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On July 26, 2005 The Southeastern Michigan IEEE EMC Society Chapter

 Proudly Presents

"Practical Automotive EMC Test and Design"

This FREE half-day course will consist of a three part technical seminar. The goal of the seminar presentations is to provide practical information for the EMC engineer, designer or technician to actually use on the job! Following the technical seminar, a reception with the speakers will be held. Demonstrations of the material presented will be conducted. Participants can informally meet with the speakers and view these hands on demonstrations that are designed to "drive home" the material presented. Heavy appetizers and refreshments will be served. A raffle will be held at the conclusion of the reception. Sponsored by the SE Michigan EMC Chapter, these door prizes are sure to be a winner! Drop your business card in the bowl on the registration desk and enter to win the raffle. You must be present to win, of course!

July 26, 2005

(Please DO NOT use the Guest field on the registration form)

James Young PDF

No registrations at the door.

Featuring industry renowned speakers:

Vince Rodriguez, ETS-Lindgren

Radar Frequency Pulse Test for Automotive Components

 James Young, Rohde & Schwarz

How to Improve the Accuracy of EMC Measurements in the Automotive Environment

Mark Steffka, General Motors & U of M Dearborn

Automotive EMC Design, Troubleshooting, and Test Techniques: A Practical Approach!

This is a FREE event Sponsored by ETS-Lindgren, Rohde & Schwarz, U of M Dearborn and the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society.


Fairlane Campus - U of M Dearborn

(Map Code FCN)

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

Driving Directions

Speaker information:

Dr. Vicente Rodríguez-Pereyra attended the University of Mississippi where he obtained his B.S.E.E. in 1994. During the fall of 1994, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Mississippi as a research assistant. He was involved in projects regarding reduction of cross-talk in high speed digital circuits as part of an Army Research Office grant and on the use of the Finite Difference Time Domain technique in antenna analysis. During this period he completed his Master of Science and Doctorate in the area of Engineering Science with an emphasis on Electromagnetic Theory in 1996 and 1999, respectively. In August 1999, Dr. Rodríguez joined the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Formerly Texas A&I University) as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In June 2000, Dr. Rodríguez left the academic world when he joined EMC Test Systems (now ETS-Lindgren) as an RF and Electromagnetics engineer. In September 2004, Dr. Rodríguez took over the position of Senior Principal Antenna Design Engineer, placing him in charge of the development of new antennas for different applications and improvements to the existing antenna product line. Dr. Rodríguez's interests are Numerical Methods in Electromagnetics, especially when applied to antenna design and analysis. Since his association with ETS-Lindgren, Dr. Rodríguez's interest has spread to the use of these numerical techniques in designing EMC and RF/MW absorber. Dr. Rodríguez is the author of more than twenty publications including journal and conference papers as well as book chapters. Dr. Rodriguez holds a patent for hybrid absorber design; additionally, he has a patent pending for a new dual ridge horn antenna design for EMC applications. Dr. Rodríguez is a member of the IEEE and several of its technical societies including the MTT and the EMC societies. Dr. Rodríguez is an active member of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society (ACES). He is an Associate Editor of the ACES Journal and chair of the member communications committee of ACES. Dr. Rodriguez has served as a reviewer for the ACES Journal and for the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications. He has co-chaired a session during the 2003 ACES symposium and workshops during the 2002 and 2004 IEEE EMC annual symposia. Dr. Rodríguez is a Full member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and of the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society.

James Young is the sales and marketing manager for Rohde & Schwarz EMI products in the Americas. His engineering background includes system, circuit, ASIC and FPGA design for various communication products. He has also held product management and marketing positions with Cadence (Tality) in San Jose, CA, ParkerVision in Jacksonville FL, and Signal Space Design in Salt Lake City, UT. He holds a BSEET from Weber State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Mark Steffka, B.S.E., M.S., has over 25 years of experience in military, aerospace, and automotive electronics. He is currently with the EMC Engineering Group of General Motors (GM) Powertrain, and an adjunct faculty member with the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department. His publications include topics on Automotive EMC, Automotive Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), and EMC Education. He is also an amateur radio operator and received his first license in 1975.


