Education and Student Activities Committee (ESAC)
Officers of the Education and Student Activities Committee, including Bob Nelson, Vice-Chair (second from left), Maqsood Mohd, Chair (second from right), and Randy Jost, Secretary/Webmaster (far right), join one of the winners of the Student Design Contest, Wes Williams from the University of Tennesse at Knoxville (far left) and the EMC Newsletter’s Technical Editor, Bob Olsen (center) at the IEEE EMC Symposium in Santa Clara.


If we are injured or inflicted with some type of illness then we go to a physician and this professional brings us back to the condition that we were in before the calamity. If we run into a legal problem then we seek the services of a lawyer and this professional ensures that we are in conformance with the law and brings us back into the condition that we were in before the incident. When we deal with an educator, however, we enhance our understanding of a subject matter and this professional makes us better than what we were before by improving our understanding, knowledge, and reasoning power. Yet, there are societies that do not “value” and “respect” an educator as much as they deserve to be respected. In fact, the combination of an educator and an education system could be used as a figure of merit of a prosperous and bright future of any society. Educators are builders of a newer generation that is more advanced than them. We are very fortunate to have excellent educators in our Society. Each year, these educators benefit us by making us improve ourselves in the EMC subject matter. We are grateful to these educators who put education and learning at the highest level of importance in their lives. If we, as a Society, desire to lead the current technology scene, we must promote education and learning in our Society. We as a Society must strive to innovate the art of EMC science through advanced learning and education. In my decade of formal connection with the Society, I have never been more excited and confident about our future than now. We have some very talented young men and women in our midst who are on a path to take the EMC science to greater heights and excellence. I am pleased to report that the ESAC has been instrumental in propelling the interest in EMC engineering and making this field of science a worthwhile endeavor for our young men and women around the world. Our decade old programs such as Fundamental Tutorials, Experimental Demonstrations, The NARTE Exam preparation, and the University Grant have continued to increase in their appeal and participation by the membership. Even the “new kid on the block” type programs such as the Best Student Paper Award, and the Best Student Design Competition have been accepted and have continued to increase in popularity at an exponentially increasing rate. The success due to the amalgamation of all these ESAC programs is palpable in the discussions and the knowledge base of the “customers” who profit by attending the events organized and conducted by the hardworking men and women of the ESAC. Every one of these officers of the ESAC (listed below) deserves recognition for his/her part in the success and for what their synergy brings to the overall success of the ESAC. Next time you meet one of them, show your appreciation for their dedication to promoting excellence in EMC education and learning. We at the ESAC are not satisfied with the success achieved thus far. We believe that there is always room for improvement. If you have any ideas that you would like to share with us to make ESAC better in accomplishing its charter, then please contact any one of the officers listed below or me. With your help and support, we will be on our way to becoming the best committee in our Society and a model for other IEEE entities to follow. The Boston, Massachusetts Symposium was a great success for ESAC. With record attendance in every program and the new threshold of excellence set in both the Best Student Paper Contest and the Best Student Design Competition, we launched yet another program called the “Partners in Education.” We have had an encouraging response and we have a partnership with one of the companies that specialize in EMC education software. We still need help in this area. We need more partners to join us in advancing the learning and education of EMC.

Tom Van Doren explains the concept of inductance to curious students after his tutorial presentation.

