THE PRESIDENTS OPENING
President Williams called the meeting to order at 9:00 am. A round
of introductions was made. Board members present included R. Brewer,
N. Carter, A. Drozd, M. Hatfield, D. Heirman, T. Hubing, E. Joffe,
S. Nitta, J. Norgard, J. ONeil, G. Pettit, D. Staggs, D.
Sweeney, R. Wallen and K. Williams. Board members absent included
B. Archambeault, D. Hoolihan, W. Kesselman, Z. Pantic-Tanner,
A. Podgorski, and C. Sartori. Guests present included Fred Heather.
President Williams presented the agenda.
|The mild climate during the Board
of Directors meeting in Scottsdale was perfect for lunch outdoors.
In the absence of Treasurer Warren Kesselman, Todd Hubing presented
his report. IEEEs December 31, 2003 finance statements do
not include the final distribution of income from the All Society
Periodicals Package (ASPP) and the Book Broker (BB) programs;
nor, infrastructure and market fluctuation adjustments. EMC-Ss
operations without those items produced a $158,900 deficit. Final
audited 2003 financials will probably be available late in the
second quarter of 2004. Mr. Kesselmans report included an
estimated year-end summary forecast table. The table was developed
using TABs October forecast data for infrastructure/market
fluctuation adjustments and 2003 budget numbers for ASPP and BB
income. This analysis projects a 2003 year-end operational surplus
of $99,000. It must be recognized that the forecasted surplus
is based on several assumptions. The final audited value could
be substantially different; however, the estimate does at least
indicate EMC-S should close 2003 operations with a surplus. Regarding
2004 operations, the IEEE approved 2004 budget is zero
net. January financials have not been issued yet. The surplus
from the 2003 Symposium in Boston will appear in the January report.
Bostons surplus was right on their budget target of $200,000.
Distribution of the surplus is $190,000 to EMC-S and $10,000 to
the Central New England Section. The Board approved developing
the 2005 first-pass budget with the following input
* Membership Fees and Transactions issues/pages are the same
as in the approved 2004 budget.
* Non-Member subscription rate be approved at the higher of
the 2004 rate ($290) or the IEEE recommended 2005 rate (which
will be available about April).
* Total Committee/Other budget not to exceed 236.0K.
Secretary ONeil presented the minutes from the previous
Board meeting on November 11, 2003 for review. Minor changes were
required. The Board approved the minutes as amended.
|Flat Stanley visits the
EMC Board of Directors meeting in Phoenix much to the amusement
of Andy Drozd, Elya Joffe and Dave Staggs (from left). Parents
may be familiar with the antics of this character that travels
the world in an envelope.
Ghery Pettit, Vice-President for Communication Services, presented
his report. He introduced Newsletter Editor, Janet ONeil.
She advised that the Winter 2004 issue is currently being assembled.
The Winter issue traditionally contains the introduction of the
newly elected Board members and new Distinguished Lecturers, the
Call for BoD Nominations, and the Call for Awards Nominations.
The practical papers include an article on Measurement Uncertainty
by Heirman and Bronaugh and one on the NightStar magnet flashlight
by Steve Vetorino, Geoffrey Wilson, and Russell Sibell. This flashlight
was one of the gifts given at the 2002 EMC Symposium in Minneapolis.
To date there are 8.83 pages of paid advertising in this issue
from a total of 16 companies. $16,350.75 has been billed to date
for these ads, of which the EMC-S will receive approximately $7,521.35.
Once again, Ken Wyatt of Agilent Technologies has provided the
cover photograph for this issue. It relates to the Measurement
Uncertainty article. At the beginning of the year, Susan Schneiderman
of IEEE Media provided some good news related to advertising.
