This is the third in a series of articles highlighting the
major awards in the EMC Society.
The previous two awards covered were (1) The Richard R.
Stoddart Award and (2) The Laurence G. Cumming Award. The
articles are being run in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary
Celebration of the EMC Society which will culminate in a
major celebration in 2007.
The most prestigious award given by the Electromagnetic
Compatibility Society of the IEEE is the Presidents
Memorial Award. The purpose of this award is to honor a
deceased, eminent member of the EMCS. The award funds a
scholarship for graduate study given in memory of the eminent
The award is $2000 and a Certificate. Also, reasonable travel
expenses (not to exceed $1000) will be provided for the
graduate student to attend the presentation. A second award
of $1000 may be made 12 months later providing the recipient
is still a student, that he or she requests the money, that
the award account reserves exceed $20,000, and that the
Awards Committee determines that the selection factors are
still being met.
The graduate student must be an active EMC student or higher
grade member. The student must be enrolled in or be formally
accepted for full-time graduate study pursuing an M.S. or
Ph.D. degree, with a demonstrated commitment to the field
The student must also have endorsements by at least three
(3) individuals (two EMC members and one previous or present
college instructor) which address technical proficiency
and career intentions. Prioritized criteria are (1) commitment
to EMC followed by (2) technical excellence.
The award is presented annually at the IEEE International
Symposium on EMC.
The surviving spouse or representative of the eminent member
is invited to attend the Awards Banquet and their travel
expenses are covered. The EMCS President or the surviving
spouse or family representative will present the award to
the deserving student.
The President also gives the spouse or representative a
memento in remembrance of the occasion and in honor of the
deceased members contribution to the EMCS community.
The award was initially given in 1991 when Fred Nichols,
a founder of the EMC Society, was honored after his untimely
passing in 1990. Janet ONeil, our esteemed Newsletter
editor, and daughter of Fred Nichols, accepted the award
on behalf of her family at the 1991 Cherry Hill EMC symposium.
The first year it was given it was actually called the Founders
Award. The name of the award was then changed to the
However, in 1992, when the Award was officially recognized
by the IEEE Awards Committee and the IEEE Board of Directors;
its formal title became the IEEE EMC Society Presidents
An endowment was established to fund the award. Endowment
contributors included EMACO, Inc.; Eaton Corporation; Chadwick
Technology; Ernie and Edna Magyar; Kurt and Alyse Laemmle;
Trident Systems; Denis Grisel; EMCO, Inc.; Lindgren RF Enclosures;
A.T. Parker, Inc.; Andy Hish Associates; Trice Marketing;
R & B Enterprises; Haefely Test Systems; Mrs. Amy Green,
Fair-Rite Products Corporation and Electrometrics.
Past winners have included: