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Partner Spotlight: Ed Allfrey

Here’s a little bit about a new addition to our strategic marketing department, Ed Allfrey:

Title: Strategic Planning Partner

Year Started at Elite: Started working with Elite in 1996 as a business education provider for Elite Employees

Education: Undergraduate (1972) University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Graduate Studies: University of Massachusetts (Business Education); University of Arizona (Business Education, Physiology, Teaching Certification) 1973 – 1975; Northeastern Illinois University (English Literature) 1980-1983; DePaul University (Graduate Certificate in Business Administration) 1985

Any unique hobbies, talents, skills, experiences, etc.: 

Writing (fiction), running.

What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity?

Writing.  I have been an avid reader since childhood and this led to the desire to write.

Proudest moment in life so far:

Birth of both children.

How did you get involved with EMC/ENV testing?

My company provided a “mini’MBA in Entrepreneurship” program in conjunction with the University of Illinois (Chicago) and Elite became a partner sending almost all their people through the program between 1996 and 2016.   Elite employees have a unique combination of technical and strategic business skills and understanding that make them great partners in working with their customers.

Why did you choose to work at Elite?

I worked with more than a thousand owners over 30 years in my business.  Elite was, well, elite among all those companies for its leadership and corporate culture.

What is something that customers/colleagues might find surprising about you?

I have worked with companies from virtually every industry from sports (The Chicago Wolves) to retail food (Oberweis Dairy)

If you had a personal motto, what would it be?

First people, then profits.

If you could be paid something other than money, what would you choose?

Travel (except United Airlines).

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Employee Spotlight: Edwin Casas

Here’s a little bit about a new addition to our testing sales department, Edwin Casas:

Title: Technical Sales Engineer

Year Started at Elite: 2017

Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering, Northern Illinois University

Any unique hobbies, talents, skills, experiences, etc.: 

Gaming, personal electronics, and cars are my main hobbies.

What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity?

Personal electronics. Ever since I was young, I loved electronics. I remember taking apart my mom’s old Nokia phone and disassembling it out of curiosity. 

Proudest moment in life so far:

Being the first in my entire family to earn a college degree. 

Why did you choose to work at Elite?

It was such a nice and welcoming environment when I first walked in. Everyone seemed so friendly with one another.

What is something that customers/colleagues might find surprising about you?

I can’t swim even though I’ve tried learning many, many times.

If you had a personal motto, what would it be?

It is never too late to pursue your goals.

If you could be paid something other than money, what would you choose?

Taco Bell, pizza, or cheeseburgers.

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Elite is Adding Staff to Deliver Quick Access

Within the past 12 months, Elite has added 12 new employees to our staff. We’re also expanding into 15,000 sq ft of new lab space. The purpose of this significant ramp-up is in response to the needs of our customers who have asked us to provide quick access to our resources and prompt test completion with the highest quality standards.

Elite continues to be a leader in EMC and Environmental Testing with more EMC engineers and more highly-qualified staff than any other testing service provider. Did you know we have 34 full-time EMC test engineers available to run testing each and every day?

To illustrate how Elite is working to keep schedule backlogs low, here are a few stats on our recent staff hiring:

  • Recent Hires (within the past 12 months)
    • EMC test engineers:  7
    • ENV test engineers:  3
    • Support engineers:  2

Elite’s Total Employee Resources Available

  • Total Employees:  74
  • EMC Testing Department
    • Total EMC Test Engineers:  34
    • Total EMC Sr. Support Engineers:  10
    • Total Employees having iNarte Certification:  20
    • iNarte Certified Organization
  • Environmental Testing Department
    • Total ENV Test Engineers:  10
    • Total ENV Sr. Support Engineers: 5

Elite Electronic Engineering is committed to our vision of being the most trusted and capable engineering laboratory in the world. We’re working now and always to maintain our brand promise of providing technical expertise, scheduling flexibility to meet customer needs, and overall best value of services. 

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Advantages of Professional Society Membership

Coming up on March 16, Elite will be hosting a free technical meeting focused on portable electronic devices used on board commercial aircraft. We will discuss the technical perspective of why portable electronic devices must be turned off or placed into “airplane mode.” The presentation will be one of the most interesting of the year and based on similar meetings in the past, it will also be very well attended. 

This particular meeting is jointly hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Chicago Chapter and the IEEE EMC Society Chicago Chapter and is just one example of the monthly gatherings offered by various Chicago-area professional technical organizations.

If you haven’t been to a professional technical society meeting recently, then consider taking the time to connect with this one. This coming meeting will be truly interesting from a technical perspective.  But we also have a few other compelling reasons to attend this meeting and we offer this insight into why participation in the IEEE, SAE, or other professional organizations of interest is beneficial. 

Reach Globally, Focus Locally

The global membership for the IEEE is over 400,000 and 127,000 for the SAE. These members are very accomplished individuals from industry and academia who provide the thought leadership for diverse industries. Members are scientists, engineers, technicians, business managers, analysts, and marketers. Local chapter meetings bring together a similarly wide range of member backgrounds and provide a forum for local thought leadership. Membership now, more than ever, is important for professionals. With the fast pace of technology and business change, new product development, and innovation, participation in technical gatherings is a great way to meet other like-minded individuals and learn about industry trends. The value of face-to-face interaction and networking is priceless.

