As I thought about selecting European candidates
for my column, Heyno Garbe was one of the first who crossed my
mind. He is a well-known member of our Society to whom multiple
EMC awards have been presented.
After high school, Heyno Garbe enlisted in the German Army in
1974. As a part of the officer-training program, he studied Electrical
Engineering at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg,
Germany and received his diploma degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in 1978.
Heynos academic education was interrupted by seven years
of service in various positions in the army signal corps. After
returning to the University in 1985, he earned the Dr.-Ing. in
1986 with a PhD-thesis dealing with the numerical electromagnetic
field calculation of wire structures with non-linear loads.
In 1986, Heyno left the active service and joined the Asea Brown
Boveri (ABB) Research Center in Baden, Switzerland. There he was
involved in research activities on TEM-waveguides, the numerical
calculation of electromagnetic fields, and other EMC related topics.
As a result, he became interested in so called alternative test
methods, particularly all kinds of TEM-waveguides. During an outsourcing
program, the ABB Research Center Baden was transferred into EMC
Baden Ltd., Switzerland in 1991. From 1991 to 1992, Heyno was
the Research Manager of this new company.
In 1992, he decided to pursue an academic career and thus accepted
the position of a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering
and Information Technology of the University of Hanover, Germany.
In 1998, he became the Dean for Education at the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. In addition
to lecturing on basic electrical engineering, measurement technology,
and EMC, he has developed an active research program related to
electromagnetic field effect modeling, testing, and measurement
as applied to EMC. Due to his professional roots he focuses on
the theoretical description as well as further developments of
TEM-waveguides and TEM-waveguide related test methods. Therefore,
Heyno is very active in several EMC related national and international
standards committees; most notably, he has been the convener of
the Joint Task Force CISPR/A and TC77 on TEM Waveguides
that was responsible for the recently published IEC 61000-4-20.
Heyno is a Senior Member of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility
(EMC), Antennas and Propagation (AP) and Micro-wave Theory and
Techniques (MTT) Societies. Since the formation of the German
EMC Chapter in 1994, he has held the positions of public relations
officer and vice chairman. Since 1997, he has served as the chairman
of the German Chapter. As a result of his various efforts to improve
the Chapters technical and social activities, the German
Chapter received the EMC Societys Chapter-of-the-Year
Award in 2001. Currently the Chapter is very in-volved in the
organization of the European Electromagnetic Symposium (EUROEM
2004). In addition, Heyno is the counselor of the IEEE student
branch at the University of Hanover and is an Associate Editor
of the IEEE Transactions on EMC. In 2003, the EMC Society presented
Heyno with the Laurence G. Cumming Award for outstanding service
Heyno is married to Ute, an elementary school teacher. He is the
father of a 21-year old young man, Olly, who accompanied him to
the IEEE EMC Symposia in Seattle and Denver. Nevertheless, Olly
didnt follow his father and decided instead to become a
bank manager. On the personal side, Heyno is involved with several
activities. He is a licensed Radio Amateur (DG1OU) and he is active
in the German Army Reserves; currently he holds the rank of a
Lieutenant Colonel (reserve).
Editors Note: Mr. Duff wishes to acknowledge and thank
Frank Sabath for his assistance in providing this interview with
Heyno Garbe. EMC