EMC Society History Committee

As part of the 50th Anniversary of the EMC Society, which culminated in a special one-day celebration in Hawaii last July 13th (2007), a Committee had been formed in 2000 to organize, research, and coordinate the 50th Anniversary. This 50th Anniversary Committee was an ad-hoc committee that reported to the President of the EMC Society. At the end of 2007, the 50th Anniversary Committee was dissolved and the History Committee of the EMC Society will handle its activities and subsequent historical activities.
My thanks, once again, are extended to the members of the 50th Anniversary Committee for their outstanding efforts. The committee members included: Henry Benitez, Joe Butler, Len Carlson, Andy Drozd, Bill Duff, Bill Gjertson, Bob Goldblum, Fred Heather, Don Heirman, Todd Hubing, Elya Joffe, Warren Kesselman, Herb Mertel, Mark Montrose, Janet O’Neil, Henry Ott, Jerry Ramie, Mark Steffka, Dave Staggs, and Kimball Williams.

The History Committee is part of the Communications Services branch of the EMC Society Board of Directors organization. The Vice-President of Communications Services is Ghery Pettit and the author is the current chairperson of the EMC Society History Committee.
Members are being recruited for the History Committee; if you are interested, you can contact the author at danhoolihanemc@aol.com.
Carryover activities from the 50th Anniversary include distributing CDs and DVDs to Chapter chairs, presentation of a plaque to IEEE Headquarters, and an exhibit at the IEEE Headquarters building in Piscataway, New Jersey.
As part of the 50th Anniversary, a CD was developed with the help of Jerry Ramie. This CD contains many pictures of EMC Society members and it also includes a Power Point Presentation on the History of the EMC Society. This CD has been distributed to EMC Society Board Members as well as the Chapter Chairs of the EMC Society.
In addition to the CD, a DVD of “Founders War Stories” was also distributed at the same time. This DVD is a video presentation of the “War Stories” (their experiences in the course of their EMC careers) of the six Founders of the EMC Society that were present in Hawaii for the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on EMC. Jerry Ramie filmed this presentation on Thursday, July 12, 2007, in Hawaii when the Founders presented their thoughts in a mini-session held in the EMC Society History Museum at the Hawaii Convention Center. It is hoped to publish these war stories in the EMC Newsletter in the future as we are presently transcribing them from the DVD-media to written format.
On Monday, January 14, EMC Society Past-President, Andy Drozd, presented a plaque to the IEEE Headquarters Staff in Piscataway. This plaque was from the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and contained a lapel pin from the EMC Society celebrating its 50th Anniversary. This pin flew on the shuttle last August and was presented to IEEE Headquarters for display purposes. The plaque is shown below:

The inscription reads:
This United States flag, crew patch, and anniversary pin were flown aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-118, August 8-21, 2007.
Commemorating the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society’s 50th Anniversary on 10 October 2007, this pin is symbolic of the partnership NASA shares worldwide with members of the EMC Society and with members of their parent organization, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Let us reach for the stars together!
From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

A formal exhibit of two older EMC test receivers, the EMC Society historical booklet, and appropriate photos of EMC Founders and leaders will be exhibited at the IEEE Headquarters in Piscataway, New Jersey starting in February of 2008. This exhibit is being constructed and coordinated by Frederik Nebeker of the IEEE History Center and should be on display for at least six months in an exhibit case at Piscataway.
Make sure you stop and see it when you are in the vicinity.

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