Welcome to the IEEE EMC Society - Oregon & SW Washington Chapter Webpage.

The purpose of this page is to inform local EMC engineers of upcoming meetings as well as other information relating to our Chapter. Please bookmark this page for future reference. If you have comments as to how to improve this page, please let us know.

For directions and maps to the University of Portland please visit:

·         About UP: Directions and Maps

Winter Social Event Pictures are posted on our OneDrive.

Our Fall 2016 Program:


Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

·         IEEE PSES / EMC Joint Meeting

This is a joint chapter meeting for both IEEE EMC and PSES chapters. Guests are welcome. You need not be an IEEE member to attend.

·         Topic: California Proposition 65 Research and Results

·         Abstract:

Bruce will present the in-depth research he and his team have done on the complicated and ambiguous Proposition 65 (Prop65); environmental regulations in the state of California.

Proposition 65 (formally titled "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986") is a California law passed by direct voter initiative in 1986 by a 63%-37% vote. Its goals are to protect drinking water sources from toxic substances that may cause cancer and birth defects and to reduce or eliminate exposures to those chemicals generally, for example in consumer products, by requiring warnings in advance of those exposures.

·         Speaker: Bruce LeBlanc

·         Bio:

Bruce started his product safety career off the better part of a decade ago as a Technician at one of the largest Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories in the world, Intertek (ETL). Promoted through the ranks at Intertek, his position as a Quality Supervisor caught the eye of Sunlight Supply, and soon Bruce accepted a position at Sunlight as their Quality Manager. Working his way up through the ranks, Bruce is currently serving as the Corporate Manager at Sunlight, overseeing the newly created Quality Assurance department.

·         Location: University of Portland - Shiley Hall Room 301. Map located at http://www.up.edu/about/default.aspx?cid=8307&pid=3177

·         Time: 6:30 PM - Food, 7:00 PM - Meeting and Presentation

·         Please RSVP if you plan to attend. (Dave Britton)

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

·         Winter Social Event - Christmas Dinner at Who Song and Larry’s

·         Location: Who Songs and Larry's Restaurant - (upstairs room with a view of the river)

·         111 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 695-1198

·         Cost: $10 per person

·         Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM – (social hour 6:00 – 7:00 pm)

·         Special Entertainment: The Christmas Ship Fleet is scheduled to parade directly in front of the restaurant that evening.

·         Pictures taken at the event will be available on our OneDrive.

·         Please RSVP if you plan to attend. (Dave Britton)

Past Presentations:

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

·         IEEE PSES / EMC Joint Meeting

This is a joint chapter meeting for both IEEE EMC and PSES chapters. Guests are welcome. You need not be an IEEE member to attend.

·         Topic: Short Circuit Testing with Lab Tour

·         Abstract:

A variety of product safety standards specify short circuit testing. Applicable products include thermostats, surge protection devices, industrial control equipment, appliance controls, small appliances and electric vehicle chargers. This presentation will detail that testing and be followed by a tour of UL’s West Coast short-circuit lab, capable of testing up to 5000A at 240V.

·         Speaker: Ed Lemos, Senior Staff Engineer at UL LLC

·         Bio:

Ed has served in numerous engineering roles in his 26+ year UL career. He is currently serving as a Senior Staff Engineer in UL’s Energy and Power Technologies Division. Ed is a subject matter expert in high power testing and led the design, build and start-up of UL’s short circuit lab in Camas, WA.
Articles about the new lab can be viewed at the links below:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

·         Topic: IEEE PSES / EMC Joint Meeting

·         Abstract:

Passing Class B Conducted EMI can be an arduous task that is often mitigated by using brute-force filtering, transformer shielding and other “conventional wisdom” approaches that add cost, size and parts. However, options are limited if no AC ground (2-wire input) is used, if 50-60Hz leakage current to the output is problematic, if space is a problem, and/or if a cheaper solution is desired. This inexpensive EMI reduction method attacks the lowest frequency common-mode EMI at one of the notorious sources. The method described here is shown effective in a single positive output flyback power supply although other implementations may be possible.

