Dr. Showers Retires from the IEC Advisory Group on EMC (ACEC)

On 2 December 2003, the Advisory Committee on EMC (ACEC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) threw a surprise retirement reception for Dr. Ralph Showers and his wife at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The ACEC is comprised of members from IEC committees that have EMC aspects in their standards. Principal members include representatives from the Special International Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR) and TC77 (Electromagnetic Compatibility). The ACEC’s role is to advise the IEC Standardization Management Board of any EMC issues needing SMB attention.
Dr. Showers was quite surprised as ACEC chair at the reception. Dr. Bill Radasky welcomed him and then read the many accomplishments of Dr. Showers over the years, highlighting his work on the ACEC as well as in CISPR and TC77 and their subcommittees representing the US. The photo shows those that feted Dr. Showers at the reception from over a dozen countries. Dr. Showers then reminisced on his activities not only in the ACEC, but also in the IEC and CISPR. These stories would fill a book! (Please note that Dr. Showers has been interviewed for the history of the EMC Society for our 50th Anniversary Symposium in Hawaii in 2007.) To cap off the event, all raised their glasses and toasted Dr. Showers and wished him well. He will indeed be missed.

Representatives from many countries gathered in New Jersey to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Ralph Showers to the ACEC, including (front row, left to right) Kai Cheng, Diethard Moehr (Germany), Bill Bryans, Beatrice Showers, Remy Baillif, Dr. Showers, Don Heirman, and Masamitsu Tokuda. Shown in the back row, left to right, are Robert de Vre, Christian Verholt (almost hidden behind Diethard Moehr), Heinrich Kuntz, Jacques deLaballe, and Dr. Radasky (chairman of the ACEC).


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