TAMUC Electrical Engineering Students Reach Finals in National Beyond 5G Challenge

A team of A&M-Commerce undergraduate electrical engineering students recently reached the finals in the sixth annual Beyond 5G Software Defined Radio University Challenge. The Air Force Research Laboratory hosted the competition in partnership with the Wright Brothers Institute in Dayton, Ohio, from April 17-19.

According to the judges, the team—comprised of Samuel Pearson, Austin Burns, Noah Blount, Kameron Hansen and Davis Reyes—remained top-ranked throughout the competition. A&M-Commerce Assistant Professor Dr. Nizar Tayem served as the team's faculty advisor.

Four college students and their faculty advisor stand alongside their project spread across a tabletop.
From left: Sam Pearson, Austin Burns, Dr. Nizar Tayem, Noah Blount, Kameron Hansen and David Reyes. Photo submitted by the A&M-Commerce Department of Engineering and Technology.

The teams were tasked with creating a computationally efficient algorithm to quickly find the direction of a radio signal in 3D space. The rapidly advancing technology has many applications in 5G wireless communication, radar, radio astronomy, sonar and navigation.

A&M-Commerce has been among the top teams for three consecutive years. Other finalists included the Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, the University of Connecticut, The Ohio State University, the University of Louisville, Wright State University and the University of Dayton. Three of the eight teams included master's and doctoral students.

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