The IEEE EMC Society started as the Institute of Radio Engineers
Professional Group on Radio Frequency Interference in October
of 1957. We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of this momentous
event on July 13th, 2007 as part of the 2007 IEEE International
Symposium on EMC in Honolulu, Hawaii with a special awards luncheon
at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu Island.
Additional 50th Anniversary events will be happening throughout
the week of July 9-13. They will include a showing of a Power-Point
presentation on the history of EMC, the distribution of a booklet
highlighting EMC historical moments and happenings, the opportunity
to meet some of the original founders of the EMC Society, plus
exhibits and demonstrations of older EMC test equipment.
member of the EMC Society, Jerry Ramie (left), is developing the
Power Point (PP) presentation. He has done a magnificent job of
illustrating the early advances in electrical engineering, the
first years of the EMC Society followed by the middle and near-past
years of the EMC Society. Jerry will be narrating the PP slide
show at the Symposium in a special area of the Exhibit Hall of
the Hawaii Convention Center devoted to the “Exhibitor Museum”
of old test equipment (see sidebar article) and other historical
activity. Eventually, this PP presentation will be distributed
to all the Chapters of the EMC Society; Jerry will not go with
each copy but his voice will since he has designed it with the
capability of having his voice imbedded in the PP presentation.
The previously mentioned Exhibitor Museum will be in a “walled-off”
area of the Exhibit Hall at the Convention Center. In this area,
there will be tables of exhibits of older test equipment. In addition,
there will be displays of photos of past Presidents of the Society,
past Symposium chairs, past key Officers of the Society, and copies
of EMC Symposium program covers.
Ken Javor, another EMC Society member, will give live demonstrations
of old test equipment in this area. He promises lively demonstrations
coupled with historical highlights of the equipment in relation
to past military and commercial standards.
There will be a select few original founders of the EMC Society
in attendance at the 2007 Symposium and 50th anniversary celebration.
They will have a private get-together on Tuesday afternoon at
the convention center to allow them to say hello and reminisce
amongst themselves about the “old days.” This will
be followed by a celebratory luncheon on Wednesday noon where
selected students and selected individuals will enjoy lunch and
an opportunity to listen to stories of the “early days”
of EMC and RFI technology. On Thursday morning, the pioneering
founders will appear in the historical exhibit area; they will
have an opportunity to talk about their careers and entertain
questions from the symposium attendees. And, of course, the Founders
will be the central focus of the Friday Anniversary Luncheon celebration
at Turtle Bay Resort (as shown).
The attendees of the gala event will reach Turtle Bay Resort by
bus from Honolulu. The buses will leave the host hotels at 0930
hours and arrive at Turtle Bay, after a picturesque ride, at approximately
1100 hours. A combination cocktail/appetizer hour will be held
at that time and will last an hour. At noon, a luncheon banquet
will be served to all who have traveled to Turtle Bay. This will
be followed by an Awards ceremony, which will highlight the inauguration
of the EMC Society Hall of Fame Awards. In addition, unique anniversary
awards honoring selected individuals from the EMC Society will
be distributed. The Awards ceremony will be followed by a bus
ride back to Honolulu through the center of Oahu island.
The culmination of the 50th Anniversary Celebration will be at
Turtle Bay. It will be the end of many months of preparation.
Come and enjoy the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the EMC Society
in the 50th State of the United States. You will find the Anniversary
Celebration and the 2007 Symposium a unique and unforgettable
NEW for the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on EMC
There will be an interesting new addition in the Exhibit
Hall of the Hawaii Convention Center in July for the 2007
IEEE International Symposium on EMC. It will be called the
“Exhibitor’s Museum” and it will feature
historic displays by EMC exhibitors of their past in the
form of previous designs of present-day EMC equipment and
EMC materials. In addition to the display of artifacts from
the exhibitors, there will also be a display of early EMC
receivers (such as Stoddart receivers and others shown on
this page), which is sponsored by the 50th Anniversary Committee.
Some of the equipment will be in working order and will
be demonstrated by EMC volunteers. Other measurement systems
will be more static in function; they will have their equipment
case open so people can view the insides of the equipment.
When you visit the Exhibit Hall at the Hawaii Convention
Center, be sure to drop by this area and view some EMC history!