IEEE Media increased sales in 2003 by 23.25% over 2002 and went
11.49% over budget in the eight IEEE Magazines represented by
IEEE Media. Business to business (B2B) advertising is still struggling
to recover from the worst business recession for technology media
in memory, a fact that makes this accomplishment all the more
dramatic. For achieving the milestone of beating their 2003 sales
goal, IEEE Media will be issuing a 4.3% rebate to each society
client. That is 4.3% of the total net advertising revenue per
magazine for 2003. The IEEE Media Sales, Marketing, and Business
Management fee for 2003 was based on a budget that they beat by
over $100K. Since their costs are relatively fixed, they are passing
the surplus back to the participating societies, something they
will continue to do as revenue improves. Ad revenue for the IEEE
EMC Society Newsletter in 2003 was $71,125 net. Additionally,
IEEE is budgeting for, and confident of, ad revenue growth among
the society coalition of magazines they represent in 2004. In
light of this, the IEEE Media Sales, Marketing, and Business Management
fee for 2004 is guaranteed at 16%, a 7.3% reduction from the 2003
base fee, meaning societies will retain considerably more of their
respective ad revenue in 2004. Mr. Pettit then reported for Flavio
Canavero, Transactions on EMC Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Canavero has
asked the previous Editor-in-Chief, Professor Marcello DAmore,
to join the Advisory Board for the Transactions on EMC. He has
asked all the Associate Editors if they wish to continue in this
capacity for under his tenure as Editor. He plans to seek additional
Associate Editors to cover new areas of interest. His report includes
information on paper acceptance percentages, time from submittal
to publication, and statistics on the printed pages of EMC-T yearly
since 1999. A special issue on High Power Electromagnetic
Disturbances and Intentional EMI is in preparation; guest
editors are Prof. J. L. ter Hasborg, Prof. H. Garbe, Prof. D.
Nitsch, Dr. W. Radasky, and Dr. F. Tesche. The special issue on
Nanotechnology was canceled as very few papers were received.
Professor Canavero will build upon the excellent work provided
by Marcello DAmore and his Associate Editors on the publication.
EMC-S Webmaster Andy Drozd next presented his report. The entire
EMC-S website has been revamped and updated. It is now fully functional
and operational. The templates used are consistent with IEEE policy.
He will continue to work with Bill Strauss to coordinate the web
maintenance activity across the Technical Committees. Routine
updates are taking place. Also, the EMC-S Policy and Procedures
handbook was recently posted to the website. A hotlink was created
to the global EMC conferences in which the EMC-S is a technical
co-sponsor. An IEEE membership form will be added so that new
members can join on line. There are no new web advertisers, although
Susan Schneiderman of IEEE Media who is handling web ad sales,
has advised she is working on two new advertisers. Ghery Pettit
then summarized Ray Perezs report as EMC-S IEEE Press Liaison.
The net royalty received for January to June 2003 book sales was
$839.99. Several proposals for new books are in process. Ed Bronaugh
has been contacted by IEEE Press to provide an update on a book
he has previously written on EMC test methods. The next royalty
payment will be issued in May 2004. In concluding the report of
Communications, Mr. Pettit reported in the absence of History
Chair, Dan Hoolihan. Mr. Hoolihan noted that many of his activities
overlap with the efforts to recognize the 50th Anniversary of
the EMC Society. The first recorded interviews (oral histories)
with Ralph Showers and Warren Kesselman have taken place and are
being edited. He has had discussions with Janet ONeil to
develop a common logo for the 2007 Symposium and 50th Anniversary.
|Its a bird, its a plane,
its.....Who knows exactly what captured the attention
of these Phoenix EMC Chapter members?
Don Heirman, Vice-President of Standards, presented his report.
