Jimmy Strates, lead RF engineer at NXT Communications Corporation in Ball Ground, has been named to Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)’s fourth annual “20 Under 35” list.

Strates and the other honorees were selected from nominations submitted by the membership and evaluated by a panel of judges made up of many of the Mentors supporting SSPI’s student outreach programs.

“We are thrilled that Jimmy was selected among such a talented group of innovators in our industry. He is an outside-the-box engineer who is driving NXTCOMM’s next-generation antenna design work,” said David Horton, NXTCOMM CEO.

Strates joined NXTCOMM in February after nine years at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), where he served as a research engineer. As NXTCOMM’s Lead RF Engineer, he is designing active electronically scanned arrays (ESA) for use over satellite that enable markets at scale with greater efficiency and smaller form factor. Strates leads a team that is responsible for the design of antennas, RF systems and components, and modeling and optimization of these antennas.

Before joining NXTCOMM, Strates developed RF technologies from early prototypes to maturity for multiple Department of Defense platforms and was instrumental in developing the first-ever beamforming, frequency-agile and polarization-agile antenna that remains a leading performer in software-defined antennas.

Strates was a frequent mentor to junior engineers in the undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering program at Georgia Tech and continues to mentor students and colleagues that he met during his time there.

“I’m grateful to be included among this group being honored for their contributions to the satellite and space industry. Each individual has had such a large impact in their organization, and I’m glad they are being recognized for their achievements,” Strates said in a statement. “I’ve loved developing these cutting-edge antennas and hope to perpetually be pushing the industry into the next generation of technology.”

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