In this first message as your new EMC Society President, I want
to do several things:
Introduce myself to our members who have
not had a chance to get to know me over the past few years,
Outline some of the plans that have evolved
out of last years activities of the Long Range Planning
Committee, which will help guide the Society in the coming two
years while I carry the responsibilities of President,
Ask for your assistance in helping your
Board of Directors steer the Society to accomplish what you
would like to see YOUR Society become.
As with any organized project, I began this
first Newsletter article as President of our EMC Society by doing
my research. I just finished re-reading Todd Hubings last
message as our President, and several others before that. From
that research, I have determined that, although I love a good
joke, and have no expectation that the office of the President
should be above such things, I am not enough of a
humorist to even approach the level of Dr. Hubings subtle
and infectious humor, and have determined not to even try. So,
if you find anything humorous in the following, it is purely unintentional.
1982 EMC Symposium
When I first joined the EMC Society in 1982, it was with the intention
of trying to learn as much as I could about my new responsibility
for running the tiny EMC laboratory at the company where I worked.
I attended my first EMC Society International EMC Symposium that
year. Since learning was my focus, I stopped by the Education
Committee meeting (as the Education and Student Activities Committee
was referred to at that time) and was astounded as I entered the
room. Henry Ott was chairing the meeting, ably assisted by his
secretary, Clayton Paul. My overall impression of the leadership
and the participants was one of standing among giants! (That impression
has not diminished to this day.) I was hooked! Many of the papers
from that Symposium gave me my first look at an organized way
of addressing EMC questions, and achieving viable answers. It
also gave me my first group of contacts that I could call and
pester with questions when I got lost in the maze of equations
and diagrams. The help of those people who put up with my questions
made it possible to actually succeed with an enterprise that many
others in our company had given up on in the past as impossible.
(Our small internal EMC lab actually began successfully functioning
and moving product.)
As time passed, I volunteered for tasks within the Education Committee.
Later I accepted the position of the Secretary of the Committee,
and eventually the Chair. When I left the Chair of the Education
committee, I was asked by the BOD to assume a diverse series of
Chair of the Technical Activities Committee
Chair TC-1 (EMC Management),
Vice President of Technical Activities, and
President Elect of the Society.
Along the way, I also got hooked
on the work of our Standards operations, and the Representative
Advisory Committee (RAC), as well. I continue to actively work
on both committees now.
During this period of growth and training I have come to know
the members of the Board of Directors and all of their committee
chairs. These people, past and present, are some of the most dedicated
human beings it has been my privilege to work with and for. I
say with and for because the interlocking reporting
relationships can become interesting. I recall that
as the Chair of a subcommittee of TC-1, I reported to the current
Chair of TC-1, Dan Hoolihan. Dan in turn reported to Bill Strauss,
the current TAC Chair, who reported to me in my then position
of VP of Technical Activities. It seems circular, but it works.
I believe that it works because everyone is focused on the work
to be done, and what is best for the Society.
While working with the EMC Society at the Society level, I have
also spent time in the ranks at the local level as the Southeastern
Michigan EMC Chapter Treasurer and then Secretary. (I still hold
the Secretarys post today). Also, at the Section level,
I have served as occasional Secretary, and for two terms as the
Section Vice Chair. I withdrew from active Section level participation
when I accepted the post as your Society President-Elect. There
Long Range Plans
One of the duties of the President-Elect is to form and chair
the latest incarnation of The Long Range Planning Committee. The
2003 Long Range Planning Committee spent the last year sifting
through the records of the previous three such committees, collating
and updating the information. It soon became obvious that there
were enough really great ideas for growth and improvement in those
records that even if we did no brainstorming, we had enough material
to keep several Presidents busy for their whole terms of office.
Of course, having that many good ideas running through our heads
conjured up more ideas. So, without intending it, we ended up
with more than we started with. One of my jobs during the next
two years is to find ways to make a few of those ideas work.
The number of interesting initiatives for growth and improvement
for the Society that can be pursued boggles the mind, and certainly
out strips the available manpower resident on the Board of Directors.
That is why I intend to start a program to seek the active assistance
of interested members of the EMC Society to help the BOD accomplish
some of the long list of worthy projects that otherwise would
go wanting for lack of volunteers.
I will ask each of the Vice Presidents of the Society, and each
of the Committee Chairmen to seek, first within their existing
reporting structure, then to other Society members, to find and
employ people to work on all of the top priority (level 1) tasks
that were identified by the Long Range Planning Committee during
the last year. It is my hope that we can begin this work early
in the first quarter of 2004, and if successful, begin to report
results to the BOD by its major meeting at the Symposium in Santa
Clara in August.
I want to direct your attention to our newly re-designed EMC Society
This is a great starting point for anyone who has ideas about
where you would like to see your Society become active and what
you would like to see your Society do. Not only will you find
references to all of the current activities of the Society, but
you will also find contact information for all of the people who
can listen to your ideas, and help you become involved in making
your ideas a reality.
If you are new to the Society, or have never before gotten more
involved than attending a meeting, or reading an article, let
me tell you that actively working with one of the Committees or
Chapters can be a remarkably rewarding experience. I highly recommend
it to anyone who has an interest in improving and changing.
Just in case you had the time, inclination and opportunity, I
want to re-affirm to all our members that each meeting of the
EMC Society Board of Directors is an open meeting. Any members
who want to attend are most welcome to do so. For some of us it
is quite a kick to have the opportunity to lift the hood
and take a look at how the machinery works that runs the Society.
Who knows, you may find it interesting enough to make you want
to run for the Board at its next election!
The schedule of BOD meetings is posted on the Society web site
and in the Calendar section of this Newsletter, and we make it
a point to move the meetings around the country (and occasionally
overseas) just to give an opportunity for interested members to
join us and participate in running YOUR Society.
If you cant get to a BOD meeting to tell us your thoughts
in person, the contact information for all of the members of the
BOD and the major committee chairs is listed on the Society web
page. By e-mail, phone or fax, let us know what you want YOUR
Society to become. EMC