President Williams called the meeting to order at 9:00 am. A round of introductions was made. Board members present included: B. Archambeault, R. Brewer, A. Drozd, D. Heirman, D. Hoolihan, T. Hubing, E. Joffe, W. Kesselman, J. Norgard, J. O’Neil, A. Podgorski, C. Sartori, D. Staggs, D. Sweeney, R. Wallen and K. Williams. Board members absent included: N. Carter, M. Hatfield, Z. Pantic-Tanner, G. Pettit, and S. Nitta. Guests included: S. Berger, F. Heather, and D. Traver. President Williams presented the agenda.


Fred Heather of the Navy at Patuxent River attended the May meeting of the EMC Society Board of Directors at IEEE Headquarters along with Warren Kesselman, Society Treasurer, and Carlos Sartori of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (from left).

Treasurer Warren Kesselman presented his report. Regarding 2003 Operations pre-audit finals, IEEE’s “FM13” post closing/pre-audit financials indicate EMCS’s net was a $240,900 surplus. This good news is mainly due to a positive $174,500 Market Fluctuation, a $34,400 credit on IEEE Infrastructure Charges and BoD cost containment efforts. Market Fluctuation and Infrastructure Charge credit are reflected in “Administration.” In effect, those two items paid for all Administration Expenses and also yielded a $3,100 “rebate.” The “Committee/Other” line reflects the Board’s expenses, which were $97,400 under budget. The EMCS’s net worth increased to $999,000. No significant difference between the FM13-03 data and the final audit report (expected in July) is anticipated. Regarding 2004 Operations, EMCS’s approved 2004 budget (not considering market fluctuation) is “zero balanced.” Mr. Kesselman feels it’s too early to make a realistic year-end prediction. The first quarter forecast was a $2,000 deficit. Regarding 2005 Budget Development, the “first-pass” budget received from TAB contained a $54,100 deficit. A revision with a $3,900 deficit was returned to TAB. All of the February Board approved parameters were reflected in that document. The Committee/Other Cost Center is slightly less than the limit approved at the February meeting. Minor adjustments may be made in the “second-pass” budget cycle.


Shown getting ready for the Board meeting to start are (from left) Andrew Podgorski of ASR Technologies, Don Sweeney of DLS Electronic Systems, Todd Hubing of the University of Missouri-Rolla, Don Heirman of Don HEIRMAN Consultants, and Stephen Berger of TEM Consulting.

Secretary O’Neil presented the minutes from the previous Board meeting on February 20, 2004 for review. Minor changes were required. The minutes were approved as amended. In her role as Chair of the 2007 Symposium, Ms. O’Neil discussed an idea for a Global EMC University educational track to be launched at the 2007 IEEE International EMC Symposium in Honolulu. The plan would be to register 30-50 students in a dedicated track where the students would move from the Fundamentals Workshop on Monday to more in-depth half-day sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. These half day workshops would be taught by noted US based and international EMC professors who would stress a practical application of EMC fundamentals related to topics such as PCBs, grounding, shielding, etc. Friday would be a professional development day where the students would learn basics such as how to give an effective presentation, how to write a paper/technical article, how to make the most of attending the annual IEEE EMC annual Symposium, etc. Each student would be required to sign in/sign out of the classroom each day. On the final day, students with 100% attendance will receive a certificate of completion, which is signed by each of the instructors.


During the mid-afternoon break, Board members Dave Staggs, John Norgard of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Kimball Williams, and Janet O’Neil of ETS-Lindgren (from left) discussed the upcoming agenda topics.


Dan Hoolihan (left) of Hoolihan EMC Consulting enjoyed a moment of break time at the Board meeting. He was joined by fellow Board members Andrew Podgorski and Barry Wallen of Dell (right).


Membership Services Vice-President Andy Drozd of ANDRO Computational Solutions prepares for his report to the Board.


