Annual Chicago IEEE EMC MiniSymposium @ Holiday Inn
May 3 – May 4 all-day

This is a two-speaker event, and guaranteed to sell out quickly.  

First come-first served on this event, sign up ASAP for this once in a life-time event! 

..Four separate presentations include..

The Ground Myth

The term “ground” is probably the most misused and misunderstood term in EMC engineering, and in fact, in all of circuit design.  Ground is considered to be a zero potential region with zero resistance and zero impedance at all frequencies.  This is just not the case in practical high-speed designs.  The one thing that should be remembered whenever the term “ground” is used, is that “Ground is a place where potatoes and carrots thrive”! By keeping this firmly in mind, many of the causes of EMC problems would be eliminated.  This presentation discusses the origin of the word “ground”, what we really mean when we use the term “ground” and how to optimize our designs to achieve the over all goals for our reference strategy.

Decoupling PCB’s for EMC and Functionality in the Real World

Decoupling of power and ground-reference planes is an important issue for both EMI emissions control and for circuit functionality.  This topic has generated a lot of technical papers, and controversy.  While there has been a lot of attention on this topic, there is still significant confusion about the best strategy for decoupling.  This talk focuses on the sources of noise that the decoupling capacitors are intended to control, and the physics involved in the noise propagation, and how to properly analysis the decoupling capacitor performance.  The analysis  must be performed in BOTH the time domain and the frequency domain.  The frequency domain analysis is a steady state analysis, and will determine resonances, which are most useful for EMI emissions analysis.  The time-domain analysis is a transient analysis and will help determine how well the current is delivered to the IC, and ultimately, how large (or small) the generated noise pulse will become.    Real-world examples of measurements, as well as computer simulations are used to demonstrate the optimal decoupling strategy

Using real-time spectral analysis to visualize, measure, and troubleshoot EMI signals in a completely different way

You can’t find or fix what you can’t see! Troubleshooting and localizing intermittent signals or multiple layers of broadband and narrowband signals can be frustrating even for the most seasoned EMC troubleshooter or RF engineer. In this presentation Lee will discuss the capabilities of different types of spectral analysis technologies, and then demonstrate how real-time analysis can literally make previously-hidden signals leap into plain view.  His presentation will include live, real-time measurements of realistic intermittent, broadband, narrowband sources such as switching power supplies, PWM motor drives, digital peripherals, as well as Bluetooth and class D audio amplifiers.  Even If you have already heard or read about real-time spectral analysis, this is a great chance to see in person why engineers say “wow, did you see that!” when seeing it for the first time in person

”  Practical RF measurement and probing tools & techniques for EMC troubleshooting and RF test maintenance

Lee will sharing the secrets of some of his favorite EMC sleuthing tools that he has been using over the past 30 years to uncover the most elusive EMI problems. He’ll discuss and demonstrate a number of different types of commercially available miniature noise injectors, handheld near-field probes, current probes, voltage probes, as well as their theory of operation. For engineers more interested in measurement and test, Lee will also describe and demo how you can put together a simple return loss test setup that can identify hidden or emerging failures in RF cables, adapters, and attenuators. For EMC engineers and labs who already have access to a spectrum analyzer with an internal tracking generator, this is a great way to leverage existing equipment.  You won’t want to miss this practical session packed with recommendations on practical tools and techniques

We look forward to see you at our annual event

Vendors as of 3/28/2016

  • Electronic Instrument Associates Central, Inc
  • ETS-Lindgren, Inc.
  • Ophir – RF, Inc.
  • Elite Electronic Engineering, Inc.
  • EMSCAN, Inc.
  • Tec-Rep
  • In-Compliance 
  • AE Techron, Inc.
  • DLS Electronic Systems
  • Fair-Rite
  • AR RF/Microwave
  • Rohde & Schwarz
  • Ametek Compliance Test Solutions
  • Pearson Electronics, Inc.
  • Liberty Calibration
  • Langer EMV-Technik GmbH
  • Underwriters Labs
  • TRS-Rentelco

Form for attendees

Form for vendors

Note, this is at the Holiday Inn, Itasca.  Vendor locations assigned as received
Programs printed on 4/2/2016

Holiday Inn information

Rate: $109.00 plus tax (11%) per room, per night, rate includes Breakfast!

