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, 2009. Abbreviated biographies of these members are provided below.

HENRY BENITEZ (M’94, SM’00) is an iNARTE certified EMC and Telecommunications Engineer with 30 plus years experience. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Portland. He is a member of the University of Portland Electrical Engineering Faculty/Industry Advisory Board. He is President of ElectroMagnetic Investigations, LLC, an electromagnetic compatibility test laboratory in Hillsboro, Oregon. His company experience includes: President of ElectroMagnetic Investigations EMC Test Lab, Hillsboro, Oregon; Senior Product Regulations Engineer for Hewlett-Packard, Vancouver, Washington; EMC Laboratory Manager for Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, Oregon; and Senior EMC Engineer for Tektronix, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon. He has over 30 articles published in technical magazines, colloquiums, workshops and conferences. He has given presentations on EMC and Product Regulations topics at conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Benitez is interested in continuing initiatives to provide greater benefit to the IEEE EMCS members, such as low technical workshop and conference registration costs. He has started an initiative to provide low cost workshop fees to members and incentives to increase IEEE EMCS membership. He is a great supporter of continuing to increase the quality of the IEEE international symposiums. Henry chaired the 2006 EMCS symposium in Portland, Oregon. It provided the largest monetary surplus back to the EMC Society in its 50 years of existence. This was done with lower registration costs to the membership than today. Henry is an advocate to providing and expanding member benefits throughout the world.


RICHARD (DICK) FORD (M’69, SM’68, LS‘06) graduated with a BSEE from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA. He did his postgraduate work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, American University, BYU and the University of N. Colorado. Dick Ford has over thirty years experience in the EMC fields. He’s been employed at MIT’s Draper Lab, Sylvania, General Electric, Interference Control Technologies, the Navy’s Surface Weapon’s Center/Dahlgren and currently at the Naval Research Laboratory. In 1973 he co-founded the US Navy’s Shipboard EMC Improvement Program (SEMCIP) which by 1983 had grown to be the US DoD’s largest and most successful EMI Fix-It program. He was a Congressional Fellow assigned as military technology advisor to Senator Hatch in 1982-1983 where he contributed a key background paper on the EMP aspects of the movie “The Day After” when it received US Congressional Review. From 1983-1984 he was Technical Editor of EMCT, at the time, the industry’s world leading bi-monthly magazine (70,000 circulation) on electromagnetic compatibility. He has taught EMC to about a thousand students in commercial, US government and NATO sponsored short courses since 1983. He holds two US patents on EMC measurement technology. He’s a certified EMC Engineer (iNARTE - 1989 to present). He was elected as a Board member of iNARTE 2003-2005 and served as Treasurer. His military service was in the US Army where he attained the rank of Captain. His hobbies are solar energy, ten-pin bowling and carpentry. Mr. Ford is a strong proponent of the Society’s international out-reach initiatives, as well as the Institute’s national initiatives both in the US and, in the future, worldwide (based on the experiences of IEEE/USA). He’s voted for more open and democratic processes with the Society’s BoD and supported efforts to have the Society’s president-elect directly elected by the Society members to encourage more outreach to the membership.


DONALD HEIRMAN (M’74, SM’83, F’87, LF’08) is president of Don HEIRMAN Consultants, a training, standards, and educational electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) consulting corporation. Mr. Heirman is a past President of the IEEE EMC Society, member of its Board of Directors, long time Vice President for Standards, chair of its technical committee on EMC measurements (TC-2), and past chair of its standards development committee. He is the immediate past president of the IEEE Standards Association (SA) serving in 2005 and 2006, past member of the SA Board of Governors and member of the 2005 and 2006 IEEE Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Mr. Heirman is also a Life Fellow of the IEEE and Life member of the EMC Society. His international EMC standards activity includes serving on many committees of the International Electrotechnical (IEC) Special International Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR). He has also had many leadership positions including chair of the CISPR Subcommittee A, which is responsible for Publication 16-x-y on EMC measurement instrumentation, test methods and statistical techniques (including measurement uncertainty) and as of last October chairman of CISPR itself. In the US he serves as the chairman of Accredited Standards Committee C63® (EMC). He is also the Associate Director for Wireless EMC at the University of Oklahoma Center for the Study of Wireless EMC. Mr. Heirman has presented numerous workshops, tutorials, and technical papers internationally and is listed in several Who’s Who publications. He is a retired Commander in the US Navy Reserves.

