President Todd Hubing called the meeting to order at 8:45 am. A round of introductions was made. Board members presented included B. Archambeault, H. Benitez, N. Carter, B. Crain, A. Drozd, M. Hatfield, D. Heirman, D. Hoolihan, T. Hubing, E. Joffe, W. Kesselman, M. Montrose, J. Muccioli, J. Norgard, J. O’Neil, Z. Pantic-Tanner, G. Pettit, A. Podgorski, C. Sartori, D. Staggs, D. Sweeney, R. Wallen, K. Williams and T. Yoshino. Board members absent included R. Brewer, J. Butler and S. Nitta. Guests present included V. Feuerstein (IEEE), C. Jenkins (Austin Convention Bureau), J. Howard (2004 Symposium Chair) and C. Ollila (Detroit Convention Bureau). President Hubing presented the agenda. President Hubing noted that the IEEE has officially recognized the Product Safety Society. Mark Montrose will be the new President of the Society and Henry Benitez will be the Vice-President. Mark Montrose has also been elected to the IEEE Press Board. At the upcoming IEEE Board meeting later this week in Seattle, electronic balloting will be discussed.

John Norgard, Nigel Carter, Mike Hatfield and Bruce Archambeault (from left) are shown in the Materials Lab at UL. They are analyzing a custom built (by UL) device for testing the durability of flexible printed circuit boards.

Treasurer Warren Kesselman presented his report. As of 30 September 2003, the EMC Society had an operational surplus of $69,800. Based on that 3rd quarter data, anticipated 4th quarter income/expenses, and continued EMCS cost containment efforts, he forecast (to IEEE) a year-end operational deficit of $11,300. TAB Finance, on 28 October, provided some good news in a “Projected Infrastructure and Market Fluctuation impact on year-end 2003 S/C Reserves” spreadsheet. IEEE infrastructure savings are now estimated to result in a positive December adjustment of about $29,000 to the EMCS account. If that projection “holds”, and if the EMCS cost containment efforts continue during the 4th quarter, the EMCS may have a year-end operations surplus of $17,700. Also, assuming that the current favorable market trend continues through 31 December, IEEE estimated that the EMCS might receive a year-end positive market adjustment of $98,000. The combined adjustments are estimated to yield 2003 ending reserves of $874,600. The IEEE memo cautions that - “While the infrastructure savings appear certain, it is impossible to predict the impact of the final year-end market fluctuation until sometime in January.” Mr. Kesselman noted that there is also good news about improvement in the final 2004 budget. In a 22 October memo, TAB Finance indicated - “For most S/Cs, the bottom line net is more favorable compared to the second pass. Some changes that have occurred in recent months are favorable changes to infrastructure, IEL revenue, and cost savings in various production expenses.” Final budgets are scheduled to be approved at the November IEEE Board Series and distributed the first week in December.

EMCS Board members toured the Santa Clara Convention Center, site of the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on EMC, following the Board meeting. Shown are Todd Hubing, Dave Staggs, Andy Drozd (rear), Carlos Sartori and Nigel Carter (from left).

Secretary O’Neil presented the minutes from the previous Board meeting on August 17 and 21, 2003 for review. Minor changes were required. The minutes were approved as amended.

