President’s Message

The Second Fifty Years…Some Words of Wisdom
Well we’ve arrived at my final President’s Message for this venerable Newsletter. My term as President is winding down. In my first message nearly two years ago, I stressed the theme endings lead to new beginnings. That same theme applies here in my closing message.
I had the fortune of being in the position to commemorate our first fifty years as a Society and to be at the threshold of the Society’s next fifty years. With that, I want to begin my final message by welcoming our incoming President, Elya Joffe, whose term begins on January 1, 2008. Those familiar with Elya know him as one of the most enthusiastic and hardest working volunteers, and certainly a driving force dedicated to the growth, long-term success, and longevity of our Society. His term as President marks the beginning of our Society’s second fifty years and beyond. As he navigates the course ahead, he will surely make his mark on the EMC Society in very positive ways. I ask each of you to give him your full support and encouragement just as you have done so for me and for our past Presidents over the years. I certainly will be there to help him as immediate Past President just as Kimball Williams helped me when I took over the reigns from him just a mere couple of years ago. We will be there for each other!
Let us never forget that the EMC Society IS you – our members worldwide. One of the key lessons I learned over the past two years has been the importance of being sensitive to the needs of the members and working as a team to get things accomplished. Although I may have had my own pet projects and personal ideas of what I thought worth pursuing, these had to be weighed against what the members really wanted and needed as well as how best to fulfill these needs. This focuses attention and our Society resources on matters of real importance. The majority has spoken, we listened and we worked together as a team to get things done. Certain initiatives had to be reprioritized and some deferred to a later time in order to address immediate concerns and issues. At other times, I went with my instincts and proposed new directions for us to actively pursue, such as my vision of a Society that continues to strengthen its position in the future by adapting to the broad realm of new, cutting-edge technologies and applications. This vision has been shared and eagerly embraced by the vast majority of EMC Society members. I am gratified by the support.
Someone once told me that the EMC Society is all about politics. I vehemently disagree with that statement. Although we have diversified views and many voices, we are not a multi-party system prone to pushing political agendas for personal gain or otherwise, or at least we shouldn’t be. The EMC Society is not really about politics, ideological platforms and personal agendas even though some may have you believe that. Rather, it is and should continue to be about serving its members in the best way possible by pursuing scientific studies and technical advancements for the benefit of mankind. It’s that simple.
Why do I raise these points? Carpe diem. I want to seize this opportunity to impart some nuggets of wisdom (hopefully!) to future leaders of the EMC Society based on my own experience and impressions. A position of Society leader comes with certain responsibilities and insights to be gained. The first is to be sensitive to what our members want and dwell less on what leadership thinks they need. This means actively reaching out to the members and eliciting feedback. Next, one must be willing to listen, interpret, and decide more often than not by committee. I have espoused the philosophy of leadership with a unified front, but with a multitude of voices, keeping in mind that our accomplishments will be realized so long as we function as a cohesive team with a single-minded purpose – to benefit our members! As we are often reminded, there is no “I” in “TEAM.” Finally, be unselfish and expect your reward to be a feeling of satisfaction for a job well done no matter what the outcome. Do your best and have fun doing it! Be proud, but be humble.