July 26, 2005 Schedule






Welcome by Dr. Shridhar, Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments - U of M Dearborn



Radar Frequency Pulse Test for Automotive Components. Speaker: Dr. Vince Rodriguez




How to Improve the Accuracy of EMC Measurements in the Automotive Environment. Speaker: James Young




Automotive EMC Design, Troubleshooting, and Test Techniques: A Practical Approach Speaker: Mark Steffka



Reception with heavy appetizers and refreshments



Door Prizes, End


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Note: The scheduled times and order of speakers may be subject to change without advance notice.

The Program

Sessions will cover the following:

James Young" "The Spectrum Analyzer versus The EMI Receiver" (advantages and disadvantages of each type of equipment), plus, the problems and benefits of using low noise amplifiers for increased sensitivity will be reviewed. Preamplifiers in particular will be discussed. It is common to use external preamplifiers for all frequency ranges for automotive testing. There can be errors induced from preamplifiers. How to detect potential measurement errors caused by these preamplifiers will also be addressed

Vicente Rodríguez-Pereyra: "Radar Frequency Pulse Test for Automotive Components" by Vince Rodriguez, Senior Principal Antenna Engineer ETS-Lindgren, (co-authored by Hans-Peter Bauer, Senior Project Manager R&S, and Brian Bierma, EMC Manager Delphi). This presentation introduces the EMC engineer to the problems of generating 600V/m pulses at two different bands. The paper presents measured data that shows the effects of the conductive top bench on the two polarizations. The measurement of the power and field at these frequencies in a pulse waveform is also discussed. Other interesting aspects of high fields generation in the near field of antennas are presented.

Mark Steffka: "Automotive EMC Design, Troubleshooting, and Test Techniques: A Practical Approach!". In automotive EMC work, it is important to be able to quickly and effectively identify the key issues. Many times this identification can be done by conducting a few basic tests that do not require complex (and/or expensive!) test equipment or test facilities. This has the advantage of defining where and how a more in-depth investigation can be conducted, resulting in an efficient use of more extensive resources. This session will identify some of those basic tests, types of equipment required, and examples of data that can be obtained from those tests. Demonstrations will be conducted, illustrating the points in the discussion, and providing a "hands-on" opportunity to "experience" the tests.

Several demonstrations and practical examples will be used to illustrate the principles and techniques being discussed.


Event Registration Link

No registrations at the door.


You must complete this registration form on line by July 17, 2005 in order to secure your seat at this seminar. No registrations will be accepted at the door.  There is no charge to attend this seminar, but a completed registration form must be on file in order to be admitted to the seminar. Seating is limited; seating will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. NOTE: The speakers and program may be subject to change without prior notice.



Committee Co-Chair
Kimball Williams
Denso International America Inc

Committee Co-Chair
Dr. M. Shridhar
University of Michigan - Dearborn

Proceedings & Arrangements
Janet O'Neil

Registrations & Website
Scott Lytle
Yazaki North America
6800 N. Haggerty Road
Canton, Michigan 48187
734-983-6012, fax 734-983-6013

Matt Feusse
Yazaki North America
6800 N. Haggerty Road
Canton, Michigan 48187
734-983-6004, fax 734-983-6005

William Gilmore
Auburn Hills, MI
(248) 576-5813


This is a FREE event Sponsored by ETS-Lindgren, Rohde & Schwarz, U of M Dearborn and the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society.


The SE Michigan EMC Chapter is grateful for the support provided by Rohde & Schwarz and ETS-Lindgren for providing the technical experts, equipment to support the demonstrations, and for funding the printing of the program and catering during the seminar. In addition, our gratitude goes to the University of Michigan at Dearborn for providing the excellent conference facilities and for establishing an undergraduate course in EMC complemented by an on campus EMC laboratory