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Expert in Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC): Design Analysis, Testing/Troubleshooting, Consulting & Training

Expert ID: 724995 California, USA

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Expert's competency lies in all aspects of product design related to electromagnetic compatibility with nearly 40 years of applied EMC engineering design. This includes both conducted fields and radiated emissions plus immunity requirements for North America, Europe and world-wide regulatory approvals. He specializes in providing design and layout review for any type of printed circuit board from the schematic level (review and analysis), design and layout plus system level design, integration and certification.

Any aspect of system design and engineering is analyzed from component level to system integration regardless of product application of environment of use. He is well versed in system level design and has been engaged as an expert witness on numerous with a winning track record.
In addition, many professional training courses are provided, all with a focus on fundamental concepts for those entering the field of EMC or as a refresher course for senior engineers.

If a product fails EMI, ESD or immunity tests, Expert provides professional troubleshooting services from the component/silicon and printed circuit board level through I/O and chassis design. Cost-effective solutions are identified and implemented.

For companies that require CE approval on industrial products that cannot be taken to an EMC test facility, in situ testing using the Technical File route is easily achieved at low cost. Examples of products with extensive expertise include semiconductor manufacturing equipment and other large-scale industrial systems.

The expert has also authored 5 popular textbooks on the subject of EMC and system design with international translations and is an ISO/IEC 17025:2017 assessed EMC test laboratory

He provides expert design analysis for printed circuit boards from the schematic level through production related to signal integrity and to minimize development of unintentional common-mode current (EMI) to achieve FCC and CE approvals. In addition, consulting services include full system integration of sub-assemblies, not just printed circuit boards.He provides expert testing and troubleshooting assistance to achieve EMC/ESD compliance. If a product fails compliance certification, he works with design engineers and/or the test laboratories to identify problem areas and implement cost effective solutions which saves the client a significant amount of money and quicker product release.He is an assessed EMC test laboratory to ISO 17025 for companies that require in situ testing to achieve CE compliance to the EMC Directive, with a focus on semiconductor manufacturing and industrial equipment using the Technical File route.He provides professional training seminars on a variety of EMC topics worldwide. All courses are either one or two days in length and can be tailored to the end user and seminars are taught privately in-house or sponsored by a company

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Salinas, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1979 Degree: BS Subject: Electronic Engineering Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Year: 1979 Degree: BS Subject: Computer Science Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Year: 1983 Degree: MS Subject: Engineering Management Institution: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1991 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Consultant / Owner Department: EMC Responsibilities: Expert is the principal consultant and owner responsible for all aspects of this company's operation with an expertise in EMC consulting, training, test and troubleshooting.
Years: 1988 to 1991 Employer: Various companies in Silicon Valley Title: Senior Regulatory Compliance Engineer Department: EMC Responsibilities: He was responsible for all regulatory compliance on systems; product safety and electromagnetic compatibility. Oversaw the design of printed circuit boards and systems architecture to achieve EMC.
Years: 1987 to 1988 Employer: Title: Staff Engineer Department: Regulatory Compliance Responsibilities: He was responsible for the management of regulatory compliance approvals as well as design engineering. He designed and installed an EMC test laboratory and provided legacy engineering services to numerous product lines.
Years: 1985 to 1987 Employer: MIPS Computer Title: Senior Regulatory Compliance Engineer Department: EMC Regulatory Responsibilities: He was responsible for product safety and electromagnetic compatibility on local area network systems and workstations.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Taiwan Summary: He provided extensive design, testing and analysis on automotive products to achieve rigid EMC requirements, mainly at the printed circuit board level. In addition, training on how to achieve EMC was performed.
Years: to Present Country / Region: China Summary: He provided extensive consulting services in the design of high-end telecommunication equipment. Services include the design and layout on printed circuit boards, power delivery systems, packaging, and EMI testing. In addition, training on how to achieve EMC is conducted in numerous cities.
Years: to Present Country / Region: Malaysia Summary: He provides design reviews and analysis on high-end test instrumentation and telecommunication products. He teaches professionally for CPD Advancement Centre, a training company giving multiple public seminars several times a year.
Years: to Present Country / Region: Singapore Summary: He continues to provide design reviews and analysis on various information technology equipment and military systems. He teaches professionally for several professional third-party training companies giving multiple public seminars several times a year.
Years: to Present Country / Region: Germany Summary: He provides design reviews and analysis on electrical products to help the client company achieve EMC. In addition, training on how to achieve EMC occurs on a frequent basis.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IEEE Affiliations and Societies:
-Senior member;
-IEEE Board of Directors (Undisclosed)
-Division VI Director of the IEEE;
-Board Member of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMCS);
-Founder and First President of the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES);
-Board Member and Co---Founder of the IEEE Systems Council;
-Past Member of the IEEE Press Board;
-Past Member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board.
Licenses / Certifications
iNARTE Master EMC Design Engineer;
iNARTE Assessed EMC Test Engineer
Awards / Recognition
IEEE EMC Society-Honorary Life Member;
Laurence G. Cummings for outstanding service to the IEEE EMC Society;
Technical Achievement for outstanding EMC education;
Past Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE EMC Society
Publications and Patents Summary
Seventeen technical papers presented at IEEE International Symposiums and published on EMC
Two papers published in the Transactions of the IEEE EMC Society