Let me now provide you with the details of the ESAC activities during the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Santa Clara for your reading pleasure and enjoyment.
Our big education events at the symposium included the Experiments Demonstration and the Fundamentals Tutorial Workshop. Twelve years ago, we started the Experiments Demonstration session, and eleven years ago we started the Fundamentals Tutorial and NARTE Exam Preparation workshops. A decade ago, on Mondays, the first day of the Symposium, there was hardly any other workshop offered. Over the years, the choice for the attendees has grown to almost four workshops on Mondays. Thanks to our excellent speakers and presenters, our Tutorial sessions have never lost their appeal and utility. The real down to earth and fundamentals education is really in demand. One of the reasons for this demand is that the environment in which we live is becoming richer with man-made electromagnetic energy and at the same time the susceptibility threshold of electronic technology is decreasing. So, many are in desperate need to know how to deal with EMI and EMC today. The increasing participation of novices in this field at seminars and symposia and even the desire of seasoned professionals to brush-up and soak up every tidbit of EMC knowledge are noteworthy. After all, knowledge is power! This makes our Committee’s responsibility very important, and we don’t take that lightly. We of ESAC, as in the past, will continue to strive to bring the best in EMC Education. But, we are always open for new and beneficial ideas.
Knowledge is power. And indeed education is the means to get the knowledge. To seek knowledge is a birth right of every human being. EMC professionals are included in this. It is never too late to learn and seek education. Education is a verb. Our goal is to become the premier education committee of the IEEE. This is your Committee. We are here to help you and support your education needs. We are striving to undertake unconventional and innovative means to achieve our goals. Help us help you better. Let me update you on activities of various subcommittees. We welcome your help and support that you may be able to provide to any of our subcommittees. Please feel free to contact any of these subcommittee Chairs.

Maqsood Mohd (right) supported Todd Hubing in getting the lightning demonstration equipment ready for the tutorial presentation.

Santa Clara, California Symposium 2004
The Santa Clara, California Symposium is now behind us, and it was the best yet for educating and enriching the EMC professionals. The Santa Clara Symposium Committee deserves thanks and appreciation for the job well done. At this symposium, the Education and Student Activities Committee achieved great success in several areas. In the following paragraphs, I have highlighted some of the events that took place that you may find of interest.

It was another landmark year for the Fundamentals Tutorial. This was the best year yet in its 11-year history. Although the tutorials are primarily targeted for the entry-level engineers in the EMC field, quite a few seasoned engineers also enjoy brushing-up on concepts that they might not have used in a while. This year several noted experts provided the tutorial material to help better understand EMC concepts and to better design systems from an EMC point of view. Highlights of the Tutorial include: introduction to EMC effects, inductance effects, lightning effects and lightning protection, use of dominant effect in diagnosis of EMC problems, bypass capacitors effectiveness and techniques to improve PCB performance, and a very informative panel discussion about challenges EMC professionals face in their design work. If you did not attend the workshop, we just wished that you were there.
Due to the overwhelming success of the 10th anniversary program last year, we continued the two features that were added last year. First, two topics and two speakers were planned to present extended discussions on the subject of prime importance to an EMC professional. Dr. Tom Van Doren presented a 90-minute tutorial discussion on inductance effects and Dr. Clayton Paul presented a 90-minute tutorial discussion on the concept of dominant effect in the diagnosis of EMC problems. As expected, both IEEE Fellows got rave reviews. Second, a panel discussion at the end of the day was conducted. Even I was surprised how important and beneficial the panel discussion was. The audience posed EMC questions to one or more panelists and it was a real blast. The people were glued to their seats even at 5:30 pm. We had to end the program because of other planned activities. The other speakers included Dr. Todd Hubing who enlightened the standing room only crowd about lightning effects and how to protect from these effects. Dr. Howard Johnson was also a stand out speaker on issues related to signal integrity. We would like to thank all the speakers and the audience for attending and making the panel discussion a great success. It is our intent to continue with this feature in the second decade of this very helpful and beneficial workshop.

Dr. Howard Johnson (right) explains the combination of signal integrity and EMC effects to a curious attendee after the presentation.