Ghery Pettit, Vice-President for Communication Services, presented his report. He called upon Janet O’Neil, Newsletter Editor, for her report. Ms. O’Neil advised that the Fall 2003 issue contains extensive coverage of the symposium and many articles. There was a problem with some errors contained in the printed version of Jasper Goedbloed’s paper in the Summer 2003 issue. Ms. O’Neil and Bob Olsen worked diligently with Mr. Goedbloed to rectify the situation to his satisfaction. Additional procedures were put in place to double check the practical papers in order to prevent print errors in the future. Ms. O’Neil was pleased to announce that Bob Olsen will be the Technical Program Committee Chair for the 2005 Zurich EMC conference. (He’s replacing Fred Tesche.) Pascal Leuchtmann, with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is the co-chair. Lee Hill of Silent Solutions and Ray Adams of Boeing have volunteered to assist Ray Perez with future book reviews. To date there are 8.83 pages of paid advertising in this issue from a total of 16 companies. There are also other ads, generally 1/4 page, that were included in this issue free of charge. These are ads promoting the global conferences with which the EMCS is a co-sponsor including EMC Europe, EMC Sendai, EMC Zurich, INCEMIC, and EuroEM. The Newsletter received tremendous support from Ken Wyatt of Agilent Technologies on this issue. He provided numerous excellent photos and he designed the “Thanks for the Memories” photo collage page. He also created the dramatic cover image. Andy Drozd then presented his report on the EMCS website. He continues to work with Bill Strauss to coordinate the web maintenance activity across the Technical Committees. Routine updates are taking place. A template has been created to assist the Technical Committees with their respective WebPages. The “look” of the web pages then will be more consistent. Susan Schneiderman of IEEE Media has taken over the selling of website advertising. This will be offered as a package with IEEE Newsletter advertising. IEEE offers a series of templates to use for websites depending upon the level within the Society. For example, there is a template for chapters to use. Mr. Pettit will send an e-mail to the Chapter Chairmen about this. Mr. Pettit then summarized Ray Perez’s report as the new EMCS IEEE Press Liaison. The net royalty received from January to December 2002 was $3,004.43. Several proposals for new books are in process. A new approach to book acquisitions is being explored by IEEE Press. Ed Bronaugh and David Giri are potential new authors who have shown interest in working with the IEEE Press. History Chair Dan Hoolihan next presented his report. He noted that many of his activities overlap with the efforts to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the EMC Society. Oral histories will be recorded through the IEEE history center. Todd Hubing signed a contract for this work. The first recorded interviews will be with Ralph Showers and Warren Kesselman. Mr. Pettit closed his report by noting that he did not receive a report from Professor Marcello D’Amore, Transactions on EMC Editor-in-Chief.

Quite possibly the best Chinese take out in California was served at Apple prior to the tour of their Cupertino facility. EMCS Board members Warren Kesselman, Todd Hubing and Dan Hoolihan (from left) are shown enjoying the Apple hospitality.


Don Heirman, Vice-President of Standards, presented his report. Standards activity covers three major areas: The Standards Education and Training Committee (SETCom) chaired by John Kraemer of Rockwell-Collins, the Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee (SACCom) chaired by Elya Joffe and the Standards Development Committee (SDCom) chaired by Stephen Berger. The standards committees met prior to the Board meeting. Regarding SDCom, 11 attendees reported progress on nine standards projects, including 1309 – field sensor (probe) calibration. This standard will be balloted by January 15 and publication is expected by September 15, 2004. The SDCom website needs maintenance; DLS Electronics volunteered to help. Regarding the SETCom, they are putting together plans for a Standards Workshop to be held in conjunction with the 2004 IEEE EMC Symposium in Santa Clara. They are addressing CISPR emission standards for digital TV and plan to review IEEE Standards 1597 (Computational EMC), 187 (HDTV) and 1560 (power line filter performance). The SACCom met and representatives presented information on various CISPR A, B, I and H activities as well as on IEC TC 77, including SC77B and SC77C. Mr. Heirman advised that leadership positions are available within the standards committee and encouraged people to get involved.

Apple Computer in Cupertino hosted a special dinner and tour of their EMC Test and Development Center for the EMCS Board of Directors. Apple’s Steve Cabral, Bob Steinfeld, and Darryl Ray (from left) were on hand to serve dinner and lead the tour.