Legacy…Accomplishments Then and Now
As I look back over the past two years, the EMC Society has realized a number of important accomplishments. A report on progress includes:
• Development of a long-range plan to maintain the visibility and importance of EMC in new, emerging technologies (building upon the efforts of Past President Dan Hoolihan and his work on the IEEE New Technologies Committee). John Norgard, Vice President of Technical Services, was charged with establishing and appointing members of a newly formed Emerging Technologies Committee (ETC) to identify the role of EMC in cutting-edge technologies and applications.
o New Technical Committee on Nanotechnology and EMC (TC-11) was established (2007).
• An accelerated global outreach initiative was instituted (based on the plan originally developed by Past Presidents Joe Butler, Kimball Williams and Dan Hoolihan) which assembled delegates from our EMC-S Executive Committee and Board of Directors (BoD) to support technically-co-sponsored conferences and chapter activities worldwide. Since the beginning of 2006, the following global outreach-related activities took place at which EMC-S presence was evident (Note: nearly all personal outreach and support activities were held outside the North American continent):
o 2006 Waveform Diversity and Design Conference, Lihue, Hawaii
o 2006 EMC Zurich in Singapore Symposium & Technical Exhibition, Singapore
o 2006 International Conference on EMI/C (INCEMIC) and Workshop, Bangalore, India
o German EMC Chapter visit (May 2006 EMC-S BoD meeting, Hannover, Germany)
o Region 9 EMC Colloquium & Exhibition, Mexico City, Mexico (2006)
o 2006 EMC Europe Symposium, Barcelona, Spain
o 2007 Waveform Diversity and Design Conference, Pisa, Italy
o Colombian EMC Chapter Inauguration, Colombia, South America (2007)
o 2007 Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DYSPAN) Conference, Dublin, Ireland
o 2007 EMC Europe Workshop, Paris, France
o Victoria Section EMC Chapter Inauguration, Melbourne, Australia (2006/2007)
o Hong Kong EMC Chapter visit, Hong Kong, China (2007)
o 2007 SoftCOM Symposium, Split-Dubrovnik, Croatia
o EMC Workshop at the International Symposium on Power Quality (SICEL2007), Manizales, South America.
• The EMC Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007. An event to remember!!
• A new Society Member Digital Library (SMDL) benefit was added allowing members to download published papers from both the EMC symposia proceedings back to 1988 as well as EMC Transactions via IEEE Xplore (first year free unlimited downloads beginning in 2008 and then optionally at nominal cost for subsequent years).
• At least four new chapters were formed or were in the process of formation including major chapter inauguration activities in Hong Kong, Romania, Melbourne (Australia), Colombia (South America) and the Czech Republic (all thanks largely to the efforts of Francesca Maradei, Society Chapter Coordinator and Elya Joffe).
• Membership continued to rebound ever so slightly, but steadily. We still have a ways to go to regain and exceed the membership numbers from the year 2000.
• A Distinguished Lecturer Program presence was extended in Regions 8 and 10. We are working on Region 9.
• A new automated (online) paper submission and review system was adopted to facilitate improved reviewer-author communications during the paper acceptance process for symposia.
• A new short-range plan was developed to hold multiple EMC-S symposia in a given year. The plan will be implemented within the next three years and will involve holding one symposium in the North American continent and one in another IEEE Region (8-10) that same year.
• We raised the bar on the importance of proper ethical conduct by members of our Society to new heights.
• Three brand new sites for future EMC international symposia were selected (Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2010, Long Beach, CA in 2011 and Pittsburgh, PA in 2012). Our presence is expanding!
There have been other important accomplishments of a somewhat smaller scale behind the scenes. Overall, I feel we have made significant strides in making our mark on the history of the Society and in advancing our cause. Time will tell as to the impact this legacy of achievements will have on the future, but I am hopeful it will be a positive one.