Acquire New Expertise

In addition to the personal connections made by participating in local meetings, the training aspects of society members are also incredibly valuable. For example, the IEEE and SAE sponsor regular regional and national training sessions that can help build a skill set that will make an engineering career more productive and keep one’s knowledge up to date.

Advance Your Career

Building leadership skills is also a great personal growth experience from society participation. Members that help run and grow local chapters, and develop standards, as well as those who participate in national leadership positions can benefit from the experience of working with others toward a common good. The multi-dimensional combinations of technical, leadership and communication skills are highly sought by employers.

Come on out to the next meeting on March 16 and learn more about the IEEE and the SAE. Talk to members and see how your professional career could benefit from getting to know others in your industry.

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Elite Invests in Nine R&S ESW Receivers

We’re proud to announce the recent acquisition of nine Rohde and Schwarz ESW EMI receivers for our Downers Grove laboratory operations. The units are presently being integrated into our EMC test stations and we’re quickly recognizing the significant benefit these state-of-the-art instruments will provide to our clients.

Elite’s ESW receivers will be supporting conducted and radiated emissions testing for our automotive, military and commercial aviation projects. OEMs such as BMW, Ford, and Fiat-Chrysler are encouraging the use of this time-saving technology to accelerate emissions testing. 

The ESW offers conventional stepped-frequency scans plus an ultrafast FFT-based time domain (TD) scan. The TD receiver significantly reduces the time required for standard-compliant certification tests and can also be operated with two CISPR detectors to carry out parallel measurements. 

It’s also a diagnostic and troubleshooting tool. For example, Elite clients can take advantage of real-time spectrum analysis. The spectrogram function displays the analyzed spectrum versus time, making rapidly changing interferers visible, and using frequency triggers information reveals critical and hidden signals. 

The ESW offers integrated notch filters, especially for the license-free ISM bands around 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz, which are used by wireless transmission technologies such as BluetoothTM and WLAN. Strong carrier signals in these bands can severely impact the dynamic range of instruments during EMI field strength measurements, and minor interference signals outside these bands can go undetected. With this instrument, we can perform more reliable and efficient certification measurements. 

The ESW incorporates a configurable auto-test feature, which makes it possible to automate complex measurement processes. This test configurator allows users to define parameters and criteria independently for preview measurements, peak search, and final measurements, using quasi-peak, CISPR-average, and RMS-average detectors. 

The test report generator helps operators document all parameters required for certification directly after measurements are taken.

For more information on this new test capability, contact Elite!

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Elite’s 2016 in Review

As the remaining days count off in December, we look back on a very exciting but challenging 2016. We also reflect on our efforts to invest in and improve our services all in the name of meeting customers’ needs and expectations.   

Guiding our direction is the valued input we receive from clients. This feedback comes from first-hand conversations and suggestions, email surveys, as well as staying current on tech, regulatory, and industry trends.  

We continue to hear a familiar and consistent theme for our customer requirements. First, clients want us to provide a high level of technical expertise and competence to ensure accurate and trusted results. Second, they want quick access to our services sometimes with little or no notice; and third, they stress the importance of having highly efficient test services from start to finish so that their projects are completed in a timely and cost-effective way. 

So what did we do in 2016 to step up to the challenge? Here’s a quick review of the year’s highlights and steps we took to satisfy customers’ top demands:  

We Added New Staff –   

To ensure quick access to lab services we added 7 new test engineers.  All are fresh-thinking engineers who are eager to learn and grow with Elite. Ricardo Parrales, Justin Ibarra, Tylar Jozefczyk and Devin Vallee are the four newest members of our EMC test team. Brad DeGrave, Nick De Pasion, and Nella Granback also joined Elite this year to serve our environmental customers. We’re extremely impressed with their contributions to date and are inspired by their work ethic and desire to help Elite customers succeed at their business.  

We welcomed the specialized expertise of Todd Bruhl and Ed Allfrey.  Todd brings over 25 years of machine design, automation, and instrumentation experience. With his skillset, Todd can provide turn-key fixturing, test tooling, and test automation quickly, then fully integrate and support it within our lab. Ed Allfrey has been a business consultant to Elite for over 20 years. Now as a permanent employee he’s able to directly infuse his insight and business acumen into our company and help us increase productivity.  Ed is applying structure to our process improvement efforts and he provides valued input to our strategic planning team.

We’re Adding More Space –  

Another major step toward reducing lead times is the acquisition of 15,000 sqft of new test lab space. This significant addition by Elite will positively impact both environmental and EMC scheduling. Stay tuned for more details on this planned expansion coming in early 2017. 