If attendance is any measure of success and popularity, the Fundamentals Tutorial was very successful. Throughout the day, on average there was an impressive attendance of about 300 participants peaking to 400. We had standing room only during the morning session and more seats were added in the hall. We again noticed standing room only in the afternoon session. Like previous years, this year too the first-time attendees were about 40% to 50% of the total attendance. Thanks to all the speakers and the attendees who made the Fundamentals Tutorial a great success. The tutorial subcommittee is busy planning for another exciting and informative session during the Chicago Symposium. If you would like to propose a topic or a speaker for the Chicago Symposium, email your comments and ideas to

This is another popular and “educational” activity we do as a committee. A variety of EMC concepts are demonstrated experimentally and through modeling and simulation (M&S) during the symposium to educate the symposium attendees. During the main three days of the symposium, a total of 18 (8 experimental and 10 M&S) concepts were demonstrated that sometimes might be classified as abstract or black magic. Many a happy soul was pleased to learn these concepts during these demonstrations. Their doubts changed into convincing beliefs.
Like the previous three years, the demonstrations were at the best location in the symposium. The Santa Clara Symposium committee worked closely with the ESAC to make this a success. The experiments were solicited from a “Call for Experiments” and the Symposium committee also arranged for the equipment for the presenters. In the past, the ESAC used to do everything in this regard. This has been a successful transition. We are almost in an autopilot mode, and it has become a part of the main annual symposium committee function. A minimal interaction will still be with the ESAC for a foreseeable future, especially in an advisory role. The ESAC representative who has helped champion this effort is Andy Drozd. We want to recognize the invaluable service he has provided over the years to the great success of this wonderful program. Our thanks are due to the Santa Clara Symposium committee for a fine job on arranging the Experimental Demonstrations. In fact, one improvement made by the Santa Clara committee this year was to have a comprehensive audio visual system at each of the demonstration areas along with plenty of seats for the eager students to sit down and soak up every tidbit of information presented by the demonstrators. Our thanks are also due to very supportive vendors. If you would like to demonstrate an experiment at the Chicago symposium, please respond to the Call for Experiments. If you would like to demonstrate an EMC modeling and simulation concept at the next symposium in Chicago, please contact Maqsood at

Clayton Paul explains the concept of dominant effect in diagnosing EMI issues to a crowded audience.

NARTE Activities
As during the past 10 years, Dr. James Whalen conducted the workshop for engineers and technicians who prepare to take the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE) examination to certify as EMC engineers and technicians. Dr. James Whalen is also a part of the overseeing committee of the EMCS that reviews the question pool along with several folks from the technical committees (TCs). At the NARTE examination on Friday, several engineers and technicians sat for the exams. The word from NARTE is that a number of the participants passed the exams. Our congratulations to all the successful applicants, and welcome to the ranks of certified NARTE professionals. Our thanks are due to Dr. James Whalen for championing the cause of “preparing for the NARTE exams.” Due to his selfless service to the ESAC and by conducting this workshop during the last 11 years, he has educated almost 500 engineers and technicians and his attendees have a record of 70% passing in the first attempt to become NARTE certified EMC engineers and technicians.

University Grant
John Howard heads the University Grant Committee. This year, however, his committee has not been successful in finding a winner for this grant. This year we had a reasonable response to the call for proposals, but the committee could not reach a consensus on the winner. The grant is provided to an institution that is on the verge of offering an EMC course. The grant money is used as seed money to start an EMC course as an established part of the curriculum in the Electrical Engineering department. The grant is open to all universities in the world. For more details, contact John Howard at

University Survey
Professor Antonio Orlandi is the Chair of this subcommittee. The mission of the university survey committee is to survey the universities and collect data about the EMC course offering, student population, modeling and simulation usage, etc. The data collected will help EMCS and its members in various ways. Information will be useful for prospective students, industry, employers, etc. If you have not already done so, please complete an online survey by going to the website If you know of a school or a college that has not participated in the survey, please encourage them to complete an online survey. For more information on this activity please contact Professor Orlandi at

Student Design Competition
This has been one of the most exciting areas of growth during last few years for our Committee. This effort epitomizes the proverbial synergistic cooperative effort between industry and the Society. Ahmad Fallah of Cisco Systems, Santa Clara, California, and Harold Rudnick of Phoenix International of Fargo, North Dakota are the Co-Chairs of this effort. This was our fifth year of conducting this competition. In this competition, parts of a circuit (designed by Fallah) in the form of a kit are sent to the professors at the universities. The kit is yours for the asking. This year almost 34 kits were sent around the world. We received eight entries. The entries were evaluated against a set of criteria provided in the information packet sent with the kit. The evaluators are EMC engineers from the industry and academia without any conflict of interest.

