presented. Antenna systems (transmit/receive) with active amplifiers are introduced. Finally, measurement techniques commonly used in anechoic chambers are outlined. The textbook, Antenna Theory, Analysis & Design, is included as well as a comprehensive set of course notes. #2 Rocket Tutorial A satellite is launched into space on a rocket, and once there it is inserted into the operational orbit and is maintained in that orbit by means of thrusters onboard the satellite itself. This tutorial will summarize the fundamental principles of rocket propulsion and describe the main features of the propulsion systems used on both launch vehicles and satellites. Click here for the rocket tutorial If you really want to become a rocket scientist, then you need to sign-up for one of our rocket courses today. Rocket Propulsion 101 course This three-day course is based on the popular text “Rocket Propulsion Elements” by Sutton and Biblarz. The course provides practical knowledge in rocket propulsion engineering and design technology issues. It is designed for those needing a more complete understanding of the complex issues. The objective is to give the engineer or manager the tools needed to understand the available choices in rocket propulsion and/or to manage technical experts with greater in-depth knowledge of rocket systems. Attendees will receive a copy of the book Rocket Propulsion Elements, a disk with practical rocket equations in Excel, and a set of printed notes covering advanced additional material. Fundamentals of Rockets & Missiles course This course provides an overview of rockets and missiles for government and industry officials with limited technical experience in rockets and missiles. The course provides a practical knowledge in rocket and missile issues and technologies. The seminar is designed for engineers, supporting disciplines, decision makers and managers of current and future projects needing a more complete understanding of the complex issues of rocket and missile technology. The seminar provides a foundation for understanding the issues that must be decided in the use, regulation and development of rocket systems of the future. You will learn a wide spectrum of problems, solutions and choices in the technology of rockets and missile used for both military and civil purposes. The seminar is taught to the point-of-view of a decision maker needing the technical knowledge to make better informed choices. What you need to know about how rockets and missiles work, why they are build the way they are, what they are used for and how they differ from use to use. You will learn how rockets and missiles differ when used as weapons, as launch vehicles, and in spacecraft or satellites. The objective is to give the decision maker tools to understand the available choices, and to manage the technical experts with a greater in-depth knowledge of specialized disciplines. #3 GPS Tutorial The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a vital national resource. Over the past thirty years it has made the transition from concept to reality, representing today an operational system on which the entire world has become dependent. Click here for the GPS tutorial. To learn even more about GPS, check out one of our courses below. GPS Technology course Nearly every military vehicle and every satellite that flies into space uses the GPS to fix its position. In this popular four-day short course, GPS expert Tom Logsdon will describe in detail how those precise radionavigation systems work and review the many practical benefits they provide to military and civilian users in space and around the globe. Each student will receive a new personal GPS Navigator with a multi-channel capability. Through practical demonstration you will learn how the receiver works, how to operate it in various situations, and how to interpret the positioning solutions it provides. GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing (Geomatics) course This four-day course will provide a technical overview of the current state of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the integration of this powerful tool with GPS, remote sensing, and other data. This course is designed for those currently using GIS, those who are considering purchasing GIS systems, and managers who wish to better understand the issues involved in properly utilizing these tools. The course provides an overview of the origins, current status, and future directions and applications of Geomatics tools. Information on GIS resources and making these tools work well in your own organization are highlighted. #4 International System of Units Article The fourth most viewed tutorial is titled “International System of Units (SI) Its History and Use in Science and Industry”, by Robert A. Nelson. The International System of Units has become the fundamental basis of scientific measurement worldwide. It is also used for everyday commerce in virtually every country of the world but the United States. Economic pressure to compete in an international environment is a strong motive for contractors to use metric units. Indeed, most satellite design technical literature does use metric units, including meters for length, kilograms for mass, and newtons for force, because of the influence of international partners, suppliers, and customers. Click here for the International System of Units tutorial Dr. Nelson also teaches our Satellite Communication Systems Engineering course. #5 Watching an Apple Fall from the Tree Article An article about Sir Isaac Newton, apples and gravity by Tom Logsdon, rounds out our top five tutorials for 2010. Click here for the apple article Mr. Logsdon also teaches our GPS Technology course. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Determine for yourself the value of these or our other courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. To see the complete course listing from ATI, click on the links at the bottom of the page. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. ATI short courses are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide you a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems. Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will also become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology. Times, Dates, and Locations For the times, dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below. Sincerely, The ATI Courses Team P.S. Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com.

