President’s Message

Greetings! The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the IEEE EMC Society is fast upon us. In a few weeks, we will be celebrating this milestone event at the 2007 International Symposium on EMC in Honolulu, Hawaii on 8-13 July. I would like to dedicate the majority of my message here in anticipation of this landmark occasion for the Society.

In the Beginning…
To put things into a broader worldwide historical perspective, around the time that our Society was formed in 1957 the following other events took place:
• The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool, England and John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles meet for the first time.
• The Soviet Union closes Peter the Great Bay, which provided access to Vladivostok, to foreign ships.
• The International Atomic Energy Agency was established by the United Nations.
• USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, logged her 60,000th nautical mile, matching the endurance of the fictional Nautilus described in Jules Verne's novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," and the first submarine designed to fire guided missiles was launched.
• Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Le Pelerinage de Lourdes.
• Lew Hoad beat Ashley J. Cooper in the 71st Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament.
• Althea Gibson beat Darlene Hard in the 64th Wimbledon Women’s Tennis Championship Tournament.
• The Harry S. Truman Library was established in Independence, Missouri.
• A strong summer storm ravaged the Belgian coast.
• The discovery of element 102 (Nobelium) was announced.
• Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first US President to fly in a helicopter.
• Soviet steamer “Eshghbad” sank in the Caspian Sea.
• The US performed a series of nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site and the first rocket with a nuclear warhead was fired in Yucca Flat, Nevada.
• US Marine Major John Glenn flew a F8U supersonic jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds setting a new transcontinental speed record.
• Athlete Don Bowden became the first American to break a four-minute mile run.
• Monarchy rule in Tunisia was abolished in favor of a republic.
• Baseball legend Mickey Mantle hit his career home run #200.
• The USSR launched its first intercontinental multistage ballistic missile.
• The famed St. James’ Theater in London closed.
• Singer Jerry Lee Lewis made his very first television appearance.
• Boxer Floyd Patterson TKO’d Tommy Jackson in the 10th round for the heavyweight boxing title.
• Jack Paar’s Tonight Show premiered.
• Egypt gained control of the Suez Canal.
• Israel withdrew its troops from the Sinai Peninsula.
• The Hamilton Watch Company introduced the first electric watch.
• The Wham-O Company produced the first Frisbee.
• The European Economic Community was established (consisting of West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg).
• Walter O’Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agreed to move the team from Brooklyn, New York, to Los Angeles, California.
• Britain tested its first hydrogen bomb.
• First ascent of Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain, took place.
• Eindhoven University of Technology was founded.
• Ellen Louks Fairclough was sworn in as Canada's first woman Cabinet Minister.
• Hurricane Audrey killed 500 people in Louisiana and Texas.
• The US and Canada formed the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
• The Federation of Malaya gained its independence from the United Kingdom.
• The Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel.
• Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” opened on Broadway.
• The words “In God We Trust” first appeared on US paper currency.
• The movie Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley, opened.
• The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2 with a dog named Laika on board, becoming the first country to launch a living creature into orbit.
• Félix Gaillard became the Prime Minister of France.
• In the US, the Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters in response to the Cold War situation.
• A launch pad explosion thwarts the first US attempt to launch a satellite (Project Vanguard).
• The IEEE EMC Society was formed.
Wow! It seems like a lot happened in 1957 - some good, some tragic, and some pace setting. [By the way, as a test, can you identify any other historical events in 1957 of major importance that are not listed above and that continue to impact us even today? Hint: Think of broadcast media and technologies for the information age.]
There were many “firsts” that year. Comparatively speaking, 1957 was not an inordinately tumultuous or “earth-shaking” time as events within a given year go. Nonetheless, it had its share of moments. The Cold War, a somewhat dubious period in our history, was approaching its height. Whereas the down side of the Cold War is obvious, some positive things did come out of it. For instance, it gave rise to important technological advances in the military realm. It raised awareness of the role that technology could play in our daily lives. Indeed, certain events of 1957 put in motion the technological revolution that reverberates even today, harkening back to such inventions as the integrated circuit, modern radar and RF communications systems as we know them today, and eventually the personal computer.
The early pioneers of the EMC Society clearly understood the benefit of establishing a tight-knit group of concerned, dedicated experts working together for a common cause; that is, to assure EMC in electrical, electronic, and mechanical product designs. These experts were highly cognizant of the military and civilian EMC issues relevant to RF communications and radar systems at the time. They anticipated the potential EMI issues that could arise due to modern technological advancements and the development of increasingly more complex devices and systems, including integrated packaging. Our founders knew the importance of balancing good EMC design practices, along with analysis and measurement, and the generation of meaningful standards to address the myriad EMI/C issues that could surface, including such concerns as electronic and personnel safety. Although the EMI issues early on may have been largely influenced by the military and its applications, it soon became apparent that civilian technologies, products, and applications could equally benefit by the intervention of this group of experts. With that, the EMC Society was born and the rest is history.