JOHN NORGARD (S’69, M’74, SM’85, F’90) is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is the Director of the Electromagnetics Laboratory, which includes a large broadband anechoic chamber. He also holds a joint appointment with the US Air Force Academy. He received a BSEE (Coop) degree from Georgia Tech in 1966 and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Caltech in 1967 and 1969, respectively. John worked as a co-operative student trainee at the Charleston Naval Shipyard while at Georgia Tech and as a Research Associate with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory while at Caltech. After graduating from Caltech, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo, working with the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment and the Auroral Observatory on plasma models of the polar ionosphere that included the effects of the Aurora Borealis. He then taught at Georgia Tech for 15 years before coming to the University of Colorado where he designed and constructed a large broadband Microwave Anechoic Chamber and developed an EM lab based on the extended measurement capabilities of the chamber. He developed a new infrared imaging technique that can be used to measure and visualize EM fields (using IR thermograms/holograms). This work is supported by the EM Metrology Division at NIST/Boulder. Dr. Norgard was elected Fellow of the IEEE for his work on developing this measurement technique. He is now using this IR imaging technique to measure the fields generated by High Power Microwave weapon systems that are being developed and tested by the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Phillips Research Site (Directed Energy Directorate) at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM. He is also developing microwave tomographic techniques to detect and identify hidden targets buried in the ground, under foliage, and behind walls. Dr. Norgard eagerly looks forward to continuing his work on the Board of Directors of the EMC Society as the new Vice President of Standards Services.


GHERY S. PETTIT (S’74, M’75, SM’91) is the EMC Regulatory Compliance Manager in Intel Corporation’s Corporate Product Regulations & Standards department. He received the BSEE degree from Washington State University in 1975 and has taken numerous courses on EMC and other topics since graduation. Mr. Pettit has been employed full time in EMC and related matters for 32 years with the U.S. Navy, Martin Marietta Aerospace (Denver), Tandem Computers and Intel Corporation. His first job out of college was in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. After a year of working on nuclear submarines he transferred to the Naval Electronic Systems Engineering Center, Vallejo, where he got his start in EMC as a TEMPEST test engineer. In 1979 he took a position at Martin Marietta, providing EMC and TEMPEST design and analysis support for a number of projects. In 1983 he moved to Tandem Computers in Cupertino, California. While at Tandem he provided EMC design, testing and troubleshooting support for the company as part of the EMC department, eventually serving as the Technical Lead Engineer in the department. He designed and oversaw the construction of a 30 meter Open Area Test Site and a 10 meter RF semi-anechoic chamber while at Tandem and became involved in what is today the Information Technology Industry Council’s (ITI, formerly CBEMA) EMC committee, ITI TC5, which he has chaired for a number of years. He presently is the EMC Regulatory Compliance Manager in the Corporate Product Regulations & Standards department at Intel. Mr. Pettit has written seven technical papers and articles for publication and has contributed a chapter to the 2nd Edition of the ARRL RFI Handbook, published in 2007. He is a Duo-Decade member of the dB Society, is an iNARTE Certified EMC Engineer with the Accredited Test Laboratory Engineer Endorsement and holds an Amateur Extra class amateur radio license (N6TPT). Mr. Pettit is a Technical Advisor for the American Radio Relay League in the area of EMC. In his spare time, Mr. Pettit is a private pilot, working on an instrument rating. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has been a member of the IEEE EMC Society since 1977. He is presently the Vice President for Conference Services for the IEEE EMC Society. He is listed in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in America.


KIMBALL WILLIAMS (M’84, SM’97) is a Senior Manager with Denso Americas in Southfield, Michigan, USA where he is also the technical lead for the EMC test laboratory. He holds a BSEE degree from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. His professional experience includes: Principal EMC Engineer for Eaton Corporation for 26 years, Principal Designated Engineer for Underwriters Laboratories for three years, and Senior Manager Denso EMC Laboratory from December 2004 to the present. He is a member of the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors, past President of the Society and was Chair of the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Detroit.
Mr. Williams is an International Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (iNARTE) certified EMC and ESD engineer and is a member of the Board of Directors for iNARTE. He is also a Member of the SAE EMI and EMR Technical Committees for automotive EMC standards, and Member of the US Technical Advisory Groups to CISPR/D and ISO/TC22. Mr. Williams holds one patent in the field of electro-technology. Additionally, he is an amateur radio operator (N8FNC), scuba diver and private pilot.



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