Andy Drozd presented the report of Membership Services. The total number of active members is 4,382 as of September 2003. This is down approximately 9.0% compared to the same time in 2002. Total IEEE membership is 343,850. This is down approximately 5.3%. Mr. Drozd noted that Ken Wyatt of Agilent Technologies has agreed to be the new Symposium Photographer. Fred Heather has replaced Dick Ford as the Survey Chair. Mr. Heather will work with Dick Ford to prepare the first survey for the Santa Clara symposium. The formal five-year IEEE survey of the EMCS membership is being considered for 2004. Membership Chairman Bruce Crain then noted that he would not attend the 2004 Symposium in Santa Clara. Dave Staggs has volunteered to take over the chairmanship of this committee. Next, Andy Drozd reported for Lee Hill, chair of the DL program. The program remains very active. The new process of surveys on the speakers indicates that the DL speakers have been given very high marks. New in 2004 will be power point presentations prepared by the history committee on the origins and significant contributions of the EMC Society over the years. The intent is for the DLs to deliver this presentation to the chapters over the next few years until the 50th Anniversary of the EMCS in 2007. The terms of two DLs end in 2003, including that of CW Lam and Keith Hardin. Tom Jerse of the Citadel has been submitted as a candidate for the new DL. The Board approved the appointment of Tom Jerse as a DL candidate for 2004-2005. It was noted that Clayton Paul and Keith Hardin recommended Mr. Jerse as a candidate. The Board approved deferring voting on the second DL candidate via an e-mail ballot later in the year. The DL committee is seeking speakers on wireless EMC. Mr. Hill is preparing a policies and procedures booklet on how to be a DL, what forums are appropriate for DL presentations, how to submit requests for travel reimbursements, what the policy is for DL travel, presentations scheduled in conjunction with business/pleasure travel, etc. Awards Chair Henry Benitez then gave his report. The Best Symposium Paper award is going through the process within IEEE to be an official award in 2004. The new Symposium Chair award consisting of a plaque is also being reviewed. The deadline for nominations for EMCS awards to be presented in 2004 is May 1, 2004. Mr. Benitez discussed the IEEE’s Electromagnetics award that consists of a $10,000 US prize and a bronze medal. The EMC Society has been asked to submit a candidate for this award. This prestigious award recognizes significant contributions in electromagnetics theory, applications or education. The consensus of the Board was to submit a nomination. Andy Drozd and John Norgard volunteered to spearhead the nomination submittal. The submittal is due January 31, 2004. Ghery Pettit then reported on Chapter Activities. Mr. Pettit previously reminded everyone affiliated with chapters that they need to file the L-31 meeting form. The reports are now being filed. IEEE, based upon a lack of activity over the past several years, will dissolve the Pike’s Peak chapter. The Chapter Chairman’s Handbook is being updated and will be posted to the EMCS website. The Chapter Chair luncheon was well attended in Boston. There is a new chapter in Spain. There are two new potential chapters, including one in Huntsville, Alabama and one in Rochester, New York. There is interest expressed in developing a chapter in Sri Lanka. Elya Joffe presented his report as Region 8 chair. There have not been any symposia in this area that the EMCS was involved in since the last Board meeting, therefore, there is no new information to report on this activity. Regarding future symposia, the EMCS will participate in the INCEMIC conference in India (2003); the Wroclaw symposium, EuroEM in Germany, and EMC Europe in Eindhoven, all in 2004; and Zurich in 2005. Mr. Joffe plans to attend all these events to promote EMCS membership. He is disappointed that the Georgia (USSR) chapter effort has not been forthcoming. However, there is good news that a new chapter is being formed in South Africa and in the Arab states. His report also includes ideas for membership initiatives. Mr. Drozd noted that there is no activity to report in Region 9. Takeo Yoshino reported on EMC activity in Region 10. The efforts of the Australia chapter are continuing in earnest. Dr. Yoshino expects this to be approved at the next IEEE section or council meeting. There are 233 IEEE EMC members in Australia. The efforts of the potential chapter in Thailand have been hindered, as they do not have the required 12 members to sign the petition to form a new chapter. There is a possibility that a second EMC chapter will be formed in Malaysia. The EMC Taipei workshop will be held in Taiwan over December 2-4. If his schedule allows, Dr. Yoshino will attend this conference and promote IEEE EMCS membership. The 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference was held in Hangzhou, China from November 4-7. Mr. Drozd noted that Dr. Yoshino would remain as the Region 10 Coordinator although his term on the Board is ending this year. The Board thanked Dr. Yoshino for his six years of service to the Board. Mr. Drozd reported for Bill Duff. The committee is disappointed that more EMCS Fellow applications have not been submitted. The Board was asked to encourage potential candidates to submit Fellow applications. A new Fellow Search Committee Chair is being sought. Interested candidates should contact Mr. Drozd. Andy Drozd reported for Nominations and Bylaws Chair Joe Butler. He advised that the Board of Directors election results were announced on October 6. The newly elected Board members who commence a three-year term on January 1 are Andy Drozd, Shuichi Nitta, Bob Scully, Dave Staggs, Don Sweeney and Barry Wallen. Those Board members whose terms end this year include Joe Butler, Carlos Sartori, Henry Benitez, Mark Montrose, Bruce Crain, Takeo Yoshino and Jim Muccioli. Todd Hubing will be the new Nominations Chair in 2004 as he begins his two-year term as Past President. Zorica Pantic-Tanner next reported as Chair of the Grants to Low Income Students Committee. The committee consists of Elya Joffe, Takeo Yoshino, Andy Drozd and Bruce Crain. This new program will be continued in 2004. The committee is working on institutionalizing and formalizing the policy to award these grants. Dr. Pantic-Tanner advised that the committee would like to advertise the availability of these grants better in the future. Ideally, the information about the grants should be issued with the call for papers for the EMC annual symposia. This might encourage people to submit papers for the EMCS symposia that might otherwise not submit a paper. Support will be provided for the 2004 Santa Clara EMC Symposium in an amount not to exceed $5,000.

