Two Outstanding New Appointees
Become Distinguished Lecturers in 2006

Dr. David Hockanson and Dr. Etienne Sicard have just recently began their two-year terms as the newest Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) of the IEEE EMC Society. They will follow in the footsteps of our 2004-2005 DLs Dr. Tom Jerse and Mr. Greg Kiemel. Our other three DLs, Dr David Pommerenke, Dr. Chris Holloway, and Dr. Heyno Garbe will continue their terms through December of 2006.
Before introducing David and Etienne, I want to acknowledge the excellent contributions of Tom and Greg over the past two years. Every year we recognize current and former DLs who graciously volunteer to spend days, many away from home, family, friends, and their employers! Especially in these days of lean staffing and increased productivity, these folks manage to get permission from their employers and the blessings of their families to travel by airplane, by car, by train, and by bus in order to give presentations throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Our Society’s local chapters meetings have benefited from the in-person contributions of these bright and learned volunteers. For those of you who have attended one of their presentations, I am sure you know what a very fun and educational experience these folks provide. Please join me in thanking our retiring DLs, and welcoming our new expert speakers.
One of the better parts of my responsibilities to the DL program is the opportunity I have to speak with many of the leaders of our local chapters throughout the world. Every year they express their appreciation for being able to host a Distinguished Lecturer during one of their regular chapter meetings. They often contact me in December to try to “scoop” their fellow Society members and find out who will be the new DLs in the new year, so that they can get first crack at scheduling them for their local chapter. As a rule, I don’t release this information until the Board has officially voted on the appointments and I have notified the newly elected DLs, but this proactive planning is a sure sign that our Society’s DL program is a much sought after resource. The DL program is actively looking at ways to communicate the eligibility of new DLs more effectvily so that chapters are aware of their availability. If you haven’t seen a DL at your chapter meeting, you are really missing one of the most popular benefits that our Society offers. I am certain that this year’s new speakers will continue the DL tradition of offering excellent technical education, advice, and entertainment.
Here are our new Distinguished Lecturers for 2006-2007. Please feel free to contact them directly by phone or email to discuss hosting them at your next chapter meeting.

Dr. Etienne Sicard
Etienne Sicard is currently a professor at INSA of Toulouse, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Toulouse, France. He received the B.S degree in 1984 and the PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toulouse at the laboratory LAAS of Toulouse in 1987. He was granted a Monbusho scholarship and worked for 18 months at Osaka University, Japan, with Prof. Kinoshita. Etienne previously was a professor of electronics in the Department of Physics, University of Balearic Islands, Spain. He also was a visiting professor at Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 2004. His research interests include several aspects of CAD tools for the design of integrated circuits, including signal integrity in deep sub-micron CMOS ICs and electromagnetic compatibility. He is the author of ten books, software and more than 100 technical papers in these areas. Etienne is a member of the IEEE EMC Society and French SEE.

Etienne has an excellent selection of lectures on practical and advanced topics including:

  1. Improvements in IC design for EMI control.
  2. Measurement and modeling approaches for EMC of ICs.
  3. Electromagnetic compatibility of ICs: Advances and Issues and/or Past, Present and Future.

You can contact Etienne at INSA:
Etienne Sicard
INSA - DGEI, 135 avenue de Rangueil
31077 Toulouse Cedex 4 - France
Voice: +33 561 55 98 14
Mobile: +33 623 15 35 74
Fax: +33 561 55 98 00
Web site:

Dr. David Hockanson
David Hockanson (pic-tured to the left with his daughter Ann Marie) currently holds the position of Senior Staff Engineer in the EMC Design Engineering group of Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park, California. He received his BSEE (1992), MSEE (1994), and PhD in 1997 from the University of Missouri-Rolla at the UMR EMC Laboratory.
During his eight years at Sun, David has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of challenging applied EMC design and troubleshooting projects ranging from individual printed circuit boards both simple boards and systems to Sun’s most complex highly-scalable servers. He especially enjoys the hunt for EMI solutions to problems that insidiously arise in the late testing phases of product development. David holds or co-holds six US patents for EMI reduction in electronic systems, and has published and presented more than 25 technical papers in research journals, symposia, and magazines. He is a member of several IEEE Societies including our EMC Society as well as the Antennas and Propagation, Microwave Theory and Techniques, Circuits and Systems, and Advanced Packaging Societies. David is a certified NARTE EMC Engineer.
David is an energetic speaker and has developed some terrific lectures on new product design and troubleshooting:

  1. High-Speed Power Integrity Design: A presentation focused on the various components and requirements of Power Integrity from Silicon to VRM.
  2. System Troubleshooting: A presentation intended to walk through the analysis of pre-scans and subsequent debugging approaches.
  3. Inductance in EMC: A discussion on magnetic-flux, and how it can be decomposed for use in EMC.

You can contact David at Sun:

David Hockanson, Ph.D., NCE
Senior Staff Engineer
EMC Design Engineering
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
15 Network Circle, MS UMPK15-102
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Voice: 650.352.4601 x40161
Fax: 650.482.6781

The EMC Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Program provides speakers for Society chapter meetings and similar functions. Each Distinguished Lecturer (DL) can offer one of several pre-prepared presentations on various EMC topics. DLs are appointed by the EMC Society Board of Directors for a two-year term. Currently the Society has five Lecturers serving on alternating terms.
Distinguished Lecturers may give up to six talks per year under the Program, which reimburses the DL for their approved traveling expenses up to a recommended limit of $750 per US engagement, or $1000 for international engagements. To provide as many opportunities to as many members as possible, the Society encourages hosting chapters whenever possible to absorb some part of the speaker’s costs, such as by providing or paying for local transportation, meals, and lodging.
For more information about the EMC Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Program, visit our Web site at http:// You can also contact me at (603) 578-1842 x203, or via email at EMC

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