In the absence of Ghery Pettit, Vice-President for Communication Services, Janet O’Neil presented his report. As Newsletter Editor, she advised that the Spring 2004 issue is currently in the final editing stages. It consists of 60 pages. The Spring issue features a cover photo of Clemson University to correspond with the article by Fred Tesche on the Clemson EMC Program prepared. The practical paper on IC testing is reprinted with permission from the Wroclaw Symposium Committee. Sadly, there were two obituaries in this issue; one for Chris Kendall and one for Myron Crawford. There is also an interesting article on Richard R. Stoddart written by Dan Hoolihan. The article reviews the accomplishments of this noted engineer and why the Society named one of its top awards after him. Mr. Hoolihan will contribute articles such as this on EMC history for publication in future issues of the Newsletter. To date there are 11.08 pages of paid advertising in this issue from a total of 14 companies. $17,621.80 has been billed to date for these ads, of which the EMCS will receive approximately $8,810.90. Note with this issue, the Society receives more ad revenue as IEEE Media reduced their sales management fee to 16% from 23.3%. IEEE Media will promote “Consultants Network in EMC” (a special page in the Newsletter of business card size ads) at the EMC Symposium in Santa Clara in August and see what kind of response is generated. Once again, Ken Wyatt of Agilent Technologies has provided the cover photograph for this issue. Ms. O’Neil noted that she attended the 2004 IEEE Panel of Editors meeting, which was held at the Westin Hotel in Boston on April 23-24. She met with fellow editors of Society Newsletters to discuss best practices. Many Societies are interested in becoming magazines within the next 1-4 years. Almost all Society Newsletters have moved to being full color publications. Many Societies also publish a web version of their Newsletters. Very few Societies only publish an electronic newsletter. She attended sessions by the IEEE on Xplore, ethics issues related to publishing such as plagiarism, etc. Several Societies also publish “Letters” in addition to a Newsletter and Transactions. The goal with the Letters is to publish short papers (no more than two pages in length) on a monthly basis. The papers are not reviewed as stringently as those submitted to the Transactions; hence the review process is not as long. The time from submittal to publication is very fast, usually less than two months. The EMC Society might want to consider publishing EMC Letters in the future. Next, the report of Flavio Canavero, Transactions on EMC Editor-in-Chief, was discussed. Professor Canavero advised that as of May, 62 new manuscripts have been submitted in 2004. This number confirms the submission rate of 2003. The August issue contains 16 papers for the Special Issue “High Power Electromagnetic Disturbances and Intentional EMI” (Guest Editors are Prof. J. L. ter Haseborg, Prof. H. Garbe, Prof. D. Nitsch, Dr. W. Radasky, and Dr. F. Tesche). There are 5 regular papers, and 2 short papers, for a total of approx 190 pages. The backlog of papers has risen to 17 papers, with an estimate of 128 printed pages, which almost saturates the 2004 page budget for the Transactions. Professor Canavero comments that the trend on the consumption of printed pages, established at the beginning of this year has been completely overturned in the last two months, due to:

a) The Special Issue, that resulted in having a final number of accepted papers larger than expected, and a consequent use of printed pages beyond expectations;
b) A recent accumulation of accepted papers, consequent to the reduced processing time, allowed by the electronic handling of papers via Manuscript Center.

