At TE, we combine advanced antenna designs with cutting-edge materials to offer high performance antennas with reduced size and weight.
Kathleen Fasenfest leads the antenna development team in the design of new aerospace and defense antenna products. Kathleen has expertise designing and qualifying antennas for military and aerospace applications including communications, navigation, radar, and electronic warfare. Her particular research interests include wideband dual-polarized antennas and the application of materials science to antennas. Kathleen focused her academic background on applied electromagnetics, earning MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston.
What is your current position?
I am a Manager in Electrical Engineering working in Antenna Products for TE's Global Aerospace, Defense and Marine division.
What are your areas of expertise?
I am an expert in broadband and multi-band antennnas for communications, navigation, signals intelligence, radar, and electronic warfare applications.
What are your industry affiliations and organizations?
I am a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Antenna and Propagation Society (APS), Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Society, Institute of Navigation (ION), Eta Kappa Nu and
Tau Beta Pi.
Do you have any interesting hobbies or pastimes?
I earned a Minor in Viola Performance while finishing my engineering degree, and am now a member of a string quartet and local symphony orchestra.
Unmanned vehicles are finding increasing usage in military engagements, not only for aerial applications but also for ground and underwater missions. Modern antenna designs can increase unmanned vehicle fuel efficiency through reduced antenna size, increased antenna conformality, and reduced antenna weight. For airborne UAVs, time on station is a critical mission parameter directly influenced by payload weight and aerodynamics. For unmanned ground vehicles, increased antenna conformality reduces the likelihood of accidental damage that occurs with externally protruding antennas.