We Continue to Automate and Add New Technology –    

Elite invested in nine Rohde & Schwarz ESW receivers. These instruments will greatly improve the efficiency of our emissions testing and will provide helpful troubleshooting features and capabilities to benefit our clients. We increased our lightning test capacity by acquiring another Thermo WF3 lightning generator. We also developed software and procedures for the newly released MIL-STD-461G. Likewise, for automotive testing, we updated EMC software and streamlined our processes. Elite’s new automatic project reporting email system was developed by our engineers to record and communicate to clients the status of testing on a daily basis.

New Services –  

In November we brought online new antenna testing services and consulting. This capability directly complements our regulatory test and certification services for wireless devices and it provides a one-stop for all compliance and RF design optimization needs. 

Internal and External Training Offering- 

  • We continued to maintain a monthly regimen of in-house training to keep Elite staff informed on new processes and technology. We continue to actively support individual learning through professional credentials such as iNARTE. Elite also established an agreement with DeVry University to encourage employee graduate and post-graduate education.  
  • Our staff presented online webinars, traveled onsite to give customer regulatory training, and presented live at IEEE events including the annual EMC symposium.  
  • Elite partnered with local experts to connect clients with world-class EMC design training.    
  • Elite engineers remain active leaders in technical standard writing committees and bring first-hand expert knowledge of industry trends back to serve Elite clients.

We certainly stayed very busy for 2016 but our entire staff looks forward to the next set of challenges coming in the new year. Watch for our January newsletter where we will have more information on our facilities expansion and the new services being launched.

Thank you again for choosing Elite as your test and certification services provider. We welcome your feedback on our services and please consider sharing your comments, suggestions, and ideas with us to help us serve you better.

Elite Electronic Engineering, Inc.  

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IEEE JCK Memorial Scholarship

The IEEE James C. Klouda Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of James C. Klouda and his professional career in the field of electromagnetic compatibility. The Scholarship Fund awards, on an annual basis, a scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student seeking an electrical engineering degree with an emphasis in the field of EMC or a related discipline, from an accredited U.S. university or college. We hope that friends and relatives of our customers might benefit from this award as well so please inquire. Contact us for more details on the scholarship and how to apply (or see info below).

Administration:  EMC-S will serve as administrator of the IEEE JCK Memorial Scholarship Selection Committee.

Eligibility:  The Scholarship Candidate must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in electrical engineering at an accredited university or college and inside the U.S. (no distance learning or online course students are eligible)
  • Have completed freshman year in an electrical engineering program at an accredited university or college in the U.S.
  • Hold a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Have completed college coursework in electromagnetic compatibility or in a related discipline

Prize Items: The Scholarship Fund will be used to fund on an annual basis the following annual expenses:

  • A maximum of US$1,000 for one student for school expenses (tuition, books, students fees)
  • EMC-S Student Membership for 12 months to one student

Basis for Judging:

  • Evidence of maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • One referral letter from an individual who is qualified to evaluate the applicant’s academic accomplishments (e.g., professor, administrator, employer, internship organization)
  • Additional consideration will be afforded to scholarship applicants that reside in IEEE Region 4

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2017 *Deadline subject to change*

APPLY NOW

Stay tuned for more updates.

Click on the flyer below to download scholarship information.

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Array of Things

Closing Keynote Address at IoT Summit Chicago

November 9-10, 2016

At the November 10th 2016 IoT Summit Chicago, the Closing Keynote presentation was given by Brenna Berman, CIO for the City of Chicago, Charlie Catlett, from Argonne National Labs, and Douglas Pancoast of the Art Institute Chicago. 

The presentation announced the first node placements in Chicago for the Array of Things urban sensing project.   A total of 500 wireless-based sensor nodes will be mounted to streetlight traffic poles throughout Chicago by the end of 2018. These sensors will collect data on air quality, sound, vibration, and temperature. 

The information will be completely open-source and fully accessible to anyone for free. It’s the largest most ambitious project for collecting data on urban living in the world. The data will be analyzed by scientists, urban planners, and businesses to study different environmental conditions and trends, for example:

  • Relationship between diseases and the urban environment. 
  • Improve city services and infrastructure
  • Measurements of micro-climate in different areas of the city
  • Determine heavily populated pedestrian areas at different times of day
  • Timing traffic lights during peak traffic hours
  • Improve pedestrian safety and reduce congestion-related pollution.

The project has greater plans to populate other cities with sensors so data can be compared and studied across many different locations. Chicago will be the central hub for all data that are collected and made open source.

We at Elite are particularly excited to see the Array of Things project receive such impressive attention since our engineers had a small hand in this project as the FCC/CE compliance test lab for the first array nodes. Good job Elite!

And best wishes to the team at Argonne, University of Chicago, Urban Center for Computation and Data, and the City of Chicago.

To learn more about the Array of Things project link to their website at https://arrayofthings.github.io/

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IoT Summit Chicago

Elite recently attended the IoT Summit Chicago, a technical and business conference sponsored by the Illinois Technology Association. The event covered two days of presentations on all aspects of the rapidly growing connected work of the Internet of Things.