Education as a Competitive Advantage

Education as a Competitive Advantage My parents told me, “Finish your dinner.  People in China and India are starving.”  I tell my daughters, “Finish your homework.  People in India and China are starving for your job.”  ~Thomas L. Friedman If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.  ~Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok
Education as a Competitive Advantage My parents told me, “Finish your dinner.  People in China and India are starving.”  I tell my daughters, “Finish your homework.  People in India and China are starving for your job.”  ~Thomas L. Friedman If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.  ~Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok

Top Five ATI Technical Short Courses for 2010

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Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. ATI short courses are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date.  Our courses provide you a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems.  Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will also become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues.  The five courses highlighted below were our most popular offerings in 2010. To see the complete course listing from ATI, click on the links at the bottom of the page.  SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING COURSE  This three-day course is designed for satellite communications engineers, spacecraft engineers, and managers who want to obtain an understanding of the “big picture” of satellite communications. Each topic is illustrated by detailed worked numerical examples, using published data for actual satellite communications systems. The course is technically oriented and includes mathematical derivations of the fundamental equations. It will enable the participants to perform their own satellite link budget calculations. The course will especially appeal to those whose objective is to develop quantitative computational skills in addition to obtaining a qualitative familiarity with the basic concepts.  See a sample of the Satellite Communications Systems Engineering Course on YouTube  See a slide sampler for the Satellite Communications Systems Engineering Course  ANTENNA AND ANTENNA ARRAY FUNDAMENTALS  This three-day course teaches the basics of antenna and antenna array theory. Fundamental concepts such as beam patterns, radiation resistance, polarization, gain/directivity, aperture size, reciprocity, and matching techniques are presented. Different types of antennas such as dipole, loop, patch, horn, dish, and helical antennas are discussed and compared and contrasted from a performance – applications standpoint. The locations of the reactive near-field, radiating near-field (Fresnel region), and far-field (Fraunhofer region) are described and the Friis transmission formula is presented with worked examples. Propagation effects are presented. Antenna arrays are discussed, and array factors for different types of distributions (e.g., uniform, binomial, and Tschebyscheff arrays) are analyzed giving insight to sidelobe levels, null locations, and beam broadening (as the array scans from broadside.) The end-fire condition is discussed. Beam steering is described using phase shifters and true-time delay devices. Problems such as grating lobes, beam squint, quantization errors, and scan blindness are presented. Antenna systems (transmit/receive) with active amplifiers are introduced. Finally, measurement techniques commonly used in anechoic chambers are outlined. The textbook, Antenna Theory, Analysis & Design, is included as well as a comprehensive set of course notes.  What You Will Learn:  • Basic antenna concepts that pertain to all antennas and antenna arrays.  • The appropriate antenna for your application.  • Factors that affect antenna array designs and antenna systems.  • Measurement techniques commonly used in anechoic chambers.  CERTIFIED SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL (CSEP) PREPARATION COURSE  This two-day course walks through the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) requirements and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Handbook to cover all topics that might be on the CSEP exam. Interactive work, study plans, and sample examination questions help you to prepare effectively for the exam. Participants leave the course with solid knowledge, a hard copy of the INCOSE Handbook, study plans, and a sample examination.  The INCOSE CSEP rating is a useful and coveted milestone in the career of a systems engineer, demonstrating knowledge, education and experience that is of high value to systems organizations. The certification requires passing an extensive examination based on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook v3.2. This course provides you with the detailed knowledge and practice that you need to pass the CSEP examination.  See CSEP Slide Samples or see a sample of the CSEP Preparation Course on YouTube  GPS TECHNOLOGY COURSE  Nearly every military vehicle and every satellite that flies into space uses the GPS to fix its position. In this popular four-day short course, GPS expert Tom Logsdon will describe in detail how those precise radionavigation systems work and review the many practical benefits they provide to military and civilian users in space and around the globe.  Each student will receive a new personal GPS Navigator with a multi-channel capability. Through practical demonstration you will learn how the receiver works, how to operate it in various situations, and how to interpret the positioning solutions it provides.  See GPS Technology Slide Samples or see a sample of the GPS Technology Course on YouTube.  PRACTICAL STATISTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING – USING MATLAB  This four day course covers signal processing systems for radar, sonar, communications, speech, imaging and other applications based on state-of-the-art computer algorithms. These algorithms include important tasks such as data simulation, parameter estimation, filtering, interpolation, detection, spectral analysis, beamforming, classification, and tracking. Until now these algorithms could only be learned by reading the latest technical journals. This course will take the mystery out of these designs by introducing the algorithms with a minimum of mathematics and illustrating the key ideas via numerous examples using MATLAB.  Designed for engineers, scientists, and other professionals who wish to study the practice of statistical signal processing without the headaches, this course will make extensive use of hands-on MATLAB implementations and demonstrations. Attendees will receive a suite of software source code and are encouraged to bring their own laptops to follow along with the demonstrations.  Each participant will receive two books, Fundamentals of Statistical Signal Processing: Volumes I and II by instructor Dr. Kay. A complete set of notes and a suite of MATLAB m-files will be distributed in source format for direct use or modification by the user.  Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes  Determine for yourself the value of these or our other courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses.  Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube.  After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.  About ATI and the Instructors  Our mission here at the ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses.  ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.  Times, Dates, and Locations  For the times, dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below.  Sincerely,  The ATI Courses Team  P.S. Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com.