Author - Five textbooks on EMC with translations in Chinese, Japanese and Korean plus two co-authored books
• Printed Circuit Board Design Techniques for EMC Compliance,
• EMC and the Printed Circuit Board - Design, Theory and Layout Made Simple
• Testing for EMC Compliance - Approaches and Technique
• EMC Made Simple-Printed Circuit Board and System Design
• Electronics Packaging Handbook. Contributing Author
• Printed Circuits Handbook. Contributing Author

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Several engagements have occurred, all with success. One dealt with a very large patent infringement claim, another regarding a dispute between companies over a design concern, and an inter partes.
- Expert witness for defendant, et al. Case was decided in favor of Intel, my client
-Google inter partes matter (grounded heatsink analysis) Research and analysis to proceed with submittal of potential IPR
-Design dispute between two companies, settled out of court. Deposition given which was cause for successful settlement in favor of my client
-Patent design dispute (2016) Witness for (Undisclosed)- matter settled in favor of (Undisclosed) for non-infringement
-Plaintiff withdrew complaint after disclosure of my CV to them as an expert witness
-Design dispute over thermal problems within a printed circuit board and manufacturing issues. Deposition given. (Binding Arbitration, Settled in favor of my client)
Training / Seminars
Numerous seminars related to the field of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Most popular courses are: "EMC Made Simple", "Printed Circuit Board Design for Signal Integrity and EMC Compliance", "Grounding, Shielding and Filtering for Low-Noise System Level Reduction", "Testing for EMC Compliance", and "System Level Design for EMC Compliance". All courses are provided in-house. Custom courses are available on request.

He teaches for the University of California Santa Cruz extension program in addition to international training companies as well as international EMC conferences.
Vendor Selection
He procures test instrumentation as required for in situ EMC testing and certification. Teaming opportunity have been established with other professional consultants to provide optimal consulting services including product safety approval associated with Hazard Based Safety Engineering principles.
Marketing Experience
As a member of the Board of Directors of both the IEEE (2009-2010) and the IEEE EMC Society (2005-date), he keeps abreast of current trends, rules, regulations, requirements and technology related to the field of EMC. Research is frequently conducted to examine unique and unusual aspects of EMC and design engineering. Numerous technical papers have been authored and published at international EMC conferences as well as having authored five popular EMC textbooks.
Other Relevant Experience
(1) He has expertise in printed circuit board design and layout for signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility. This includes schematic review and analysis all the way through product release.

(2) He provides engineering services related to designing systems to meet regulatory compliance, and provides services for companies without compliance engineers or extensive knowledge of EMC.

(3) He provides testing and troubleshooting expertise to ensure products achieve EMC, either in-house or at a commercial test laboratory.

(4) He provides in situ testing and certification of industrial products for use in Europe (CE approval), namely semiconductor manufacturing and other industrial products.

(5) He conducts training courses world wide on a variety of EMC topics, all in-house on different aspects of EMC.

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