·         Speaker: Randall Elliot

·         Bio:

Randall Elliott has spent over forty years in electronics starting as a Comm Tech for the USFS in 1973 during High School. Recruited by Tektronix from Idaho State University in 1978, Randy has explored many different positions in high-tech companies throughout the Portland area, often involving unusual analog and power designs with EMI suppression.  Randy worked at Tektronix Power Supply Design, designed motor drivers at Synektron, test and mechanical control systems at Precision Interconnect, hardware for a portable Optical Spectrum Analyzer at Photon Kinetics, CCD Camera Systems at SiTE/PixelVision, Lighting Controls for Leviton, Energy Meters at Veris/Schneider, and assorted side jobs through his entity Randoid LLC.  Randy is a licensed Professional Engineer since 1999 and Amateur Radio Extra Class since 2006.  His involvement with CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) led him into various renewable energy, water treatment and Amateur Radio with antenna and balun projects.  Randy is an IEEE Senior Member of the Power Electronics, EMC, Product Safety, Circuits and Systems, Antennas and Propagation, and Magnetics Societies.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

·         Topic: IEEE PSES / EMC Joint Kickoff Meeting

·         Speaker: Pete Perkins (Safety) and Mark Briggs (EMC)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

·         Topic: Introduction to Antenna Calibration Methods: An overview of new antenna developments, related standards, calibration and what you need to know for efficient and compliant EMC testing

·         Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview on antenna calibration, what it means to calibrate an antenna and why you should care.  The set of operations for an antenna calibration that establish the relationship between values of quantities indicated by a measuring instrument and a reference standard will be explained.  Essential concepts will be reviewed, such as metrology, verification, validation, and accreditation.  Case studies will be provided on these concepts to provide practical examples of the concepts as applicable in the real-world.  Finally, traceability and measurement uncertainty will be discussed according to standards such as ANSI C63.5, SAE ERP 958, IEEE 291, and CISPR 16-1-6.  The presentation will conclude with a review of new antenna developments, including tips on which antenna to use for what measurement application, trade-offs in evaluating different antennas, and the new "balance test" for biconilog antennas.

·         Speaker: Doug Kramer, Lab Manager – Wireless, EMC and Calibration, ETS-Lindgren

·         Bio: Doug Kramer is the Manager of the Calibration/EMC/Wireless Labs for ETS-Lindgren in Cedar Park, Texas.  He has over 12 years of experience in managing a commercial test laboratory and providing test solutions to a variety of customers.  He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the outgoing Chair of TC1 of the IEEE EMC Society.  Doug supports the technical staff at ETS-Lindgren, many of whom are active contributors to the leading wireless industry organizations, including the WiMAX Forum®, CTIA – The Wireless Association®, 3GPP, and the Wi-Fi Alliance®.  Prior to joining ETS-Lindgren, Doug was the General Manager for the Nebraska Center for Excellence in Electronics (NCEE), the only full service EMC, environmental and safety product testing facility in Nebraska.  He is a contract Senior Assessor to ISO/IEC 17025 and is an iNARTE certified EMC Engineer, a member of the CISPR B working group and Vice Chair of the ANSI C63.5 working group.

May 21, 2014

·         IEEE PSES and EMC Colloquium

·         Presentations

·         Photos

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

·         Topic: High Power Electromagnetic Sources and Effects

·         Abstract: This presentation will cover:

o   An Introduction to Pulsed Power and HPEM Sources

o   Effects caused by HPEM sources: Electronic disruption-, upset-, and damage-effects

o   Research and experimental results into further understanding the upset-effects

o   Real-world examples on the application of HPEM sources

·         Speaker: Aaron Taylor

o   Bio: Aaron graduated from the University of Portland in 2007, where he commissioned into the Air Force and was assigned his first duty station at Kirtland AFB, NM in the High Power Microwave (HPM) Effects branch of the Air Force Research Lab.  In the HPM effects branch, Aaron performed electromagnetic susceptibility testing and characterization against various commercial-off-the-shelf electronic systems. While working in the labs, Aaron also completed his Masters in Electrical Engineering--applied electromagnetics--at the University of New Mexico in 2011.

