Meeting Notice

The Southeastern Michigan IEEE EMC Society presents:

“EMC Means More than Everyone Must Comply”

Presented By:

 Candace R. Suriano

John R. Suriano

Vino Pathmanathan

Date: October 15, 2009

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Fairlane Campus - U of M Dearborn (Map Code FCN)

University of Michigan
School of Management
Fairlane Center North - Room 117
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126

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Deadline: Noon on the day prior to the event

Schedule of Events


5:30 – 6:00 Pizza and Refreshments provided by:  



6:00 – 7:00 Presentation

The Chapter Presentation is a FREE event.  IEEE Non-Members Welcome!

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EMC, Electromagnetic Compatibility, is a growing field. Any industry that uses or produces electrical or electronic equipment has to worry about EMC laws, regulations, or specifications from customers or governments. EMC is more than a huge bureaucracy of regulations-- EMC is used to insure electronic devices do not interfere with other equipment and are not affected by other electrical equipment. EMC is more than running tests in a laboratory. Proficiency in EMC requires wide-ranging knowledge of electromagnetics, signal processing, and electronics. This presentation is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of immunity and emissions, EMC testing, and sources of EM noise. A practical example is used to illustrate some basic and surprising concepts of EMC. The demonstration uses light dimmer switches as a noise source. A radio tuner is used as the EMC noise receiver. A home-made current probe and an antenna are used to show how noise produced by the dimmer switches can produce radio interference. A small radio controlled car shows how different parts of a processor are susceptible to environmental noise. Some aspects of noise suppression and shielding are applied to show noise reduction techniques. This presentation introduces the audience to the multi-faceted and exciting field of electromagnetic compatibility.


Candace R. Suriano Bio:

CANDACE R. SURIANO received her doctorate in Electrical Engineering in 2003 from the University of Dayton. Candace is involved with consulting, IEEE Southeastern Michigan work and parenting under the auspices of Suriano Solutions. She is a member of the Kettering University Electrical Engineering Department Advisory Board. She has one patent in the area of EMC. Candace has been chair of the Basic Antenna and Probe Workshop at four of the IEEE EMC symposiums. Candace and John Suriano work together in many areas--they have had seven children and five papers together.

John R. Suriano Bio:

JOHN R. SURIANO received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering in 1992 from Purdue University. He works for Nidec Motors & Actuators. John has 13 patents and has authored numerous papers on electric machines and electromagnetic compatibility.

Vino Pathmanathan Bio:

Vino Pathmanathan received his BSEE in 1994 and his MSEE in 1996 from Wright State University in Dayton Ohio. He worked for ITT as an automation engineer and then as a controls engineer becoming an EMC test engineer in 1998. Vino then worked for Valeo. He next was in charge of the TRW EMC lab. Vino is currently working for ESG Automotive as a Sr. EMC Systems Engineer and as an EMC consultant. Vino's spare time is spent with the lovely and intelligent engineer Mrs. Gowry Pathmanathan and their son Prathossh.


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