The Southeastern Michigan IEEE EMC Society Chapter Proudly Presents

EMC Fest '2014 

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May 8, 2014

"Novel and Practical Approaches to EMC Design and Troubleshooting"

 Location: Canton Summit on the Park, Canton, Michigan

  Map Link: 46000 Summit Parkway

Canton, Michigan 48188

Early registration ends April 24

Important Registration Information - Please read First!





Industry renowned speaker:

Mr. Doug Smith

The Canton Summit on the Park

Speaker: Doug Smith


Technical Program


Topic 1, 0830 - 1000: General lab measurements, how to avoid errors.

This section covers a number of ways errors can creep into lab measurements, especially those done with oscilloscopes in the time domain as well as current probes in the frequency domain. Those in attendance will see how these errors occur and what to do to minimize them.

Topic 2, 1030-1200 - Quick bench top emissions testing with demos on live circuits.

Quick tests that can be done on the development bench to minimize risk of an EMC test failure. Three techniques will be covered than do not require expensive or hard to get test equipment. Lots of data and experiments here.

Topic 3, 1300-1430 - Switching Circuit Noise: How to avoid EMC and operational problems from supplies, class D amps, PWM controllers, and more.

Switching power supplies have cause lots of noise problems in electronic circuits. The four modes of noise generation are covered and how these relate to system operation and EMC compliance. The fourth mode is not generally known but is the worst one, causing many problems that can be difficult to find. All modes will be discussed and recommendations made including which inductor designs should be avoided and which are recommended.

Topic 4, 1500-1630 - Electrical Resonances in Physical Structures: A novel approach to solving EMC emissions and immunity problems.

Thinking of electronic systems as a collection of resonant circuits is a novel way to troubleshoot operational and EMC problems. People in attendance will see demonstrated a unique way to track down design problems by first measuring and then addressing resonant circuits in the physical structure of electronic systems.




Mr. Smith held an FCC First Class Radiotelephone license by age 16 and a General Class amateur radio license at age 12. He received a B.E.E.E. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1969 and an M.S.E.E. degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1970. In 1970, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff. He retired in 1996 as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. From February 1996 to April 2000 he was Manager of EMC Development and Test at Auspex Systems in Santa Clara, CA. Mr. Smith currently is an independent consultant specializing in high frequency measurements, circuit/system design and verification, switching power supply noise and specifications, EMC, and immunity to transient noise. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a former member of the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors.

His technical interests include high frequency effects in electronic circuits, including topics such as Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), Electrical Fast Transients (EFT), and other forms of pulsed electromagnetic interference. He also has been involved with FCC Part 68 testing and design, telephone system analog and digital design, IC design, and computer simulation of circuits. He has been granted over 15 patents, several on measurement apparatus.

Mr. Smith has lectured at Oxford University, The University of California Santa Barbara, The University of California Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, AT&T Bell Labs, and internationally at many public and private seminars on high frequency measurements, circuit design, ESD, and EMC. He is author of the book High Frequency Measurements and Noise in Electronic Circuits. His very popular website, (, draws many thousands of visitors each month to see over 250 technical articles as well as other features.

He also provides consulting services in general design, EMC, and transient immunity (such as ESD and EFT), and switching power supply noise. His specialty is solving difficult problems quickly, usually within a couple of days. His work has included digital and analog circuits in everything from large diesel powered machinery to IC chip level circuits. His large client base includes many well known large electronic and industrial companies as well as medium sized companies and start-up companies.


May 8, 2014 Tentative Schedule


Proposed Topics for EMC Fest 2014 Doug Smith

Vendor Table Setup 6:00 am 8:30 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Topic 1: 8:30 am 10:00 am General lab measurements, how to avoid errors

Vendor Tables: 10:00 am 10:30 am

Topic 2: 10:30 am 12:00 pm Quick bench top emissions testing with demos on live circuits

Buffet Lunch: 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Topic 3: 1:00 pm 2:30 pm Switching Circuit Noise: How to avoid EMC and operational problems from supplies, class D amps, PWM controllers, and more

Vendor Tables 2:30 pm 3:00 pm

Topic 4: 3:00 pm 4:30 pm Electrical Resonances in Physical Structures: A novel approach to solving EMC emissions and immunity problems

Reception: 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Note: The scheduled times may be subject to change without advance notice.


Participants can earn 0.6 Continuing Education Units or 6 Professional Development Hours from the IEEE, if they have an engineering background for just an extra 25 dollars.  Just pick CEU Certificate $25 from the drop down menu on the registration page.  After EMC Fest, you will be sent an email with info detailing the CEUs you have earned, as well as a printable PDF certificate.  


** continental breakfast will include a mini baked goods assortment, bagels and cream cheese and fresh fruit. Coffee, tea and water

**Lunch will be Petit Sandwich Assortments, Grilled vegetable lasagna, Apple bourbon meatballs, and a traditional Summer Chopped salad. A gluten free sandwich option is available upon request.


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Tabletop exhibits will be open during registration, lunch, all breaks, and the reception. Access to tabletop displays is available during the sessions, but the displays may not be manned during those times.

Hotel Information


HAMPTON INN & Suites in Canton is offering reduced room rates for reservations. Special Room rates of $139.00 are available (standard room), plus tax.  Internet, Lifetime Fitness exercise pass and breakfast are free. There are a LIMITED number of hotel rooms at this price. You must mention "EMC" to get this special rate and reserve your room by April 27. After which rooms and rates are subject to availability. The Canton Comfort Suites Hotel is located 11 miles from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.  From I-275 take exit #25 (Ford Road/Mi-153) West. Travel approximately 1/4 of a mile to Haggerty Road. Turn left on Haggerty Road and proceed approximately 400 yards. Hampton Inn will be on the left .

Contact 734-844-1111 to make arrangements. Airport shuttle is available every 60 minutes 24/7 for FREE through the hotel.  Call 734-844-1111 for pickup at ground transportation.  A free Hotel shuttle will also be available to and from the Summit.



IEEE Members Registered Before April 24


Non-Members Registered Before April 24


IEEE Student Members Before April 24


Vendor Extra Staff Before April 24


Retired / Unemployed IEEE Members Before April 24


CEU Certificate*


Extra Copy of Program Slides Booklet*


All Registrations after April 24




* Requires additional use of registration system.


IEEE EMCFest Committee



Committee Member
Kimball Williams


Continuing Education
Candace Suriano
Suriano Solutions


Vendor Exhibits & Dinner
Robert Neff


Registrations & Website
Scott Lytle
Yazaki North America

Matt Feusse
Yazaki North America
6800 N. Haggerty Road
Canton, Michigan 48187



Michael Tykoski
Yazaki North America





The registration fee includes one copy of the EMC Fest Proceedings, continental breakfast, lunch, and reception. The organizing committee reserves the right to substitute speakers, restrict size, or to cancel the EMC Fest. In the event EMC Fest is canceled by the organizing committee, registration fees will be fully refunded. Individuals that cancel their registration prior to April 24 will receive a full refund. No refunds will be made to individuals who cancel their registration after April 24. Attendance is limited. Registration will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.


Registrations must register online by using the on line EMC Fest 2014 REGISTRATION FORM



IEEE EMC Fest '2014
c/o Scott Lytle
Yazaki North America
6800 N. Haggerty Road
Canton, MI 48187


Sponsored by the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society.


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