In the summer of 2011, Aaron was stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH at his next assignment to work in the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC).  At NASIC, Aaron analyzed the capabilities of High Power Electromagnetic Sources and Effects being developed world-wide. After 2-years of working at NASIC, on August 31, 2013, Aaron separated from active duty Air Force to move back to the Portland area. He is currently a student at Portland State University while he is looking to transition his Air Force experiences and skills into the hi-tech industry of the local area.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

·         Topic: Wonderful Life: Why Science and Engineering Matter in our World

·         Speaker: Dr. Mark Utlaut from the University of Portland

o   Bio: Mark Utlaut was born and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. At an early age he was interested in Mathematics and Science, and thanks Nikita Khrushchev for launching Sputnik which caused the widespread support in the US for things he found interesting. He also thanks his mother and father for allowing him to read while eating breakfast. He has degrees in Physics and Mathematics, and continues to work on interesting problems.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

·         Event: Maker Faire at OMSI

·         Don Anderson suggested the Maker Faire at OMSI as a good social/tour event to attend. He will be exhibiting his Tesla coils and Jacobs ladder at the event.

·         More info on the Faire can be found at http://www.omsi.edu/maker-faire-pdx

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

·         Topic: OPEN SHOP, HIGH VOLTAGE

·         Abstract: I am planning an Open Shop High Voltage Demo of my Tesla Coil (3 foot arcs), a 750,000 volt Van de Graaff generator (hair raising 2 foot long sparks) and a large Jacobs Ladder. This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with hundreds of thousands of volts of electricity. Bring cameras if you wish, the Tesla Coil is bright, but the Van de Graaff is dimmer and a tripod is best, especially if you want time exposures. My large Tesla Coil that makes 5 to 6 foot long arcs will be on display, but not operating. It needs a wee bit of repair as some parts that should not have melted together, did melt together.

The Van de Graaff is called a "static electricity" generator, but this is a very, very poor term to use. My shop sits on top of the garage, and the garage door opener usually forgets where the door is after a Van de Graaff test. CONSIDER, an ESD event with 10 pF charged to 750 KV with a series resistance that is only the arc resistance, and the only inductance is the wire in the circuit. I now have the only Van de Graaff generator that I know of that has some EMI suppression built in, and it is not enough.

All sensitive electronic devices should be kept far away from these nefarious high voltage generators. (How far you ask? Consider Idaho)

My lab has room for only about 20 people at a time if we want to maintain a safety distance between you and the exceedingly high voltage.

We will have Pizza and Sodas but few tables so plan to stand and eat.

These devices may generate significant radiated energy so please be sensible if you have any implantable devices that may be affected like hearing aids, internal defibrillators etc. Either skip this meeting or stay far from the devices when operating!

We look forward to seeing you there.

·         Speaker: Don Anderson

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

·         Topic: EMI/EMC Filter Technical Presentation

·         Abstract: This talk will address the various types of industry wide custom EMI filters both single circuit components and multicircuit filter assemblies. Discussion will include Common Mode and Differential Mode interference and filtering techniques, MIL-PRF-28861 “S” Level requirements and problems and a review of EMI Filter Source Control/Specification Control Drawings.

·         Speaker: David Stanis

o   Bio: David has over forty years experience encompassing all aspects of EMI/EMC. After receiving his BSEE from Southern Massachusetts University in 1972, David went on to work for various companies involved in both commercial and military EMI/EMC testing and filter design. David returned to California in 1973 and held the position of EMC Test Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California working on the Viking spacecraft mission to Mars and the Voyager spacecraft mission to Jupiter and Saturn. Upon conclusion of the Voyager program David left JPL and went on to work for Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Filter Division, San Fernando Electric Filter Division, AVX / US Microtek Filters and the Filter Division of WEMS Electronics. Positions included Engineering Manager, Manager of New Product Development, Operations Manager and Division Marketing Manager. This vast experience provides David with a broad in-depth knowledge of EMI/EMC Requirements, EMI filter design and EMI filter manufacturing. David retired in 2008 after sixteen years as General Manager of the Filter Division at WEMS Electronics. Although retired, David continues to provide consulting services to WEMS Electronics.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

·         Topic: Introduction to EMC Antennas

·         Abstract: In this presentation, the speaker does a quick review of antenna concepts and parameters. The presentation is oriented towards engineers that never took an antenna class and those that took one many years ago. Dr. Rodriguez uses numerical simulations to help the audience visualize the difficult concepts and parameters related to antenna engineering. The presentation goes over the concept of an antenna, the mechanisms of radiation followed by the radiation patterns and all the different parameters that describe the radiation pattern. After an introduction of the basics concepts, Dr. Rodriguez provides a review of the most common antennas used in EMC testing. After the presentation, the audience should have a better understanding of antennas and antenna parameters.

