EMC Society is very fortunate to have a large number of seasoned
veterans to blaze the trails to EMC. Many of these seasoned veterans
have been featured in this column. However, it is important to
realize that the younger members of our Society will determine
the future of EMC. Again, we are fortunate because we have a number
of bright young EMC “stars” following in our veterans’
One of these bright young “stars” is Irina Kasperovich
- our EMC Personality for this issue of the EMC Newsletter.
Many of you may know Irina Kasperovich from her involvement in
the various activities of our annual EMC symposia and, in particular,
as a Chapter Chair. She has co-authored a number of papers on
the subjects of computational electromagnetics (CEM), large system
EMC modeling, and spectrum management that were presented at recent
symposia. This has included performing demonstrations on the practical
application of CEM tools to solving real-world problems for large-scale
systems. She has also become part of the exhibitor troupe for
ANDRO Computational Solutions at the annual IEEE EMC symposia.
She has been quite active as the EMC/Reliability Chapter Chair
of the IEEE Mohawk Valley Section since 2001. Irina has done much
to reinvigorate the Mohawk Valley Chapter in recent years. She
has taken significant steps in raising awareness of EMC at the
local level by arranging speaking engagements and focusing on
topics that resonate well with the technical interests of industry,
government and universities in the Upstate New York area. She
has also led initiatives to bring in new members and generate
interest in the activities of the EMC Society. Due to her selfless
efforts, she is considered to be one of our brightest EMC stars
on the horizon and certainly on the Society’s leadership
Irina received the Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science
degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Education from Belarussian
Pedagogical University, Belarus in 1994. She began her professional
career in 1994 as an Instructor of Physics and Math at the secondary
school level in Stolin, Belarus.
She arrived in the United States in 1995 and made Utica, New York
her adopted home. Shortly thereafter she enrolled as a graduate
student at the State University of New York Institute of Technology
(SUNYIT) in Marcy, New York to earn a Masters of Science Degree
in Computer Science. She felt a degree in computer science would
be an effective complement to her academic base in mathematics
and physics. This was a fortuitous decision as she eventually
became involved in work related to numerical modeling and computational
electromagnetics in 1999. Irina received her Masters Degree in
Computer Science in 2001 and graduated with honors. Her project
topic was Visualization of the Scientific Data related to visualizing
CEM data for EMC engineers.
She joined ANDRO Computational Solutions as an Associate Scientist
in 1999. She is currently a Senior Research Scientist for ANDRO
working in the areas of EMC analysis and prediction as well as
CEM code development and application. Irina supported a number
of industry programs involving research and the development of
new CEM software tools where she was able to readily use her skills
in applied physics, advanced mathematics, and computer science.
This included efforts to build specialized CEM software toolkits
using artificial intelligence schemes, namely, the Intelligent
Computational Electromagnetics Expert System (ICEMES) and the
Electromagnetic Environment Effects Expert System (E3Expert).
Irina’s efforts have focused on the design and development
of new techniques for modeling complex electromagnetic systems
for a variety of CEM codes where a progressive, multi-fidelity
simulation approach was utilized. She has also done work in the
areas of nonlinear systems modeling and non-average power prediction
modeling. Her computer science expertise led to the development
of novel techniques for 3-D graphical visualization of pre/post-processed
EMC data allowing for a high degree of user interaction.
Additionally, Irina has applied techniques for visualizing large
amounts of multi-sensor data towards the development of new methods
of representing post-processed information to decision makers.
This work has entailed the application of CEM tools to perform
electromagnetic scattering cross section analyses for automated
target recognition (ATR) problems.
Irina is a Senior Member of the IEEE. In addition to her contributions
to the annual symposia and her support of the EMC Society at the
Chapter level, she has earned a number of other important accolades.
Her professional awards have included the IEEE EMC Society Certificate
of Appreciation in 2002 for significantly revitalizing the pace
and progress of the IEEE Mohawk Valley EMC Chapter activities
and raising the awareness of the importance of EMC within the
local information technology and R&D community, and the MVEEC
(Mohawk Valley Engineers Executive Council) Award for rejuvenating
the joint Reliability/Electro-Magnetic Compatibility Society Chapter.
She has also been presented with Certificates of Acknowledgment
from the IEEE Mohawk Valley Section in recognition and appreciation
of her valued services and contributions as Chapter Chair in 2002,
2003 and 2004.
She has been a co-author of approximately 15 technical publications
to date related to her work in the development and application
of CEM toolkits, the analysis and modeling of weakly nonlinear
systems, multi-sensor information fusion related to ATR applications,
and electromagnetic diversity.
Irina feels that there is a need to enhance the level of participation
by women in engineering and specifically in the EMC engineering
discipline. For this reason, she has a keen interest in helping
further the cause for future women in engineering to take on exemplary
leadership roles. This is a path that she is consciously pursuing
as part of her personal and professional career development.
Irina continues to live in Utica, New York with her husband Sergey
and their daughter Anna who was born in 2006. She enjoys traveling,
music appreciation, reading, and cooking. She especially enjoys
being with her family and playing with Anna. EMC