Master Course Description for EE-462 (ABET sheet)

Title: Microwave Engineering

Credits: 4

UW Course Catalog Description

Coordinator: Yasuo Kuga, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Goals: To expose students to microwave theory, analysis, simulations, and measurements.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand transmission line theory and S-parameters
  2. Understand material properties such as permittivity and permeability
  3. Understand how to obtain material properties using different techniques
  4. Understand phenomena caused by high-speed circuits
  5. Understand time- and frequency-domain techniques
  6. Understand microwave waveguides
  7. Understand measurement techniques

Textbook: D. Pozar, Microwave Engineering, 4th Ed., Wiley, 2012, ISBN 978-0-470-63155-3


  1. Lab handouts
  2. Lecture notes

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Basic electromagnetic theory
  2. Basic transmission line theory


  1. Review: Microwave transmission lines (1 week)
  2. Electrical properties of materials (2 weeks)
  3. Time-domain analysis of TL with complex loads (1 week)
  4. Time-domain analysis of lossy TL and dispersion effects (1 week)
  5. High-speed circuits and signal coupling effects (1 week)
  6. Discontinuity in high-frequency and high-speed circuits (1 week)
  7. Review: TEM, TE, and TM modes on parallel plate waveguides (1 week)
  8. Waves on rectangular and circular waveguides (1 week)
  9. Special topics (1 week)

Course Structure: Lectures are organized so that students can analyze and design microwave circuits assigned in each lab project. The first few weeks cover basic electromagnetic theory in transmission lines and waveguides. Different techniques such as ABCD- and S-parameter approaches are presented to analyze the microwave circuits. Each lab project is designed so that the students are able to apply the theory studied in class to practical problems.

Laboratory projects:

  1. Lab 1 Time- and frequency-domain analysis of a TL model
  2. Lab 2 Dielectric constant estimation using transmission method
  3. Lab 3 Dielectric constant estimation using reflection method
  4. Lab 4 Time- and frequency-domain analysis of unmatched TL
  5. Lab 5 Coupled noise analysis
  6. Final Projects: Some examples are:

Computer Resources: Ansys Electronics Desktop microwave design software

Laboratory Resources: Vector network analyzer (VNWA),TEK TDR for the time-domain measurements

Grading: 50% midterm and final exams, 50% lab projects and homework assignments

ABET Student Outcome Coverage: This course addresses the following outcomes:

H = high relevance, M = medium relevance, L = low relevance to course.

(1) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. (H) The majority of the lectures, homework and projects deal with the application of electromagnetic theory. Mathematical formulations are commonplace throughout the course.

(6) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions (H) The course materials are organized so that students will be able to analyze and test microwave devices. Each project will start with a detailed analysis. This course uses microwave equipment which must be calibrated carefully to obtain good results.

Prepared by: Yasuo Kuga

Last revised: 2/14/2019