The consequence of these concurring events is that the publication of all papers accepted in the remainder of 2004 (7 months to go) will necessarily be postponed to 2005, since the 2004 page budget has been used. This is unacceptable, and could be detrimental to the Transactions health. In these times of Internet publishing and electronic journals that reduce to zero their backlogs by making their accepted papers immediately available via the web, our authors might choose different ways of publication for their papers. Professor Canavero’s report outlines several remedies to propose to address this situation. The report closes by noting that the Best Transactions Paper review is underway at this time. The selection process and time schedule are described in the report. Andy Drozd then presented his report as EMCS Webmaster. Routine updates were made to the EMCS web site. The site’s content is reasonably up to date. He is putting the finishing touches on an electronic (regular and student) EMCS membership application that will be posted to the web site. Regarding the TAC/TC/ESAC/RAC Web Page Status, there is no new progress to report on his attempts to coordinate the web maintenance activity across the technical committees prior to the Santa Clara Symposium, now that they have a new model in place. Their goal was to accomplish the major updates to their respective web sites prior to the Symposium, but they are not receiving feedback from these committees on their plans to accomplish this. Regarding Chapter-Level Web Pages, information is being prepared for electronic posting to the EMCS web site that will provide guidance to EMC Chapters on developing and maintaining their respective web pages. Once this is completed and posted, he will send an email to all Chapter Chairs to alert them of the recommended (non-mandated) formats, templates, etc. Lastly, regarding Web Advertising Income and Invoicing, there are no new advertisers enlisted so far in 2004. This activity has stalled. Next, Ray Perez’s report as EMCS IEEE Press Liaison was reviewed. The report noted that books to be sponsored by EMCS which are in the review process for sponsorship in 2004-05 include: Elya Joffe/Kai Sang Lock (Israel/Singapore): The Grounds for Grounding - Grounding from Circuits to Systems. The book is being written. There is also a book by Sevgi: Complex EM Problems & Numerical Simulation Approaches (Sept., 2003). The royalty payment to EMCS has already been made for 2003. The current book in production is by Montrose/Nakauchi: Testing for EMC Compliance. During the months of January, February, and March, the book Testing for EMC Compliance went through another round of editing per Mr. Perez’s request. Three Chapters of the book were edited. Ray Perez and Mark Montrose went over the final editorial changes. The book was sent to the publisher about a month ago. Regarding New Business, Ray Perez and Cathy Faduska (IEEE Press) explored different avenues to recruit more prospective authors of EMC books. They agreed on one approach, which will be shared during the next BOD meeting. Lastly, Chair, Dan Hoolihan reported that he is working on an article for Conformity magazine on the History of the EMC Society. It is due to Conformity by 1 June 2004 and will be published around the time of the Symposium in August.

Don Heirman, Vice-President of Standards, presented his report. Standards activity covers three major areas: The Standards Education and Training Committee (SETCom) chaired by John Kraemer of Rockwell-Collins, the Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee (SACCom) chaired by Elya Joffe, and the Standards Development Committee (SDCom) chaired by Stephen Berger. The Standards Committees met prior to the Board meeting. Regarding SDCom, Chair Stephen Berger reports that a quorum was present at their meeting and the status of the following standards projects was reviewed:
139 (ISM measurements); review to determine if still viable
376 (Impulse bandwidth); Schaefer as chair, Ed Bronaugh as vice chair
1309 (Probe Calibration); approve going to ballot; PAR for next modifications approved with Carter chair, Chan vice chair, and Harrington secretary
187 (HDTV emissions); published; proposed for IEEE/IEC dual logo
299 (Shielding effectiveness); search for project leader to meet year-end deadline
473 (Site Survey); active with draft well underway; meetings at EMC Symposium planned
1128 (RF Absorber quality); a “limited PAR” initiation approved
1302 (Conductive Gasket quality); no activity and will be dropped
1560 (RF Filter suppression); work proceeding
1597 (Computational Electromagnetics); significant activity with two projects (Validation and modeling/simulation activity)
377 (Spurious from land mobile); reaffirm ballot passed; resolution of comments need to be circulated
1128 (RF absorber performance); approve reaffirmation
1140 (VDT E and H measurements); approve reaffirmation ballot
The current SDCom Study Projects include:
* Wideband TEM device use
* Wireless Performance Prediction in-situ (IEEE 802.11 has similar activity and monthly teleconferences are being held on this topic)
* Noise temperature and adaptive radio control (manage RF spectrum including time, modulation, power, etc.)
Regarding the activities of SETCom, Chair John Kraemer’s report included a review of the proposed Standards Workshop for 2004 with topics to include the IEEE Standards Association, the Standards Development Process, CISPR Emission standards for digital TV, ANSI ASC C63 series of EMC Standards and a Review of Standards 1597 (Comp EMC), 187 (HDTV), and 1560 (Powerline filter performance). Volunteers are needed for this committee. Anyone interested should contact John Kraemer at Regarding the activities of the SACCom, Chair Elya Joffe’s report included updates on CISPR A (Basic Measurement Instrumentation and Methods) from Don Heirman, CISPR B (Emissions from Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Equipment) from Dan Hoolihan, CISPR H (Limits for Protection of Radio Services) from Werner Schaefer, as well as IEC TC77 (Immunity) and ACEC (Advisory Committee on EMC) by Michel Ianoz.


