Welcome and greetings from the entire IEEE IMS2010 Steering Committee. We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim, CA, during Microwave Week, May 23-28.

As you make your plans to attend, there are several things that one should consider about IMS2010. Microwave Week provides multiple opportunities to learn, meet new friends, and enjoy Anaheim and southern California. We hope that you get to experience them all.

The option to learn includes attending the Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Symposium (http://www.rfic2010.org), the International Microwave Symposium (http://www.ims2010.org) and the 75th Automatic Radio Frequency Test Group Conference (http://www.arftg.org). Combined there are 32 Workshops, three Short Courses, 98 Oral Sessions, six Interactive Forums, nine Panel Sessions, and 13 Focused and Special Sessions to attend.

We are delighted that the Honorable Zachary Lemnios, Director of Defense Research and Engineering, will make the keynote address. His talk is entitled, “A Strategic View of Defense Research and Engineering.” All registered attendees and suitably registered guests are encouraged to attend. The Plenary Session will be Tuesday morning, May 25th, at 10:00 AM in the main ballroom of the Anaheim Convention Center.

Madhu Gupta and Chuck Krumm

This year, Dr. Madhu Gupta, the Technical Program Committee Chairman, and the entire IMS Technical Program Committee made a strong push to get papers submitted from emerging technologies and new areas of interest. As a result of their efforts, papers in new technical interest fields were received. Two new review committees were established to review the papers submitted. The two new areas include: High-power Microwaves for Industrial and Material Processing; and RFID and Power Scavenging Technologies. These fields are new to IMS and represented by three oral sessions and two interactive forum sessions in the technical program.

Taking time to attend the largest RF and microwave exhibition is an easy way to keep up with the latest product developments and trends. As of the latest count, there are over 850 booths from over 500 different exhibitors. Exhibit hours are Tuesday, May 25th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday, May 26th, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Thursday, May 27th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There are two things one should note for Wednesday, May 26th: Exhibit Only admission will be free for advanced registration and the exhibits are open for an additional hour in the evening. The Free Wednesday Exhibition will allow extra time for those who live in the southern California area the opportunity to drive in and enjoy the exhibition. The Industry Hosted Cocktail Reception will be held on Wednesday afternoon on the show floor between 5:00 and 6:00 PM.

There are the informative MicroApps sessions to visit and enjoy. Here you will discover the latest advances in products and solutions by some of the exhibiting vendors. Presentations are held continuously during show hours in the MicroApps Theater on the exhibit floor starting at 9:10 AM daily.

Should one desire more than Technical Sessions and the largest RF and microwave exhibition, there is a wonderful guest program to experience. IMS2010 has teamed with PRA Tours to provide an outstanding offering of tours allowing one to visit many of the famous southern California attractions. For information about the 11 different tours available visit http://www.pra-tours.com/IEEE for complete details. Onsite information about the tours will be available daily in the hospitality suite. The child-friendly hospitality suite will be located in the Sheraton Park Hotel next to the Anaheim Hilton. The hospitality suite provides both indoor and outdoor amenities. Please stop by and say hello to the helpful volunteers who will be there to ensure that your stay in Anaheim is enjoyable.

Should you still be looking for something more to do there are many famous restaurants and places to go after the daily sessions and exhibits have come to a close. There is the newly opened Garden Walk (http://www.anaheimgardenwalk.com), Downtown Disney (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com), and several popular restaurants. All are within easy walking distance of the Anaheim Convention Center. The concierge desk at the Convention Center will be glad to assist with reservations or any questions. Do not forget the wonders of Disneyland and California Adventure Park, which are just across the street.

As you can see, Microwave Week provides you with numerous opportunities to learn, meet new friends, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Anaheim and Southern California. The entire Steering Committee looks forward to your attendance. We know you will have an excellent time while here.

See you in Anaheim.