Letter from the Editor
Janet O'Neil, EMC Newsletter Editor, Sue Kingston, IEEE Conference Management Services, Mary Ward-Callan, IEEE Managing Director Technical Activities, and Elya Joffe, EMC Vice-President Conferences (from left) met briefly at the IEEE Board meeting in May to discuss new IEEE services for promoting technical conferences. For more information on the Board meeting, please see page 48.


I had a very enjoyable dinner last night with two noted experts in the EMC industry, Steve Jensen and Tom Van Doren. Both were in town teaching seminars related to EMC; Steve’s was on HIRF and Tom’s was on shielding and grounding. With recent weather in Seattle in the 90s, it seemed appropriate to have dinner on the water to enjoy the clear view and slightly cooler temperatures. We dined at a restaurant on Lake Washington and later walked along the lake to enjoy the welcome breezes blowing off the water.
Over dinner, we talked about how we were eagerly looking forward to the Santa Clara Symposium, how business has been steadily improving across all facets of the EMC industry, and, of course, upon asking, the experts shared humorous stories of EMC challenges over the years. When asked what these experts “really like to do,” the response was “tinker.” “There’s nothing better than sitting at a workshop bench with equipment and a product and trying to solve an EMI problem,” Tom Van Doren commented with a gleam in his eye. This lead to Steve Jensen asking Tom if he could solve the “key chain effect” EMI problem that, incidentally, is described in this issue’s Chapter Chatter column. Unfortunately, I do not know if Tom did indeed solve the problem, as I was distracted at that moment by the dessert cart. Oh well. Maybe you can solve this problem that’s been perplexing Steve for years. Read about it on page 7 and get back to him if you have a solution!
It struck me over dinner how relationships matter in our EMC community. I find that people get involved in EMC and never leave the industry. Some people joke about this, about how they got assigned an EMC project at their company in the early days and instantly became the EMC “go to” person. That was it for their career! Pegged from the beginning as the EMC “expert” within the company and the practitioner of “black magic” or, worse, “who knows what that person is really doing in the lab?”
In any case, I find that many friendships are formed by engineers discussing EMI challenges and enjoying a free exchange of technical knowledge and experience to achieve a solution. I find that the friendships are renewed and strengthened each year at our annual IEEE EMC Symposium as well as at the growing number of EMC conferences worldwide.
So far, I haven’t seen any decrease in enthusiasm for EMC amongst the engineers I have come into contact with. Quite the contrary, as evident over dinner, the faces of Tom and Steve literally lit up when sharing EMI “war stories.”
I have found the authors of the practical papers in this Newsletter are eager to share their knowledge and are quite excited when talking about their papers prior to publication. Chapter members are eager to share information about their respective activities. Have you noticed how these two sections of the Newsletter, Chapter Chatter and Practical Papers, have grown over the years? Our EMC Society membership is quite active and chatty! No wonder I feel so at home in this industry!
I hope you enjoy this issue of the Newsletter. Please keep your comments coming!

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