EMC Personality Profile

Introducing Frank Leferink


Before focusing on the Mediterranean region, I decided to stay in the northern part of Europe for the current EMC personality profile. Actually, for this profile I have chosen a person who is active in a tri-national chapter, the Benelux chapter. The person I would like to introduce to you is Frank Leferink, a Dutch scientist with a friendly personality.
Personally, I have been in close contact with Frank since his election as chairperson of the IEEE Benelux EMC Chapter. Every time I asked him to provide his opinion on some issues, for his assistance, or to take on a common project, he replied within a few days. The EMC community knows Frank for his various activities on EMC measurement techniques, including the invention of the Vibrating Intrinsic Reverberation Chamber, EMC related modeling, EMC in the ambient of PCBs and power electronics. He is the author and co-author of more than 125 publications, most of them cited in the IEEE Xplore database.
Frank started his career as a student of electrical engineering at the Dutch Higher Technical School (HTS). After having received his B.Sc. degree in 1984, he joined N.V. Hollandsche Signaalapparaten (Signaal) in Hengelo (the Netherlands), which is now named Thales Nederland B.V. Employing about 3,000 people in the Netherlands, Thales operates in a large variety of markets, including military and civil. Naval defense systems are Thales' principle field of activity in The Netherlands.
Although he never left Thales, he worked on the development of his academic career. In 1992, he received the M.Sc. degree from the University of Twente. Finally, in 2002, the University of Twente promoted him to the doctorate degree (PhD) for his thesis with the title “Reduction of Radiated Electromagnetic Fields by Creation of Geometrical Asymmetry.”
Currently, Frank is the manager of the Center of Excellence on EMC of the Thales Group worldwide, with over 100 experts active in EMC (including EMF), and as such is responsible for EMF issues within the group. As the technical authority on EMC of Thales Nederland, Frank is the leader of the EMC Expert Team and responsible for EMC technology studies. His area of activity covers the whole development cycle, from concept phase up to deployment of new products. As Thales Nederland is a world leader in naval radar equipment, he is involved in integrated topside design and EMF issues.
He and his group performed several studies on modeling, simulation and assessment of working environments, mitigation actions, methodologies and techniques. Frank investigated alternative test methods such as reverberation chambers for the generation of high field strength. As a result, he holds patents on reverberation chambers, e.g. the patent on the Vibrating Intrinsic Reverberation Chamber, and was awarded the 3rd prize of the Thales Innovators Award in 2003.
Since 1998, Frank Leferink has worked part-time for the University of Twente beside his employment with Thales. In 2003, the University of Twente appointed him to the position of full-professor for EMC. At the University, Frank gives lectures on EMC, transmission media and systems and dedicated courses on special EMC topics. His research activities at the University encompass Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and Integrated Circuit (IC) EMI, Innovations in EMI Testing, Framework and Harmonization of EMI Standards, Intentional EMI, Power Converters, Tempest and Biological Effects of EM Fields (EM, EMF). He performed many studies with regard to EMF; for instance, a study on the impact of C2000 on hospital equipment, and field distribution in semi-enclosed environments. He corresponds with Professor Wang of the Nagoya Institute of Technology on EMF studies in Japan. He cooperates also with the Dutch National Institute of Science and Technology on creating a representative electromagnetic environment for an investigation of the effects of EM fields on rats.
As an active member of the EMC community, Frank Leferink is involved in several international EMC conferences. He is member of the International Steering Committee of the EMC Europe Conference and a member of the Technical Program Committee of EMC Zurich. He serves the EMC Europe, EMC Zurich and the IEEE International Symposium on EMC as a technical reviewer.
He is member of the Management Committee of COST 286 and of the URSI. In the IEEE, Frank has been a member of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society for decades and serves as chairperson of the IEEE Benelux EMC Chapter. Frank is very active in networking on the national and the European level. Therefore, he is co-founder and past-president of the board of directors of The Netherlands EMC-ESD society, which has more than 200 members. Frank leads the European Technology Network Sustainable Electromagnetic Environments (EMC including EMF), which he founded.
On the personal side, Frank is married and has three children. As well as on his professional side, Frank shows a dedication for networking and associations. Consequently, he is active in several foundations and local societies (e.g. Volksfeesten Albergen, community center, brass band). In some of these, he serves as a member of the executive committee. EMC
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.
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A 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 experience! EMC


Frank enjoys a barbeque with his family.

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