Education and Student Activities Committee (ESAC)

EMC Symposia are exciting events! We have so many wonderful activities to anticipate as we look forward to EMC Symposia. To name just a few, one might enjoy attending technical papers; hearing world-renowned speakers discuss some of the intricacies of EMC; visiting some fantastic exhibitor booths; encouraging students as they present their papers or discuss their EMC designs; attending relaxing and enjoyable social events; having stimulating conversations and visits with friends and colleagues; and watching some fascinating demonstrations and simulations. The list goes on and on. With the 2007 Symposium taking place in Hawaii, just think of the fun we can have! As you plan for this great event, the Education and Student Activities Committee encourages you to take full advantage of a number of educational activities that will be taking place. If you are able, please consider attending the EMC Global University that is taking place throughout the week and/or the EMC tutorial and workshop sessions being held on Sunday and Monday. Both of these events give you the opportunity to hear from world-renowned speakers. The “Fundamentals of EMC” tutorial session organized each year by the ESAC is a day-long event held Sunday which will feature John Norgard discussing EM Radiation, David Pommerenke discussing ESD, David Hockanson focusing on EMC Troubleshooting, Lee Hill examining some EMC Case Studies, and Brian Lawrence providing a preparation session for the NARTE exam. These are wonderful opportunities to learn from the best!
We always have excellent technical papers presented throughout the Symposium. Many of these papers will be written by students. Thinking of students, the winners of the student design contest will also be at the Symposium to present their projects. Please consider encouraging all of these students as they present the results of their work. They are the future of the IEEE EMC Society! Speaking of the future, another activity sponsored by ESAC is the University Grant Award. The purpose of this key award is to encourage and assist universities throughout the world in their efforts to establish EMC courses at their universities. Two winners have been named for 2006: Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, Michigan) is the winner of a $10,000 award for the proposal entitled “Establishment of a Course in Electromagnetic Compatibility Principal Investigator” written by Dr. Bogdan Adamczyk. Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China) is the winner of a $5,000 award for the proposal entitled “Development of a Senior-Level Class on EMC Principles, Techniques, and Applications in English Media” written by Dr. Tian-Lin Dong. These winners will be acknowledged during the annual Awards Luncheon, along with the winners of the Student Paper Contest, Student Design Contest, Beranek Travel Awards, and a host of other distinguished awards. The 2007 Call for Proposals for the University Grant will be posted on the ESAC website ( shortly after the Symposium. Keep your eyes posted!
Have fun as you plan for this great event. We look forward to seeing you there! Stop by the ESAC table at the Symposium and chat. We plan to have a limited number of EMC Society Experiment CDs available for faculty members, section chairs and regional chapter chairs. This CD includes three EMC experiments that were filmed at previous Symposia and features Jasper Goedbloed, Douglas Smith and Clayton Paul sharing some interesting insights. EMC

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