Light was born in the naval hospital at the Naval Air Station
(NAS), Corpus Christi, Texas in 1946 and thus began his interest
in the US Navy and things nautical. Art graduated from the University
of North Carolina (UNC) with a bachelor of science (BS) degree
in mathematics and from North Carolina State University (NCSU)
with a BS in electrical engineering (EE).
His undergraduate education was interrupted
by a four-year stint in the Marine Corps as an Aviation Electronic
Countermeasures (ECM) Technician on the EA-6A. As he was about
to graduate from college with his BSEE, he thought he was offered
a job in ECM at the US Naval Weapons Center (NWC) (now Naval Surface
Warfare Center (NSWC)) in Dahlgren, Virginia. When he reported
to work, he discovered that he was going to work in Electromagnetic
Compatibility (EMC), not ECM, and he has been working on EMC ever
After reporting to work at NWC, Art spent most of his first year
in the Junior Professional Development (JPD) Program before he
really started to learn about EMC and its counterpart electromagnetic
interference (EMI). Later, he learned how to limit the interference
between four missile fire control radars and a surface search
radar, all operating at the same time in the same 200 MHz frequency
band, and on the same 500 feet of steel and aluminum real estate.
This work became part of the Navy's EMC Analysis Program (EMCAP)
that is used by the fleet to limit interference between ships'
radars and some communications systems operating in battle forces
and battle groups at sea.
While he was at NWC, Art worked with Dick
Ford, who was the lead radar EMC engineer in the new Shipboard
EMC Improvement Program (SEMCIP), sponsored by the Naval Sea Systems
Command (NAVSEA). Art spent most of the next ten years working
on SEMCIP and EMCAP.
Art left Dahlgren in 1979 to become a
contractor. He worked for a short while at the Honeywell Spectrum
Analysis Center (now Windemere) in Annapolis, Maryland and during
this time, he helped develop the Naval Space and Warfare Systems
Command (SPAWAR) Electromagnetic Compatibility Support Program
(EMCSP). This program was SPAWAR's equivalent of SEMCIP, and later,
it was called the Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering Program
Next, Art joined Electromagnetic Technologies
(EMT), which became Evaluation Research Corporation (ERC) and
ERC International, and is now Anteon, Inc. At EMT/ERC, he continued
to work with SEMCIP and EMCSP/EMCEP. Also, he helped to develop
the first EMC problem tracking system, the SEMCIP Management Information
and Tracking System (SMITS) and was responsible for managing and
maintaining SMITS until 1985.
At ERC, Art ventured into the world of
EMC ship design. He participated in the Navy's EMC Advisory Boards
(EMCABs) and applied his SEMCIP experience to help NAVSEA and
SPAWAR design compatible ships. This work included new ship design
and construction on the Canadian Patrol Frigate (CPF), minesweeper-hunter
(MSH), and oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 39/40).
In 1987, Art returned to working as a contractor supporting the
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Radar Division on EMC projects
for the next fifteen years, as his employer changed its name from
Locus, Inc, to Kaman Sciences Corporation to ITT Industries, Systems
Division, and finally to ITT Industries, Advanced Engineering
& Systems Division.
Dick Ford, at NRL, was working with Russ
Carstensen, (the EMC Branch head at the Naval Air Systems Command
(NAVAIR)) to develop the NAVAIR concept of Centers of Excellence.
They established the requirement for certified engineers and accredited
EMC testing houses so that the quality of EMC work in support
of NAVAIR and eventually all of the Navy and the Department of
Defense would be improved. The NRL team helped NAVAIR by working
with the National Association of Radio Telecommunications Engineers
(NARTE) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) to develop the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation
Program (NVLAP). Art became a NVLAP EMC assessor.
During the same period, the Naval Systems
Commands decided that it should participate on civilian EMC standards
committees. As a result, Art became involved in the activities
of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards
Committee (ASC) C63 on EMC (ANSI C63). This led Art to become
chairman of an ANSI C63 subcommittee on Unlicensed Personal Communications
Services (UPCS) Devices (ANSI C63 Subcommittee 7) and to help
develop the EMC and communications test standard for UPCS devices,
C63.17 American National Standard for Methods of Measurement of
the Electromagnetic and Operational Compatibility of Unlicensed
Personal Communications Services (UPCS) Devices.
Art became involved in the annual experiments
and demonstrations at the IEEE EMC Symposia. The first year, Art
tried to reproduce one of Dr. Clayton Paul's time tested experiments.
He had the same results he experienced with physics and EE experiments
as an undergraduate - nothing worked according to the manual and
theory. The next year, Art discovered that many EMC engineers
did not really understand the broadly used term of spread spectrum
(SS) communications and he began doing a series of demonstrations
to explain what SS communications are and how SS relates to EMC.
Last year, Art and Larry Cohen wrote a
theoretical paper about the EMC of ultra-wideband (UWB) devices
in the military environment. Art wondered about the effect of
UWB devices in the real world. Coleman Research Corporation (CRC)
was looking for engineers for a program to determine the EMI effects
of UWBs on military receivers. Art and CRC (now SYColeman) got
together and Art became the test director. This led to a new set
of EMC demonstrations in which Art demonstrates the EMC impact
of UWB signals on legacy receivers.
Art and his wife Margaret have two children,
a daughter Erin and a son Kurt. Art's spare time activities include
biking, jogging, reading and playing computer games. Art is also
very active in his church. EMC