Clayton Paul answered many individual questions following his presentation in Santa Clara.

The 2004 EMC Student Design Competitions was a major success! In the 2004 competition, we had an excellent wining entry. The winning entry team is from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The team consists of three members: Wes Williams, Joshua Taylor, and Brent Hatch. The team members presented an impressive poster paper presentation in the demonstration area. The team qualified to receive $900 in cash and one student from the winning team received an expense-paid trip to attend the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Santa Clara, California. The most important reward for the participants, however, was the experience of applying their EMC design knowledge to a real-life problem and explaining the EMI-reduction techniques to scores of professionals in the symposium.
If you are a student and want to participate in the 2005 Student Design Competition, then all you need to do is have your professor contact us via email at, and request a design kit and a copy of the competition rules by January 15, 2005. Follow the rules and submit a winning entry. Get started early and remember, the early bird gets the worm. The price is right: a free trip to the 2005 Chicago EMC symposium and $900 US dollars! Not bad!

Experiments Manual On-line
Dr. Dick DuBroff has led this effort for last three years. He has done extraordinary work to enhance the experiments manual. He has developed a Volume II of the manual. We appreciate his hard work and dedication to advance this effort. Thank you Dick for your valuable effort in this area. The first Experiment Manual was published by the Education and Student Activities Committee and is on the web site at: If you have an Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download the entire manual from this site. If you don’t have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, it can easily be downloaded from the site: If you would like to take a look at Volume II of the Experiment Manual, then visit Our new chair for this effort is Ed Wheeler of Rose-Hulman. Ed can use some help from a volunteer who can support the follow-up work of soliciting and arranging the new experiments. If you are interested in broadening your career horizons, contact Ed or any other officer of the Education and Student Activities Committee.

Crosstalk between experts! Todd Hubing is talking to Maqsood Mohd and Howard Johnson is talking to Mark Montrose.

Education Committee Web Site
Randy Jost of Utah State University is in charge of this subcommittee as he has assumed the role of the Secretary of the ESAC officially in August 2003. As the duties fall under secretary of the committee, Randy Jost has done a superb job. Take a look at our web site at soc/emcs/edu/index.html. If you have any ideas to improve our web site, please contact Randy or me.

Student Activities
Since this effort involved many activities and it was difficult for one volunteer to accomplish everything, the efforts to undertake the Student Design Competition and the Best Student Paper Contest were separated from this activity. The scope of this committee was adjusted so that it would be easier to accomplish the objectives of this committee. Dr. Tom Jerse is the new Chair of this subcommittee. The mission of this committee is to reach out and interact with all students around. Primarily, he will focus on college campus related activities (interfacing with IEEE student chapters, promoting EMC in those chapters, and taking care of the President’s Award, such as promotion, advertising, and seeking nominations for it.) The first order of business is to introduce the student chapters with EMC educational materials. If you have any ideas or wish to volunteer, please contact Tom Jerse at

Howard Johnson explains the details of bypass capacitor effects to the crowded audience hall.

Student Award Winners at the 2004 EMC Symposium
In addition to the Best Student Design Award, each year the Education and Student Activities Committee also awards the Best Student Paper Award at the annual Symposium event. The winning entry for this year’s Best Student Paper Contest was “Graphical Analysis of B-737 Airplane Pathloss Data for GPS and Evaluation of Coupling Mitigation Techniques,” by Ms. Madiha Jafry of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University at Norfolk, Virginia. Her award included a cash award of $900 and an expense paid trip to the Santa Clara Symposium. Congratulations to Ms. Madiha Jafry for her excellent and innovative paper about an interesting topic in the avionics industry. Regarding the Best Student Design Competition, the winning entry for this year was from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The team members are Wes Williams, Josh Taylor, and Brent Hatch. The three members of the team share a cash award of $900. The team members got an expense paid trip to the Symposium in addition to the cash award. This year only one team member was able to attend the symposium. Congratulations to these students, their team members, their professors, sponsors, and the universities.

