Theses and Dissertations



Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Ball, John E.

Committee Member

Gurbuz, Ali C.

Committee Member

Street, Garrett M.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Honey bees are some of the most important pollinators for agriculture in the world and are pivotal to the health of worldwide ecosystems. Like all insects, bees struggle with exposure to parasites, diseases, and other environmental factors that can negatively affect the overall health of the colony. Recently, a new unexplainable phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been wreaking havoc on bee populations worldwide. As a result, a system capable of tracking bees is required to understand the different contributions of chemicals, parasites, etc. to CCD. This research seeks to show data supporting the development of systems for an X-band harmonic radar system. Overall, it was found the harmonic oscillator’s conversion and antenna efficiency were the most important design factors for determining detectability at increased ranges. Therefore, multiple harmonic oscillators were simulated and developed at a fundamental frequency of 5 GHz with these design factors in mind.