Elite has a significant interest in the IoT because of the testing and certification services we apply for sensor technology, wireless transmitters, and networking infrastructure. The range of new and existing technologies being deployed for the IoT is projected by experts and analysts to reach 40 to 50 million connected devices by 2020. That’s only four years away!

The summit included presentations covering venture capital and investment, business models, cloud services, system integration, networks, sensors, and transmitter hardware.

The IoT Summit is an important event for metro Chicago but its significance certainly extends to the entire Midwestern economy.  Chicago is working hard to grow its name as a technology hub, and recent national rankings list it within the top 10 cities for tech.  

Some of the more noteworthy technical presentations recognized that there are plenty of interesting and innovative technical solutions on the way for the IoT.  However, there seems to be a consensus that eventually three classes of networks will emerge depending on the application needs:

  1. Short range – Bluetooth, WiFi, and Mesh, Nearfield
  2. Long distance, large bandwidth – Cellular, satellite
  3. Low Power, Low Data, Long Distance – LORA, SigFox, Ingenu
  4. Cellular CAT-M & NbIoT

Which networks and transmitter technology will emerge as leaders is still being played out, but ultimately the winning solutions will be based on a business case with a strong RoI for each unique IoT application.

Both Comcast and Senet touted build-outs of LORA 900MHz networks in Chicago as well as other US cities.  Several presenters mentioned the implementation of cellular CAT-M devices by the end of this year and NbIoT radios by 2017. Time will tell how the IoT will take shape but Elite will be ready in all cases to service manufacturers bringing products to market.

For more information on the IoT Summit Chicago and for information on Elite services for IoT, contact Steve Laya

Brave for Benjamin Health Challenge & Fundraiser

Week 4 Update
Total Distance Walked: 5,920 miles
Similar Distance:

Benjamin the Brave is a young man from Glen Ellyn, IL who is battling TCell All leukemia.  He and his family have an awesome spirit that draws people in to help hold them up when the going is tough.  Benjamin is a 7-year-old kid that was diagnosed after a visit with a suspected ear infection.  When he was at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, his mom told them that he LOVED baseball and the Chicago Cubs; they passed the word to Anthony Rizzo’s Family Foundation and they have become BFFs!

Knowing his mom through the local Jazzercise classes, Elite has taken the opportunity to have fun as a group and SUPPORT BBB.  Elite recently had a blood drive and collected 15 pints of blood; each pint helps 3 patients!  We will do this again to continue to help this young man as he gets platelets after chemo treatments.>

Elite also decided to do a fitness challenge! We have a number of employees, family, and friends tracking their steps each week.  At the end of 44 days (Anthony Rizzo’s number), there will be a winning team to split the pot of the registration fee with BBB.  We have pretty big hearts around here and think BBB will get the whole enchilada!  We have been getting additional donations along the way!

If anyone would like to contribute to our cause of helping BBB, you can send checks made out to BBB-Jennie Burke to Elaine at Elite to help with any medical expenses that insurance is not covering.  We are lucky and blessed……and so fortunate to be able to share in our community.

Stay Up to Speed – Follow So You Can Lead

Starting this September, following us on social media—particularly LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter—will be the best way to stay interactively up-to-date with what’s going on with Elite and with the industry. We will still be sending out our monthly newsletters to recap news and events, but with the continuous changes in this business, it’s essential to stay ahead of the curve, learn what’s happening, and be able to ask questions and communicate efficiently. Time is of the essence, and these social media tools we’re now utilizing present opportunities as timely as it gets:

Targeted LinkedIn Banners— Professional development and training are crucial in this field and LinkedIn is a great place to find what seminars, webinars, and expos are taking place we’ve just made them easier to find and sign up. 

Facebook Live Streaming–We have a free webinar covering EMC Compliance for e/E Mark that you can access from your feed, submit questions, or just tune in for exactly the info you need. We’ll have more webinars covering relevant testing topics each quarter.

Twitter Chat Forums–With so many changing standards, new recruits, and tests to run, chat forums are an excellent way to pose technical questions and get brief, but real responses that might make the difference in your next test.

Social media has evolved beyond cat videos and friend requests to be an essential tool in furthering professional development, being in tune with a rapidly changing industry, and finding answers to pressing questions.  Don’t fall behind—follow us now by clicking the icons at the bottom of the site.  You’d be surprised what you’re missing out on if you delay.

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Elite Co-Founder & Matriarch Passes Peacefully This Week

Elite Electronic Engineering, Inc. is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Marilyn Klouda, Co-Founder of Elite and wife of the late James C. Klouda. Marilyn died peacefully on September 7th surrounded by her family.

Marilyn’s contribution to Elite cannot be understated. From the beginning, she worked side-by-side with Jim Klouda and helped create the early vision of Elite as a world-class electronics testing business. In addition to raising Klouda’s five children, Marilyn’s responsibilities at Elite included office manager, technical writing, and typist, along with sales and marketing support.  However, her greatest contribution to the success of the company is the family-oriented culture and spirit that she championed and remains a part of Elite today. Her belief in having employees working together as a family to achieve success is very much a product of Marilyn’s influence and will be her lasting legacy at Elite.