IEEE provided a first class facility for the EMC Society Board meeting, including the services of Bill Ash, Program Manager, Technical Program Development, (left) who gamely assisted the Board in having its first “wireless” meeting. President Kimball Williams (seated) of Underwriters Laboratories appreciated the competent service.

Andy Drozd presented the report of Membership Services. The total number of active members is 3,977 as of March 2004. This is down approximately 3.6% compared to the same time in 2003. Total IEEE membership is 315,095. Higher grade and student memberships are rebounding over 2003. The EMCS has elevated 18 members to the Senior Grade so far this year. The EMCS membership application is being uploaded to the EMCS website. Dave Staggs, Membership Chair, reported that he has reserved two booth spaces (1707 and 1708) for the EMCS membership booth at the Santa Clara EMC Symposium. Flo Haislmaier will once again man the booth and will be supported with staffing by volunteers. Tom Cokenias will be in charge of this as Volunteer Coordinator for the Symposium committee. Andy Drozd then reported for Lee Hill, chair of the DL program. The results of the surveys indicate that the DL program is very favorably received. The committee is addressing how best to fill the void for the 2004 schedule left by the unfortunate passing of Chris Kendall. A draft proposal to modify the DL travel policy is nearing completion. It is expected this will be ready to adopt in August. Moving forward, the DL topics and speaking engagements will cover the history of the EMC Society in preparation for the 50th anniversary. Andy Drozd reported for Awards Chair Henry Benitez. The Board discussed the awards to be issued at the Santa Clara Symposium in August. The Board formed a Task Force to address the EMCS Awards Process. Don Heirman, Don Sweeney, Andy Drozd, Elya Joffe, and Bruce Archambeault volunteered to be members of this committee. Bruce Archambeault agreed to chair this committee. Mr. Drozd then gave Ghery Pettit’s report as Chapter Coordinator. New Chapter activity is occurring in Rochester, New York with an attempt to form an EMC/PSES joint Chapter. The signed petition has been forwarded to the IEEE RAB for approval. The Huntsville EMC Chapter has been formed. Paul Stover is the new Chapter chair. Elya Joffe next presented his report as Region 8 Representative. Upcoming activities include 2004 Wroclaw (Poland), EuroEM’2004 (Germany), EMC Europe (the Netherlands), EMC UK Symposium (England), 1st Waveform Diversity and Design Conference (Scotland), and EMC Zurich (Switzerland). Mr. Joffe advised that there would be an International Chapter Retreat in July in conjunction with EuroEM’2004. Carlos Sartori, Region 9 Representative, reported that efforts continue with establishing a new Chapter in Mexico. He will contact the EMCS members in Mexico and also in Argentina, where there is potential for new Chapter activity. Plans continue for a second EMC colloquium and exhibition in the greater Sao Paulo, Brazil area for the fall of 2004. Takeo Yoshino’s report on EMC activity in Region 10 was then reviewed. He is monitoring the progress of Chapter development in Australia, Thailand, a second Chapter in Malaysia and India. He will attend the IEEE TENCOM 2004 conference in Thailand this November and will follow up personally with the EMCS members there. Fellow Search Chair Don Sweeney reported that he is looking for good candidates to nominate for IEEE Fellow. He has enlisted the assistance of Shuichi Nitta to search for international fellow candidates. For 2005, seven new potential candidates have been identified and will be further screened by Don Sweeney. Next to report was Todd Hubing, who is the new Nominations Chair as he begins his two-year term as Past President. He would like to receive petitions for nominations for members of the Board of Directors 2005-2007. Regarding the committee on Financial Assistance Grants to Disadvantaged Engineers, Mr. Drozd noted that Zorica Pantic-Tanner is the chair of this committee. The status of this committee’s work is unknown at this time. Survey Committee Chair Fred Heather then advised that he has coordinated with Dick Ford about the methodology used in conducting past surveys and reducing the survey data into reports using a suitable spreadsheet format that can be used for year-to-year comparisons. He distributed a copy of the survey and asked the Board to complete and return it to him. He’d like to see if there are any errors or changes required. This survey will be distributed at the Santa Clara Symposium. Mr. Heather suggested looking into the possibility of having an on-line Symposium survey which could be completed during the Symposium. He will present the results of the Santa Clara Symposium Survey at the November Board meeting. Mr. Drozd then discussed the IEEE Five-Year Member Satisfaction Survey. This would be started as early as in 2004 and completed in 2005. The Board approved proceeding with this survey. Mr. Drozd advised that Ken Wyatt of Agilent Technologies is our EMC Society Photographer. He prepared a job description that outlines his responsibilities as photographer. Mr. Drozd requested he be contacted should anyone have questions or comments about the job description. Mr. Wyatt is looking forward to serving as the Society Photographer. He continues to provide excellent support to the EMC Newsletter with his cover designs. He plans to actively cover the Santa Clara Symposium. Lastly, Mr. Drozd reported for PACE Chair Bill McGinnis. Recent PACE activity has been at a low level. Mr. McGinnis is writing an article for the EMC Newsletter on PACE activities within the context of “redirecting careers” and “thinking outside the box.”


