Meeting Notice

The Southeastern Michigan IEEE EMC Society presents:


Antennas and Transmission Lines


Speaker: Mark Steffka


Date: June 16, 2011

Time: 5:30 PM



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

University of Michigan
School of Management
Fairlane Center
North - Room 110
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126

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Registration Deadline: 10 AM on the day of the event

Schedule of Events


5:30 – 6:00 Pizza and Refreshments provided by:  Underwriters Laboratories - Novi




6:00 – 7:00 Presentation

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

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"Antennas and Transmission Lines”

The effective and efficient use of radio frequency communication is solely dependent upon transferring electromagnetic energy to and from an antenna, and this energy transfer is also responsible for EMC issues. Many engineers today working in EMC (as well as those working in electronic system design/development) either have not had a formal background in antennas and transmission lines, or have not had an opportunity to practice their previous knowledge or skills in this area. Since these antennas and “antennas effects” can "make or break" a product's EMC compliance, or render communication systems non-functional - it is critical that there be an understanding of the physics involved in antenna and transmission line design and engineering. This presentation will consist of an explanation of antenna and transmission line theory, show the use of relevant mathematics in antennas, provide overview of computer methods to assist in antenna design, and show "real-life" examples.


Mr. Mark Steffka received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1981, and a M.S. from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1987.  He has almost 30 years of experience in the design and development of military, aerospace, and automotive electronics systems.  He is currently with General Motors’ Powertrain Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Group.  In 2000, he was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and in 2006, was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit – Mercy.  He regularly teaches at both universities with courses on EMC, antennas, and electronic communication systems.

He is the author and/or co-author of many publications on EMC, Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), and his paper to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Congress on “Engine Component Effects of Spark-Ignition Caused Radio Frequency Engineering (RFI)” was “Judged (by SAE) to be among the most outstanding SAE technical papers of 2007”.  He is an IEEE member and his professional activities include serving as a technical session chair for SAE and IEEE conferences, was the Technical Program Co-Chair for the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on EMC, and has been an instructor the symposium’s “Global EMC University”.  He has also been an invited speaker at IEEE and SAE conferences held in the United States and international locations.  He is a member of the ARRL’s EMC Committee, and holds the amateur radio call sign WW8MS.


Speaker: Mr. Mark Steffka


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