EMCS Board members Don Sweeney, Todd Hubing, Carlos Sartori, and Henry Benitez (from left) viewed equipment under test inside Apple’s new ten-meter semi-anechoic chamber.

John Norgard, Vice President for Technical Services, presented his report. Mr. Norgard advised that the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is Bill Strauss. Vice-Chair is Arto Chubukjian, and Secretary is Robert Scully. The committees are interested in reviewing full paper submittals for the annual EMCS symposia. They feel reviewing abstracts only does not ensure a high quality paper. The Board approved a new policy that papers submitted for consideration for the IEEE Symposia on EMC will be submitted in the form of a “preliminary manuscript”, similar in content and format to the final paper. Additions and changes (such as the inclusion of final analysis and test results) will be allowed in the final “camera ready” paper, however, those changes will not be allowed to significantly amend or change the scope and/or significance of the paper. Mr. Norgard advised that there is also an issue with papers being accepted for a symposium that have been rejected by the TCs. Barry Wallen requested that a task force committee be formed between the conferences and the technical committees to address this issue. Elya Joffe, John Norgard, and Don Heirman volunteered to be on this committee, which will be chaired by Barry Wallen. Mr. Norgard presented a proposal to change the charter of TC-4, EMI Control. The Board requested a change in wording to the charter to add the words “included, but not limited to.” Mr. Norgard will take this back to the committee. Mr. Norgard then reported on the recent activities of the Representative Advisory Committee, chaired by Fred Heather. Don Sweeney reported on the activities of USCEL. Dan Hoolihan reported on the activities of the IEEE Engineering on Medicine and Biology Society. He has written a report on the Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) activities for the Fall 2003 issue of the EMC Newsletter. Open positions on the committee include a representative for the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee and the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). Please contact Mr. Heather if anyone is interested in serving on these committees. Next, Mr. Norgard reported for Maqsood Mohd, Chair of the Education and Student Activities Committee. The report notes that Bob Nelson, formerly Secretary, is now the Vice-Chairman of this committee. The new Secretary is Randy Jost. The committee’s mission is to promote education related activities of the IEEE EMC Society. Its vision is to provide opportunities for individuals and organizations involved with electro technology and products to become aware of EMC at levels consistent with their needs; and to become the premier ESA committee of the IEEE. The goals are two-fold:

  • Establish an awareness of EMC fundamentals throughout industry and academia.
  • Enhance EMC education through the development of improved education techniques, materials, opportunities and communications.