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Elite Adds Staff to Ensure Short Lead Times and Grow Capabilities

For 10 years we’ve surveyed our customers asking what they look for when choosing a test lab. We’ve also asked how Elite meets its expectations and for input on ways to improve our services.

The feedback we get reveals that the majority of Elite clients look for technical expertise first followed second by quick lab access and prompt test completion.  In addition, they tell us to deliver this higher standard of service at competitive prices.  Simply stated, Elite clients, want a trusted service partner who can provide the absolute best value and benefit to their organization.  

When we send a client survey or discuss our services with customers, we look closely at survey results, client suggestions, and customer input and then uses this information to align our business direction and decisions with their most important needs.

For example, to keep scheduling lead times low we recently added two new EMC engineers, Justin Ibarra (EE) and Ricardo Parrales (CET). This brings our full-time EMC test staff to a high mark of 26 engineers and technicians.  Having the largest single-site EMC test staff along with multiple sets of test equipment and chambers gives Elite tremendous flexibility in test scheduling. Our resources can be shifted and optimized so we can be more agile than other labs and respond dynamically to customer requests for priority start dates.  

We’re also very fortunate to have a great mix of new and seasoned EMC test engineers. Each is passionate about their work as well as professional and customer-focused. Our test software is developed by two EMC engineers dedicated to creating the test automation that makes us more and more efficient. We have eight senior EMC engineers including team leaders and managers. They provide an invaluable depth of knowledge and mentoring role with the goal of helping our growing staff learn their trade quickly. We’re proud to boast that many of our senior EMC engineers have 20 to 30 years or more of EMC experience with Elite. 

We have also grown our Environmental Stress Lab group by adding Eric Lindberg (EET) and two part-time co-op technicians Alex Dolecki (EE) and Kegan Orloff (EE). Also, during the summer months, we’ve put the talents of three bright engineering interns to work including Jessica Klouda (ME) and Jeff Klouda (CSE) both currently studying engineering at Notre Dame along with Henry Thompson (EE) studying at the University of Illinois.

We greatly enhanced our in-house expertise for mechanical and electrical test automation by bringing senior mechanical engineer Todd Bruhl (ME) to Elite. Having Todd now on board we can respond more efficiently with our life-cycling automation and fixture development. The automation we engineer can be used to support testing either at Elite or for clients to use at their own facilities. Todd is already moving ahead on initiatives to retool and optimize many existing Elite test systems and is working to develop new test stands that will make us even more efficient, accurate, and productive.

Finally, we’ve brought-on Ed Allfrey as a management consultant to help Elite navigate our path through growth and put more structure to our process improvements. We’re leveraging Ed’s 35 years of business consulting and training expertise to keep our business thinking strategic and focused on the most important people and process goals.

It’s an exciting time to be at Elite Electronic Engineering and we look forward to meeting the next challenge our customers present to us. Thank you for partnering with Elite and we always appreciate hearing how we can more effectively meet your expectations.

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Elite Participation in Industry Tech Events

Elite has been very active in participating in training and industry events including seminars and conferences that span a wide range of subjects.  Three interesting seminars we attended include the IoT North America, AEM Product Liability Seminar, and the TCB Council Workshop.

Internet of Things North America- Elite personnel attended the two-day event in Schaumburg IL which included conference sessions and exhibits with a wealth of information including:

  • Ingenu- Ingenu is creating a wireless network providing an M2M network based on RPMA technology to provide 2.4GHz license-free operation over significant distances. But other networks exist and new low-power unlicensed options are emerging for IoT. Over the next few years, it will be interesting to see how technology evolves and how markets respond. 
  • Google’s BigQuery-  In order to be successful with the IoT, businesses need to understand how to work with big data sets that will come from extensive sensor and information networks.
  • Security-  No doubt about it, there’s a sober understanding by engineers, managers, and entrepreneurs on the need to secure information and network access throughout the information chain.

Contact Steve Laya or Robert Bugielskfor additional discussion regarding this IoT event and for more information about regulatory requirements for wireless IoT.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Product Safety & Compliance Seminar-  

For two days Elite’s Steve Laya participated in technical seminars covering the essentials of product safety relating to agricultural, construction, and industrial machinery. The focus of the seminar was to describe the importance of procedures for conducting a risk assessment and risk reduction exercise. Standards such as ISO 12100 for general machine safety along with ISO 14121 for risk assessment were described.  Other seminar sessions keyed in on standards like ISO 25119 for safety-related controls on tractors.

The conference included a hands-on project using a mock machine where participants worked through the hazards analysis as a team and developed a risk assessment. The team members were given a role to play in a hazards analysis exercise (i.e. design engineer, service tech, marketing staff) and were allowed to present the project parameters and constraints to other team members so that the risks could be ranked and preventive measures developed.   

Contact Steve Laya for additional information on this AEM program and for more information on Elite’s role in the machinery safety evaluation process.  Our services and understanding of EMC testing for machinery are just one aspect of our capabilities. 

