Clayton R. Paul is the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Undergraduate
Teaching Award. This award is a Technical Field Award of the Institute
established by the Board of Directors in 1990 to honor teachers
of electrical and electronics engineering and related disciplines
“for inspirational teaching of undergraduate students in
fields of interest to the IEEE.”
This award recognizes superior achievement in the field of education.
Selection criteria include such contributions as curriculum development,
authorship of course materials, involvement with students and
faculty in advisory capacities, as well as “attracting students
to engineering and scientific professions, and preparing them
for effective careers in engineering and the sciences.”
The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium.
For more information about the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award,
go to www.ieee.org.
On a professional note, Dr. Paul is the Sam Nunn Eminent Professor
of Aerospace Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He is a world-renowned
authority in electromagnetic theory and has been responsible for
many seminal advancements in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
His contributions in modeling and quantifying interference on
cabling between systems have laid the foundation for today’s
benchmark methods used for assessing and mitigating electromagnetic
interference (EMI) in complex wire and cable arrangements. He
is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University
of Kentucky, where he served on the Electrical Engineering faculty
for 27 years. His course on EMC at this university was among the
first of its kind. He has not only contributed to major educational
activities at the university level, but, as a distinguished lecturer
for the IEEE/EMC Society, has presented many lectures on basic
EMC theory, low RF emission circuit design, and practical EMC
applications. He has published 15 textbooks and more than 150
papers and reports. Dr. Paul has the technical competency and
the inherent ability to teach EMC concepts based on electromagnetic
principles (his books on EM Fields and EMC are well written and
widely adopted today).
Dr. Paul is a Fellow of the IEEE, the only two-time recipient
of the IEEE/EMC Richard Stoddart Award for Outstanding Performance,
and recipient of the 2005 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, in addition
to the 2007 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award. He is also an honorary
life member of the IEEE EMC Society.
On a personal note, I have known Clayton for almost 40 years,
both as a colleague in the IEEE EMC Society and when he was the
chairman of the technical program committee of the long running
EMC Zurich Symposium in Switzerland. During his term as technical
program chairman, the technical papers of the Zurich symposia
were elevated to an extraordinarily high level and technical depth
that was directly the result of his untiring work.
I first met Mr. (as he was addressed at that time) Paul at Georgia
Tech when he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for an introductory
course in electronics (not EM!) in which I was enrolled. Obviously,
this was before I was a Professor at Georgia Tech, and when I
was the student and Clayton was the “Prof”. That was
back in the days when we had Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday classes.
Not only did this class meet every Saturday morning at 8:00 am,
but also Clayton gave us a “pop quiz” each Saturday
morning. Initially, I thought he was being especially hard on
us until I finally realized that he was actually giving those
few of us who came to class early each Saturday morning extra
credit for attending the class. (I was too sleepy on Saturday
morning to realize that until late into the quarter. But, the
pop quiz woke me up for the rest of the early morning class!)
I remember Clayton as one of the best engineering teachers I had
at Georgia Tech. He was responsible, in part, for my interest
in academia and teaching, and my studies in EM and EMC.
Clayton was a great teacher from the start, and he has only gotten
better since then! He is an outstanding engineer, scientist, and
educator, and is highly deserving of the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching
Award. Thank you, Clayton, for your dedication to the teaching
Editor’s Note: Given his long history in the EMC Society,
it is indeed appropriate that Dr. Paul is honored with this award
during the Society’s 50th Anniversary celebration year.
IEEE President Leah Jamieson will present the award personally
to Dr. Paul during the Plenary Session at the 2007 IEEE International
Symposium on EMC on Tuesday, July 10, at 8:30 am in Honolulu,
Hawaii. Not one to rest on his laurels, the EMC Society especially
thanks Dr. Paul for his efforts as the co-chair of the Global
EMC University course which debuts at EMC 2007. The outstanding
curriculum and faculty teaching this course are the result of
his tireless work and are a testament to the quality he brings
to EMC education. EMC