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 Expert  724995

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

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert's competency lies in all aspects of product design related to electromagnetic compatibility. This includes both conducted 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.

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 textbooks on the subject of EMC and system design.


electromagnetic compatibility


electromagnetic interference


conducted electromagnetic interference


electromagnetic immunity


electromagnetic susceptibility


electrostatic discharge


emission measurement


electromagnetic compatibility measurement


electromagnetic interference source minimization


in-house training


electrical grounding


electromagnetic emission


electromagnetic radiation


electromagnetic interference test


electromagnetic design


grounding path


system grounding

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
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;  and Hayward, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Automotive Electronics
Electrical Industry - Construction, Accidents & Death,...
Electromagnetic Interference, Electronic Noise, Shielding,...
Electromagnetic Interference, Electromagnetic...

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

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1991 to


Expert's Firm



Principal Consultant / Owner


Expert is the principal consultant and owner responsible for all aspects of this eponymous company's operation.

1988 to 1991


MIPS Computer Systems, Inc.



Senior Regulatory Compliance Engineer


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.

1987 to 1988


Alcatel Information Systems, Inc.


Regulatory Compliance


Staff Engineer


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.

1985 to 1987


Corvus Systems, Inc.



Senior Regulatory Compliance Engineer


He was responsible for product safety and electromagnetic compatibility on local area network systems and workstations.

1980 to 1985


Zilog, Inc.


Product Evaluation and Testing




He was responsible for quality assurance, regulatory compliance, product engineering, documentation control and manufacturing engineering for all corporate products including product safety.

Career Accomplishments:

IEEE Affiliations and Societies: -Senior member; -IEEE Board of Directors (2009-2010); -Division VI Director of the IEEE; -Current 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.




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

Publications and Patents Summary

Numerous technical papers presented at IEEE International Symposiums on EMC plus two papers published in the Transactions of the IEEE EMC Society;

Author - Five textbooks on EMC with translations in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Wiley/IEEE Press  
 - Expert Compliance Services, Inc.  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • 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
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on immunity to ESD on fuel dispenser electronics.
  • Expert for consulting on Arc tracking and arc pressure.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
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.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
Taiwan   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.
China   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.
Malaysia   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.
Singapore   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.
Germany   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.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language  

Market Research:
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.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

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.

Supplier and Vendor Location and 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.

Other Skills and Services

(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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