At the Boston EMCS Board of Directors
meeting, the Board appointed regional conference coordinators
for IEEE Regions 8, 9 and 10. Dr. Frank Sabath was appointed as
the first Regional Conference Coordinator in Region 8, encompassing
Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Sabath is an active member
and the recent treasurer of the German Chapter. He received the
Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the University
of Paderborn in 1993 and the Dr.-Ing. degree (PhD) from the University
of Hanover in 1998.
From 1993 to 1998 he was with the C-Lab,
a Joint R&D Institute of the University of Paderborn, Germany,
and the Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG, Paderborn, where
his responsibilities included research activities on numerical
field calculation and the radiation analysis of printed circuit
boards. Since 1998 he is with the Federal Office of Defense Technology
and Procurement (BWB). Currently he is a scientist at the Federal
Armed Forces Scientific Institute for Protective Technologies
and NBC-Protection (WIS) in Munster, Germany. His research interests
include investigations of electromagnetic field theory, numerical
field computation, investigations of short pulse interaction on
electronics and impulse radiation.
Dr. Sabath was responsible for the organization
of numerous technical workshops and lectures. He is a member of
the steering committee of the upcoming EUROEM 2004. Based on his
experience in organizing local workshops in cooperation with the
EMCS, Dr. Sabath was selected as the first regional conference
coordinator in Region 8. The duties of the regional conference
The coordination of
local and regional activities like symposia, conferences, workshops
or lectures. He has to see that these local activities do not
conflict with each other or with the Societys annual conferences.
The assistance for
individual EMC Society Chapters in scheduling and organizing
regional and local EMC symposia.
The development of
guidelines to aid chapters in planning regional symposia.
The help of chapters
with publicity and other services available from the EMC Society
or the IEEE.
Any member of the EMC Society knows Region
8 as the host of important international symposia on EMC (e.g.
EMC Zurich, EMC EUROPE, EMC Wroclaw, EUROEM), supported by active
EMC chapters that are mainly located in the European part of Region
8. Below the international issues, these chapters are involved
in various local activities like workshops, lectures or technical
meetings. In contrast to the European section, there is no active
chapter in the African part of Region 8. The two major challenges
for the regional conference coordinator are the support of new
chapters by regional activities in Africa and the coordination
of local activities with the international symposia. Dr. Sabath
defined the establishment of a regional symposia on EMC on a regular
basis (e.g. three or four years) and sub regional workshops and
round table discussions on specific items as long term goals of
his activities. His interim objectives are regional events like
lectures on recent EMC problems, one-week summer courses on EMC
and round table discussions organized by diverse chapters in Region
8. In order to obtain these self-defined goals, he is working
currently on an information and support kit consisting of a set
of information sheets about how one can get the support of the
EMCS as well as basic documents and helpful advice for steering
committees and organizers of regional events.
Dr. Sabath is talking about organizing
regional workshops on EMC related topics with specific chapters.
As a first action in his new position, Dr. Sabath has had a closed
door meeting with Professor Garbe, the chair of the German Chapter.
The main topics of this meeting were a regional chapter chair
meeting hosted by the German chapter, the organization of a regional
workshop on numerical field computation and the support for the
regional conference coordinating committee.
If one chapter, or a member of an EMC
chapter, in Region 8 wishes to organize a regional event (e.g.
workshop, conference, mini-conference) and they want to coordinate
it with the EMCS or they need any kind of advice or administrative
help, particularly in asking for support from the EMCS, then they
can contact Dr. Sabath at Frank.Sabath@ieee.org.
Regional Conference Coordinators
Appointed for Regions 8, 9 and 10
by Elya Joffe, EMCS Vice-President
Recently, the EMC Society Board of Directors approved the
institution of a position entitled EMC Society Regional
Conference Coordinator for IEEE Regions 8, 9 and 10.
The Regional Conference Coordinators will coordinate and
assist individual EMC Society Chapters in scheduling and
organizing EMC conferences within their respective regions.
With the proliferation of International EMC symposia, conferences
and other events, the Regional Conference Coordinator shall
help to coordinate those events so as to minimize conflict
with each other and/or with the EMC Societys annual
symposia. For those Chapters who need some help in organizing
a Regional Conference, the Regional Coordinator will develop
guidelines to aid chapters in such endeavors. The Coordinator
will also help chapters with publicity and obtain other
services available from the EMC Society or the IEEE.
Following are the newly appointed Regional Conference Coordinators:
Region 8: Dr. Frank Sabath, Germany, Frank.Sabath@ieee.org.
Region 9: Janet ONeil, USA, email@example.com
Region 10: Professor Shuichi Nitta, Japan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact them for any help in organizing
your Regional Conference.