EMC Basics+ Workshop


IEEE Southeastern Michigan: Chapter VIII (EMC)


Southeastern Michigan IEEE EMC Chapter technical meeting.


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9am -12pm

Basics + of Oscilloscopes

Oscilloscopes are the most used tool in the EMC toolbox. With a scope, voltage spikes, current spikes, jitter, eye diagrams and communication snafus can be understood. Join David Van Kainen,  for a hands on introduction to the Basics of Oscilloscopes, the most versatile tool you can't do without, a scope!

12:30pm - 2:30pm

EMC Overview

EMC means more than Everyone Must Comply, it is also known as ElectroMagnetic Compatibility. EMC is the measurement, classification, analysis, and correction of electromagnetic interference.  If your speakers buzz from rectified cell phone signals, or a light dimmer disrupts your favorite radio station, and even when your laundry creates a static discharge that wakes up your computer, it is time to learn some basics of EMC. Join Candace and John Suriano as they use demos and equations including exploding balloons to explain the basics of EMC!   

2:45pm - 5pm

Basics of Antennas

Our world is full of electronic devices with the potential to malfunction in severity from annoying to dangerous.  Electrical signals from one device can inadvertently cause another device to react in unpredictable ways.  Wires attached to devices for communications and connections can send out or receive destructive energy as they act as antennas. This is the subject of electromagnetic compatibility.  This presentation by Mark Steffka explains the basics of how wires become antennas and is supplemented by several engaging demonstrations.


Mark Steffka, B.S.E., M.S. is a Lecturer (at the University of Michigan - Dearborn), an Adjunct Professor (at the University of Detroit – Mercy) and had 20 years experience as an automotive company Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Technical Specialist before joining the Vehicle Antennas group as a technical leader.  His university experience includes teaching undergraduate, graduate, and professional development courses on EMC, antennas, and electronic communications. His extensive industry background consists of over 30 years’ experience with military and aerospace communications, industrial electronics, and automotive systems. Mr. Steffka is the author and/or co-author of numerous technical papers and publications on EMC presented at various Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) conferences. He has also written about and has been an invited conference speaker on topics related to effective methods in university engineering education. He is an IEEE member, has served as a technical session chair for SAE and IEEE conferences and has served as an IEEE EMC Society Distinguished Lecturer. He holds a radio communications license issued by the United States’ Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and holds the call sign WW8MS.

Candace Suriano is a graduate of GMI Engineering & Management Institute (BSME) and has graduate degrees from Purdue University (MSME, MSE) and the University of Dayton (Ph.D.). She is the author of numerous papers and magazine articles on electromagnetic compatibility, and she chaired an antennas and probes workshop at several IEEE EMC symposia. Her interests are in the areas of electromagnetic compatibility and electromagnetic modeling. Candace is a mom with interests in MOM. She may be contacted at: candacesuriano@gmail.com .

John Suriano is a graduate of GMI Engineering & Management Institute (BSEE) and has graduate degrees from Purdue University (MSEE, PhD). With Candace, he has authored numerous papers and magazine articles on electromagnetic compatibility. His interests are in the areas of electromagnetic compatibility and electromagnetic modeling. John supervises the EMC testing lab of Nidec Automotive Motor Americas. John can be reached at: jrsuriano@gmail.com

David Van Kainen, BSEE (Lawrence Institute of Technology) has been responsible for sales/sales management for the last 25 years working for hi-tech manufacturers of sensors, data acquisition, digital storage oscilloscopes and automation equipment.  In 2015, he became a founding partner at Superior Measurement Solutions, Inc. a Manufacturer’s Representative serving in large part the automotive industry, including R&D and validation efforts toward autonomous vehicles.

David was introduced to sales as an Application Engineer for a manufacturer of signal conditioners, analog computers and data acquisition systems servicing process control industries.  When walkie talkies were introduced to the plants and caused havoc to process control instrumentation, RFI/EMI finally became a concern!  These were formative years in learning old school design and trouble-shooting techniques before digital-based solutions became mainstream in commercial applications.   Understanding that simply solving customer problems most often led to “sales” is what helped David discover his passion that has now led to business ownership. David can be contacted at: David.VanKainen@smsreps.com .

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    Candace & John Suriano                        Mark Steffka                                    David Van Kainen

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  • 27007 Hills Tech Ct
  • Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • United States 48331
  • Building: Teledyne LeCroy Automotive
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  • Starts 03 January 2019 02:00 PM
  • Ends 06 February 2019 12:00 PM
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