|Newsletter Editor Janet O’Neil
visits with SE Michigan EMC Chapter members following a Chapter
event. Dr. Shridhar from the University of Michigan –
Dearborn (left) has been a big supporter of the local Chapter
and regularly invites the Chapter to use the University’s
Fairlane Center for its meetings. Matt Feusse (right) of Yazaki
North America is the Chapter’s Treasurer. Visit the
SE Michigan Chapter when you are in town! Check out their
considerable activities, including, but not limited to, hosting
the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on EMC, at www.emcsociety.org.
EMC Chapter Activity Reaches
All Time High!
At the recent IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors meeting, Chapters
Coordinator Francesca Maradei announced there are 65 EMC Chapters
located around the world. For the first time in the history of
the EMC Society, the number of Chapters located outside the US
is greater than the number based in the US. That shows the efforts
of the Board to make the Society a more global organization are
One of my favorite areas of the EMC Newsletter is the Chapter
Chatter column. Over the years, this column has grown considerably.
Decades ago, this column would be a few pages, and no more than
four at most. Now, it’s one of the longest columns in the
Newsletter and is regularly over 12 pages! In this issue, for
example, we have 16 pages of material devoted just to our EMC
And, if you haven’t noticed, the cover photo for this issue
is from the relatively new Croatia EMC Chapter. When I received
their contribution to Chapter Chatter, I saw the photo of the
boat and knew instantly that this would be a great cover image.
If you look closely, you’ll see EMC Society Board member
Elya Joffe who was President-elect when this photo was taken.
Special thanks to Stipe Marinovic who took the cover photo and
many of those provided with the Croatia Chapter Chatter text on
pages 13-15. Also, thank you to Vesna Roje, Chair of the Croatia
EMC Chapter, for submitting the material on her Chapter’s
exciting activities. Professor Roje and Mr. Marinovic, with the
University of Split, FESB, are shining examples of novel approaches
to EMC education. I’m sure their Chapter members and guests
will not soon forget the conference they held on a cruise of the
beautiful Adriatic coast and in the charming city of Dubrovnik.
Why do I focus on the EMC Chapters in this issue?
Here are just a few reasons:
• If you plan to travel to any area where a Chapter is located,
contact the Chapter chair in advance to see about upcoming meeting
plans. Chapter Chairs are shown in the EMC Directory available
via www.emcs.org. Chapters love
to have guests attend their meetings and you will receive a warm
welcome in a new area.
• Check out the many different topics and venues for meetings
as regularly reported in the Chapter Chatter column. You may get
ideas for a speaker to invite to your next Chapter meeting or
a topic that may be interesting to have presented. Note the unique
venues many Chapters use for meetings – from cruise ships
to Dave & Busters restaurant - maybe you will get an idea
for your future meeting to renew interest in the Chapter!
• Novel meeting formats – note the Rocky Mountain
Chapter was the first to utilize the Society’s new Distinguished
Lecture format of a Webinar technical presentation. Read about
it on pages 22 and 31. Maybe you’d like to bring a Distinguished
Lecturer presentation to your Chapter in 2008 using this exciting
• As our new President Elya Joffe notes in his first President’s
Message and article on new members on page 51, networking with
our EMC colleagues via the Chapter meetings helps us all grow
and fully appreciate the benefits of being a member of the EMC
I hope to see you at an EMC Chapter meeting in the future!
In the meantime, thank you to the Chapter Chairs for their contributions
to the EMC Newsletter. The Chapter Chairs do a great job in organizing
the many meetings, “tabletop” shows, and social events
for their Chapter members as reported in each Chapter Chatter
column. They deserve a big “Thank You!” for the time
and effort they put into their respective Chapters. Also, special
thanks to Chapter Chatter Associate Editor Todd Robinson of CKC
Labs for coordinating the considerable amount of material that
goes into each of his columns. EMC