Recipient of the 2005 IEEE Electromagnetics Award


Clayton Paul


I recently had a chance to reflect on some of the standout moments of 2005, which were memorable for me both personally and professionally. While there are many events and happenings that came to mind, I thought that one event we can all share together was the Awards Luncheon at the 2005 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Chicago, and in particular, the tribute given to our friend and colleague Clayton R. Paul - recipient of the prestigious 2005 IEEE Electromagnetics Award. This was memorable to me for several reasons.
On a personal level, I have known Clayton for nearly 30 years. He was responsible for sparking my interest in EMC during the early days when I wasn’t sure which branch of electrical engineering to follow. Our first meeting took place when I was a student/technical assistant working at the then Rome Air Development Center (RADC - currently the Air Force Research Lab, Rome Research Site). Clayton at the time was a post-doc research engineer assigned to work on EMC problems for the Center’s Expert Sciences Program. He and I supported some of the same projects and gave training programs related to EMC analysis and prediction software that was being developed by RADC at the time. His keen insights into system-level EMC and cable crosstalk problems taught me a great deal. His on-the-job tutelage both influenced and inspired me to pursue the EMC engineering profession. He had a very casual, but highly effective way of teaching EMC theory and EMI troubleshooting methods, which to this day have served me well. Today I consider myself reasonably successful and very happy with my professional career choice. I owe much to Clayton for encouraging me to follow this path. Thank you Clayton!
For me, knowing someone well who actually receives an often elusive and much-sought after IEEE field service award, such as the IEEE Electromagnetics Award, is both a high honor and a distinct privilege. For those who don’t know the background of the award, it is sponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, IEEE EMC Society and IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. Persons nominated for this award represent the “cream of the crop” from among these societies let alone the field of electromagnetic engineering. The IEEE Electromagnetics Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1996. It may be presented annually, to an individual only, for outstanding contributions to electromagnetics in theory, application or education. Recipient selection is administered by the Awards Board through its Technical Field Awards council. The Award consists of a bronze medal, certificate and a cash honorarium. It is a highly sought after award and the process is very competitive. Each of the participating societies nominates only one individual from within its ranks to receive the award. The total process of conducting the nominations, endorsements, and evaluations from beginning to end involves a substantial effort and is closely scrutinized at every level to determine whether the candidates are qualified or possess the necessary credentials to even be considered for this award. This is why we place such a high premium on this award and specifically, in Clayton’s case, for putting the spotlight on the EMC Society and for giving us an opportunity to acknowledge one of our own for significant contributions to our discipline. It is a great tribute to the man, the Society, and the EMC engineering discipline in general. Bravo!
So, as 2005 ends and 2006 comes into fruition, I thought it would be nice to once again congratulate our colleague and friend Clayton Paul for all that he has accomplished, for a brilliant career which thankfully flourishes to this day, and for future opportunities to collaborate with him and learn from him.
I must say that when I first considered writing this article, it was going to be strictly an expression of my own viewpoint. After some thought, I came to the conclusion that the best tribute article is one that contains testimonials from a few of his friends and acquaintances.
Now, I COULD say that,
The IEEE and its predecessor societies have been recognizing outstanding contributions for almost a century. With these awards, the IEEE recognizes that these talented and brilliant individuals also have helped to further the mission of the IEEE to promote the creation of new technologies for the benefit of humanity and the profession.
In 2005, we honored Dr. Clayton R. Paul, the Sam Nunn Eminent Professor of Aerospace Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Dr. Paul was recognized for excellence in the advancement of electromagnetic theory towards solving crosstalk problems in transmission lines and cable assemblies.
Considered by many to be a world-renowned authority in electromagnetic theory, Dr. Paul has been responsible for many seminal advancements in EMC. His contributions in modeling and quantifying interference on cabling between systems have laid the foundation for today’s benchmark methods used for assessing and mitigating EMI in complex wire and cable systems.
He is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky, where he served on the electrical engineering faculty for 27 years. His course on EMC at this university was among the first of its kind. He has published 15 textbooks and more than 150 papers and reports.

During the 2005 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Chicago, Dr. Paul spoke to a rapt audience on the “Fundamentals of EMC.”