·         Speaker: Vince Rodriguez, (Distinguished EMC Lecturer)

o   Bio: Vince Rodriguez attended The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), in Oxford, Mississippi, where he obtained his B.S.E.E. in 1994. Following graduation, Dr. Rodriguez joined the department of Electrical Engineering at Ole Miss as a research assistant. During that time he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. (both degrees in Engineering Science with an emphasis in Electromagnetics) in 1996 and 1999, respectively. After a short period as visiting professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dr. Rodriguez joined EMC Test Systems (now ETS-Lindgren) as an RF and Electromagnetics engineer in June 2000. During this time he was involved in E field generator design and the RF design of several anechoic chambers, including rectangular and taper antenna pattern measurement chambers - some of them operating from 100MHz to 40GHz. He was also the principal RF engineer for the anechoic chamber at the Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE), the largest chamber in Latin America and the only fully automotive, EMC and satellite testing chamber. In September 2004, Dr. Rodriguez took over the position of Senior Principal Antenna Design Engineer, placing him in charge of the development of new antennas for different applications and improvements to the existing antenna line. Since the fall of 2010 he has served as the company’s Antenna Product Manager. In this position Dr. Rodriguez oversees all technical and marketing aspects of the antenna products at ETS-Lindgren. Among the antennas developed by Dr. Rodriguez there are: broadband double and quad-ridged guide horns; high field generator horns; stacked LPDAs for automotive and military testing; and printed antennas for wireless testing. While mainly dedicated to antenna design, Dr. Rodriguez has continued being involved in anechoic chamber design such as the conical taper L-shaped range at the National University of Singapore, a secondary chamber for INPE in Brazil, and taper anechoic chambers for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.  Dr. Rodriguez is the author of more than 50 publications including journal and conference papers as well as book chapters. Dr. Rodriguez holds patents for hybrid absorber and for a dual ridge horn antenna. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and several of its technical societies. He is also a Senior Member of the Antenna Measurements Techniques Association (AMTA) as well as a past member of its board of directors. Dr. Rodriguez is a member of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society (ACES). He has served as a reviewer for the ACES Journal and for the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications (JEWA). He has served as chair of sessions at several conferences of the IEEE, AMTA, CPEM (conference on precision electromagnetic measurements) and ATMS (Antenna Test and Measurement Society). Dr. Rodriguez is a Full member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and of the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

·         Topic: Impedance and Inductance

·         Summary: We kicked off the new year with a recorded DVD presentation by Eric Bogatin

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

·         Topic: Shielding Effectively with Carbon Fiber

·         Summary: This presentation is based on a class Ken has prepared and is presenting to the mechanical engineers at Insitu.  It describes how to understand, maximize and enhance the shielding effectiveness of carbon fiber composites.  And yes, the EEs are signing up too.

·         Speaker: Ken Hillen from Insitu

·         Bio: Ken Hillen is the Chief Hardware Engineer and EMC SME for Insitu, a Boeing company located in the Columbia River Gorge.  Ken began his career many years ago at Tektronix after receiving a BSEE from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  As products became more digital he found he was spending more time dealing with EMC - and so it began.  He is an IEEE member and belongs to the EMC, Product Safety Engineering and Aerospace and Electronic Systems societies.  He is also a Toastmaster and belongs to two clubs in the Gorge. He is currently the Toastmasters Area 51 Governor.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

·         Topic: Introduction to SAR Testing and RF Exposure Regulatory Requirements

·         Summary: Presentation will cover the basics of SAR and RF exposure regulatory requirements along with demonstrations and a tour of Northwest EMC’s SAR chamber.

