|Newsletter Editor Janet O’Neil
visited with EMC Society Board of Directors member Bruce Archambeault
on May 31 following the Board meeting held in Salt Lake City.
Welcome to the Summer 2008 issue of the EMC
Summer means many things to many people – warm weather,
outdoor sporting games, barbecues, pool and beach activity, camping,
vacation, enjoying time with family before sending children back
to school, a break for professors to catch up on all the work
delayed during an overloaded school year - to name just a few
popular activities. For many of us in the EMC Society, summer
also means a trip to the annual IEEE International Symposium on
EMC. By the time you read this issue, this year’s symposium
will have come and gone and we’ll have just a few days of
summer left to savor. But, those of us who were fortunate enough
to have attended this premier global gathering of EMC professionals
will return rejuvenated and ready to tackle EMC challenges with
a new perspective.
Speaking of new, we have a few new contributions to this issue
that you’ll want to read more about.
First is the new “Completed Careers” section of the
Newsletter brought to you by our newest Associate Editor, Bob
Davis. Bob’s first article is on page 8. The intent with
this article is to honor members of the EMC Society who have recently
passed away, thus “completing” their careers.
I often hear from members that one of the things they most appreciate
about being in EMC and a member of the EMC Society is that is
it a very close-knit community, almost like family. “Everyone
knows each other in the EMC community” is often heard at
our various meetings and annual symposia.
As such, when valued members pass away, word circulates quickly
among our membership via e-mail, phone calls, and the like. How
do we honor these members and let their families know how much
their contributions to the EMC Society have been appreciated over
Bob’s article lets you know how we will honor these members
and how you can help.
Also new in this issue is the EMC Abstracts, otherwise known as
the EMCABS, where readers can now have access to the complete
papers for the abstracts shown. If you read an abstract in this
issue and wish to view the complete paper, go on line to the EMC
Society website, www.emcs.org,
and click on the Summer 2008 issue, then click on EMCABS. You’ll
see a highlighted EMCABS number, click on this to see the full
paper for that abstract. This is a new feature we’re adding
to the EMCABS on line version starting with the Summer 2008 issue.
Many thanks to Dan Hoolihan for suggesting this new feature for
the Newsletter and to Associate Editor Osamu Fujiwara for implementing
this suggestion, thereby enhancing the EMCABS section of the Newsletter
for our readers.
We also have a new contributor to the Newsletter in Mike Violette
of Washington Labs. Mike’s educational and entertaining
story on a visit to the home of the late Leonard Thomas, the fifth
Secretary of the EMC Society, takes us a step back in time and
makes us appreciate the early days of EMC when so much was considered
“black magic.” How far we have come, yet how much
we stay the same!
Incidentally, Mike also contributed to the Chapter Chatter section
on behalf of the newly revitalized Philadelphia Chapter. On page
16 you’ll find another humorous reading gem from Mike. Many
thanks to him for adding such character to the Summer issue of
While on the topic of history, you won’t want to miss the
article by Elya Joffe on the Wroclaw EMC Symposium. Starting on
page 23, Elya reviews the significance of this symposium first
held in 1972, during the famous “cold war” era. It’s
remarkable how this symposium bridged the east and west on a common
engineering topic, electromagnetics. Read about the future of
this legendary symposium and its evolution in adapting to a common
European EMC community. Many thanks to Elya and to Professors
Struzak and Moron for sharing the history of the origins of the
Wroclaw EMC Symposium.
I hope you all had a wonderful summer and enjoy reading this issue!