TCB Council Workshop-

Dan Crowder attended the annual TCB Council workshop in Baltimore, MD.  The sessions spanned four days and included a range of topics from general to very specific.  The first group of sessions covered the basics of FCC & IC rules as well as how to use FCC and TCB resources. Specific topics covered U-NII, 3650 MHz Band, and MIMO.

Several presentations came from NIST regarding Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) so that manufacturers can leverage testing that is done at one location for several purposes. Updates and the present status of the new European Union Radio Equipment Directive as well as information on Japan MIC, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Korea.

We have the latest information so contact Dan Crowder if you have a specific question to review. 

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Elite Receives Boeing Excellence in Advocacy Award

On April 13th, Elite was recognized by Boeing at the Global Supplier Conference for our efforts to connect with Illinois congressman Peter Roskam  (R-IL 6th District) and advocate for the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im Bank helps support funding for key defense programs and protects incentives that secure manufacturing jobs for our clients and other US businesses. 

In June 2015 the Ex-Im Bank authorization lapsed, but in November 2015 the Export-Import Bank received its congressional reauthorization through 2019.

Congressman Roskam visited Elite in June of 2015 where he toured Elite and met with our ownership, management team, and staff in a company town-hall style event. During the event, Elite employees asked several questions of the congressman including his stance on the Ex-Im Bank.

Kevin Halpin represented Elite during the 2016 Boeing Global Supplier Conference in Seattle, WA, to accept the Excellence in Advocacy award and take part in other meetings.   

Overall, the conference provided a great opportunity to network with Boeing staff and executives, as well as learn about their vision and corporate goals. There was a very positive and bullish outlook from Boeing. However, they also realize that competition is strong in all their markets and that Boeing needs to be an innovator and leader in order to remain successful.  In this competitive environment, Elite is tasked with working hard to do “more for less” with Boeing placing reliability, responsiveness, and first-time quality as top priorities.

We welcome clients to share information with Elite on important regulatory matters or other government/industry actions that may impact your business’s success. In many cases, we may be able to support your cause through our local, state, and federal elected officials in instances where we have mutually beneficial interests. 

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Employee Spotlight: Elaine Russo

Find out a little more about our first lady of finance, Elaine Russo…

Quick Team Member Facts 

Title:  Finance Manager

Year Started at Elite: 2002

Education:  BS Elmhurst College Business/Urban Studies ‘82 (double major and Urban Studies is like PoliSci); MBA in Business ‘08, MHRM (human resource management) ‘13 Keller Graduate School; CBAP from UIC 

Any unique hobbies, talents, skills, experiences, etc.: 

  • Knitting
  • Quilting
  • Cooking
  • Singing
  • Baking for the soldiers

How did you get into EMI/testing?

Not testing…behind the scenes. The funny thing is I did start my 1st semester in college in an engineering program……yeah. 2nd semester was in the business program!!

What’s the most rewarding aspect of working at Elite?

I love that I can wear many hats.  Being the finance manager is nice but I also get to dabble in HR; I have donned my Oktoberfest dress on occasion, at Christmas parties, and summer events…..we truly are an extended family and that feels nice.

What’s your proudest moment so far?

There are a few moments but one that sticks out in my mind is getting my first MBA and having my parents in the stands.  Before I finished the second one my dad passed; the second one was in HR management and my dad was in HR his whole career.

Another big one was finishing the Komen 3-day breast cancer walk…60 miles in 3 days. I never thought I could do it; not the fundraising or the walking.  Friends and family were so generous I made my financial goal and the walking was hard, fun, tiring, and exhilarating! Finishing the race and seeing Kathy at the finish line made me realize I really was done! Tears flowed; the feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming during the closing ceremonies when each walker took off one shoe and held it up as a sign we made it.

What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity?

I am a foodie….born and raised. I love finding new vegetables/fruit in season and growing my herbs each summer. I have gotten proficient in being a container grower as living in a townhome there are rules about planting a garden.

I got started cooking at my grandmother’s side.  When my brothers would go to scout camp I went to grandma camp. It is where I learned to experiment with spices…no measuring; using my senses to cook, smell….taste…true food porn! My grandmother grew up on a farm in Rhode Island where they lived off the land; raised their animals for slaughter and food for the rest of the year and lived off the land, preserving vegetables and fruit in jars and freezers. It is how I learned to make spaghetti ‘gravy’ from scratch and know how to make Italian sausage from scratch too! Grandma and I would watch cooking shows on PBS (way before Food Network came to be) whether I was sitting with her or on the phone with her we would talk about what the chefs were doing/making.

If someone wanted to know more about cooking find a store that does frequent demos (usually free) or classes that can be relatively inexpensive. Look for farmers’ markets and ask questions….people love to talk about their passion for growing. I have learned tips for cooking items I had never seen before.  Don’t be afraid to try. At farmer’s markets you can find produce, locally raised meats (no antibiotics, growth hormones, etc.), oils, and vinegar……..sorry, I get carried away because it is so exciting to me!

Anything that customers/colleagues would find surprising about you?