Standards activity covers three major areas: The Standards Education
and Training Committee (SETCom) chaired by John Kraemer of Rockwell-Collins,
the Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee (SACCom) chaired
by Elya Joffe, and the Standards Development Committee (SDCom)
chaired by Stephen Berger. The Standards Committees met prior
to the Board meeting. There are several new members of the Standards
Committee, including Dave Traver, Dave Staggs, Werner Schaefer
and Nigel Carter. Don Sweeney has volunteered to handle the committees
website needs and will interface on behalf of the committee with
Andy Drozd, EMC-S Webmaster. Elya Joffe is the new Vice-Chairman
of the SDCom. Mr. Heirman suggested that the EMC-S consider talking
with other Societies about holding special sessions at our respective
symposia. For example, if the Antennas and Propagation Society
has a hot topic on antennas, then perhaps this could
be presented at the EMC-S Symposia. The SDCom study projects include
Wideband TEM Device Use, Wireless Performance Prediction In-Situ,
and Noise Temperature and Adaptive Radio Control. SDCom also reported
progress on various standards projects. There were representatives
present from CISPR A, B, and I, as well as from CENELEC and ITIC
to report at the SACCom meeting. A Vice-Chair and Secretary are
needed for this committee. Lastly, SETCom will hold a Standards
Workshop in Santa Clara 2004. Topics include the IEEE SA and Standards
Development Process, CISPR emission standards for digital TV,
ANSI C63 series of EMC standards, and a review of IEEE Standards
1597 (Comp EMC), 187 (HDTV) and 1560 (power line filter performance).
|Jim Dykema of of General Dynamics,
Frank Engstrom of TMS, and Don Sweeney of DLS Electronic Systems
(from left) shared EMC stories prior to the Phoenix Chapter
MEMBER SERVICES REPORT
Vice-President Andy Drozd presented the report of Membership Services.
The total number of active members is 4,357 as of December 2003.
This is down approximately 8.6% compared to the same time in 2002.
Total IEEE membership is 361,138. This is down approximately 5.6%.
This is the first year since 1996 that an annual decline in IEEE
membership has been experienced. All societies experienced losses
except the Magnetics, Social Implications of Technology, and Neural
Network Societies. Losses ranged from 1.5% to 31.3% across all
remaining societies. Mr. Drozd is working with the IEEE to create
an EMC-S oriented membership application that can be printed in
the symposia advance program, the Newsletter, and posted on the
home page. Membership Committee Chair Dave Staggs reported that
he has reserved two booth spaces for the EMC-S membership booth
at the Santa Clara EMC symposium. He will work with Andy Drozd
to ensure new photos are available for the exhibit. He is making
arrangements for staffing the booth. Andy Drozd then reported
for Lee Hill, chair of the Distinguished Lecturer (DL) program.
The program remains very active. The average cost per meeting
attendee has stayed consistent at an average of $12 US per person.
Tom Jerse and Greg Kiemel are the two new DLs for 2004. Dr. Jerse
was voted in at the November Board meeting. Mr. Kiemel was approved
by electronic vote in January 2004. In the future, some of the
DLs will present history presentations on the EMC-S that Mr. Hoolihans
50th Anniversary committee is working on. Mr. Drozd is working
on a revision to present at the May Board meeting on new policies
that address the DL Program target audience, travel reimbursement,
and DL marketing initiatives. Mr. Drozd advised that Awards Chair
Henry Benitez has only received a few awards nominations. The
deadline for nominations for EMC-S awards to be presented in 2004
is May 1. Ghery Pettit, Chapter Activities Chair, next reported
that there is interest expressed in developing a chapter in Bangalore,
India. There are only seven EMC-S members in the area, so this
might be a joint chapter to get it started. The people in Huntsville,
Alabama and Rochester, New York have been actively pursuing new
chapter development activities. The chapter handbook is being
reviewed. The IEEE has also distributed a New Chapter Chair
Handbook. Mr. Pettit plans to include this document in the
EMC-S document. Elya Joffe then presented his report as Region
8 Membership Representative. Mr. Joffe attended the INCEMIC conference
in India (2003) and learned that there is new chapter potential
in New Delhi. Kimball Williams was also present at this conference
and wrote an article about it for publication in the EMC Newsletter,
Winter 2004 edition. Regarding future symposia, the EMC-S will
participate in the Wroclaw symposium, EuroEM in Germany, and EMC
Europe in Eindhoven, all in 2004; and Zurich in 2005. Mr. Joffe
plans to attend all these events to promote EMC-S membership.
An international EMC chapter retreat has been proposed to take
place in conjunction with EuroEM 2004 to be held in July in Magdeburg,
Germany. This would be a full day event on July 15. Andy Drozd
provided Carlos Sartori, Region 9 Membership Representative, with
a listing of membership information in his region. Mr. Satori
will use this information to build upon the contact base that
Jose Perini originally established during his tenure as Region
9 Membership Coordinator. Mr. Drozd reported for Takeo Yoshino,
Region 10 Membership Representative on EMC activity that area.
