EMC Education and Student Activities Committee

In a typical corporation that provides some type of product or service, the assembly lines, the shipping departments, and the employees that produce the product and ship it out to the customers provide the income to sustain the day-to-day operations of the company. The long-term future, however, is in the hands of the research and development (R&D) and engineering departments of the company. Advanced R&D and development of newer products and techniques are essential prerequisites for a successful future of a corporation engaged in marketing its goods and services. In a similar manner, the Education and Student Activities Committee (ESAC) holds the future of the IEEE EMC Society (EMCS). As we invest in our education, our future becomes brighter. As our education dollars go towards “growing” newer and smarter engineers, the future of our Society becomes brilliant. It is for this reason the volunteers of ESAC undertake many activities that ensure a bright future for our Society and the world that we live in.
ESAC conducts Design Fundamentals Tutorial Workshops, Experimental Demonstrations, Modeling and Simulation Demonstrations, NARTE certification workshops, Best Student Paper Contest, Best Student Design Contest, Educational Video Project, and K-12 Outreach Efforts. ESAC also provides an Educational Experiments Manual for classroom learning and oversees the University Grant Program. The EMCS Board of Directors (BoD) approved the “seed money” concept unanimously when the idea was presented to it a few years ago. The $10,000 US “seed money,” formally known as the University Grant, is open to any accredited engineering college around the world, and has been provided every year since the BoD approved it. This Newsletter has published a few case histories of successful programs at colleges and universities around the world that were launched by the University Grant. Also, during the annual meeting of the ESAC (that occurs at the annual EMCS Symposium), the award winners of previous years have provided stimulating feedback about their successes attributable to the Grants they received.
The University Grant program is a win-win program. The university wins because it is able to use the Grant to launch its EMC course. In most cases, the course has led to more awareness and understanding about EMC even in the non-electrical engineering faculty. The Grant program has opened up new vistas of scholarship that would not have been possible otherwise. For example, in some cases cooperative research projects were synergistically started between electrical and non-electrical faculty. The EMCS also wins because this program helps ensure that a newer and younger generation will choose the EMC field as its career path, thereby increasing membership and bringing in fresh ideas to expand the Society.
The Grant qualification process is not difficult. ESAC sends a call for proposals to the Department Chairs of all electrical engineering colleges in the Fall, and responses are due the following Spring. The University Grant subcommittee of the ESAC makes a decision and the award is presented during the Annual EMCS Symposium. There is no “cookbook” solution to writing a winning proposal. For more information about the proposals, please contact the subcommittee chair, John Howard, at jhoward@emcguru.com. The EMCS website http://www.ewh. ieee.org/soc/emcs/edu/2004-univ-grant.html also provides information about the University Grant program.
Following is an exciting success story from the 2002 recipient of the University Grant “seed money” by Dr. Fred Tesche of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University of South Carolina. If you have any questions about his material, please contact him at Fred@Tesche.com. For any other information about EMC education and ESAC, please contact me at maqsood@ieee.org. EMC

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