EMC Personality Profile


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. Heyno’s 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 Chapter’s technical and social activities, the German Chapter received the EMC Society’s “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 and leadership.
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 didn’t 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).
Editor’s Note: Mr. Duff wishes to acknowledge and thank Frank Sabath for his assistance in providing this interview with Heyno Garbe. EMC

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