Introducing Members Newly Elected to the EMC Society Board of Directors

The following members began a three-year term on the Board effective January 1, 2004. Abbrevatedbiographies of these gentleman are shown below.

Shuichi Nitta
Shuichi Nitta had been working for an electric industry as a systems engineer, a quality assurance manager in the process computer control area since 1960 after earning a BSEE from Kyoto University, and there first encountered “Electromagnetic Noise Problems.” This was in 1963 when he was engaged in the installation and tuning work of computer control systems for a chemical plant. The problems were that very low analog input signals such as thermocouples had big fluctuations due to the induced noise voltage from power lines, and thus the computer could not read the data accurately. This was the start for him to be interested in EMC. Based on the above experience, he contributed several papers written about the noise reduction methods used to solve the above problem to the Transaction of SICE, such as how to ground the shielding cables, how to locate the block switches of an analog input multiplexer, the digital filtering required using the magnetic drum and so on. And, after submitting the above-proposed technologies, he earned his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1978. He grasps EMC as one of the technologies available to improve the reliability of electronic systems in order to maintain a stable and highly reliable life. Since moving to the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) as a professor in 1985, he still continues to research EMC problems. His research interests are immunity enhancement in systems and installation EMC, paying attention to digital systems, and reliability and maintainability of systems. To date, he has published more than 150 papers in the EMC and Reliability areas. He has been active in the following organizations: an Ad Com member of the IEEE Reliability Society (1998-1999), a general chair of International Symposium on EMC held in Japan (99’EMC/TOKYO), a general co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Environmental Electromagnetics (1997- ), a co-opted member of the CISPR Steering Committee (1998- ), a chair of the Japanese National Committee of CISPR (1998- ), a chair of the Japanese Branch of the Association for Fields Service Management International (1989- ), a general chair of the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium in Japan (2000-2002), and so on. He retired from the TUAT in 2001 and is currently a professor emeritus at the TUAT and a professor at Salesian Polytechnic since 2001. He has three daughters and three grandchildren. Professor Nitta enjoys baseball (he played baseball as a catcher in the University days), watching such sports as Rugby football, American football, and, of course, baseball, joining the Dixieland Jazz Concert, and playing with his grandchildren. He has said that it is a great honor for him to become a Board member of EMC Society and he intends to contribute to the development of EMC technologies and the IEEE EMC Society.

Barry Wallen
Barry Wallen is currently the Senior Manager of Globalization and Investigations for Dell Inc. in Austin, Teaxas. In his previous position, he was the Vice President for West Region Operations and the National Director of EMC and Aerospace Operations for TUV America, Inc.
Barry began his EMC career in 1988 when he became responsible for the regulatory compliance of products designed by the Intellistor Division of Fujitsu Computer Products of America. In 1991, he was given the responsibility for developing an EMC testing facility for FCPA. This resulted in the creation of Criterion Technology, a state of the art Open Area Test Site in the Rocky Mountains. He moved to TUV America in July of 2000 and on to Dell Inc. in 2003. Over the past 15 years he has held positions in engineering, consulting, and executive management. He serves on the ANSI ASC C63 committee and three of its subcommittees, SC1 - Techniques and Development, SC - 6 Laboratory Accreditation/Conformity Assessment, and SC - 8 EMC Testing Standards for Electromedical Devices (EMD). He is also a member of the TCB Council, USCEL and the ACIL EMC committee. Barry is a member of the IEEE, a past chair of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the EMC Society, and the Chair for the 1998 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, held in Denver, Colorado. He currently serves as the International Conference Committee Chairman for the EMC Society and is a member of the EMC Society Board of Directors.