John Norgard, Vice President for Technical Services, presented his report. He advised that the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is Bill Strauss. Vice-Chair is Arto Chubukjian, and Secretary is Robert Scully. Mr. Norgard presented the list of TC chairmen. They have worked very hard in reviewing papers and assisting with the technical program for the Santa Clara Symposium. Next, RAC Chair Fred Heather presented his report. Dan Hoolihan has been updating the Board regularly with his COMAR reports. Mr. Hoolihan advised that a Technical Information Statement on “Scientific Evidence to Date Does not Support Claims that Cellular Phone Use in Gasoline Stations is a Fire or Explosion Hazard” has been developed by COMAR and will be published in the IEEE Spectrum in the near future. Regarding ACES, Andy Drozd attended their April conference, which was held at the Sheraton and Syracuse University in New York, the first time the conference was held outside of Monterey, California. Attendance was approximately 185 people, with papers being presented in two parallel sessions, 17 sessions total. The RAC report breaks down these papers by topic areas. The organization is in stable financial condition, with a membership worldwide of 350 people. They have instituted electronic-only, paper-only, or electronic-paper symposia records, journals and newsletters. The next ACES Conference will be held in conjunction with the IEEE Wireless Conference in Waikiki, Hawaii during April 2005. The IEEE point of contact is Dr. Magdy Iskander of the University of Hawaii. Mr. Norgard reported for Maqsood Mohd, Chair of the Education and Student Activities Committee (ESAC). At this time, the student designs and student papers are being evaluated for the awards to be presented in Santa Clara. They provided all the information required on student activities for the Santa Clara advance program. This year’s Symposium Tutorial Workshop promises to be one of their best ever. They are assisting the demonstrations committee to ensure that there is a good quality and number of demonstrations in Santa Clara. Lastly, the committee has provided e-mail help to answer inquiries about the EMC course and experimental materials to educators around the world.

