Letter from the Editor

 

Newsletter Editor Janet O’Neil teams with Clayton Paul to hold a seminar on the “Fundamentals of EMC” for the Melbourne EMC Chapter, October 11, 2004.

 

 

The EMC Society Honors One of Its Own
It’s not every day that we have an article in our Newsletter about one of our EMC Society members receiving a very prestigious award. In this issue, we are pleased to bring you a tribute to Clayton R. Paul, the recipient of the 2005 IEEE Electromagnetics Award.
Dr. Paul received this award at the 2005 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Chicago last August. He received a standing ovation from the audience when this award was announced. Dr. Paul was recognized for his tremendous technical accomplishments among his peers in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, IEEE EMC Society and IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. It is especially noteworthy that among these Societies, with a collective 27,000 members, Dr. Paul was honored with this distinctive award.
During the symposium in Chicago, I happened to speak to Todd Hubing about Dr. Paul. Professor Hubing noted, “Clayton’s contributions to EMC education are unsurpassed. There is probably not an EMC engineer on the planet that has not learned something important to their work either directly or indirectly from Professor Paul.” In fact, several other EMC Society members made similar remarks about Dr. Paul after the Awards Luncheon. Thankfully, Andy Drozd, a long time colleague of Dr. Paul’s, summarized these comments for an article in the Newsletter. The result is shown on page 46.
Personally, I have worked with Dr. Paul over several years as we’ve collaborated on various EMC Chapter “tabletop” regional shows as per the photo above taken at one such event. I have grown to appreciate the uniqueness of his unassuming nature, considerable expertise, and genuine love for teaching. It’s been very rewarding for me to see the students come alive when Dr. Paul launches into his “Fundamentals of EMC” tutorial.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the EMC Society next year, it is important to recognize the members who have done so much for the science of electromagnetics, such as Dr. Paul.
Incidentally, we are pleased to include Dr. Paul’s new book on page 26. Ray Perez thoroughly reviews this long awaited second edition to Dr. Paul’s first book, “Introduction to Electromagnetics.” These days, it is this author that needs no introduction!
Be sure to read the article on EMC History contributed by Dan Hoolihan and Warren Kesselman on page 82. You’ll find information on the many illustrious people who spear headed the formation of the EMC Society some 50 years ago. As with Dr. Paul, these engineers were visionaries whose pioneering work resulted in this great Society we enjoy today.
In fact, as you read through this issue, you’ll note there are many individuals globally who are contributing to the future of the EMC Society with their collective time and talent. Whether these members are contributing by authoring practical papers, furthering standards activity, addressing membership initiatives, holding chapter meetings, volunteering as Distinguished Lecturers or Board members, sharing paper summaries from other EMC conferences, hosting foreign trade delegations, creating a new EMC Society award, to mention a few of the activities profiled in this issue, it appears the future of the EMC Society is assured!
Perhaps YOU should consider nominating a colleague who is a standout volunteer in the EMC Society. Details on the awards nomination process may be found on page 86. Check it out and nominate a deserving individual today! EMC


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