IMS2023 Student Design Competitions

The student design competitions will take place on Tuesday, 13 June 2023, beginning at 09:00 in the Sails Pavilion of the San Diego Convention Center. A detailed schedule will be available soon!

Winners will be recognized at the Student Awards Luncheon on Thursday, 15 June 2023 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Student competitors should be aware that the IMS will not assist participants in getting necessary equipment or designed circuits/systems into the United States.

All eligible students or student teams are invited to participate in the International Microwave Symposium 2023 Student Design Competitions (SDCs). The competition encourages students to employ creative problem solving and gain practical design experience by developing a circuit, or system to address a problem stated in the competition rules while following specified constraints. The students will bring their designs to the competition where they perform measurements and compete against other student teams. We have different competitions spanning a wide range of topics from power amplifier design to wearable radio design. Links to descriptions and rules for each competition are below. Winning teams are awarded cash prizes, recognized at the IMS student luncheon awards, and a chance to publish their designs in the IEEE Microwave Magazine. 

Design Competition Topics
Click the links below to download the individual competition descriptions and rules:

SDC1 - Wearable Backscatter Radio Student Design Competition

SDC2 - 3D-Printed and Surface-Mounted Bandpass Filter in X-band

SDC3 - Component-Less Bias Tee

SDC4 - High-Efficiency Power Amplifier for 50 MHz

SDC5 - 3D-Printed Rectennas for Energy Harvesting Applications

SDC6 - High Efficiency Power Amplifier (HEPA) Student Design Competition

SDC7 - Reflectionless High-pass Filter Design for Load-Pull Measurement Setups

SDC8 - Radar for Noncontact Vital Sign Sensing

SDC9 - mmWave 3D-printed Antenna Design

How to Participate
To participate in a competition, click the link below and follow the instructions. You will be asked to provide contact information for all team members and your academic advisor, and you will also need to upload a short abstract describing your design approach. In addition, your academic advisor must send an email to the organizers of the competition certifying that the work is yours, not theirs. The application deadline is 24
 May 2023. Students are advised to contact the individual competition organizers as early as possible, to ensure a full understanding of the design specifications and judging criteria before beginning their projects.

Click Here to Submit Your Application

General Rules and Requirements
Note: Some competitions have requirements which are different than those listed below. Where stated, each individual competition's specific rules and deadlines will supersede these general rules.

  1. Teams may consist of 1-4 people. 
  2. All team members must be full-time students while working on the project.
  3. At least one team member must register for IMS2023 and attend the student design competitions in person on Tuesday, 13 June 2023 in order to assist with measurements (where applicable) and answer questions.
  4. You must notify the student design competition organizers at least one week before the date of the competitions if you plan to withdraw or will not be able to participate in person. Failure to participate in person may prevent you from being accepted for future participation.
  5. Your professors and advisors must certify that this is your work, not theirs.
  6. You must submit a competition application form no later than 15 March 2023, or as indicated in the rules of the competition of interest. You are encouraged to contact the coordinators of the competition of your interest as early as possible to ensure a full understanding of the design specifications and judging criteria before your submission. 
  7. Travel visas and shipping your project equipment are your responsibility, it is recommended to arrange these as early as possible.

Student Design Competitions are sponsored by the Technical Committees of the MTT. Each committee has been given prize money if they choose to sponsor a competition in their technical area. Not all technical committees participate in the competition every year. Each will make their own rules for the competitions that they sponsor.

Contact Information
General questions or comments can be directed to the IMS2023 Student Design Competition Committee Pawel Barmuta and Koen Buisman at

Questions or comments regarding a specific design competition should be directed to the organizers of the competition in question, which will be listed on the competition descriptions (links above).