AWR and James Cook University Make RF and Microwave Design Course Available Free to Universities Worldwide

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. & TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 23, 2009— AWR, the innovation leader in high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA), and the James Cook University (JCU) School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, today announced that a comprehensive RF and microwave electronic engineering course developed by Associate Professor Keith Kikkert is now available free of charge to other universities worldwide. The course, which is based on AWR’s Microwave Office and Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) design software, can be downloaded by qualified universities at the AWR Web site (

Under terms of the agreement, AWR will distribute Associate Professor Kikkert’s Microwave Office-based course materials to electrical engineering programs worldwide, and Associate Professor Kikkert will keep the course material current as new versions of Microwave Office and VSS software are released.

“My students and I have found AWR’s software tools to be very powerful, and they provide us with an excellent teaching experience and the students with a very easy learning curve in high-frequency electronic design,” said Associate Professor Kikkert. “At JCU, we are now extending AWR’s use for teaching electronics at other levels as well as in teaching network theory. I am also pleased that through this agreement I will be able to extend the reach of my course material to engineering students at other universities. I believe this is a positive step toward ensuring that the next generation of designers will be well prepared to meet the challenges of the commercial job market.”

Sherry Hess, AWR’s vice president of marketing, said that “with a few hundred institutions already embracing AWR software for educational purposes, AWR remains more committed now than ever to supporting education through our University Software Program that provides easy access to our software for classroom education and non-commercial research. Our goal is to introduce more students to the benefits of using our software, as most high-frequency electronic design today is performed with EDA tools such as Microwave Office software.”


Microwave Office software and the course material is available now to qualified university engineering programs. Included in the course material are lecture notes as well as Microwave Office and VSS project files for all of the examples. These files are provided free of copy restrictions to any university wishing to use them for teaching RF electronic design with AWR software.

For any questions on redistribution, please e-mail AWR at Email Contact, or visit the AWR website at Associate Professor C.J. Kikkert can be reached by phone at +61-7-47814259, or by e-mail at Email Contact.

About JCU and Associate Professor Kikkert

The James Cook University School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, located in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, provides a well-balanced curriculum in all engineering disciplines, as well as innovative teaching, research strengths in each discipline at an internationally-competitive level, and technical expertise to the community. Dr. Kikkert is an associate professor at the university, chairman of the IEEE Northern Australia Section, and is active in both teaching and research. He obtained his BE degree with first-class honors and PhD degree from Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia, and lectured there for three years before joining James Cook University.

About AWR

AWR is the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software that dramatically reduces development time and cost for products employed in wireless, high-speed wired broadband, aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications. The company’s core technology is unique among high-frequency EDA platforms in that it is inherently open and flexible. AWR continually strengthens its product portfolio with innovative new technologies that enable faster, more streamlined product development, the most recent of which are the ACE™, RFA™, and AXIEM™ tools. The privately-held company has thousands of active users and is headquartered at 1960 East Grand Avenue, Suite 430, El Segundo, Calif. 90245. For more information about AWR and its products, please visit

© 2009 AWR Corporation. AWR, the AWR logo, and Microwave Office are registered trademarks, and ACE, AXIEM, RFA, and Visual System Simulator are trademarks of AWR Corporation. All others may be trademarks of their respective holders.

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