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South Africa Aerospace & Defense Forum 2017

A FREE Industry Event Hosted by National Instruments
6th April 2017
The Innovation Hub, Pretoria



National Instruments invites you to the annual Aerospace & Defense Forum, dedicated to managers leading projects in aviation, aerospace and defense industries.

This years’ conference will offer the chance to explore industry trends and opportunities and showcase solutions for particular technical challenges.


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Session Highlights:


1. Keynote: A Smarter approach to system design in Aerospace & Defense Applications

2. Avionics systems tests | Testing Avionics Systems

3. Radars prototyping and validation | Chasing the Challenges of Radar Design & Test

4. Wideband (GHz+) signal analysis and recording | Architecting Gigahertz Bandwidth RF Record and Playback Systems


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Farris Alhorr – RF specialist and Business Development Manager Middle East and Africa, National Instruments Lebanon

Farris has more than 10 years of industry experience focusing on RF test and measurement instruments, wireless system design, and over the air (OTA) wireless testing. He worked as an RF systems consultant for 5 years and was heavily involved in the CTIA MIMO OTA subgroup. His major CTIA contributions include a patented method on how to make OTA measurements for wireless devices in a reverberation chamber.

Besides his technical expertise, Farris worked as a global product line manager for the NI Software Defined Radio (SDR) platforms with a focus on government, industrial, and academic research applications. He successfully launched two new NI USRP SDRs, and has given multiple seminars on SDR and LabVIEW in multiple IEEE conferences.

Farris holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and Master of Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University.



Stephen Plumb

Stephen Plumb – Area Sales Manager South Africa and GCC, National Instruments South Africa

Stephen obtained his bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Natal (KZN). While completing his education, Stephen worked in the Applied Physics Group on several projects relating to industrial applications of physics, most notably the application of image processing techniques and neural network solutions to conveyor belt monitoring. Based on this research, Stephen formed a company with a graduating partner, specializing in conveyor belt monitoring and other image processing related problems.

During this time, projects were undertaken ranging from acoustic measurement systems to towing dynamometers. Working on such a wide variety of complex and interesting applications led to a close association with National Instruments and, in 2006, Stephen joined the company directly when he was appointed as the Area Sales Manager of the South African branch.


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