Hmmm…..that I used to dance ballet (on pointe); I had to learn to play the accordion before I could play the organ (I don’t play instruments anymore); I am working on a cookbook.

If you had a personal motto, what would it be?

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift from God….that is why we call it the present. We have to be in the here and now and enjoy each moment we are given. 

If you could be paid something other than money, what would you choose?

Bartering would be fun so I would choose fruits and veggies in season. I wonder what I could trade it for?!  I wonder if the mortgage company would accept payment that way

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JCK Memorial Scholarship

The IEEE James C. Klouda Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of James C. Klouda and his professional career in the field of electromagnetic compatibility. The Scholarship Fund awards, on an annual basis, a scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student who seeks an electrical engineering degree with an emphasis in the field of EMC or a related discipline, from an accredited U.S. university or college.

This August in Dresden, the 2nd IEEE James C. Klouda Memorial Scholarship Award was presented to Benjamin Conley (unfortunately not in attendance). He was an electrical engineering student at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. We hope that friends and relatives of our customers might benefit from this award as well so please inquire. Contact us for more details on the scholarship and how to apply(or see info below).

Administration:  The selection of the Scholarship recipients will be administered by IEEE EMC-S. EMC-S will serve as administrator of the IEEE JCK Memorial Scholarship Selection Committee.

Eligibility:  The Scholarship Candidate must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in electrical engineering at an accredited university or college and inside the U.S. (no distance learning or online course students are eligible)
  • Have completed freshman year in an electrical engineering program at an accredited university or college in the U.S.
  • Hold a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Have completed college coursework in electromagnetic compatibility or in a related discipline

Prize Items: The Scholarship Fund will be used to fund on an annual basis the following annual expenses:

  • A maximum of US$1,000 for one student for school expenses (tuition, books, students fees)
  • EMC-S Student Membership for 12 months to one student

Basis for Judging:

  • Evidence of maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • One referral letter from an individual who is qualified to evaluate the applicant’s academic accomplishments (e.g., professor, administrator, employer, internship organization)
  • Additional consideration will be afforded to scholarship applicants that reside in IEEE Region 4

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2016 *Deadline subject to change*

APPLY NOW

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Employee Spotlight: Dan Mon

Although few of you have had the chance to get to know Dan Mon yet, this Elite newcomer is a recent Engineering graduate with a passion for power chords and classic rock. You are in good company Dan–among the anechoic chambers and powerful amps here, we have plenty of Strata-masters and rock enthusiasts.  Find out a little more about our new sales engineer and make sure to stop by and say hello if you see a new face around the office. Welcome to the Elite family!

Quick Team Member Facts

Title:  Technical Sales Engineer

Year Started at Elite: 2015

Areas of Interest:  Sales, Electrical Engineering

Education:  University of Illinois-Chicago

Any unique hobbies, talents, skills, experiences, etc.: 

I play a lot of guitars. I picked it up and started teaching myself to play around the age of 16 with friends’ guitars until I was able to get one of my own. I used to play a lot of sports, nowadays it’s mostly golf.

How did you get into EMI testing?

I found out about Elite and I thought all the different kinds of tests were really cool. When you think about it, your average consumer is just going to buy things/devices and expect them to work, they don’t really think about all the tests and behind-the-scenes work that goes into a device.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of working at Elite?

It’s a company that makes sure products can go out safely into the world and into real physical environments. We do all the behind-the-scenes testing so that regular people and consumers, for instance, can drive a car or hop on a flight and go on vacation without anything to worry about. We make sure it works and the things that get done here have an impact on the everyday lives of millions of people.

What’s your proudest moment so far?

Graduating from UIC with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity?

Guitar playing/music are my biggest passions outside of work. I got started in high school at a friend’s house.  We had music playing and I was really starting to get into the classic rock at the time. If I remember correctly, The Lemon Song by Led Zeppelin came on and that was when I decided I wanted to try it out. My friend had a guitar and a Line 6 amplifier so I started to dabble and mess around. He, patiently, showed me some basic chords and terminology and the rest is history, I was obsessed from that point on. My advice to anybody looking to get into guitar playing, or any instrument for that matter, is to not give up. It sounds cliché but it’s true.  Picking up any instrument and trying to teach yourself is difficult but if it is something you really have your mind set on, you will get there. There are plenty of resources these days like YouTube and guitar tablature websites at your fingertips.

Anything that customers/colleagues would find surprising about you?

Our family lived in California when I was younger so I often root for the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors alongside my Chicago teams.

If you had a personal motto, what would it be?

Relax. Enjoy life while you’re here.

If you could be paid something other than money, what would you choose?

Guitar strings or golf balls.

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Stop By Rosemont Next Week for ISPCE 2015

ISPCE 2015 (Product Compliance)

When:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Where:

Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare
5550 N. River Road Rosemont, Illinois 60018, USA
Tel: 1-847-678-4488

Register now

Speaker:

Monday, May 18, 8:00 AM
Stephen Kirk, Vice President & General Manager, Consumer Technology Division, UL

Bio:
Stephen Kirk is a Vice President at UL (Underwriters Laboratories) with worldwide responsibility for UL’s consumer technology business, which includes EMC, wireless approvals, interoperability, product safety, and software.  After studying Engineering Science at Oxford University, Stephen worked for a number of years in the electronics industry; before becoming the co-founder of RFI, an electronics consultancy and testing business. He grew this business over a twenty-year period before selling to UL in 2010.