Yes, we are fifty years young and certainly going strong! One of our Society’s esteemed colleagues, Clayton Paul, recently said it best - “a time for celebrating our past and preparing for the future.” Our 50th anniversary celebration will be a time for reminiscing about our Society’s early days and how it unfolded into a robust and vibrant organization over the past fifty years, but it is also a time for looking ahead to the next fifty years and beyond. On a personal note, when I was born the EMC Society was a little less than a year away from being formed. As I approach my 25th year of being an IEEE and EMC Society member, I recall how lucky I was to have met some of the “greats” of the Society, including several of our founders, some of whom are still active and contributing to the common cause. I also think of those Society veterans who encouraged me to be an active volunteer and become a catalyst for change for the better. I hope I have and continue to do them justice at least in some modest way. I feel a strong connection to our founders and early leaders. They instilled in me a desire to honor our rich history and tradition, to carry the torch and to pass it on to the next generation of leaders and volunteers.
What role did our founders themselves play as catalysts for change for the better? For one, they nurtured their vision of a technical/professional society built upon the cornerstones of volunteerism, leadership, professional development, and technical excellence, all in support of raising awareness of the importance of EMC in our world. Their vision was and continues to be that of a Society that effects changes for the benefit of our profession and mankind globally.
So to the founders and early leaders of the EMC Society who contributed selflessly to launch an organization that has grown significantly over the past fifty years and that is highly respected today by the EMC community worldwide, we salute you!
Many thanks to Dan Hoolihan for heading a project to develop an EMC history booklet which will chronicle the formation of the Society along with a series of fitting tributes on a number of our founders and Society pioneers. I hope you enjoy the content of this booklet when it is completed and remember that we would not be here without their efforts, vision, and leadership.
Enclosed along with this issue of the Newsletter is the 2007 Hawaii EMC Symposium Advance Program. In it you will find a diverse agenda of paper session topics, special session themes, workshops and tutorials, and the 50th anniversary events that are planned. The 2007 Hawaii EMC Symposium Committee headed by Janet O’Neil has gone to great lengths to ensure a very special and unique program. One of the unique aspects of this year’s symposium is the Global EMC University Program, which will no doubt be of much interest to new EMC engineers. The instructors are leading experts from all over the world that will be giving in-depth lectures in one place, at one time. I encourage new EMC engineers to participate in this special opportunity to learn about EMC and its many facets.
Remember that our 50th Anniversary Award Celebration will be held on Friday, 13 July in Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. Round trip bus transportation will be provided from/to the various hotels. It is important that you make your plane reservations in advance to stay over Friday and into the weekend if possible to be a part of all the festivities.
Incidentally, an EMC Chapter retreat will be held in Hawaii on Monday, July 9. This replaces the traditional Chapter Chair’s Luncheon, to be held mid-week during the EMC Symposium. Francesca Maradei and Vice President of Member Services, Dave Staggs, will moderate this retreat. Please see the invitation for this retreat in the EMC 2007 Advance Program mailed with this Newsletter.
A reminder: as I mentioned in the last issue of the Newsletter, we plan to have a number of very special guests at the 2007 Hawaii EMC Symposium. Among them will be several of our founders and EMC Society past presidents (I won’t spoil the surprise!). Recall that IEEE President Dr. Leah Jamieson will deliver the Plenary session keynote address titled, “Engineering in the Changing World.” Her talk will address global and technological trends that are driving change both in the engineering profession and in engineering education, including what attributes will define success in 21st century careers. We look forward to her view on this topic and exploring how we will respond to these challenges in the future.
The Plenary session will also feature invited guest speaker Dr. Tapan Sarkar of Syracuse University, who will give a presentation titled, “Who Was James Clerk Maxwell and What Is/Was His Electromagnetic Theory?” This talk, based on a book co-written by him on the history of wireless technology will discuss Maxwell from a historical perspective focusing on some of his works that many are not familiar with beyond his classical electromagnetic equations (a review of this book by Vice President of Technical Services, John Norgard, appears in this Newsletter).
According to Dr. Sarkar, Maxwell can be considered as one of the world’s greatest scientists even if he had never worked on electricity and magnetism. His influence is everywhere, which surprisingly is quite unknown to most scientists and engineers. The talk will describe some of that research including for example, the ophthalmoscope and the Maxwell’s yellow spot test for macular degeneration, the three colors used in color television, as inventor of the concept of ensemble averaging and the developer of the concept of entropy which was expounded by Leo Szilard and others as information theory. He took the first color photograph, laid the basic foundation on the choice of three primary colors in characterizing any color, and developed accessories for color blind people, which are still used today. He developed general laws of optical instruments and even developed a theory on the composition of Saturn’s rings. He created a standard for electrical resistance. He also wrote the first paper on negative feed back which was the cornerstone of Norbert Wiener’s work on cybernetics. Additionally, he improved the system of dimensional analysis which led him to predict that light was electromagnetic in nature and surprisingly the method of solving the loop currents as the ratio of determinants, to name a few. He developed a coherent set of units of measurement of electricity and magnetism, which became misleadingly known as the Gaussian system. Even though Maxwell has influenced development in many areas of physical sciences and had started a revolution in the way physicists look at the world, he is not very well known for these accomplishments, unfortunately, outside some selected scientific communities. The reasons for that will also be described.