·         Speakers: Greg Kiemel, Director of Engineering and Jennifer Herrett, EMC Engineer of Northwest EMC

·         Bio: Greg Kiemel is the Director of Engineering at Northwest EMC. Greg has been instrumental in the development of wireless testing, product certification, and global approvals capabilities at Northwest EMC.  With more than 26 years of EMC experience, Greg is an iNARTE-certified EMC and ESD engineer, as well as a certified Master EMC Design Engineer.  Recognized as an expert in wireless approvals, he is active in ANSI ASC C63, and recently served as Chair of the TCB Council.  Greg completed a two-year term as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE EMC Society, and has been published in various technical journals.  Prior to his 18 years with Northwest EMC, he worked as the lead regulatory engineer in the personal computer division at Epson Portland, Inc. and as an EMC engineer at Tektronix, Inc.  Greg earned his BS in Engineering from Weber State University and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

·         Bio: Jennifer Herrett is an EMC Engineer at Northwest EMC, Inc.  She has 15 years of experience in the field of electromagnetic compatibility and has been working in the Northwest EMC, Inc. SAR lab since its installation in late 2010.  Starting as a student member, Jennifer has been a member of the IEEE for the last 20 years.  She has a BSEE, with a focus in communications and electronics, from the University of Portland.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

·         EMC Colloquium

·         Topic: EMC Essentials – from Grassroots to Advanced Design and Diagnostics

·         Topics covered:

·         Who’s afraid of Maxwell’s Equations

·         Fundamentals of Grounding Design: Part I

·         Fundamentals of Grounding Design: Part II

·         Transient Suppression and Protection Design

·         Speaker: Elya Joffe

·         Bio: Elya B. Joffe is Vice President of Engineering for K.T.M. Project Engineering, an engineering consulting company located in Israel. He has been involved in EMC design, development, and engineering since 1981. He is currently active as an EMC consulting specialist in the EMC design of commercial and military systems, from circuits to plat-forms and large-scale installations and facilities. His work covers EMC, EMP and Lightning Protection design, as well as numerical modeling for solution of EMC Problems. He is also well known for his EMC and EMC-related training programs. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE EMC Society, President of the EMC Society (2008-2009), and a past chairman of the Israel IEEE EMC Chapter.

In 2009, Elya published his book Grounds for Grounding which provides a complete and thorough approach to the subject of designing electrical and electronic circuits and systems, blending theory and practice to demonstrate how a few basic rules can be applied across a broad range of applications.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

·         Topic: Multimedia Equipment, ITE, and the New CISPR EMC Standards

·         Summary: The International Special Committee on Radio Interference is in the process of replacing CISPR 13, CISPR 20, CISPR 22, and CISPR 24.  Broadcast receivers and ITE will eventually be subject to the new ‘Multimedia Equipment’ standards CISPR 32 and CISPR 35.  Publication of CISPR 32 was successfully voted at the end of 2011; CISPR 35 is entering the voting stages in 2012.  This presentation will review the major changes in the new standards with a particular focus on the effects for testing ITE.

·         Speaker: Dave Arnett from HP

·         Bio: Dave Arnett is a US Technical Expert working within CISPR Subcommittee I, which creates and manages the EMC standards for broadcast receivers, ITE, and multimedia equipment.  He chairs the US CISPR/I Technical Advisory Group and has been an active participant in the development of the multimedia equipment standards.  Mr. Arnett is a Senior Member or the IEEE and an active member of the IEEE EMC society, where he has been a frequent speaker at symposia.  Dave is a resident of Vancouver, Washington and works at Hewlett-Packard.  He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University and Oregon State University, and is an iNARTE Certified EMC Engineer.  In his free time, he plays oboe in local orchestras, participates in Toastmasters International, and likes to try cooking new recipes.  Dave is the father of four and husband of one.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

·         Topic: Debugging Embedded Wireless EMI Problems

·         Abstract: As RF technologies become more ubiquitous, the embedded RF designer is challenged to make complex multi-domain measurements across the state logic, analog, and RF domains of their design.  Whether verifying RF performance during low battery simulations, adjusting range and timing of pulsed transmission, or attempting to correlate unintentional emissions to assure regulatory compliance, understanding the complex behavior in embedded RF designs has often required complex test setups and careful calibration.

New integrated tools that provide time correlated measurements across the embedded design are now available to simplify the most complex multi-domain challenges:

- Digital protocol command to RF event latencies in embedded RF designs
- Understanding VCO settling, timing, and turn-on attributes
- Correlating unintentional EMI harmonics to transient logic states and pulsed conditions

This technical presentation will discuss new measurement advances in the field of multi-domain measurement correlation.

·         Speaker: Darren McCarthy – Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager for RF Test at Tektronix

·         Bio: Darren has worked extensively in various Test and Measurement positions for the last 23 years including R&D engineer, R&D management, Product Planning, and Business Development.

