President’s Message

This message is written while travelling from Pittsburgh (PA) where the EMC Society Board of Directors (BoD) meeting has just concluded, to New Brunswick (NJ) where I’ll attend the IEEE TAB Meeting Series. During the last BoD meeting, an election of officers took place, creating a new leadership of the Society. I am pleased to announce the election of Ghery Pettit as our new President-Elect. Many of you may know Ghery as Vice-President for Conferences (2009–2010), and past Vice-President for Communication Services (2005–2008), to recall his last service to the Society. Ghery will take over the day-to-day duties for running the EMC Society on January 1, 2012.

The new EMC Society officers for 2011 include (front row from left) Janet O’Neil, Ghery Pettit and Francesca Maradei, (back row from left) John LaSalle,
Don Heirman, Bob Davis, Bruce Archambeault, and Perry Wilson.

     The complete list of the newly elected BoD officers is shown below.

     President-Elect Ghery Pettit
     Past President Elya Joffe
     Secretary Janet O’Neil
     Treasurer John LaSalle
     Vice-President Communication Services Perry Wilson
     Vice-President Member Services Bob Davis
     Vice-President Standards Don Heirman
     Vice-President Conferences Bruce Archambeault
     Vice-President Technical Services Bob Scully

     Congratulations to you all!

Breaking News:

Welcome to the IEEE EMC Society Magazine:
Launch Scheduled for 2012

The year 2011 will be the last year in which the EMC Society will publish this Newsletter. But don’t be sad for that. Owing to the success of our Newsletter, the IEEE has approved its transition to a Magazine. The launch of the EMC Magazine is scheduled for January 2012. The transition from a Newsletter to a Magazine is an upgrade as now our publication will be available on IEEE Xplore.
     The EMC Society Newsletter has appeared to be a magazine for many years, and I would take this opportunity to thank Janet O’Neil and her team of fine and dedicated Associate Editors for making this transition happen.


Global Outreach

As part of the traditional global outreach focused on strengthening the relationship with EMC communities all around the world, I attended the EMC EUROPE 2010 Symposium, held at the Wroclaw University of Technology (Wroclaw, Poland) on September 13–17. This edition of EMC EUROPE was a special one as it has decreed the beginning of a new era for the electromagnetic compatibility community in Europe. The reason why EMC EUROPE 2010 deserves special recognition is that this was the first edition after the merging of Europe’s first and longest-running EMC conference, the International Wroclaw EMC Symposium, with the youngest and successful EMC EUROPE Symposium.

Photos from the EMC EUROPE inauguration ceremony: Tadeusz Więckowski (on the left), rector of the Wroclaw University of Technology, and Francesca Maradei (on the right) presenting their welcome message to the symposium attendees.

     The Wroclaw EMC Symposium was held for the first time in 1972, and in 2010 celebrated its 20th and last edition. The EMC EUROPE conference series begun in 1994 under the name of EMC ROMA evolved in 2000 into a successful travelling European event that has been hosted over the years in Bruges (Belgium), Sorrento (Italy), Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Barcelona (Spain) and Hamburg (Germany).
     The IEEE EMC Society has been associated for many years with these two high quality conferences, EMC Wroclaw and EMC EUROPE, and it has been a great pleasure to endorse the first joint Symposium that will continue under the umbrella of EMC EUROPE.
     I was very pleased and honored to have had the opportunity to deliver, on behalf of the IEEE EMC Society, a special award to celebrate the 40 years of Europe’s first and longest running EMC Symposium. Professor Wladyslaw Moron and Professor Ryszard  Struzak were recognized for their vision and outstanding contribution in the establishment of the Wroclaw International Symposium and Exhibition on Electromagnetic Compatibility and for 40 years of continued dedication to the high quality of the Symposium.

EMC EUROPE as the Major Regional EMC Symposium
Recently, the EMC Zurich organization has announced that they will not hold any further edition of the International Zurich Symposium on EMC, and they too joined the EMC EUROPE umbrella. EMC Zurich was one of the most prestigious, successful and longest established conference in Europe being founded in 1975, and holding its 20th and last edition in 2009. In the future, the EMC EUROPE Symposium will be the major International EMC Conference in Europe providing an excellent forum for networking and exchange of scientific and technical information between researchers and practitioners from academia, research laboratories, industry and government agencies.

Francesca Maradei (far right) and Elya Joffe (far left) present a special award to recognize the 40 years of Europe’s first and longest-running EMC Symposium to the founders Ryszard  Struzak (second from left) and Wladyslaw Moron (second from right).

Chapter Outreach Activity
As part of the Society’s global outreach activity, I visited the IEEE EMC Polish Chapter. The meeting was held on September 15, 2010 at the Wroclaw University of Technology during the international symposium EMC EUROPE 2010. I had the privilege of being one the speakers together with Elya Joffe and Ryszard Struzak. I appreciated meeting the EMC Society members from Poland and above all, the founders of the oldest EMC Symposium in Europe.

     While in Pittsburgh for the recent BoD meeting, I had the privilege of being the technical speaker for the IEEE EMC Pittsburgh Chapter. The Chapter meeting was hosted at the Westinghouse Cranberry Headquarters and was a good opportunity for me, as well as for the other Board members present, to meet with the very active local EMC community. In fact, this Chapter, under the direction of Chapter Chair Mike Oliver of MAJR Corp, will host the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on EMC.


Board of Directors Meetings
The third EMC Society Board of Directors (BoD) meeting in 2010 held in Pittsburgh has just concluded. Other than the Officer’s elections for the term of 2012–13, the BoD addressed several other important issues. A brief summary on the most important issues addressed during this meeting follows.

  • A new procedure has been approved for providing technical co-sponsorship to conferences. Details may be found on the EMC Society website.
  • The IEEE EMC Society has approved a strategic plan for 2011–2015. The strategic planning will soon be posted on the EMC Society website.
A group photo taken at the end of the IEEE EMC Polish Chapter meeting in Wroclaw.




     The next EMC Society Board of Directors (BoD) meeting is scheduled for March 28–30, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I remind you that all meetings of the EMC Society BoD are open. Any member who would like to attend will be most welcome. The schedule of the BoD meeting is posted on the website at, and in the calendar section of the EMC Newsletter.

Call for Volunteers
The success of our Society is possible thanks to the many fine volunteers who have contributed unselfishly of their time and talent. As the Society evolves, and new initiatives emerge, we are always in need of volunteers. Please, give serious consideration to becoming involved in our broad and challenging goals and objectives. The full list of committees may be found on our website at
     I look forward to working with all of you who join the volunteers of the Society in helping achieve our goals for the benefit of us all. To make a suggestion, comment, or for just dropping a friendly note, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at:    EMC


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