Professor Yoshino continues to assist with the formation of new
chapters in Australia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Shuichi Nitta is
helping him with this effort. Mr. Drozd next reported for Bill
Duff, Fellow Search Committee Chair. He is looking for good candidates
to nominate for IEEE Fellow. There are two nominations anticipated
presently. Mr. Duff is seeking a replacement for chair of the
Fellows Search Committee. Todd Hubing is the new Nominations Chair
as he begins his two-year term as Past President. He advised that
the by-laws were revised a few years ago on term limits for EMC-S
officers and editors. For 2004, in the November elections, the
term limits will apply to Don Heirman, Janet ONeil and Warren
Kesselman. He proposed that that the term limit be waived if requested
by the incumbent and approved by a 2/3 vote of the Board immediately
prior to the election. The Board approved adopting this procedure
for the November 2004 elections. Mr. Drozd then reported for Zorica
Pantic-Tanner, chair of the committee that provides financial
assistance grants to disadvantaged engineers. Draft policies and
procedures for administering the program have been written and
the draft is under review by the committee and Mr. Drozd. Regarding
the EMC-S survey, Fred Heather advised that he will coordinate
with Dick Ford about the methodology used in conducting past surveys
and reducing the survey data into reports using a suitable spreadsheet
format that can be used for year-to-year comparisons. Mr. Drozd
is discussing the EMC-S five-year survey with IEEE staff. The
timeline is to issue the survey just after the August symposium
and then to present the results at the November Board meeting.
Mr. Drozd advised that Ken Wyatt of Agilent Technologies has agreed
to be the EMC Society Photographer. He has developed cover photos
for the EMC Newsletter. It was suggested that photos be sent to
both Janet ONeil for the Newsletter and to Mr. Wyatt for
archival purposes. Pace Committee Chair Bill McGinnis is writing
an article on PACE activities that will appear in a future issue
of the EMC Newsletter. Lastly, in concluding the report of Member
Services, Andy Drozd spoke about EMC-S past involvement with the
Robotics Conference. The Board discussed providing financial support
in the amount of $1,000 to the FIRST Robotics Engineering Program
at the James Forest Technical Center. The Southern Maryland EMC/Communication/Computer
joint chapter under the guidance of Fred Heather sponsors this
activity. The event focuses on local talent and technology. It
is non-combatant and team organized. The local high school works
on the robot. Each school competes with other high schools across
the country. Further discussion on this topic was postponed until
later in the meeting.
|Board member Elya Joffe (far right)
appears to be performing a magic trick during the reception.
Ghery Pettit (second from right) is all smiles for this type
John Norgard, Vice President for Technical Services, presented
his report. John Norgard advised that the Chair of the Technical
Advisory Committee (TAC) is Bill Strauss. Vice-Chair is Arto Chubukjian,
and Secretary is Robert Scully. The committees have reviewed all
the papers submitted for the Santa Clara symposium. All of the
accepted papers will be presented in Santa Clara. The Santa Clara
symposium committee adhered to all rejected paper recommendations.
TAC is working with Santa Clara to send out invitations
to authors to attend particular TC meetings based on paper acceptance.
This is at the discretion of the TC Chair. The purpose is to boost
membership in select TCs. TAC is also reviewing the concept for
a paperless symposium and is updating the TAC handbook. The Board
approved the policy that EMC-S Symposia committees will not be
allowed to accept papers that have been previously rejected by
the TAC technical committees. The Board also approved Mr. Norgards
proposal to change the charter of TC-4, EMI Control as follows:
Technical Committee 4, Electromagnetic Interference Technology,
is concerned with the fundamentals of transmission/propagation
media and interference control technology, together with associated
design, analysis, and techniques useful for the identification,
characterization, control, and mitigation of electromagnetic interference
at the system, subsystem, and unit levels. The purview of this
technical committee includes but is not limited to:
Low impedance bonding of equipment and
Enclosure and cable shielding, and
Filtering and grounding of signal and power distribution
systems, equipment, and subsystems.
