IEEE EMC Society Huntsville Chapter


Circuit Board Design Roundtable

The Huntsville chapter of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society invites you to attend a technical meeting on May 16, 2013.  The meeting will be held at Adtran, Mark C. Smith Conference center, East Tower, Training Room 273.  The program will begin at 5:30 pm with Doug Gricius of Tektronix, sponsoring a free catered meal.  The roundtable discussion will begin at approximately 6:20 pm after some short chapter status updates.

Meal Sponsor:

Doug Gricius


“South of the Border Meal”

Enchilada Casserole, Chicken Fajitas, Tortilla Chips, Cheese and Salsa,
Refried Beans, Sour Cream, Jalapenos, Shredded Lettuce, Tomatoes,
Churros, Sweet/Unsweet Tea and 


Presentation Topic:

“Roundtable Discussion on Circuit Board Design”


Meeting Location: Adtran, Mark C. Smith Conference center. East Tower, Training Room 273

Date: May 16, 2013

Time: 5:30 p.m.


For the May technical meeting the chapter is trying something new again .  The meeting will be a roundtable discussion, where the chapter members can ask questions to the panel.


The Panel will consist of:

  • Lon Brolliar, Technology Service Corp. – Mixed analog and digital design, high speed digital (GHz plus), RF, and PCB layout and manufacture
  • David Cavanaugh, Benchmark Electronics – Signal integrity, electronic components, instrumentation, applications of components, the physics and material science related to electronic components
  • Skip Grierson, Adtran – Hardware Design
  • Hugh Montgomery, SCI-Samina – Military audio systems and processor designs, high speed and mixed signal, power supplies and filters, ESD, and grounding and shielding strategies
  • Curtis Neely, SCI-Samina – Intercommunication systems (both aircraft and ground based platforms), digital, analog, and mixed signal circuitry as well as DC/DC converters


If you have a question(s) for one of the panel members, please submit your question to Tom Perry at by May 8, 2013.  All questions will be posted section below.



6 Responses to “Circuit Board Design Roundtable”

  1. Allen Anonymous says:

    What are some of the most common ECM and non-ECM design errors you see made by engineers fresh out of school.

  2. Glenn Shelby says:

    What type(s) of in-house pre-compliance EMC testing do you do? (Glenn Shelby – NASA)

  3. Glenn Shelby says:

    What are the top 5 EMC things you pay close attention to in your designs? (Glenn Shelby – NASA)

  4. Glenn Shelby says:

    Do you use near-field board scanners? What is your experience with them? Do you recommend them? (Glenn Shelby – NASA)

  5. Glenn Shelby says:

    What is the general design flow for a PCB? e.g. circuit designer comes up with the design, someone lays it out in software, etc. When does EMC usually get the first chance for input? What do you look for? (Glenn Shelby – NASA)

  6. Melvin L. Price says:

    When laying out a circuit board that includes high speed clocks and digital controllers, how do you handle EMI between circuit components, other circuit boards, external power sources, etc. Shielding, grounding, and circuit placement are all potential ways to keep EMI to a minimum but there are probably certain design features that will help keep EMI away. (Melvin L. Price – Physitron, Inc.)

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