During his career, he has also represented the US on several IEC Technical Committees for international EMC standards, and represented Tektronix on several international IEEE and Wireless Consortium Standards.

He holds a BSEE from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

·         Topic: Why use reverberation chambers for radiated emissions?

·         Abstract: Unlike a semi-anechoic chamber a reverberation chamber provides a test electromagnetic environment, as a superposition of plane waves with random phase, resulting from repeated reflections from conducting surfaces intentional formed to create a complex environment. The statistical isotropy, random polarization, and uniform electromagnetic environment of a reverberation chamber permit a robust, all aspect angle test without the requirement for rotation or translation of the equipment-under-test.  This talk will discuss the potential benefits of EMC testing in a reverberation chamber.

·         Speaker: Charles F. Bunting (Distinguished Lecturer)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

·         Topic: Evolution of Early Radio Design

·         Abstract: From sparks and crystals to tetrodes and superhetrodynes; the 1920’s represented a decade of unprecedented advances in radio technology and circuit design.  We’ll take a trip through evolution of broadcast radio designs of the period leading up to the advent of the superhetrodye receiver.  There will be working examples of wireless apparatus’ and early receiving sets from the beginning of public broadcast to the early 1930’s along with many of the components used during this era.  Join us for a look behind the knobs and the Bakelite panels.

·         Speaker: Blake Dietze

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

·         Topic: Automotive EMC

·         Abstract: This topic covers EMC approaches applied to automotive systems, from the conventional "legacy" systems to the latest developments in electric vehicle propulsion. There is discussion about the unique environment that automotive systems function in and how some of the methods used to meet automotive system functional requirements can determine the vehicle's EMC characteristics. Typical automotive EMC requirements are identified and examined, along with "case studies".

·         Speaker: Mark Stefka (Distinguished EMC Lecturer)

·         Biography: Mark Steffka, B.S.E., M.S., is with the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Engineering Group of General Motors (GM) Powertrain and is a faculty member of two universities. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department for the undergraduate and graduate classes on EMC. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit – Mercy and teaches undergraduate and graduate engineering courses on EMC. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), has served as an invited session chair for the IEEE EMC Symposium. His publications have covered topics on EMC and RFI. He is a co-author of the book “Automotive Electromagnetic Compatibility”.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

·         Topic: EMI in Space

·         Speaker: Bob Scully – from NASA

·         Since June, 2000, Mr. Bob Scully has been serving as the Johnson Space Center Electromagnetics Compatibility (EMC) Group Lead Engineer.  In that role, he is currently supporting multiple programs, including the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and Constellation. Mr. Bob Scully is currently serving as Senior Co-Chair of the Space Shuttle Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) Control Panel, and the Co-Chair of the Constellation E3 Working Group.  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 EMC Certification Program with the University of Missouri Rolla.  Within the EMC Society, Mr. Scully is currently serving as Vice President of Technical Services on the Board of Directors.  He previously served in all Officer positions for the Technical Activities Committee, Technical Committee 1, and Technical Committee 4. Mr. Scully has over 30 years in military and commercial aviation electrical and electronics engineering, and electromagnetics compatibility.  Mr. Scully and Elizabeth, his wife of 36 years, have two children. Donovan is an NCO in Special Forces (Green Beret), and has served four tours in Iraq.  Gayla is a Captain in Military Counterintelligence, and has served two tours in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

·         Topic: Quality considerations in Selecting a Calibration Supplier

·         Abstract: This talk provides information to enable those responsible for using outside calibration services to get good value. The talk will answer questions such as:
            Why calibrate instruments?
            What deliverables do you expect a calibration to provide?
            How important is the supplier scope-of-accreditation to me as calibration customer?
            Adjustments – When should they be performed? What does it take to perform adjustments?
The presenter will also explain how to compare supplier accreditation and provide comparisons of Calibration certificates and associated service of two sample suppliers.

·         Speaker: Bob Stern – from Agilent
Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin with BSEE and MSEE degrees. He has experience as an applications programmer and product-marketing manager for spectrum analyzers, RF & μW sources, NF Meters, and phase noise measurement systems. He was involved in many RF & μW ATE systems, business team leader for high frequency switch matrixes, and was one of Agilent's original representatives to the IVI (Interchangeable Virtual Instruments) Foundation.