Representative Advisory Committee (RAC) Chair
Fred Heather next advised that open positions on the committee
include a representative for the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee
and the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).
Mr. Heather requested that he be contacted if anyone is interested
in serving on these committees. Mr. Norgard then reported for
Maqsood Mohd, Chair of the Education and Student Activities Committee
(ESAC). Solicitations were posted in the EMC Newsletter for the
EMC University Grant and the Student Design Competition. The call
for experiment demonstrations was also issued for the Santa Clara
symposium and many good speakers have been recruited for the Tutorial
Workshop there. Some 14 requests for the student design competition
kits have been received to date. 15 student papers have been accepted
for presentation at the Santa Clara Symposium.
|Board member Nigel Carter (far right)
enjoys visiting with members of the Phoenix EMC Chapter, including
Bill Blanford, EMC Consultant, Stan Adams and Terry Donohoe,
both with Honeywell (from left).
Elya Joffe, Vice President for Conference Services, presented
his report. He introduced Barry Wallen to present his report on
IEEE EMC-S International Symposia, as follows: regarding 2003
Boston, the preliminary numbers indicate a surplus of $198,885.
This is slightly less than budgeted and is attributed to the decrease
in full registrations. The audit is in process; regarding 2004
Santa Clara, Chair John Howard advises that 150 booths have been
sold to date. Some 203 papers have been accepted; session chairs
are being solicited. The gala event on Wednesday night will be
at the winery. The advance program will be sent to the printer
in March. The workshop notes and copyright issues pertaining to
these were discussed. The Board approved having IEEE Intellectual
Property (Copyright) Procedures be applied to Symposium
Workshop Papers for papers that are of an original and highly
technical nature, and which are to be published in the official
Symposium Workshop Notes and/or the Symposium CD;
regarding 2005 Chicago, Vita Feuerstein and Sue Kingston went
to Chicago to see the Navy Pier convention center and meet with
the Sheraton (host) Hotel representatives. The goal was to rewrite
the contract for a better-sized floor space at the Navy Pier and
to renegotiate room rates and room block commitments at the Sheraton.
IEEE was successful with both entities in securing favorable booth
space and room rates/commitments. This will save the EMC-S on
symposium expenses. The committee is working on their logo and
will draft the call for papers; regarding 2006 Portland, there
was no report available from chair Henry Benitez; regarding 2007
Honolulu, Mr. Wallen advised that the MOU is ready for signing
and that contracts for possible options for the host hotels are
being negotiated. The committee will soon be forming for this
symposium. Anyone interested in being on this committee should
contact Chair Janet ONeil at email@example.com
or Vice-Chair Barry Wallen at firstname.lastname@example.org;
for 2008 Detroit, the chair has not been identified to date. The
MOU needs to be prepared. IEEE paperwork required is being addressed.
Mark Montrose then advised that the new Product Safety Engineering
Society (PSES) would hold their first symposium during August
12-14, 2004 in Santa Clara, California. The Board approved the
EMC-S as a technical co-sponsor of the PSES 2004 Symposium. Mr.
Joffe then advised that the final audit of the 2003 IEEE International
Symposium on EMC in Istanbul has been completed. This shows a
deficit of $16,937 USD. The EMC-S has a 10% involvement in the
symposium, obtaining therefore 10% of the surplus, or absorbing
10% of the deficit. The Board approved reimbursing the 2003 IEEE
International Symposium on EMC (Istanbul) by the sum of $1,690
(10% of the symposium deficit). Nigel Carter next presented his
report as Chair of Global EMC Symposia. He spoke about the upcoming
EMC global conferences, including providing background about the
UK EMC conference. The Board did not approve technical co-sponsorship
for the 3rd International Conference on Computation Electromagnetics
and its Application (ICCEA2004) in Beijing, China. The Board approved
providing EMC-S technical co-sponsorship for the EMC UK2004 Exhibition
and Conference on EMC, Newbury, UK, pending TACs affirmative
recommendation. The Board discussed and later approved the amended
policy proposed by Mr. Joffe for the EMC-S providing technical
co-sponsorship to symposia and conferences. Mr. Joffe then discussed
the retention of co-sponsored symposia and conference records.