Dr. Paul shown doing what he does best – lecturing on his favorite topic (EMC) and marking up diagrams to emphasize a point and provide the practical “how to” details.
Speakers always appreciate being on a program with Clayton Paul. Enjoying the camaraderie of “EMC Experts” in Chicago are (from left) Bob Nelson of North Dakota State University, Todd Hubing of the University of Missouri-Rolla, Dr. Paul of Mercer University, and Daryl Gerke of Kimmel Gerke Associates.


A Fellow of the IEEE, Dr. Paul is the only two-time recipient of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society’s Richard Stoddart Award for Outstanding Performance. He is also an honorary life member of the IEEE EMC Society.
He is an outstanding engineer, scientist, and educator, and is highly deserving of the IEEE Electromagnetics Award.
BUT rather than hear it just from me, let’s listen to a few of Clayton’s other friends and colleagues:

“During the long summers spent at the University of Kentucky (UK) under the guidance of Clayton, I had the privilege of receiving his technical and personal attention. This “Southern Gentleman” (one of the best ways of describing Clayton that I ever heard) not only taught me the solid fundamentals of MTL theory, but also how to perform and develop the scientific research in our EMC field. I’ll never forget the long talks, outside the EE building, smoking pipe (him), talking about technical details, things to do, to fix, to learn (me). But, what about when he decided to bring me to JC Penny to buy a pair of short pants to “survive” the hot Kentucky summer and relax my “formal” Italian style? And his constant attention to the needs of others? His driving me around the city (not only Lexington, but also, more recently, in Macon) to find a Catholic Church for the Sunday mass celebration. Clayton is also a great aerobatic pilot! He took me flying several times while at UK and my wife still “blames” him because when I returned to Italy, I decided to get my pilot’s license. Very recently we went out together for rolls, spins and loops. That’s Clayton! Thanks Clayton!! My only regret is that my English may not sufficiently express all my gratitude to him, but probably my Italian may not either!”
Antonio Orlandi, University of L’Aquila, Rome, Italy

“I have known Clayton for well over 15 years both as a colleague in the IEEE EMC Society and in his role as chairman of the technical program committee of the long running Zurich EMC symposium in Switzerland. He has not only contributed to major educational activities at the university level, but as a distinguished lecturer for the EMC Society where his presentations on basic EMC theory and low RF emission circuit design and practical applications have brought out a large number of attendees well above the norm. He is a “sell out” everywhere he goes which attests to not only his in-depth knowledge, but the ability to communicate it to those not as skilled in the EMC art and science as he is. This is a trait that cannot be overlooked and places him in a class by himself from my perspective. As chairman of the Zurich EMC technical program for many years, he brought together widely diverse EMC researchers and practitioners that literally spanned many continents in a technical program that was the envy of Europe in particular. The technical program of the Zurich symposia during his term as technical program chairman was elevated to an extraordinarily high standard and technical depth that in my opinion was directly the result of his untiring work. You will find no better individual that has the technical competency and the inherent ability to teach and educate the EMC discipline based on electromagnetic principles (his books on introduction to EM Fields and EMC are still as relevant today as they were 20 and 10 years ago, respectively) to students as well as those whose professional careers span decades.”
Donald N. Heirman, Don
HEIRMAN Consultants, Lincroft, NJ

“I have learned a great deal of my understanding about EMI/EMC physics from Clayton Paul. He has the ability to explain complex ideas in a way that makes these complex ideas easy to understand without the need for messy mathematics. This has brought the understanding of EMI/EMC to the point where typical design engineers can use these concepts to improve their product design. It is a rare gift for a university professor to be able to communicate and educate working engineers. Clayton is one of the great minds in EMI/EMC. He is respected by everyone, and this respect is well deserved. Recently Clayton complemented me on a technical paper I had written. Such praise from a person with the reputation and stature of Clayton Paul was high praise indeed! His comments had me smiling for weeks.”
Bruce Archambeault, IBM,
Research Triangle Park, NC