Bob Scully
Bob Scully has been serving as the Johnson Space Center Electromagnetics Compatibility Group Lead Engineer since June 2000. In that role, he is currently supporting multiple programs, including the Space Shuttle and Space Station, and is serving as Co-Chair of the Space Shuttle Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) Control Panel. Mr. Scully has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is dissertation only towards a PhD in Electrical Engineering, also from the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Scully is a registered Texas Professional Engineer, and holds a National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE) Certification as an Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineer, as well as having completed an Electromagnetic Compatibility Certification Program with the University of Missouri Rolla. Within the EMC Society, Mr. Scully is currently serving as Chair of Technical Committee 4 (Electromagnetic Interference Control Technology), is Secretary to Technical Committee 1 (EMC Management), and is Secretary to the Technical Advisory Committee. Mr. Scully has over 20 years in military and commercial aviation electrical and electronics engineering, and electromagnetics compatibility. Mr. Scully and his wife for 30 years, Elizabeth, have two children. Both are currently serving proudly in the US Army. Donovan is an NCO in Special Forces. Gayla is a Lieutenant in Military Counterintelligence.

Andrew L. Drozd
Andrew L. Drozd is President and Chief Scientist of ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC in Rome, New York; an R&D company focused on the development of computational electromagnetics (CEM) tools for EMI/C and electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) analyses. He received a BS in Physics and Mathematics in 1977 and an MSEE specializing in Communications/Signal Processing in 1982, both from Syracuse University. Andy’s present responsibilities include: systems engineering, EMC computer modeling and simulation, and the application of expert system technologies to CEM modeling and EMI/C analysis. He continues to apply his over 28 years of technical and program experience in electromagnetics technologies for the modeling and analysis of E3 effects. From 1984 to 1994, he was a Senior Scientist at Kaman Sciences Corporation where he managed an EMC Engineering Group. Prior to that, he was an EMC Test Engineer for the General Electric Company Underwater Electronics Programs Department in Syracuse, New York where he was responsible for MIL-STD-461 EMC measurement programs. Before that he was a Physics Instructor for Syracuse University teaching courses on Electromagnetics and Physical Optics. From 1978 to 1983, he was the Lead EMC Engineer for the IIT Research Institute Intrasystem Analysis Program (IAP) Support Center, which was chartered with maintaining the inventory of US Air Force EMC computer software codes and providing technical support and training to the code user community. During the period 1976 to 1978, Andy was a Technical Assistant for the US Air Force Rome Air Development Center (RADC-today’s Air Force Research Laboratory at Rome) where he provided technical services to government EMC test and computer simulation engineers pertaining to EMC code modification and testing, and laboratory measurements aimed at assessing component high-frequency parasitic effects and nonlinear responses in the HF/VHF regime. Andy is a Fellow of the IEEE for the development of knowledge-based codes for modeling and simulation of complex systems for EMC. He has been an active EMC Society Member for nearly 20 years. He previously completed two consecutive three-year terms as an EMCS Director and is currently the Vice President of Member Services for the EMC Society. His current term on the Board expires at the end of 2006. As a newly-elected Board Member and current Society Officer, he continues to be involved in several important initiatives that cut across all Society services including: membership development at the Society and Chapter levels; EMC education, particularly as past Vice Chair of the Education and Student Activities Committee on behalf of the annual EMC Experiment and Computer Modeling Demonstrations since 1992; management of the EMCS web site; and his commitment to furthering the development of standards including his role as Chair of the EMCS Standards Development Committee (SDCom) sponsored P1597 Working Group on the Development of CEM Standards and Recommended Practices for the Validation of CEM Computer Modeling and Simulation Codes and Applications. Andy is also the EMCS senior liaison of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Technical Council. He was past EMC Chapter Chair for the IEEE Mohawk Valley Section and is a Member of the TC-9 Committee on Computational Electromagnetics. He is also a Member of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) and is Technical Features Article Editor for the ACES Newsletter. His other professional memberships have included the IEEE MTT Society, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), American Institute of Physics (AIP), and Optics Society of America (OSA). Over the years Andy has been invited by the IEEE Press to perform peer reviews of selected publications, textbooks, manuscripts, and study guides devoted to EMC. In 1994 and 1995, Andy completed a series of reviews of a manuscript for the textbook, Engineering Electromagnetic Compatibility and a bibliographic compendium on EMC authored by P. V. Kodali. Also, he published chapters on Computer Modeling and Simulation for EMC in the “EMC/EMI Principles, Measurement & Technologies Study Guide” and for the textbook titled, Electrical Engineering Compatibility: Principles, Measurements, Technologies, and Computer Model, 2nd Ed. by P. V. Kodali. He has authored and co-written approximately 145 technical papers, reports, and magazine/journal articles on various EMC topics over the past 27 years. He has refereed papers on CEM topics for the American Geophysical Union Radio Science Journal in 1997 and 1998. He was actively involved in the IEEE-sponsored Dual Use/Information Technologies and Applications Conference in which he acted as Track and Session Chair, Vice General Chair, and in 1997 as Conference General Chair. In these various roles, Andy was responsible for establishing tracks related to information technologies including special sessions devoted to defining EMC concerns in the information age. Andy has chaired a number of technical sessions at the annual international EMC symposia as well. Andy is a NARTE certified EMC Engineer since the program’s inception. On how he views his current role and duties and the future of the EMC Society, Andy states: “I hope to contribute to the growth and awareness of EMC at virtually all professional and socio-technical levels. I am very willing to take on the challenges of the job as a Board member and officer working alongside my colleagues and fellow volunteers to help shape the future of our Society. If our Society is to continue to maintain a strong presence, we must constantly adapt to the needs of new or emerging technologies such as nano-engineering, intelligent vehicles, sensors, and future wireless communications systems. In order to expand our Society’s presence worldwide, one of my focus areas will be on coordinating with other professional and technical organizations regarding the importance of ensuring electromagnetic compatibility, operability and safety.”