In the past, there was an informal agreement with SWRI and Georgia
Tech to store these records. He will check with IEEE to see if
they can store and index these records. Mr. Joffe discussed the
unauthorized usage of the IEEE/EMC-S Logo/Name by various global
conferences. Various options on how to deal with this were discussed.
Next, Janet ONeil presented her report as Exhibitor Liaison.
She advised that Fred Heather completed allocating the points
due to exhibitors based upon the Istanbul and Boston symposia
this year. The updated points table has been posted to the EMC-S
website. Shes been working with Sue Kingston and Vita Feuerstein
of IEEE CMS recently who are now assigning booth space for the
Santa Clara symposium. Janet ONeil also reported on regional
events with EMC Chapters in Regions 1-7. On January 20, the Seattle
EMC Chapter held The Bruce Lee EMC Show with Bruce
Archambeault of IBM and Lee Hill of Silent Solution at the Hyatt
Regency Bellevue. Pat Andre, Chapter Chair, was the event emcee,
Len Carlson handled the registration and Janet ONeil handled
the exhibits. 21 EMC vendors signed up for tabletop space. There
were 127 registrants. The topic and speakers were very well received.
For the balance of 2004, there are several tabletop shows scheduled
to date for Milwaukee, Chicago, SE Michigan, Dallas, and Germany.
Complete information on all tabletop shows is included in the
Calendar section of the Newsletter on a regular basis and is also
posted to the Calendar section of the EMC-S website. Vita at IEEE
is providing Santa Clara symposium brochures to be distributed
at each of these tabletop shows. The Milwaukee Chapter has initiated
a tremendous outreach program in particular. They have mailed
their advance program (that is impressive in itself) along with
the Santa Clara symposium brochure to each member of their IEEE
Section. A cover letter was included which personally invited
the recipient to attend these events. Jim Blaha, Milwaukee Chapter
Chair, initiated this activity. This material will be shared with
the chapter chairs at the annual chapter chair luncheon in Santa
Clara. Mr. Joffe reviewed Frank Sabaths report as the Region
8 Conference Coordinator. Since the last report, the work on the
regional events in July 2004 has continued. The organization of
the Regional Workshop as well as the Region 8 Chapter Chair Meeting
are in the final stage and he looks forward to welcoming many
EMC-S members to Magdeburg, Germany. The process of the Region
8 Symposium in St. Petersburg is running in an unfortunate direction.
As a result of changes at the University of St. Petersburg, the
Russian Chapter is going to step back from the Regional Symposium
in 2005. The German Chapter is organizing a Regional Workshop
on numerical field computation. The workshop is scheduled to be
held in the afternoon on July 12, 2004 at the Otto-von-Guericke-University
Magdeburg, Germany. The main speaker will be Dr. Tapan Sakar of
Syracuse University. An invitation for participation was sent
to all EMC Chapters in Region 8. Contact Dr. Heyno Garbe for more
information, at: email@example.com.
The issue of a Region 8 Symposium 2005 was discussed with the
Russian Chapter. Dr. Sabath assisted the chapter by advising how
to write the required proposal. Due to changes at the University
of St. Petersburg, the Russian Chapter got the feeling that there
is not enough support from the direction of the University for
EMC and for a symposium. Unfortunately, they decided to organize
a normal symposium in 2005, like the former ones, and to see if
they can prepare for an IEEE regional symposium in 2007. Janet
ONeil reported that Region 9 has not had much activity,
but discussions continue with the South Brazil chapter to hold
a regional event in Brazil in Fall 2004. Speakers are being solicited
now for the technical program. Regarding Region 10, Shuichi Nitta
reported on the various EMC conferences coming up in Japan, China,
Thailand, India, and Korea. Professor Nitta will be very active
in EMC Sendai held during June 1-4, 2004. Mr. Joffe advised that
a meeting of the Institutionalization of Symposia
Task Force (ISTF) was held yesterday. Eight members and one guest
attended the meeting. The schedule for the annual symposia was
discussed, as was the idea of providing some structure to the
various committee meetings, workshops, papers, etc. held during
the week. A weeklong educational track on the fundamentals of
EMC was proposed for consideration. This would build upon the
very successful fundamentals of EMC workshop held every year.
