Pingenot advances to IEEE Region 5 Conference

Lawrence,KS (03-11-2003)

From ITTC News
By Michelle Ward

James Pingenot will present his paper at the annual IEEE Region 5 Conference this April. The University of Kansas senior will highlight his work with the multiyear, multimillion-dollar Polar Radar for Ice Sheets Measurement (PRISM) project.

Pingenots work describes how ITTC researchers will define different layers within the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. In Design of a Matched Filter for Monostatic and Bistatic SAR Mapping of Ice Sheet Basal Reflectivity, he explains the need for two-dimensional synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) to record data on internal ice layers. The radar allows researchers to obtain reflections from a large swath of ice from a single transmitter. The data from these reflections will then be analyzed to estimate the average, recent snow accumulation rate. Deeper layers will provide scientists with a history of past snow accumulation and flow rates. Earth scientists will be able to better determine how quickly the polar ice sheets are melting, allowing more accurate predictions of the effects of this melting on sea level rise.

While no national event exists, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) sponsors ten regional paper contests. According to the organizations Web site, IEEE allows undergraduate members an opportunity to improve their researching, writing and presenting skills. The competition gives these future engineers experience in effectively communicating their ideas to others. The paper must contain either technical, engineering, management, or societal issues of concern to IEEE.

Pingenot won first place at the branch competition and second at the area event, which led him to the April 12 event in New Orleans.

The IEEE Region 5 conference includes participants from universities in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and portions of Illinois, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota and New Mexico. The first-place award carries with it an $800 cash prize. The top three papers will be published in a book to be distributed to IEEE student chapters and libraries around the world.

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