The activities of the many subcommittees of the Education Committee are summarized in Mr. Mohd’s report. Regarding the Experiments Manual, Volume II, chairs Jim Drewniak and Dick DuBroff report that Volume I is on the EMCS web site for direct access. Several experiments for Volume II have been completed and are posted to the website. Dick DuBroff is primarily doing this effort. The Demonstrations committee under chair Andy Drozd is working with the Santa Clara Symposium committee in putting together this program. The Student Activities committee under chair Ahmad Fallah is working on the Santa Clara student design and student paper contests. These were both a big success at last year’s symposium in Boston. The “Best Design Award” has been formalized and paperwork has been submitted through the VP of Technical Services and Treasurer to the IEEE headquarters. The cash award is same as the Best Paper Award. Planning for the Santa Clara Symposium tutorials has started. Regarding NARTE, co-chairs Jim Whalen and Russ Cartensen reported that Boston was the 10th year for Dr. Whalen to present the NARTE preparation workshop at the IEEE EMC Symposium. Russ Carstensen of NARTE arranged for the examination on Friday (the last day of Symposium). The news from NARTE is that out of the 18 test takers, 12 (66.67%) passed the test. Mr. Mohd noted that Jim’s efforts have been very helpful to our community and our Society’s membership in achieving the NARTE certification. The Education and Student Activities Committee continues to move toward more active use of electronic communications to further committee and sub-committee goals and activities between symposia meetings. They have consolidated the Life Long Learning and Continuing Education Products functions under one outreach umbrella. Outreach efforts will be directed towards three segments of EMCS membership: High schools, College/Universities, and employed professionals. Lastly, Mark Montrose presented a brief report on the activities of the Nanotechnology IEEE Council. There are 20 IEEE Societies that are affiliated with the Nanotechnology Council. Their next conference will be held over August 16-19, 2004 in Munich, Germany. EMCS has provided coordination of the two units by soliciting a Call for Papers for a special issue of the Transactions on EMC addressing EMC and Nanotechnology.

The 2003 EMC Society Board of Directors posed for a group photo during their November Board meeting. Front row, from left: Ghery Pettit, Takeo Yoshino, Henry Benitez, Zorica Pantic-Tanner, Janet O’Neil, Todd Hubing. Second row, from left: Warren Kesselman, Mike Hatfield, Carlos Sartori, Barry Wallen. Third row, from left: Jim Muccioli, Mark Montrose, Dan Hoolihan. Fourth row, from left: Elya Joffe, Kimball Williams, Andy Drozd, Dave Staggs, Andrew Podgorski. Top row, from left: Bruce Archambeault, Nigel Carter, Don Heirman, John Norgard, Bruce Crain.