The Middle
Amidst all the planning for another world-class symposium and the preparation for our 50th anniversary celebration, there have been a few other interesting developments recently and additional items of interest.
First, continuing along the Maxwell theme, included in this edition of the Newsletter is a reprint of an article written by Dr. James C. Rautio of Sonnet Technology which originally appeared in the IEEE Microwave Magazine for the Microwaves & Wireless Engineer on the theme “Maxwell’s Stamp on History” and “Maxwell’s Legacy.” Clayton Paul contributed a forward to this article. What is really interesting beyond that is Dr. Rautio’s commitment to restore the original Maxwell house. He is gathering donations and investing some of his own funds to help restore the Edinburgh, Scotland home of James Clerk Maxwell back to its original condition. This is an effort in process and we wish him luck. The EMC Society will explore ways of contributing to this restoration project in the near term.
Next, let’s talk about conferences technically co-sponsored by the EMC Society. At the time of writing this message, Vice President of Conferences Barry Wallen, along with John Norgard and I were in attendance at the 2007 Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DYSPAN) Conference in Dublin, Ireland on 17-20 April 2007. Also in attendance was Stephen Berger, EMC Society Standards Development Committee (SDCom) Chair and DYSPAN Executive Committee member. Our technical co-sponsorship of this relatively new conference represents a commitment by the EMC Society to get more involved in burgeoning next generation wireless system technologies. This ties in nicely with the work being done by TC-6 on spectrum management. A detailed report on this conference is forthcoming. For now, the conference had on the order of 200 attendees and included vendor exhibits and demonstrations of new mobile wireless systems and related applications. This is one of the horizon technologies that we are closely tracking.
Next, we have formulated an agenda of topics for a special session on Waveform Diversity and EMC that will be held at the 2007 3rd International Waveform Diversity and Design (WDD) Conference in Pisa, Italy on 4-8 June 2007. The co-chairs of this special session are Maria Sabrina Greco and me. This continues to be part of our intended strategy to expand our Society’s presence and incorporate EMC topics of interest at non-traditional or non-EMC conferences.
Also, we are continuing to explore ways of improving our automated symposium paper review system for prospective authors. The TAC is currently in the process of reviewing alternative software-based systems that show potential promise. One such system that is under evaluation has been provided to us courtesy of the MTT Society. More on the progress of this evaluation will be provided at a later date.
Now on to new chapters and chapter support. I am happy to report that we have recently inducted a new EMC Chapter in Colombia, South America. Our presence in Region 9 is steadily growing, from Brazil to Mexico City (in chapter formation status) and now Colombia. By my count, that makes 65 chapters on our books. I want to express my personal thanks to Chapter Chair Andres Pavas and the rest of the Colombian EMC Chapter Board, which includes Francisco Román, Ernesto Pérez, and Region 9 Membership Coordinator María Alejandra Mora. In early April, we were invited to participate in the Colombian EMC Chapter inauguration activities. As Chapter Chair Pavas stated, “The hope was that this is would be the beginning of a very prolific relationship in terms of cooperation, technical, and academic interchange.” John Norgard was sent as our delegate to support the inauguration activities which were scheduled in Bogota. John gave presentations on the EMC Society organization, activities, and current perspectives of EMC (technical, academic, research, standards, etc.). Additional meetings were held with the PAAS-UN Research Group and discussions took place on the 4th International Symposium on Power Quality – SICEL. The SICEL-2007 will be held in November.

The End
Lastly, I want to acknowledge the recent passing of several of our members. As of the start of this year, we have lost Leonard Thomas, Sr., John Renner, and Robert (Bob) Brook. Unfortunately, I did not know these gentlemen very well personally. I knew Bob Brook best of all and he was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Their contributions to the EMC Society are recognized and appreciated. You will find a tribute to these individuals in this Newsletter. I point out that Leonard Thomas Sr. was one of the EMC Society’s founders. He was an electrical engineer whose expertise in radio helped solve electronic interference problems for the US military during World War II. Bob Brook was our representative/liaison for the Society for the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). They will be missed, but never forgotten for all they have done for the EMC Society over the years.
We never want to overlook the passing of one of our own. If you become aware of the passing of a member, please contact Janet O’Neil. Occasionally, we are not informed on a timely basis on the passing of one of our members. We want to make sure we properly acknowledge and recognize deceased members for service to the Society and because they are one of us.

One More Thing!
The abbreviated follow-up cover story on ‘Electromagnetic Diversity’ that I mentioned in my last message has been deferred to a later Newsletter edition in order for us to focus on the 50th anniversary theme in this edition. I also plan to share some additional thoughts on leadership for the future and our push to get members of all ages from the student, chapter, and society ranks to actively pursue leadership opportunities within the EMC Society. That is also being saved for a later Newsletter issue. In the meantime, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Please feel free to contact me at
Until the next time…EMC

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