Mr. Heirman, a member of the committee, reminded the Board that
the work of this committee would end up in a policy document.
The goal is to institutionalize some of the symposia activity.
For example, the policy document will contain shall
statements. The Board approved Mr. Joffes proposal regarding
Policy and Procedure for the Selection of Venue of the IEEE
International Symposium on EMC. Mr. Joffe reminded the Board
that this policy would come into effect for the site selection
of the 2010 EMC-S Symposium. Finally, in closing his report for
Conferences, Mr. Joffe discussed an idea to move towards a totally
paperless EMC symposium. He suggested that the first paperless
efforts be concentrated in the symposium record area. Mr. Joffe
will present a motion on this at the May 2004 Board meeting so
that the 2005 Symposium committee can be prepared.
|The Board co-hosted a reception along
with the Phoenix EMC Chapter prior to their February meeting.
Enjoying the outdoors were (from left) Don Sweeney, Marilyn
Sweeney, Patti Traver, and Lois Heirman.
The following items were discussed under New Business:
ROBOTICS CONFERENCE: The Board approved providing the Southern
Maryland EMC chapter with $1,000 to support their efforts in the
FIRST Robotics Engineering Program. Further, Member Services agreed
to develop a plan to fund unique initiatives by chapters, such
as this robotics program.
IEEE SURVEY: The Board approved the expenditure of an amount not
to exceed $15,000 to perform the next five-year EMC-S survey during
the calendar year 2004, under the auspices of the IEEE Director
APPOINTMENT FOR VACANT POSITIONS: President Williams discussed
the vacant positions in the various committees of the EMC-S, including
the Public Relations Committee and Fellows Search Committee. Dave
Staggs volunteered to chair the Public Relations committee. Mike
Hatfield and Ron Brewer volunteered to be on this committee. Regarding
the Fellows Search Committee, Don Sweeney agreed to chair this
committee. Shuichi Nitta agreed to be a member of this committee.
Elya Joffe agreed to contact Heyno Garbe to see if he would like
to be a member of this committee as well. The RAC Aerospace Liaison
is an open position. Fred Heather recommended that this committee
position be eliminated. He also volunteered to contact Ralph Wyndham
of IEEE USA to see if he has a recommendation for a liaison to
the RAC Energy R&D Policy.
TAB FINANCES: President Williams advised that at the last TAB
meeting, the IEEE position on spending Society reserves has changed.
They are now allowing Societies to spend significant funds (i.e.,
from $35-50K) from their reserves for new initiatives.
FULL PAPER REVIEW PROCESS: Elya Joffe gave a proposal on the ORTRA
management companys system used to evaluate the paper review
process for the Istanbul 2003 symposium. This provided an outline
of the Online Scientific Program Management. President
Williams raised the issue of authors whose papers are rejected
by the symposium committee, upon recommendation of the TAC. He
suggested that these authors not fall through the crack
and instead be mentored with the goal of improving their paper
for resubmittal at the following years symposium, or for
possible publication in the EMC Newsletter. He requested that
the Board think about ways to address this.
FEBRUARY 2005 BOARD MEETING: The Board approved holding the February
2005 EMC-S Board meeting in conjunction with the Zurich 2005 Symposium
on Friday, February 18.
ACTION ITEM REVIEW
President Williams reviewed the action items discussed during
The next meeting of the EMC-S Board of Directors will be held
on Tuesday, May 11 at the IEEE headquarters building in Piscataway,
New Jersey. The Standards Committees will meet from noon to 5:00
pm and the Excom will meet from 6-9 pm on Monday, May 10.
There being no further business, the meeting then adjourned at
5:30 pm. EMC
EMC Society Board of Directors