Elya Joffe, Vice President for Conference Services, presented his report. He introduced Barry Wallen to present his report on IEEE EMCS International Symposia, as follows: Regarding 2003 Boston, this Symposium has completed all post Symposium paperwork and should be considered closed. The surplus is $200,180, or 29.2%; regarding 2004 Santa Clara, Chair John Howard reports that the advance program has been completed and mailed. 209 booths and 4 tables have been booked thus far. This is 7% above Boston last year. There are a total of 346 technical presentations. All activity is on track; regarding 2005 Chicago, the budget is being developed and will be presented at the August Board meeting. The hotel contracts at the Hyatt and the Sheraton are being renegotiated to reduce the room block commitments. The Navy Pier will be the venue for the Symposium. An aggressive Amateur Radio set of activities is being investigated and developed for 2005. No final decisions have been made on the social functions. The Symposium theme is “Our Kind of Town – EMChicago”; regarding 2006 Portland, hotel contracts have been signed, but there is no further significant activity. Options for the social functions are being investigated; regarding 2007 Honolulu, Mr. Wallen advised that the MOU is ready for signing and that contracts for possible options for the host hotels are being negotiated. The committee currently consists of Chair Janet O’Neil, Vice-Chair Barry Wallen, Treasurer Benoît Nadeau, Registration Ghery Pettit, Workshops John Maas, and Technical Program Co-Chairs Don Heirman and Todd Hubing. Anyone interested in being on this committee should contact Chair Janet O’Neil at or Vice-Chair Barry Wallen at The Board approved exempting the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on EMC from policy regarding advertising of the Symposium prior to the preceding Symposium; regarding 2008 Detroit, the chair will be Kimball Williams. Scott Lytle is the Vice-Chair and Graeme Rogerson is the Treasurer. The MOU needs to be prepared. IEEE paperwork required is being addressed; regarding 2009, three proposals have been received to host this Symposium representing Fort Lauderdale, FL, San Diego, CA, and Austin, TX. These will be reviewed at the August Board meeting. Nigel Carter then gave his report as the Global EMC Symposia chair. He outlined the various global EMC conferences with which the EMCS is a technical co-sponsor. The issue of retaining the conference proceedings from these various events was brought to the Board’s attention. To date, Dr. Carter has not been successful in determining where these records are stored. Efforts to confirm storage arrangements with GTRI and SWRI have failed. Dr. Carter would like to have these proceedings stored such that they can be available upon the request of EMCS membership. Janet O’Neil then reported as Exhibitor Liaison. She has been working with Sue Kingston and Vita Feuerstein of IEEE CMS recently who have been assigning booth space for the Santa Clara Symposium. She contacted them to provide a thank you to the sponsors’ page for the Santa Clara Symposium. This is based upon what was published in the Spring 2003 Newsletter for the Boston Symposium that was well received. The Santa Clara Symposium sponsors page will appear in the Spring 2004 EMC Newsletter. Ms. O’Neil then reported on regional events with EMC Chapters in Regions 1-7. The Milwaukee EMC Chapter held a very successful one day event on March 9 titled “EMC Fest 2004: Introduction to the World of EMC Standards” with Donald N. Heirman. Jim Blaha of L. S. Compliance was the event organizer. Over 75 people attended this seminar and tabletop show. They handed out a survey to all attendees and a prize to those who returned a completed survey. Over 96% of the surveys were returned and the speaker, topic, and overall event received very