“When I decided to leave industry to become a professor, my principal goal was to develop and teach a course in EMC at the university level. My obvious choice for a Ph.D. advisor was Clayton Paul at the University of Kentucky. I had read his articles in the Transactions, and they were the best blend of theory and practicality I had seen. He not only pushed the understanding of crosstalk to new levels by clever analyses; he also explained his results in a way that made them easily applicable to my work at Hewlett-Packard. Clayton was most gracious when I contacted him about becoming his student, and was quite supportive of my work during my three years at Kentucky. While serving as his TA for his introductory circuits class, I learned many tricks of the teaching trade that I use to this day at The Citadel. What good fortune it has been for me to have the opportunity to know and work with Clayton, and what a much greater fortune it has been for the EMC community that Clayton chose this area for his life’s work.”
Tom Jerse, The Citadel, Charleston, SC

“I remember Clayton’s trips to the EMC IAP Support Center at RADC in the early 1980s and our discussions on bass fishing. If he fished here, he caught nothing, while I had the luck of the Irish. He then returns to warmer climates, buys a bass boat, takes lessons, and manages to catch small crappie. He, however, did learn that the use of DuPont lures was very effective for catching fish. (That’s dynamite to the uninformed!).”
Clifford E. Carroll, Jr., ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC, Rome, NY

“I first met Clayton when I was a young engineer working for IBM. He spent part of one summer working in our lab and I was impressed by the fact that a university professor knew so much about product design and evaluation. He was a major influence in my own decision to pursue a career in academia.”
Todd Hubing, University of
Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO

“I first met Dr. Clayton Paul in the early 1970s. I was a research engineer at the USAF’s Rome Air Development Center in Rome, NY. Clayton was a new post doc from Purdue University. Over the next twenty years, Clayton supported the USAF with his in-depth knowledge, professionalism, and dedication. We worked on many research projects together dealing with wire-to-wire coupling and statistical modeling in EMC. Above all, I remember the late nights working on the USAF’s Intrasystem EMC Analysis Program (IEMCAP), teaching courses on IEMCAP across the USA, our NATO/AGARD Lecture Series (116) on EMC and the numerous trips together supporting the USAF’s Intrasystem Analysis Program (IAP). This award could not have gone to a more deserving individual. Congratulations Clayton from all your friends and colleagues in Upstate NY.”
Gerard T. Capraro, Capraro
Technologies, Inc., Utica, NY

“I have known Clayton for over 40 years, first as a student at Georgia Tech, where he was my electronics course graduate teaching assistant, and later as a good friend and long-time colleague in the EMC Society. I recall Clayton most for his tireless work over many years as the Technical Program Chairman for the EMC Zurich Symposium and for our traditional Friday train ride around Switzerland after the conference had ended and for #90 at the Zeug Haus Kjeller. Thanks Clayton for all your hard work and the many memorable experiences we have had together over the years.”
John Norgard, Air Force
Research Lab, Rome Research Site, Rome, NY

“‘Hi Clay.’ ‘Hi Dick.’ No extra flourishes. Just a solid and warm greeting. But need some help? Just ask him. Despite busy days, he’ll reply... respond... even check it out for you. ‘Solid citizen’ kind of says it…But that’s not quite enough. He’s quick to defend his technology, but humble about what he has to offer. When I made the EMCS ‘Experiments Video’ he was the first one I asked to be in it. When I approached his demonstration area, his body language said ‘Why me?’ His words in an ‘aw-shucks way’ said ‘Do I have to?’ I just said ‘Forget I’m here, be yourself.’ He was, and it was, great. His rapport and connection with the audience, his respect for the technology... This is just one of many instances in the thirty years that I’ve considered him, first an acquaintance, then peer, and then a friend. And yes, he’ll be a bit discomforted by all this fuss we’re making over him. But it’s important to us that he know what we know. At certain times it’s important to say more than just...‘Hi Clay.’”
Dick Ford, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

“...his is the only EMC book I recommend without reservation...”
Colin Brench, Hewlett-Packard, Richardson, TX

Well, it looks like I am in good company.
So, here’s to you Clayton and many more years of your friendship! You have been a role model for many. Keep up the fantastic work!! The honor is all ours. EMC

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