|Magdy Iskander from the University
of Hawaii recently met with members of the steering committee
for the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Hawaii.
Professor Iskander, an active member of the IEEE MTT, AP and
EMC Societies, and the committee discussed ways in which the
University could locally support the EMC symposium. Following
a very productive dinner meeting, Newsletter Editor and EMC
2007 Chair, Janet ONeil, is shown thanking Professor
Iskander for the overwhelming support he offered to ensure
the success of the EMC 2007 symposium. Heres to productive
An Exciting Time for Future
Summers of EMC
Summer is a very busy season for many of us as we get ready for
the annual IEEE Symposium on EMC. Planning is underway full swing
for this years symposium in Chicago, of course, but also
the committees for the symposiums in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
are quietly working behind the scenes to ensure the success of
their respective symposiums.
By the time you read this Newsletter, the 2005 IEEE International
Symposium on EMC in Chicago will have taken place. The steering
committee will be receiving their just accolades for a job well
done, taking a well-deserved rest, and catching up on business
that surely piled up in the office while their attention was diverted
to the symposium. On page 61 of this Newsletter, you can see the
many members of this committee. Note the manpower involved to
host our annual symposium!
Youll want to stay tuned to the Fall 2005 Newsletter as
this brings our blockbuster issue fully covering the Chicago symposium
activities. Our longest issue of the year, it will be packed with
photos, articles, and commentary on our unique annual symposium.
Many members of the 2006 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in
Portland will be seen walking the exhibit floor in Chicago, attending
the technical sessions, and enjoying the social activities held
as part of the symposium. They will be hard to miss in their distinctive
headwear. The theme for next years symposium is Exploring
EMC Frontiers which nicely ties into the 200th anniversary
of the Lewis and Clark expedition. This famous trek ended in Oregon
and thats where well be next year. Recognizing the
legacy of this dynamic duo, I understand Henry Benitez, chair
of the 2006 Symposium Steering Committee, and Derick Skouby, the
Technical Program Chair, will sport the fancy hats similar to
those worn centuries ago by Lewis and Clark. This should be a
sight to see! This symposium promises to open a new frontier of
EMC exploration. The technical committee, as profiled on page
45 of this Newsletter, eagerly awaits your stellar contribution.
If you are doing new, innovative work involving EMC, buckle down
and start working on your paper. This is indeed the forum to present
your latest research! Also, given the popularly of the workshops,
demonstrations, and tutorials that focus on practical, applied
techniques, consider participating in this side of the technical
Exhibitors wont want to miss sharing the latest and greatest
about their new products during the New Product Showcase
which will be held on the exhibit floor in Portland, thanks to
the idea of this new forum to be held in Chicago. The goal of
each symposium is to educate EMC engineers so their ultimate experience
having attended is that they can take back new skills to be use
on the job immediately. Boosting production at a company is always
a good thing!
Thus, bottom line, the committee, the exhibitors, and the presenters
all have to work together to achieve this goal.
The photo heading this column was taken in Hawaii earlier this
summer. The 2007 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Hawaii
met to discuss plans for this special event where well officially
celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the EMC Society. A symposium
in Hawaii presents challenges since it is a long distance from
the US where our symposia have been traditionally held. It is
also perceived as a vacation destination and not one
for serious business. However, the location in Hawaii
also presents opportunities to outreach to the Pacific Rim. Indeed,
some 50% of EMC Society members reside outside the US. By taking
our symposium closer to the international community, a whole new
segment of our membership will be able to attend the symposium.
That means potential new customers for exhibitors as well as new
contributions to the technical program. Planning is now underway
to ensure outreach is effective to the Pacific Rim. Technical
program co-chairs, Todd Hubing and Don Heirman, are internationally
recognized leaders in EMC. Surely they will attract the best and
brightest EMC engineers globally to participate in the 2007 IEEE
Symposium on EMC. Likewise, the renowned Clayton Paul, recipient
of the 2005 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, and the affable Flavio
Canavero, Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on EMC, are putting
together an extended practical session for new EMC engineers.
Over several days, students in this special program will receive
in depth instruction from leading EMC professors drawn from all
corners of the world. Youll hear more about this Global
EMC University in future issues of the Newsletter. For now,
note that efforts are underway to ensure a top notch technical
program that, along with extended practical educational sessions,
will ensure that indeed serious business will take
place at the 2007 symposium.
Did you know that the annual symposiums of the Microwave Theory
and Techniques (MTT) Society as well as the Antennas and Propagation
(AP) Society will also take place in Hawaii in the summer of 2007?
The MTTs International Microwave Symposium (IMS) will take
place over June 2-8 while the AP Symposium will take place over
June 10-15. The EMC 2007 Symposium will take place over July 9-13.
The EMC 2007 committee will be working closely with the steering
committees of these symposiums to take advantage of opportunities
to cross market, organize special sessions presented by one Society
to another at the symposium, discount exhibitor fees should an
EMC company decide to try exhibiting for the first time at the
MTT and/or AP symposiums, etc. We will actively pursue any synergies
that will surely arise from these related Societies holding their
respective symposium in the same city, the same year!
In closing, the cover of this Newsletter debuts the new 50th Anniversary
logo. Dan Hoolihan, Chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee, has
worked hard with his committee to ensure we celebrate this milestone
in a meaningful way. His article on page 28 provides information
on our very first symposium. How far we have come as a Society!
Be sure to read his History articles in each issue of this Newsletter
to appreciate the founding of our Society. Youll then be
prepared to celebrate the significance of this anniversary in
As you can see, we have many exciting EMC summers ahead! EMC