Elya Joffe, Vice President for Conference Services, presented his report. He introduced Barry Wallen to present his report on IEEE EMCS International Symposia, as follows: Regarding 2002 Minneapolis, the final audit report was completed and accepted by the IEEE; Regarding 2003 Boston, the preliminary numbers indicate a surplus of just under $200,000. This is slightly less than budgeted and is attributed to the decrease in full registrations; Regarding 2004 Santa Clara, Chair John Howard advises that all activities are on track and all critical timelines items are completed; The 2004 and 2005 symposia committees are working together to develop a new budget tool. For symposia in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Mr. Wallen advised that these committees are each moving along smoothly and according to plan. IEEE CMS has been contracted to manage each of these symposia. The preliminary budget for 2006 forecasts a $191K surplus. The Board approved the budget for the 2006 IEEE International Symposium on EMC. The Board approved issuing a loan to the 2006 IEEE Symposium on EMC Committee at a sum of $5,000 US. For the 2008 Symposium, two locations will be proposed at this Board meeting, Detroit and Austin. Mark Montrose advised that the new Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) would hold their first symposium during August 12-14, 2004 in Santa Clara, California. This will slightly overlap the IEEE EMC Santa Clara Symposium. The venue will be either the Santa Clara Convention Center or the Westin Hotel. IEEE CMS is assisting PSES in these logistics. A discount on registration for the PSES symposium will be offered to EMCS members attending the Santa Clara symposium. The Board approved granting free access to registered PSES attendees to attend the EMC 2004 Friday morning TC-8 workshop. Registration badges of PSES 2004 will serve as proof of registration to PSES 2004. Nigel Carter then presented his report as the Society’s Global Symposium Coordinator. This lists the various international EMC conferences in which the EMCS is a technical co-sponsor. A new conference in Scotland, on November 8-10, 2004, titled “1st Conference on Waveform Diversity 2004,” was discussed. The Board approved the EMCS technically co-sponsoring the 1st Conference on Waveform Diversity 2004. The Board approved canceling the EMCS automatic technical co-sponsorship approval for the Wroclaw, EMC Europe and Zurich EMC Symposia. Janet O’Neil then reported as Exhibitor Liaison. There has not been significant activity since the last Board meeting. All is on track with the Santa Clara exhibitors. Ms. O’Neil is working closely with Vita Feuerstein of IEEE CMS on exhibitor issues as they arise. Fred Heather will work on updating the “Points Matrix” for exhibitors based upon their participating in the Istanbul and/or Boston EMCS symposia in 2003. This will be provided to IEEE EMCS in early January and will also be posted to the EMCS website. Regarding Regional Conferences, Mr. Joffe noted that at the last Board meeting, the Board approved appointing a regional EMCS member to spearhead the organization of one-day EMC colloquia and exhibitions in several IEEE Regions. Frank Sabath has accepted the position of Region 8 Conference Coordinator. Shuichi Nitta has accepted the position of Region 10 Conference Coordinator. Janet O’Neil has accepted the position of Region 9 Conference Coordinator. Janet O’Neil reported on regional events with EMC Chapters in Regions 1-6. Since the last Board meeting, there has been one tabletop show in Atlanta. The speaker was Dr. Clayton Paul. Over 65 people attended this one-day tutorial and exhibition. The Atlanta chapter has not held a regular meeting in years and this event was a great stimulus to reinvigorate the chapter. Several attendees present agreed to renew holding monthly chapter meetings in Atlanta. Also, interest was expressed in forming a new chapter in nearby Huntsville, Alabama. Several attendees from that area agreed to meet and explore the feasibility of this idea. There are several tabletop shows scheduled for 2004. These are listed in the Calendar Section of each issue of the EMC Newsletter. Mr. Joffe relayed information on Frank Sabath’s report as the Region 8 Conference Coordinator. He is working closely with the German Chapter on their regional workshop scheduled for July 12, 2004. The chair is Heyno Garbe and the topic is Numerical Field Computation with speaker Tapan K. Sakar of Syracuse University. The Russian Chapter is working on a proposal for a regional symposium in 2005. Region 9 has not had much activity, but discussions continue with the South Brazil chapter to hold a regional event in Brazil in Fall 2004. Regarding Region 10, Mr. Joffe presented Shuichi Nitta’s report. Mr. Nitta will participate in the 3rd CEEM conference. While there, he will discuss the possibility of a Region 10 conference on EMC in Singapore with Professor See Kye Yak of the Singapore EMC Chapter. Regarding EMCS Symposia, Mr. Joffe advised that a meeting of the “Institutionalization of Symposia” Task Force (ISTF) was held on Nov. 10, 2003, in Santa Clara, CA. Eight members and six guests attended the meeting. On the agenda were the following main items:

  • Discussion of Symposia Related Items from previous meetings
  • Discussion of the list of “Symposia Related BoD Actions”
  • Discussion of comments on Draft Manual

In practice, for lack of time, only the 1st item was discussed, and an in depth discussion of not more than half the items was held. Action items were assigned for advancement of the work. A first draft of the Symposium Manual (Guide and P&Ps) was prepared by Fred Heather and was distributed to the Task Force members for review and comments. The next meeting of the ISTF is scheduled to take place in Phoenix, AZ on February 19, 2004, in conjunction with the BoD meeting. Mr. Joffe’s report concluded with presentations on proposed venues for the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on EMC. He called upon Dave Staggs to introduce Craig Jenkins of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mr. Staggs was representing the Central Texas EMC Chapter’s interest in bringing the EMC Symposium for 2008 to Austin, Texas. He distributed information on the 1997 IEEE Symposium on EMC in Austin, including the final report. Mr. Staggs was the treasurer of the 1997 symposium committee. Mr. Jenkins then presented information on Austin and reasons why the EMC Society should select Austin for the location of their 2008 Symposium. Kimball Williams, representing the SE Michigan EMC Chapter, then introduced Cheryl Ollila of the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau. This was her second visit to the EMCS Board meeting. She reiterated the city’s interest in bringing the EMCS to Detroit.