high remarks. On May 6, the SE Michigan EMC Chapter held “EMC Fest 2004: EMC Coupling Mechanisms and Diagnostic Techniques” with Tom Van Doren, of the University of Missouri, Rolla. This was held at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, MI. Kimball Williams of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. was the principal organizer of this event. Over 100 people attended this seminar and tabletop show. Coming up are events scheduled for May 18 with the Chicago EMC Chapter and June 14 for the Dallas EMC Chapter. This will be the first such event for the Dallas Chapter. Ms. O’Neil noted that she has received several inquires from EMC Chapters (Washington DC, Melbourne, Austin, Central New England, Phoenix, and Taiwan) to help organize seminars and/or tabletop shows for late 2004/early 2005. The demand is getting to be a bit overwhelming, but so far they are managing to schedule these at a few in the January-June timeframe and a few in the September-November time frame. For tabletop shows, the goal is to keep these to 2-3 in the spring and 2-3 in the fall so as not to overtax our vendor’s resources of time and exhibit expenses. Mr. Joffe presented Frank Sabath’s report as the Region 8 Conference Coordinator. On July 12, the German EMC Chapter will present the “IEEE Region 8 Workshop on Numerical Field Computation” in Magdeburg, Germany. There will also be a Region 8 Chapter Chair retreat on July 15 in Magdeburg. This will be held in conjunction with EuroEM’2004. Dr. Sabath advised that the Russian Chapter has decided to step back from holding a regional Symposium in 2005 and apply for this regional event in 2007. Professor Korovkin is the assigned Chairman for 2007. The University of St. Petersburg will organize a national Symposium in 2005. The Austrian and Benelux Chapters continue to be active. Janet O’Neil reported that Region 9 would have a two-day technical seminar and exhibition in the greater Sao Paulo, Brazil area. It is scheduled for the end of September 2004 and will be held at the Brazilian Space Agency (INPE) to eliminate hotel expenses. She has submitted an outline for a technical program to address automotive, medical, and telecom EMC to the South Brazil EMC Chapter. The program and speakers will be confirmed within the next few weeks. Carlos Sartori is working with Ms. O’Neil on this event. Regarding Region 10, Mr. Joffe presented Shuichi Nitta’s report. Of course, all activity in this region at present is devoted to EMC Sendai on June 1-4. Professor A. Sugiura is the Chairman of this event. Future EMC conferences in the region include one in China, Thailand, India, and Korea/Japan (joint conference). A request was received from Professor S. T. Peng from Taiwan to host a regional IEEE EMC Symposium in Taipei entitled: “2005 IEEE Asia Symposium on EMC.” The preliminary dates are set for the period 22-24 November. The Taipei EMC Chapter will organize the Symposium. Expected attendance is 350 people. In closing his report, Mr. Joffe discussed some symposia issues such as a proposal for electronic paper submission and review and a “paperless Symposium.” He would like to have the electronic paper review implemented for the 2005 Symposium. Concerning the evaluation of proposals received for the 2009 Symposium, Mr. Joffe suggested forming a standing committee, chaired by Barry Wallen, to evaluate and compare proposals, and prepare a presentation to the Board covering the highlights of the proposals and key points. Further, the committee should prepare requests for clarification as necessary and provide the Board with a recommendation for the most suitable venue for hosting the Symposium. A timeline for the evaluation process was presented. Mr. Wallen agreed to chair this standing committee. Bruce Archambeault, Nigel Carter, and Janet O’Neil volunteered to be members of the committee.