Since 2003, Bob is the voting member for Agilent Technologies on the NSCLI standards writing committee 174, which sponsored, developed, and approved Z540.3. He recruited and worked closely with the Agilent experts that have developed the Agilent approach to Z540.3 compliance. Bob was a member of the NCSLI Z540.3 Handbook writing committee, and led the sub-group working on the Managed Guard-band compliance method.

He is presently leading efforts at Agilent to align calibration service deliverables with ISO 17025, ANSI Z540.3, and ILAC-G8.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

·         Topic: EMI Diagnostics using Real-time Technologies

·         Speaker: Darren McCarthy -
Darren McCarthy is the Worldwide RF Technical Marketing Manager for Tektronix. He has worked extensively in various Test and Measurement positions for over 20+ years including R&D engineer, R&D project manager, Product Planning, Business and Market Development.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

·         Topic: Mixed-Signal Isolation

·         Speaker: Bob Scully from NASA was originally scheduled but he is recovering from illness.
We will show an excellent video from Dr. Howard Johnson - (SiLab Volume III lab demos from High-Speed Noise & Grounding - More Black Magic)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

·         Topic: Engineering Aspects of PCB level EMC Design

·         The PCB design is a complex cooperation between electrical, mechanical, thermal, SI,
PI and EMC design. In a practical design, the EMC design engineer has to make trade-offs and understand the relative impact of different design choices. The lecture is an overview of the typical PCB design aspects and their role for the EMC performance. Among the aspects discussed are placement, stack-up, routing, decoupling, and grounding aspects. The design of the I/O ports, in order to pass the emissions and immunity tests is also discussed in greater detail.

·         Speaker: Sergiu Radu, Ph.D.; IEEE EMC Distinguished Lecturer;  Director, Hardware Development  at Oracle Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Design Engineering (formally Sun Microsystems)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

·         Topic: Applying the R&TTED to multi-function equipment and equipment incorporating wireless modules

·         Speaker: Mark Briggs, Chapter Chair

Mark Briggs works for Elliott Labs, An NTS Company (www.elliottlabs.com), a test lab, TCB and Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark has been involved in EMC and Radio testing for the last 15+ years.  He is part of Elliott's Notified Body and Telecommunications Certification Body group and is actively involved in the Telecommunications Certification Body Council and in various standards working groups for ANSI C63.10.  He is also chair for the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of the IEEE EMC Society. He considers himself very fortunate to be able to work from his home in Beaverton, Oregon.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

·         Topic: Howard Johnson's video presentation with Q/A after the presentation

·         Speaker: Dr. Howard Johnson

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

·         Topic: Developing Nano-scale Structures for EMC/EMI

·         Speaker: Ji Chen - Distinguished Lecturer

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

·         Topic: FAQs at the Test Lab - Greg will review some of the questions most frequently asked at the test lab.

·         Speaker: Greg Kiemel - Director of Engineering at Northwest EMC

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

·         Topic: The use of magnetics in EMC covering the basics of induction, coupling mode, filter topologies, simulation tools, measuring and application

·         Speaker: Dean Huumala of Wurth Electronics

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

·         Topic: Extracting Useful Information from Radiated Emission Test Site NSA and VNSA Data Sets
Paper presented at the 2007 IEEE EMC Symposium
Authors: Ed Blankenship, David Arnett, and Gary Town

Abstract: This paper explores historical and technical details of the radiated emission site attenuation techniques. We give an example of additional information beyond pass/fail that can be gleaned from the results. Our research demonstrates two ways to investigate test site anomalies, using variations on the standard site attenuation method.

·         Speaker: Ed Blankenship

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

·         Topic: "Searching for the Elusive Correction Factor between 3m and 10m Radiated Emissions Tests"
A paper presented at the 2009 EMC symposium in Austin written by Ed Blankenship, Dave Arnett and Sidney Chan.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

·         Topic: Utilizing Surveillance Techniques for EMC

·         Speakers: Applications Engineers Jim Blattner and Jeff Poole from Agilent

o    Every EMC department is in the same bind; A huge workload, limited range time, tight time to market schedules and limited budgets.  New, radically different receiver block diagrams utilized for surveillance work can be employed to find emissions thousands of times faster than traditional receivers and therefore greatly improving workload throughput.  This presentation will discuss these techniques and include a demonstration of a surveillance receiver.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

·         Topic: 3M discussing shielding and other products