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32nd Satellite Communications Systems Course

25 - 28 September 2017 | IET London: Savoy Place

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Ammar Khan (photo)  

Ammar Khan, Physical Layer Design Authority, Inmarsat PLC

Ammar H. Khan received his M.Sc. (Distinction) and Ph.D. degrees from University of Surrey, UK, in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

He received his B.Sc. (Distinction) degree from National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. He is currently working as Physical Layer Design Authority at Inmarsat PLC, London, UK.

His key responsibilities include system design, optimisation and capacity analysis for Land, Maritime and Aeronautical products and services. He is also actively involved in European Space Agency’s (ESA) programmes.

His main research interests include interference management, system optimisation and capacity analysis of mobile satellite systems.

Professor Barry G. Evans (photo)  

Barry Evans, Professor of Communications, University of Surrey

Barry Evans received BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Leeds prior to joining the University of Essex on a BT sponsored position to initiate Telecommunication Systems at undergraduate and postgraduate level for the first time in UK Universities. At Essex he headed the Radio Systems activities researching on radio propagation, antennas and signal processing for radio and satellite systems.

He also initiated a European degree programme with France and Germany which was the first of its kind. In the mid 80’s he was appointed to the Alec Harley Reeves Chair in Information Systems Engineering at the University of Surrey. He was the founder Director of the Centre for Satellite Engineering Research and then Director of the Centre for Communication Systems Research.

He went on to serve as Dean of Engineering Science and then as Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Surrey until 2009. He has now returned full time to research and heads a group working on satellite communication systems and next generation networks.

Barry is Editor of the international Journal of Satellite communications and Networking and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1991. He received the IET achievement award and Ambrose Fleming Medal in 2013 for his work in communications. He is author of two books and over 700 academic publications.

Dave Davis (photo)  

Dave Davis, Senior Systems Engineer, iDirect

Dave served in the Army with the Royal Signals as a Radio Technician from 1988 to 2003. He specialised in satellite communications (satcom) from an early age, with his first practical experience of satcom being the response to Hurricane Andrew in the Caribbean in 1992.

Months later he was in the first wave of troops deployed to Bosnia as a satellite terminal technician and continued to work with satellite terminals until his final tour as the military satellite communciations instructor.

He went on to join NSSL Global, a leading satcom distribution partner in 2004 as a Systems Engineer before becoming a Project Manager and Engineering Manager.

He is now the Defence and Security specialist at iDirect, a company that is actively engaged in many HTS projects as the preferred ground segment provider.

David Bookham (photo)  

David Bookham CEng MIET, Director, BDE Space

David is a professional engineer with almost 40 years’ experience in RF and Microwave communications system design.

He has travelled to almost 60 countries undertaking Earth Station Design, Commissioning and Training, has written almost 70 training courses and has spoken at 8 international conferences.

David is a GVF examiner and is Chairman of the IET Satellite Communications residential course.

David Jowley (photo)  

David Jowsey, Senior Product Manager - Satellite Networks, BT

David has 25 years of experience in satellite communications. He is currently responsible for BT’s in house VSAT portfolio (covering pre-sales, bid support, product development and in-life product management). He has a MEng in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of York.

He has worked in various specialist satellite roles including project engineering & project management of broadcast satellite systems, satellite service planning & network development, and serving two years as the UK delegate to the Intelsat Planning Advisory Committee and the Eutelsat Technical and Planning Committee prior to their privatisations.

David been seconded to various BT Joint Ventures, including providing project engineering expertise in Singapore and in-country due diligence in Latin America.

He is on the IET Satellite Systems & Applications TPN Committee.

Graham Huggins (photo)  

Graham Huggins, Engineering Manager, Airbus Defence and Space

Graham Huggins achieved a BSc degree in Mathematics from Imperial College and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford.

After two years in academia, Graham joined Astrium, then BAE Space Systems, where he has accumulated over 25 years of experience in a wide range of satellite systems and satellite services research programmes.

His activities have covered aspects of communications systems, satellite platform and operations and satellite payload design.

Ifiok Otung (photo)  

Ifiok Otung, Professor of Satellite Communications, University of South Wales

Ifiok Otung, dubbed in 2012 “Best Lecturer International” by Glamorgan University Students’ Union, is Professor of Satellite Communications at the University of South Wales.

Ifiok holds a PhD in Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey and has taught and researched in the areas of mobile and satellite communication systems and radiowave propagation for 20 years.

He is author of over 110 publications, the best known being the 664-page textbook titled “Communication Engineering Principles” which is used in leading engineering departments around the world, and was described by one adopting lecturer in London as “the best book I’ve seen!”

Paul Febvre (photo)  

Paul Febvre, Chief Technology Officer, The Satellite Applications Catapult

Prior to joining the Catapult in 2013, Paul worked at Inmarsat from July 1994 as Satellite System Architect, and progressed to Head of the BGAN Evolution Team, responsible for System Engineering on the Inmarsat BGAN system, managing the European Space Agency (ESA) ARTES (Advanced Research Telecommunications Systems) Alphasat-extension programme.

Paul was also the Chief Architect for Inmarsat's proposal to ESA in response to the SESAR (Single European Skies Advanced Research) Joint Undertaking to develop the next generation of Air Traffic Management communications systems over Europe.

Paul's specialties lie with the art of the bidding process and contract negotiation within ESA ARTES and EC Framework programmes, consortium creation and maintenance, and technical programme management within an R&D context.

Paul graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Electronics Engineering.

Philip Haines (photo)  

Philip Haines, Head of Telecom Business Development, European Space Agency

Philip Haines is a veteran of the satellite industry. He spent 18 years working for satellite operators including Eutelsat, GE Americom, New Skies Satellites and Es'hailSat and 14 years in the downstream sector developing new satellite applications with a particular emphasis on satcom on the move - in the air, at sea and on land.

For the last two years he has been working for the European Space Agency (ESA) as Head of Telecom Business Development.

Tim Tozer (photo)  

Tim Tozer, University of York

Tim Tozer is with the Department of Electronics at the University of York, and was formerly head of their Communications Research Group. He has many years background in satellite communications, including working on the Skynet military satellite programme.

In addition to teaching and lecturing, he has managed or worked on a wide range of research activities in wireless systems, including VSAT and High Altitude Platform (HAP) based systems.

Tim is a named author on over 200 publications, and presents widely at international workshops and conferences. Tim has now been involved with this IET Satcoms Course for 27 years.

He is a Fellow of the IET, and a former member and Chair of the IET SatSys PN Executive Team; he has also been Chair of the European COST Action 297 addressing HAPs and their applications.

Tim Waterfield (photo)  

Tim Waterfield, Senior Specialist – Antennas, Airbus Defence and Space

Tim has a first class degree in Physics and completed the MBA course at the University of Bradford in 1981. Apart from three years working on Earth station antennas at ERA Technology Ltd (now Cobham) and two years as an overseas consultant in satellite antenna design in France, Spain and Canada, he has worked in the Antenna Group at Airbus since 1982, and as a Senior Specialist since 2000.

He has been a key figure in the development of communications antennas for all generations of the Eurostar series of satellites. He lives in Cambridge, and has been a speaker on the IET Satcoms Course since 2003.


Member - £1700

Non-member - from £1850

Student / retired- £1000

Government / military - £1250