Anthony Durniak, Staff Executive, IEEE Publications, gave an interesting presentation at the May Board meeting on what a publications powerhouse the IEEE has become in the last five years. In his office, Mr. Durniak manages activity that includes the phenomenal Xplore.

EMC Society 50th Anniversary Committee
Dan Hoolihan gave a report regarding activities to date for recognizing the EMC Society’s 50th Anniversary in 2007. The report included the list of committee members and subcommittees. Recent activities include completing two oral interviews conducted by the IEEE History Center with Ralph Showers and Warren Kesselman. A meeting was held at the IEEE History Center on May 10. Future activities with the History Center in support of the EMCS 50th Anniversary Committee were discussed. Mr. Hoolihan also attended a meeting at IEEE on May 10 with the IEEE Creative Services Department and Janet O’Neil and Barry Wallen of the 2007 Symposium Steering Committee to discuss common marketing plans for the anniversary and Symposium. Anniversary celebration ideas are being collected from other IEEE Societies; an example is putting the Transactions for 50 years on one DVD. Finally, Mr. Hoolihan is working on a power point presentation on the History of the EMC Society, which can be given to the Chapters by the Society’s Distinguished Lecturers and others.

The following items were discussed under New Business:

Anthony Durniak, Staff Executive, IEEE Publications, gave a presentation on the status of IEEE Publications. IEEE’s publication revenue is up 58% in five years. The vision for IEEE is to be the best technical publisher in the industry. To be successful in this goal, they must be resourceful in perfecting the core areas of content, currency, convenience, and cost. IEEE Xplore plays a large role in the publication efforts. For example, articles loaded into IEEE Xplore in 2003 included 17,200 IEEE Periodicals, 47,300 IEEE Conferences, and 26,000 IEE Articles. 487,000 pages were loaded to Xplore in 2003. The top three Periodicals accessed from Xplore in 2003 included the Transactions on Solid State Circuits, the Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, and the Transactions on Signal Processing. The Transactions on EMC was in the top half of the IEEE Periodicals. It was noted that the majority of US Patents reference IEEE publications. In fact, referencing to IEEE papers has increased 267% in the last decade. Patenting has increased 76% in the past decade. Mr. Durniak noted that in 2003, IEEE made online services easier to use by upgrading the search engine and allowing full text searching. Articles were moved faster than ever before, largely due to decreased peer review time with expanded use of Manuscript Central. In concluding his report, Mr. Durniak outlined opportunities for the EMC Society to improve its publications content. He recommended that the EMC Society start a “Letters” section within the Transactions on EMC. He suggested using “Rapid Posting” to publish these Letters fast on line before printing. The papers backlog should be reviewed so pages can be added and thus delays in publishing don’t build up. Lastly, Mr. Durniak concluded his report by reviewing the creation of IEEE Media and how this supports IEEE Publications with advertising sales, etc.


In light of the IEEE Publications report, the situation regarding the page count and budget for the Transactions on EMC mentioned in Professor Canavero’s report was discussed. The Board approved increasing the page count budget for Transactions on EMC for 2005 from 670 to 750.


President Williams reviewed the action items discussed during the meeting. The updated consolidated list of action items was later distributed.


The next Board meeting is scheduled for August 8 and the evening of August 12 in Santa Clara, California. Kimball Williams noted that there is a conflict with the Zurich Board meeting scheduled for February 2005. There is an IEEE TAB meeting that President Williams must attend. The spring 2005 meeting of the EMCS Board of Directors will be rescheduled and the Board will be notified accord



One of the greatest and most prestigious achievements a Chapter or Section can reach is that of hosting the IEEE International Symposium on EMC, which is held annually, traditionally in the month of August.
IEEE EMC Symposia are scheduled six years in advance, and therefore, it is time to plan for the 2010 Symposium.
The Board of Directors of the EMC Society is therefore soliciting proposals for hosting the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility.
Proposals should be submitted by an IEEE EMC Chapter (or Chapters) with acknowledgement by the local Section, which are interested in leading the organizing and hosting of the Symposium.
Any Chapter, including Chapters who have hosted symposia in the past, may submit proposals and will be considered. In addition, there may be a location that does not have a Chapter per se, but has interest and association with nearby areas, which do have Chapters. We look to those opportunities as long as there is a clear leadership team available.
Proposals should address, but not be limited to:
• Convention facilities
• Hotels and accommodation availability
• Accessibility
• Attractiveness to industry (both for Symposium Exhibitors and local businesses)
• Activities and attractions which would draw families
• City municipality/state support
• Expected cost of conference facilities
• Organizing entity, proposed Chair and core Committee
• Section endorsement and support
A more detailed description of the above and a Symposium checklist for submitting your proposals may be obtained by sending an e-mail to Elya B. Joffe, VP for Conferences and Symposia, at:
The checklist can also be downloaded from the EMCS Web Site:
Please note that the proposals should be submitted no later than Sunday, May 1, 2005. Please send your proposals to both:
Barry Wallen
International Symposia Coordinator
Regulatory Compliance Group Dell Inc.
Austin, TX USA
Elya B. Joffe
EMCS V.P. for Conferences and Symposia
P.O. Box 264
Kfar-Sava 44102
If you submit a proposal, you will be expected to attend the BoD meeting during the August 2005 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Chicago and make a presentation regarding your proposal. It has been customary in recent years that a representative of the Convention Facility or the local Chamber of Commerce attend the meeting as well in order to support the presentation.
A final decision will be made at the November 2005 BoD meeting or soon thereafter.
Again, please let me emphasize that only complete proposals received NO LATER than May 1, 2005 can be considered for 2010. EMC


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