President’s Message

As I write this column for the EMC Society Newsletter, it is the morning of the first day of 2005. This is a new year with many new considerations. Personally, I have just begun working with a new employer. My revised contact information may be located at the end of this column. Beginning a new job involves a number of adjustments, some of them pleasant, some not so, a few wrenching decisions and a number of questions and surprises.

“How did I collect this many books and papers?”
“Who did I loan that first edition, signed by the author, copy of….”
“Oh, that is where that fell down behind my (desk, book case, file cabinet, etc.)”
“Wow, I haven’t seen that for (N) years!”
“Whom can I give that to?”
“How did I get 12 copies of…..?”

Leaving old friends that have been with you through thick and thin leaves a profound sense of loss. Leaving circumstances that have become familiar, if no longer comfortable, requires adapting and adjusting. Both of these encourage growth and a re-examination of ideas, attitudes and mind-sets.
The pleasant adjustments come from meeting a new group of co-workers, with whom we can share much. There will be chances to try out new ideas and ways of doing things that will encourage a reexamination of old habits and the likely replacement of some with better ways of doing things. There will also be the confirmation that some of the tried and true really do work the best for you and your circumstances. All in all, an appropriate set of questions and adjustments to accompany welcoming in a New Year.

The EMC Society in Review
This last year, the EMC Society began slowly recovering membership, along with the rest of IEEE. We attribute this mostly to the effects of an improving economy, with little or no credit taken by the Board of Directors (BoD) for this change. Indeed, most of the IEEE is now looking at its operations and functions with serious questions about its long-term viability. The EMC Society is doing the same.
We have several new members added to the BoD, and the November elections shifted our Vice Presidents around slightly. The complete list of offices and officers can be found on our web site. I want to call particular attention to the election of Andrew Drozd as our new President Elect. Andy will take over the day-to-day duties of running the Society in 2006. He will spend the next year becoming familiar with the duties of the office, the interactions with the Technical Activities Board, and running the Long Range Planning committee. We hope to have him well prepared when he takes over the controls on January 1, 2006. If anyone is interested in participating in the activities of the Long Range Planning Committee, or just wants to provide suggestions for committee consideration, you can find Andy’s contact information on the Society web page.
When Andy accepted the position of President Elect, we needed to replace him as the Vice President of Member Services. We used this opportunity to move Elya Joffe from his role as Vice President of Conferences into the Vice President of Member Services position, which complements his demonstrated strengths and interests. To fill the now vacant position of Vice President of Conferences we were able to elevate Barry Wallen to this position. Barry has served effectively as the Chairman of the Committee overseeing International Conferences, and is well suited to carry forward the work of planning and coordinating our worldwide conference schedule.
The other members of the BoD officer corps who have demonstrated their long-term dedication to the Society and consistency of purpose in its governance were retained in their posts. The complete list of current BoD Officers is shown below, with the new assignments shown in bold:

President.......................................................... K Williams
President-Elect ..............................................A Drozd
Past President ..................................................T H Hubing
Secretary ..........................................................J N O’Neil
Treasurer .........................................................W A Kesselman
Vice President - Communication Services ......G S Pettit
Vice President - Member Services ...............E Joffe
Vice President - Standards ..............................D N Heirman
Vice President - Technical Services .................J Norgard
Vice President - Conferences .......................B Wallen

The BoD implemented several initiatives in 2004 designed to improve its efficiency and effectiveness as a governing and deliberative body. Of course, the proof of any new initiatives is how this changes and improves the overall operation of the organization. While this has yet to be demonstrated, you should look for several indicators during the coming year, including improved communication and information about volunteer opportunities, our Technical Committees and participation in the running of our organizations, institutions and conferences.

In a recent article, Mark Ciechanowski, Secretary of the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section, pointed out that active participation in Society activities was a way to “maximize your investment” in the IEEE. Indeed, it is a truism that “you reap what you sow”, “you only get out what you put in”, “cast your bread on the water and it will come back soggy”. Well, perhaps that last one doesn’t apply. But, the point should be clear. If your membership in IEEE and in the EMC Society is soley based upon an expectation of “getting what you paid for”, then that is all you will receive. Those of us who put our extra time into making sure that the organization is successful, receive so much more in return that we keep on volunteering just on that basis. If you have not experienced this for yourself, I encourage you to contact any of our officers, either with the EMC Society or your local Chapter, and ask what you can do to help. You will be glad that you did.

Technical Committees
Our Technical Committees include our Education and Student Activities Committee, our Representative Advisory Committee and our Standards Committee. All of these are open to participation by any member of the EMC Society, and all of their meetings are open meetings. Between now and the Symposium in Chicago this August, I urge you to read the charters of all ten of our Technical Committees, and the other three major committees as well. Contact the Chair of any, or all, discuss ways in which you might participate in their activities, and plan on attending their meetings when you visit the Symposium in Chicago.
There is a stunning variety within the mix of committees of the Society. But, if you just can’t seem to find the right ‘fit’ for your talents and interests, please contact one of the BoD members listed on our web page to discuss just where your abilities might find their best use. There is a lot to do, and ‘many hands make the work light’. So, take a look, give us a call, and let us help you find out where you can make the most difference.

Contact Information

At the beginning of this column, I mentioned that I would include updated contact information for anyone who needed to reach me. Note that I have included only my IEEE alias for e-mail. I do this to ensure that I can keep my IEEE e-mail separated from my business e-mail. If I happen to reply to a message from you from my Denso e-mail, please restrain yourself from adding that address to your e-mail address book. It will help more than you would believe! EMC


Kimball Williams
President, IEEE EMC Society
Senior Manager-Test/Lab Services
Denso International America Inc.
24777 Denso Drive
P.O. Box 5133 MC 4250
Southfield, MI 48086-5133
Ph: 248-372-8074
Fx: 248-213-2450

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