Another Week to Remember!
Let’s switch gears.
Traditionally, the fall edition of the Newsletter is our so-called symposium issue. Pretty much everything you wanted to know about the 2007 EMC Symposium can be found in this issue. I would like to offer a few of my own personal reflections on this year’s symposium. Whereas I could write volumes on my time in Hawaii during symposium week, I will highlight only my “top 5” most memorable moments here. Before I discuss these, I want to take the opportunity to thank Janet O’Neil, 2007 EMC Symposium General Chair and her symposium committee for arranging such a wonderful, high-quality and extremely enjoyable event. Most will agree that the technical and social programs were outstanding! Being in Hawaii wasn’t so shabby either.
The first most memorable event for me was the opening plenary session of the symposium. Those who attended the plenary session and with whom I spoke afterwards, found this to be one of the best and most informative forums, let alone a highly entertaining one.
IEEE President Dr. Leah Jamieson delivered the keynote address titled, “Engineering in the Changing World.” Her talk addressed global and technological trends that are driving change both in the engineering profession and in engineering education, including what attributes will define success in 21st century careers. Her perspective on this topic and exploring how we will need to respond to these challenges in the future provided food for thought. An article written by Dr. Jamieson on the subject will be published in the next Newsletter.
Also, invited guest speaker Dr. Tapan Sarkar of Syracuse University gave a colorful talk titled, “Who Was James Clerk Maxwell and What Is/Was His Electromagnetic Theory?” This talk, based on a book co-written by him on the history of wireless technology1 discussed Maxwell from a historical perspective focusing on some of his works that many are not familiar with beyond his classical electromagnetic equations. According to Dr. Sarkar, Maxwell can be considered as one of the world’s greatest scientists even if he had never worked on electricity and magnetism. The talk described some of that research including, for example, the ophthalmoscope and the Maxwell’s yellow spot test for macular degeneration, the three colors used in color television, as inventor of the concept of ensemble averaging and the developer of the concept of entropy which was expounded by Leo Szilard and others as information theory. He took the first color photograph, laid the basic foundation on the choice of three primary colors in characterizing any color, and developed accessories for colorblind people, which are still used today. He developed general laws of optical instruments and even developed a theory on the composition of Saturn’s rings. He created a standard for electrical resistance. He also wrote the first paper on negative feedback, which was the cornerstone of Norbert Wiener’s work on cybernetics. Additionally, he improved the system of dimensional analysis which led him to predict that light was electromagnetic in nature and surprisingly the method of solving the loop currents as the ratio of determinants, to name a few. He developed a coherent set of units of measurement of electricity and magnetism, which became misleadingly known as the Gaussian system. Even though Maxwell has influenced development in many areas of physical sciences and had started a revolution in the way physicists look at the world, he is not very well known for these accomplishments, unfortunately, outside some selected scientific communities. The reasons for that were also presented. Tapan covered it all elegantly and with much wit and humor.
The second most memorable event for me (obviously!) was the weeklong celebration of the Society’s 50th anniversary. The Founder’s appreciation luncheon held during the week (arrangements courtesy of Dan Hoolihan) was very enjoyable and a classy affair. I had a chance to meet several founders and past presidents. Seated at each table was a student or new member of the EMC Society. It was a nice pairing of EMC Society veteran and EMC journeyman. It was also a great opportunity to share past EMC war stories and other recollections.
The 50th Anniversary Awards Banquet was held at the end of symposium week at the picturesque Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. This was another prime opportunity to meet several of our founding fathers and past presidents of the EMC Society. It was a time to reminisce and hear more wonderful stories of the past as told by our guest founders. I especially thought Tony Zimbalati’s extended reminiscences were very interesting, highly colorful and certainly entertaining. Founder Milt Kant’s suggestion for the Society to fund the continuation of the EMC History Museum and artifact collection was well received and is now on the Board’s agenda for consideration.
My third most memorable recollection was touring the EMC History Museum, showcased at the 2007 EMC Symposium at the Hawaii Convention Center. Once again, I would like to personally thank Dan Hoolihan for his efforts on behalf of the EMC History Museum display. He collected various memorabilia; photos and vintage hardware, taking us on a time machine ride into to the past and back to the present. We will continue to maintain and augment this display in the coming years in preparation for our next anniversary event to be sure!
By the way, an article by Dan Hoolihan is included in this Newsletter covering all of the different activities related to our recent 50th anniversary celebration and upcoming plans, including the EMC History Museum.
Memorable event number four was the Children’s program. This program was started back in 2001 at our Montreal EMC Symposium. This is an event that is geared at making EMC engineering fun for children and young adults who may be aspiring (EMC) engineers. Racing cars and EMC was the theme of this year’s Children’s program. The young people who participated were tasked with building a racing car and then entering their cars into a race. It was enjoyable and encouraging to see the youngsters hard at work installing simple circuits with motors, batteries, and wires. My son Evan was among them. The finished products were then tested and raced on the makeshift track in the main Exhibit Hall. Gayla Burns was the inspiration for this in front of and behind the scenes. She capably led the youths on their quest to win the race in team effort fashion. Along the way, the children learned a great deal about basic EMI and how to “build” EMC into their cars. Yours truly was extremely proud to be part of the “driver’s team” judging the contests and spurring on the children during the race trials. Thank you Gayla for a job well done and for sparking interest in our future EMC engineers and technologists! See the article by Gayla included in this Newsletter for more information.
The fifth most memorable event for me was the Wednesday night luau at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. In typical Hawaiian-Polynesian fashion, the food and entertainment were in abundance. Words alone can’t describe the charming beauty of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and its scenic shoreline, so I’ll let the many pictures within this Newsletter do the talking. I think it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all. It was just the right mix of family, friends, food and great entertainment. If there had been more time in the evening, both Dan Hoolihan and I would have done the Polynesian fire dance, but I’ll leave that to your imaginations.
I’ll cheat and mention here that there were a couple of other high points for me: Thursday’s Awards Luncheon and the Global EMC University Program.
The Awards Luncheon offered us another opportunity to recognize many of our Society’s leaders and technical contributors for 2006-2007, as well as acknowledge several of our members who recently passed away. I had the pleasure of congratulating the winners and getting photos taken with them. The details of the awards and a listing of our worthy recipients are included in this Newsletter. My compliments to Bruce Archambeault, Awards Chairman, for a job well done and to Ken Wyatt, Society Photographer, for the great photos!
Additionally, I want to acknowledge the efforts of Clayton Paul on behalf of the Global EMC University and congratulate him for making this all happen so smoothly and successfully the first time around. Go Global EMC University!
Sadly, we have lost several of our members since the symposium in Hawaii. These include the passing of Mike Hart, Ken Hall and EMC Society Founders John J. O’Neil and Fred Haber. A tribute piece on Ken and Fred is included in this Newsletter edition. May they rest in peace. Our thoughts are with them and their families.

Into the Sunset…
We continue to enjoy a yearlong celebration of our Society’s 50th anniversary. Enjoy it. You can all be very proud of belonging to the EMC Society and for being part of its rich legacy and especially for the significant impact you will have on the world and our profession in the future.
In closing, my term as President is winding down. As my time nears to step aside, I want to say that it has been an honor to serve you, our members, over the past two years and I look forward to the years to come. Even though my term is coming to a close, my commitment and active involvement in the EMC Society will continue.
I appreciate all of your support and the courtesy you have extended to me over the years. This has been a ‘captain’s log’ of my personal journey. I thank God and the many others who helped show me the way, and especially for the support of my family during those many trips and to my pillars of strength on the Executive Committee, namely Don Heirman, Barry Wallen, John Norgard, Kimball Williams, Elya Joffe, Dave Staggs, Ghery Pettit, Janet O’Neil, and Warren Kesselman! EMC

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