|EMC Society President Todd Hubing
(center) attended the EMC Europe 2002 conference in Sorrento,
Italy. While there, he had the opportunity to personally present
some EMC Society awards. Salvatore Celozzi (left) from the
University of Rome, "La Sapienza," received the
Certificate of Technical Achievement for outstanding contributions
to the EMC Society especially in the field of shielding and
transmission line theory applied to printed circuit boards.
Flavio Canavero (right) from the Politecnico di Torino received
the Certificate of Appreciation for his contributions as Guest
Editor for the Transactions on EMC special issue on "Recent
Advances in EMC of Printed Circuit Boards." For more
information on EMC Europe 2002, click
Despite international conflicts and the lackluster performance
of the global economy, interest in EMC seems to be at an all-time
high. The Technical Program Committee for the 2003 IEEE International
Symposium on EMC in Istanbul, Turkey received 500 paper submissions.
This is a remarkable accomplishment given that this symposium
follows two very successful European EMC symposia in Sorrento
and Zurich. The 2003 IEEE EMC Symposium in Boston this August
also promises to be one of our largest, most well attended events
What's responsible for this sudden surge in interest? One theory
is that the slowing of the economy has allowed EMC engineers to
devote more time to professional development activities such as
research, education, writing publications and attending conferences.
Another theory suggests that the recent emphasis on fighting terrorism
has caused more people to take an interest in EMC. It's not clear
to what extent either of these theories is correct, but the rising
interest in the work of EMC engineers is undeniable.
In November, the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors met in sunny
Sao Paulo, Brazil. I'm not sure if it was the pleasant climate,
the wonderful food, the gracious hosts or something else; but
for some reason we held one of our most productive meetings ever.
Among the many things we accomplished were the approval of several
new Distinguished Lecturers, selection of a symposium location
for our 50th anniversary, and the election of new officers.
While we were in Sao Paulo, the Board co-hosted a workshop with
the South Brazil EMC Chapter in cooperation with ABRICEM (an industry
EMC association in Brazil). We were also treated to a tour of
INPE, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research. I had a
chance to meet EMC engineers from all over South America, and
the level of EMC-related activity taking place there is impressive.
The EMC profession would benefit from improved communication with
EMC engineers in South America. The IEEE EMC Society is working
to establish additional chapters and increase membership in that
The IEEE EMC Society has three new Distinguished Lecturers. Michel
Ianoz, Bruce Archambeault and Chris Kendall join existing Distinguished
Lecturers Keith Hardin and Cheung-Wei Lam for 2003. Each of these
lecturers has many years of experience dealing with a variety
of EMC problems and each of them is an excellent speaker. I hope
that your chapter or organization will take advantage of the opportunity
to have one of these speakers give a talk at an upcoming meeting.
The IEEE EMC Society was first established in 1957 as the Professional
Group on Radio Frequency Interference, one of several Professional
Groups of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). We are planning
a very special symposium in 2007 to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
The 2007 IEEE International Symposium on EMC will be held in Honolulu,
Hawaii and it will feature several sessions, exhibits and events
designed to commemorate 50 years of EMC. Dan Hoolihan is chairing
our 50th Anniversary Committee and Janet O'Neil will be the chair
of the 2007 symposium. If you have ideas that you would like to
contribute, or if you would like to volunteer to participate in
the planning of this event, please contact Dan or Janet.
As of January 2003, the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors has
a new slate of officers. Kimball Williams, of Underwriters Laboratories
Inc., is the new President-Elect and will become the Society's
new President in 2004. Warren Kesselman was re-elected as Society
Treasurer and Janet O'Neil, of ETS Lindgren, was re-elected as
Secretary. The Society has three new Vice Presidents. Ghery Pettit,
of Intel Corporation, is the new Vice President for Communication
Services. Elya Joffe, of KTL Project Engineering, is the new Vice
President for Conferences. John Norgard, University of Colorado
at Colorado Springs, is the new Vice President for Technical Services.
Also, Andrew Drozd, of Andro Consulting Services, was re-elected
as Vice President for Member Services and Don Heirman, of Don
Heirman Consultants, was re-elected as Vice President for Standards.
Congratulations to all the newly elected and re-elected officers.