Students and Faculty Present at HamSCI Workshop

University of Scranton students and professors were among the presenters at HamSCI Workshop 2023 which took place at The University of Scranton and the historic Lackawanna Station hotel. The annual workshop brings together amateur radio enthusiasts and professional scientists to collaborate on existing and future innovative research projects.

Twenty-two University of Scranton students and 10 faculty and staff members presented at the workshop along with representatives from Cairo University, Case Western Reserve University, Dartmouth College, Millersville University, Rice University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, The University of Alabama, The University of Alaska, Wilkes University, Virginia Tech, amateur radio clubs and the HamSCI community. Representatives from NASA Headquarters, the Space Science Institute, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the ARRL: The National Association for Amateur Radio, the Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) organization, Broadcast Sciences, L.L.C., and Syntek Technologies, also participated.

Tai-Yin Huang, Ph.D., aeronomy program director for the National Science Foundation, and Rosy Schechter (KJ7RYV), executive director of the Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), joined Nathaniel Frissell, Ph.D., (W2NAF) assistant professor of physics and electrical engineering at The University of Scranton, and Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Scranton, in welcoming attendees to the conference. Dr. Frissell received NSF and ARDC grants to support the conference. Patricia Reiff, Ph.D., (W5TAR) professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University and founding director of the Rice Space Institute, provided the keynote address.

University of Scranton students presenting at the workshop were:

Milton Andrade Andino, an engineering management major from Randolph, New Jersey;

Augustine Brapoh, an electrical engineering major from Fairless Hills;

Robert Brudnicki, (KC3VFW) a computer engineering major from Archbald;

Christian Chakiris, a computer engineering major from Dickson City;

Devin Diehl, a graduate student from Mayfield;

Matthew Dittmar, an electrical engineering major from Easton;

James Fox, (KE2ANL) a computer science major from Hillsborough, New Jersey;

Nicholas Guerra, (KC3VLK) a computer science major from Scranton;

Sade Lugo, an engineering management major from Scranton;

Michael Molzen, a physics major from Bloomsbury, New Jersey;

John Nelson, a computer engineering major from Jefferson, Maryland;

Cuong Nguyen, (KC3UAX) a computer engineering major from Ashley;

Gerard Piccini, (KD2ZHK) an electrical engineering major from Monroe Township, New Jersey;

Thomas Pisano, (KE2BAC) an electrical engineering major from Staten Island, New York;

Veronica Romanek, (KD2UHN) a physics major from Hampton, New Jersey;

Simal Sami, (KC3UAW) an information technology major from Jessup;

Shaaf Sarwar, (KC3PVF) a physics major from Qazalbash Chowk, Pakistan;

Zainab Shah, a computer engineering major from Hellerstown;

Aidan Szabo, an electrical engineering major from Hillsborough, New Jersey;

Francis Tholley, a graduate student from Barby;

Robert Troy, (KC3VJC) an electrical engineering major from Dunmore;

Nisha Yadav, a graduate student from Muradnagar, Ghaziabad.

In addition to Dr. Frissell, University professors and staff presenting were: Ken Dudeck (WB3AHD), visiting professor of physics and engineering; Rachel Frissell (W2RUF), faculty specialist, physics and engineering; Joseph Klobusicky, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics; Majid Mokhtari, manager of laboratory equipment, Department of Physics and Engineering; Declan Mulhall, Ph.D., professor of physics and engineering; Paul Sampson, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; Robert Spalletta (KC3QOB), Ph.D., professor of physics and engineering; Argyrios Varonides, Ph.D., professor of physics and engineering; and Amir Zamanian, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and engineering. Scranton alumnus Jonathan Rizzo (KC3EEY) of the class of 2021, also presented at the workshop.

The HamSCI Workshop 2023 offered both in-person or virtual participation.

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