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IPFW’s Wireless Technology Center Hires Associate Director

(October 22, 2010) – Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) Wireless Technology Center is pleased to announce Claude Setzer has been hired as its associate director. The Center specializes in advanced research on software defined radio and its support infrastructure. Setzer will supervise undergraduate and graduate students, strengthen relationships with industry, and facilitate the Center’s Wireless Summer School. The associate director is an endowed position funded by Lily Endowment, Indianapolis, through the Fort Wayne Talent Initiative.

“Todor Cooklev, Director of the Center, shares my vision for the future,” said Setzer. “In software defined radio, we are a balanced pair and I am excited about all the things we can accomplish at IPFW. There are many great people to support the growth of the Center and the engineering programs. Creative energy here is so strong that you can almost touch it.”

Setzer brings more than 25 years of engineering experience to IPFW. As a research engineer and lecturer at the University of Virginia, he wrote the text for and taught the graduate course in semiconductor processing. As the supervisor for daily operations of the Semiconductor Device Lab, he fabricated the world’s highest performance microwave sensors, which are used in radio telescopes, and upgraded nearly every process and piece of equipment in the lab. He also funded and built an auger spectrometer with an ultra high vacuum system.

At Maharishi International University in Iowa, Setzer was professor and founding chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department, where he instituted both the Bachelor and Master of Science programs in Wireless Communications Systems. During this period, he designed and built a state-of-the-art gallium arsenide semiconductor processing lab.

In 2003, Setzer joined ITT Corporation in its Fort Wayne operations, as a senior staff engineer in radio frequency design. He directed projects to design, build, and test modules for both military and commercial satellites, including 25 space-qualified processes for the Hybrid Circuits Lab. He also led the RF design team in the development of a WiMAX base station (the infrastructure for airport wireless communications) and established integration and test labs for multiple wireless standards, including complex multiple antenna systems. He also led the detailed implementation of advanced miniaturization technologies into microwave electronic warfare systems.

Setzer earned a B.S.E.E, M.S.E.E., and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Asian Language and Literature (Sanskrit) from the University of Iowa.

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