The November EMCS Board meeting was held at Underwriters Laboratory in Santa Clara, California. Following lunch provided by UL, a tour was conducted of their EMC test laboratory, including this ten-meter semi-anechoic chamber. UL’s Bob Miller, Manager International EMC Services, (center) is shown pointing out the unique characteristics of the chamber, including the ability to test with multiple antenna towers.

The following items were discussed under new business:


President Hubing advised that each year the Society reviews the appointment of an IEEE paid administrator. Warren Kesselman is the Society’s administrator. The Board approved renewing the appointment of Warren Kesselman as the Society’s paid administrator for 2004.

The Board approved conducting the 2008 EMC Symposium site selection using a ballot vote. Discussion ensued on the pros and cons of the two cities. The ballots were tallied and Detroit was selected as the venue having received the majority of the votes.

Takeo Yoshino, Henry Benitez and Ghery Pettit (from left) paused to discuss antenna theory while inside the UL chamber.

Dan Hoolihan presented his report as chair of this committee. Several subcommittees have been proposed for this effort, including a History, Public Relations, Special Events at the 2007 Symposium, Special Awards, etc. Common logos are being discussed for the 2007 Symposium and the Anniversary Committee. The IEEE will conduct recorded oral histories in 2004. The first candidates will be Ralph Showers and Warren Kesselman. Money for this committee has been budgeted for 2004. Other Societies have been solicited for 50th Anniversary celebration ideas. An e-mail list is being created for the past presidents of the EMCS to inform them of the 50th Anniversary and to invite their participation in the upcoming years.

Kimball Williams reported on the activities of the Long Range Planning Committee. The Board meeting schedule for 2004/2005 was discussed. A training proposal for Society officers was presented.

Don Sweeney volunteered to work with Mark Montrose and John Howard to reach a solution regarding the dates of the first Product Safety Engineering Society Symposium in Santa Clara.

Mark Montrose presented a proposal to create a new TC-11 involving Nanotechnology. Johann Catrysse, Chris Holloway, and Sabrina Sarto wrote the proposal. The Board did not approve creating a new EMCS TC-11 on Nanotechnology.
The Board approved offering a free ad in the EMCS Newsletter on a space availability basis to promote symposia Technically Co-Sponsored by the EMCS. This policy will be outlined in the EMCS MOU with each symposium. The size of the ad shall not exceed 1/2 page, space permitting, but may be limited to 1/4 page if space is limited. No guarantee shall be given to run one or the other size ad. In return, the Symposium shall provide an equivalent space for an IEEE EMCS annual Symposium promotional ad in return in their publications and/or on their websites.

The Board approved a policy wherein Symposia co-sponsored by the EMCS (the “visiting Symposium”), which provide the EMCS with an IEEE/EMCS membership booth, shall be entitled, in return, to a comparable complimentary promotional booth in the EMCS International Symposia. The booth shall be 10’ x 10’ in size and will consist of pipe and drape, one 6’ long table, two chairs, one wastebasket, a carpet and electricity. The visiting symposium will be responsible for all transportation and freight costs to and from the Symposium. The exchange of booths will be covered in the MOU between the EMCS and the respective symposium organizing committee.

President Todd Hubing reviewed the action items discussed during the meeting.

The next meeting of the EMCS Board of Directors will be held on Friday, February 20, 2004 in the Phoenix, AZ area. The Standards Committees will meet from 10-2 pm and the Excom will meet from 3-5 pm on Thursday, February 19. Also, all Board members are encouraged to attend the Phoenix EMC Chapter meeting on Thursday night, February 19.
There being no further business, the meeting then adjourned at 5:00 pm. EMC


Submitted by: Janet O’Neil,
Secretary, EMC Society Board of Directors

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