-Full-American Breakfast Buffet $5.00 additional per person, per day

Link& Instructions:

  1. Click the following link to book directly online at the group rate HERE

Make sure the correct stay dates are chosen by scrolling through the calendar, and that the Group Code field says “EMS

  1. Call Central Reservations at 1-800-HOLIDAY (465-4329), and ask to set up a reservation at the Holiday Inn Itasca. 

When speaking with a reservations agent, make sure to mention you are booking with the “I-EEE Mini Symposium” block.

2nd Annual IEEE Chicago/Milwaukee Fellows Gala @ Mission Hills Country Club
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Platinum Sponsor

University of Chicago Medicine

Read about the 2016 Fellows on the Region 4 website


6:00 Cocktails and selection of hors d’oeuvre. (Each attendee will receive two tickets redeemable for beverages)

7:00 Opening Remarks

Introduction of 2016 IEEE Fellows

  • Danilo Erricolo, University of Illinois at Chicago, For contributions to electromagnetic scattering and associated computational algorithms
  • Sudip Mazumder, University of Illinois at Chicago, For contributions to analysis and control of power electronic systems
  • Pengjun Wan, Illinois Institute of Technology, For contributions to scheduling and resource allocation in wireless networks
  • Maryellen Giger, University of Chicago, For contributions to computer aided biomedical imaging and diagnosis
  • Nam Sung Kim, University of Wisconsin (Madison), For contributions to circuits and architectures for power-efficient microprocessors

7:30 Family-Style Dinner with choice of vegetarian or meat entrée

  • Escarole and Bean Soup
  • Victoria House Tossed Salad
  • Entrée choice of: Rigatoni with Marinara Sauce, Chicken Breast Vesuvio, Beef Chateau
  • Vesuvio potatoes and peas and onions
  • Dessert: Chef’s choice selections from trays
  • Beverages: White or red wine at tables

8:15 Remarks by Dr. Bruce Hajek, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Bruce Hajek received the BS in Mathematics and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and the PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1979 he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hajek pursues basic research in the area of modeling, analysis, and optimization in communication systems and networks. His recent research has focused on resource allocation based on game theory, peer-to-peer network protocols, and inference in networks. He received the IEEE Kobayashi Award for Computer Communications and the ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award, and he is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

This talk will focus on theory and practice of combinatorial auctions and their application to the sale of wireless spectrum licenses. As new wireless applications emerge worldwide, the wireless industry and government regulators are looking to reallocate wireless spectrum to better match the demand. Combinatorial auctions can play an effective role in the allocation process, but important implementation and theoretical issues remain.

9:00 Closing remarks

9:15 to 10:00 Cash bar

Fellows Committee:

  • Milwaukee: Ram Bhatia, Russ Meier;
  • Chicago: John Dallesasse, Amitava Ghosh, Gary Johnson (chair), Wanda Reder, Mohammad Shahidehpour and Vickie Peters, Chicago Section Advisory Committee &Region 4 Special Projects Coordinator
  • The Fellows Committee gratefully acknowledges the generous support by the IEEE Chicago and Milwaukee Sections and Region 4

Musical entertainment throughout the evening by Samuel Levine, an accomplished violinist and PhD candidate at Michigan State University, performing selections from the classical repertoire.

Chicago Section Board Meeting @ Devry University - Room A230
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chicago Section Board Meeting – Open to all IEEE members

PES – Wind Power
May 11 @ 7:07 pm – 8:07 pm
IAS – Chiller plant tour @ Merchandise Mart
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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