Top Five ATI Technical Short Courses for 2010

Applied Technology Institute (ATI)   Video Clip: Click to Watch   ATI specializes in short course technical training  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 […]

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ATI specializes in short course technical training 

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 For general questions please email us at