EMC Personality Profile


The EMC personalities for this issue are our three new IEEE Fellows: Chris Holloway, Farhad Rachidi and Sabrina Sarto. Please join me in congratulating them for being elected to the Fellow Grade.
     Traditionally, I have included a profile for each of our new Fellows. However this year, one of our new Fellows, Farhad Rachidi, who was elected to the Fellow grade “for contributions to electromagnetic modeling”, was featured as the EMC personality profiled in the Spring issue of the EMC Newsletter. His profile will not be repeated in this issue.
     Our second new Fellow, Christopher L. Holloway, received the B.S.E. degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1986, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1988 and 1992, respectively, both in electrical engineering. Dr. Holloway was elected to the grade of Fellow “for the application of new materials in the field of electromagnetic compatibility.”
     During 1992, he was a Research Scientist with Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc., in Lakewood, Colorado. His responsibilities included theoretical analysis and finite-difference time-domain modeling of various electromagnetic problems. From the fall of 1992 to 1994, he was with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. While at NCAR his duties included wave propagation modeling, signal processing studies, and radar systems design. From 1994 to 2000, he was with the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Boulder, where he was involved in wave propagation studies. Since 2000, he has been with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, where he works on electromagnetic theory. He is also on the Graduate Faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Chris Holloway
Chris Holloway

     Dr. Holloway received the 2008 IEEE EMC Society Richard R. Stoddart Award, the 2006 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his work on radio wave propagation, the 1999 Department of Commerce Silver Medal for his work in electromagnetic theory, and the 1998 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his work on printed circuit boards. He also has various best paper awards for both journal and conference publications.
     His research interests include electromagnetic field theory, wave propagation, guided wave structures, remote sensing, numerical methods, and EMC/EMI issues. Dr. Holloway is currently serving as co-chair for Commission A of the International Union of Radio Science and is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility. Dr. Holloway was the chairman for the Technical Committee on Computational Electromagnetics (TC-9) of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society from 2000–2005, served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the EMC Society from 2004–2006, and is currently serving as co-chair for the Technical Committee on Nano-Technology and Advanced Materials (TC-11) of the IEEE EMC Society.
     Dr. Holloway holds U.S. Patents on electromagnetic absorbing materials, radar systems and antennas for atmospheric radars, and on volume measurements devices. He has over 190 technical publications; including journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and technical reports.
Dr. Holloway has two children. His son is a bassist in a heavy-metal band and has just released his first CD (www.myspace.com/centimani). His daughter is a sophomore at the University of Colorado studying environmental science. He loves the outdoors and when not playing with Maxwell’s equations, he can be found either riding his bicycle up-and-over some of the Colorado mountain passes, climbing rock faces, or in the winter, skiing the back country trails. His favorite saying is: “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” In the evenings, he is usually trying to figure-out how to play some convoluted guitar riff on his acoustic guitar. Finally, one of his more practical technical accomplishments is the design and development of the “Piaget Beer Gauge” (see www.thebeergauge.com). This is a measurement device designed to ensure one gets served a completely full pint (i.e., 16 oz) of beer at one’s favorite pub.
     Our third new Fellow, Maria Sabrina Sarto, was elected to the Fellow grade “for contributions to advanced materials in electromagnetic compatibility applications.”
     She received her Laurea, summa cum laude, and her Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1992 and 1997, respectively.

Chris Holloway
Sabrina Sarto

     She was appointed Assistant Professor in 1994, Associate Professor in 1998 and Full Professor of Electrotechnics and Electromagnetic Compatibility at the Faculty of Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome in 2005.
     Dr. Sarto has served as Director of the Research Center on Nanotechnology Applied to Engineering of Sapienza, Director of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Scientific Coordinator of the Joint Lab on Micro/Nanotechnologies for industrial applications of Sapienza Innovation Consortium, and Director of the Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Laboratory of Sapienza.
     She has published more than 100 papers in the field of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), numerical electromagnetics, and advanced materials for EMC. Current research interest includes carbon nanotube interconnects modeling and design, carbon nanotube and graphene-based nanomaterials for EMC, and EMC in aerospace.
     Dr. Sarto has received numerous awards, including the Best Paper Award of the 1993 IEEE International Symposium on EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) in Dallas; the Prize Paper Award of the IEEE EMC Society for the best paper published in the international journal IEEE Transactions on EMC in 1997; the Prize Paper Award of the IEEE EMC Society for the best paper published in the international journal IEEE Transactions on EMC in 2000; the Best Paper Award of the International Symposium EMC Europe 2000 in Brugge; the Best Paper Award of the 2005 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Chicago; the President’s Memorial Award of the IEEE EMC Society in 1996 and 1997; the Wright Brother Medal of the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) in 2002 and the “Sapienza ­Research Prize” in 2009 from Sapienza University of Rome.
     She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE EMC Society in 2001 and 2002. She has been an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on EMC since 1998, co-chair of the IEEE EMC Society TC-11 on “Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials”, member of the Advisory Board of the IEEE Council on Nanotechnology, and Chair of the Working Group for IEEE STD 299.1 of the IEEE EMC Society.
     In her spare time, Dr. Sarto enjoys playing tennis. During the winter, she loves downhill skiing and during the summer, sailing and wind surfing. She has been married to Fabio since 1999 and they have a beautiful 8-year old child, Alessio.                                   EMC

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