Maqsood Mohd (far right) leads the panel discussion at the end of the Fundamentals Tutorial workshop and answered questions from the audience.

Video/CD-ROM Based Educational Material Production
The task of this committee is to produce educational material in an appropriate and useful medium to the EMCS membership. Dick Ford has been the Chair of this committee. This year Dick has completed a milestone in the video productions arena. A CD-ROM is produced that has three experiment demonstrations on it. The experiments include the demonstration of “EMC Aspects of Magnetic Field Coupling of Current Loops,” by Dr. Jasper Goedbloed of Geldrop Netherlands. He is a professional of great repute who worked for a number of years and retired from the Philips Company in the Netherlands. He has authored an excellent book on EMC and has been a featured presenter in the ESAC Fundamentals Tutorial Workshop and the Experimental Demonstrations over the years. The second demonstration included is titled “ESD and EMI in Printed Wiring Boards,” by Doug Smith. Doug is well known and respected throughout the EMC and ESD communities for his high frequency measurements expertise. He worked for a number of years and retired from AT&T Bell Labs. He has authored an excellent book on EMC and has been a featured presenter in the ESAC Fundamentals Tutorial Workshop and the Experimental Demonstrations over the years. The third demonstration shows the “Effects of Pulse Rise/Fall Time on Signal Spectra,” by Professor Clayton Paul of Mercer University, in Macon, Georgia. Dr. Clayton Paul has been an icon in the EMC Society for a number of years. He is an IEEE Fellow, author of the first EMC book suitable for an academic course, and he propelled the science of EMC engineering from the “Black Magic” arena into scientifically computable and understandable areas. He retired from the University of Kentucky after teaching there for a number of years. He is a long-term contributor to the ESAC Fundamentals Tutorial Workshop and Experimental Demonstrations programs. He authored and edited the first EMC Experiments Manual produced by the ESAC.
You don’t want to miss this CD if you are interested in learning the concepts and actually conducting an experiment to duplicate the concepts presented on it. This copyrighted material is available to our membership through the ESAC. There is a plan to provide these CDs to needy members. They will be provided to EMC Chapters, professors, and other educators. To get a copy of this CD, contact Bob Nelson or me. What we do in this committee has a far-reaching impact in the 21st century. The educational material and the CD that we produced will be valuable to EMC students and professionals alike for a long time to come.

Maqsood Mohd, ESAC Chair, led the annual meeting of the ESAC, and is supported by able Vice Chair, Bob Nelson (right).

The annual ESAC meeting in session. All interested in education issues are invited to attend.

EMC Outreach
The task of this committee is to produce educational material in an appropriate and useful medium to the EMCS membership. The outreach consists of three segments: the K-12 population, the college student population, and the professional members who are not fulltime students. We are beginning to devote our efforts and resources to the K-12 population segment during the coming months. If you have any ideas how to go about doing this job more effectively, please contact me at
Education and Student Activities Officers
Some changes have occurred during the Symposium. Contact any one of the following to become a part of the ongoing innovation in EMC engineering through education.
Experiments Manual II Ed Wheeler,
Student Activities Tom Jerse,
Student Design Contest Ahmad Fallah,
Harold Rudnick,
Secretary/Webmaster Randy Jost,
University Grant John Howard,
EMC Outreach Maqsood Mohd,
Tutorials Maqsood Mohd
Vice Chair Bob Nelson,
University Survey Antonio Orlandi,
NARTE Jim Whalen,
I would like to express my personal thanks and appreciation to each of these officers who tirelessly work throughout the year to bring the very best in EMC education materials, workshops, demonstrations, tutorials, and student contests at every symposium and to all the members of the EMC profession throughout the year. When you email them, contact them, or see them during a symposium, please express your appreciation for volunteering their valuable time for the EMCS and the Education and Student Activities Committee. EMC

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