Master Course Description for EE-463 (ABET sheet)

Title: Microwave Electronic Design

Credits: 4

UW Course Catalog Description

Coordinator: Yasuo Kuga, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Goals: To expose students to microwave circuit analysis, design, fabrication, and testing.

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

  1. Understand and use microwave CAD software and measurement techniques.
  2. Design simple passive and active microwave circuits.
  3. Design, fabricate, and test a microwave amplifier.

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


  1. Lecture notes
  2. Lab handout
  3. Ansoft Designer references

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Electromagnetic theory of transmission lines
  2. Smith chart and matching techniques
  3. Basic circuit analysis


  1. Introduction to microwave transmission lines and matching techniques (1.5 week)
  2. Quadrature and 180 degree hybrid analysis and design (2 weeks)
  3. Low-pass and high-pass filter analysis and design (2 weeks)
  4. Noise analysis (1.5 week)
  5. Design and fabrication of a microwave amplifier (2 weeks)
  6. Microwave systems (1 week)

Course Structure: Lectures are organized so that the students can analyze and design the passive and active microwave circuits assigned for each lab project. The first two weeks cover basic transmission line theory and S-parameter analysis. The following eight weeks are divided into lab projects and a final project. Each project starts with analysis followed by simulations using CAD programs. Students must also fabricate the circuits and evaluate the performance.

Laboratory projects:

  1. Lab1 - Introduction to network analyzers
  2. Lab 2 - Matching circuit design by Designer
  3. Lab 3 - Quadrature hybrid design and fabrication
  4. Lab 4 - Low-pass filter design and fabrication
  5. Final Project: Amplifier design and fabrication

Computer Resources:

  1. Ansys Electronics Desktop microwave circuit design software
  2. Layout CAD program

Laboratory Resources:

  1. Vector network analyzer
  2. Other microwave equipment:

Grading: 30% midterm and final exams, 40% lab projects, 30% final project

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

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

(2) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. (H) Students use microwave CAD software (Ansys ED) and modern microwave measurement systems (network analyzer, signal generators, spectrum analyzer). Similar equipment and software are widely used in industry. The instructor will discuss the professional ethics and responsibility in class.

(3) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. (H) Students must prepare extensive written project reports. Grades are given for writing quality as well as technical content of the reports.

Prepared by: Yasuo Kuga

Last revised: 2/14/2019