David M. Staggs
David M. Staggs (S’70-M’70-SM’84) is currently an International EMC Management Consultant. He recently retired as the Director of Regulatory Compliance at Dell Inc., in Austin, Texas. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. David Staggs’ background includes over 30 years of Regulatory Compliance experience with Texas Instruments, Xerox, EMCO, Dell Computer, and as a consultant to corporations throughout the United States. David Staggs is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and is a past member of the IEEE EMC Society’s Board of Directors, where he served as Chapter Coordinator. He has been re-elected to the EMC Society’s Board of Directors and is now serving as Membership Chair. He was a member of the IEEE EMC Standards Board and was Awards Chair. He has been Chairperson of the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee C63.4 Working Group on Electrostatic Discharge from its inception until publication as ANSI C63.16 - 1993. He has previously chaired standards committees concerned with Grounding and LISN calibration. He is past Chairperson of the Central Texas EMC Society Chapter. He has written, published, and presented numerous papers for the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposia and industry publications. He is a NARTE certified EMC Engineer. He is currently serving as an EMC Assessor for the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation (NVLAP) program for EMC Test Laboratory accreditation.

Donald L. Sweeny
Donald L. Sweeney, Senior EMC Engineer (NARTE Certificate Number EMC-001209-NE & EMC-001210-NT) is president of D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. He is a graduate of the department of electrical engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, and has over 30 years experience in the electrical engineering field. Most of his time has been devoted to solving problems in electromagnetic engineering and closely related disciplines. He has worked for Extel Corporation, Teletype Corporation, Gates Radio, and Collins Radio prior to forming D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc.; a Wheeling, Illinois based company. He specializes in EMC, RFI, and EMI consulting and testing. Don has taught at Oakton College and at the University of Wisconsin (at both the Madison and Milwaukee campuses), and consults nationwide on electromagnetic compatibility. His company offers a class on EMC design developed over 15 years and he has taught these to more than 2000 engineers. He has served as a special consultant to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is the founding chairman of the U.S. Council of EMC Laboratories and is a NARTE certified EMC Engineer. He also was the Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the IEEE EMC Society and has served six years on the Board of Directors of the IEEE EMC Society. As a Board member he believes he presents an independent viewpoint. As a small business owner, he is concerned about cost. EMC

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