Letter from the Editor
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 O’Neil, is shown thanking Professor Iskander for the overwhelming support he offered to ensure the success of the EMC 2007 symposium. Here’s to productive teamwork!

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 year’s 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!
You’ll 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 year’s 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 that’s where we’ll 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 program.
Exhibitors won’t 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 we’ll 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. You’ll 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 MTT’s 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. You’ll then be prepared to celebrate the significance of this anniversary in 2007!
As you can see, we have many exciting EMC summers ahead! EMC

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