Stephen has a particular interest in the compliance implications of new and potentially disruptive technologies, with a particular focus on the Internet Of Things and the way technology is changing user’s expectations of words like “safe” and “secure”

Title:
Compliance, Innovation, and Leadership – A discussion of what the future looks like for compliance engineers in a rapidly changing World

Abstract:
We live in a world where technology development and innovation are moving faster than ever before. Many of these new technologies (such as the Internet Of Things, autonomous vehicles, and 3D printing) are potentially disruptive in nature and pose continuing challenges to compliance engineers.  A key question for anyone involved in compliance is how to balance innovation and compliance. In particular, “How do we enhance user safety and satisfaction whilst embracing innovation?” 

Industry standardization programs and compliance are key enablers of new technology. Not only does standardization allow manufacturers to gain the benefits of scale, but it also helps to underpin user confidence in the products and services that are being deployed.  But existing standardization and compliance processes may be inadequate in a world where security threats and user requirements are evolving at an ever faster pace. If we are to maintain user confidence and safety, we need to ensure that our also compliance activities evolve and become increasingly agile – this will require leadership from everyone involved.

Agenda:

Click here for the agenda

Whether you’re looking to advance your career or you’re just starting out, work at a start-up, or a multinational corporation, or need to learn the basics or the latest state-of-the-art design criteria, you should join over 200 industry leaders attending from all over the world. Make new connections, learn the latest global compliance requirements, and meet the rock stars of our specialized field at the 2015 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering!

Technical Topics

Compliance 101, EMC Compliance, Energy Storage, Forensics, Failure Analysis, 3D Printing, Hazard-based Safety Engineering & Safety Science, Innovation, Leadership, Unmanned, Aerial Vehicles/Drones, Medical Devices, Fuel Cells, Risk Analysis Assessment & Management, Anti-counterfeiting, Driverless Cars, Components Case studies, Standards, Functional & Software safety, Product Liability & Recalls, Environmental Topics

Register today!

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Technical Training Season

Spring is the time of year when we fertilize our lawns and plant our gardens with the anticipation of enjoying lush green yards and picking fresh fruits and vegetables throughout summer. On Elite’s calendar, spring is also technical workshop season where we present the opportunity to our clients to plant the seeds of knowledge with anticipation of becoming more skilled, productive, and valuable in our professional lives.  

Every year during the spring, several local technical organizations like the IEEE EMC Society sponsor single-day workshops that bring world-class technical experts to our region. These presenters have accomplished EMC industry experts, consultants, and/or academics who deliver interesting single-day focused seminars on technical topics that can you can put to immediate use.

So now is the time to seed the growth of your professional knowledge.  You’ll be able to put to use the information, training, and enhanced skill even before your first summer tomatoes arrive. Here is the list of Elite sponsored and IEEE local training events we recommend (Email Stacey for additional details on how to register):

FCC Certification of Low Power Wireless Devices
Elite Webinar
April 21st, 2015

Design for Guaranteed EMC Performance
IEEE EMC Society Chicago Chapter
Itasca Illinois
May 5th, 2015

EMC Grounding Concepts
IEEE EMC Society Southeast Michigan Section
Livonia Michigan  
May 7th, 2015

EMI Suppression Skills for Power Electronic System Design
IEEE EMC Society Rock River Valley Section  
Rockford, Illinois  
June 9th, 2015

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Also… Visit Elite at the IEST ESTECH 2015
Technical Training for Environmental Stress Testing
April 27-30, 2015
Danvers, Massachusetts

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Whether you are looking to train up for a new project, maintain your PE with Professional Development hours, or just brush up on the basics, 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for workshops, seminars, and other training opportunities.  Below is a compiled list of industry events, seminars/webinars, and online courses available. Although this list is not exhaustive by any means, it’s a good start and might help get the planning juices flowing before the calendar fills up.  Please contact us if you have questions or check out the individual links for more information.            

> Electromagnetic Compatibility

ETS-Lindgren offers hands-on training courses throughout the year. Below is a list of those courses currently scheduled through ETS-U:

Fundamentals of EMC Testing – A three-day hands-on course designed for engineers or lab technicians who want to expand their knowledge of EMC compliance testing, or are new to the subject and want to “learn how” quickly. Instruction is divided between class lectures and hands-on lab experience. Students are taught how to perform actual tests in a fully instrumented lab that includes a 3-meter anechoic chamber, GTEM, and a demonstration reverberation chamber. Students receive an illustrated textbook written specifically for the Fundamentals of EMC Testing course, with many of the test setups illustrated.

MIL-STD 461F Testing – A three-day hands-on course designed for engineers or lab technicians who want to expand their knowledge of Military-Standard 461F testing, or are new to the subject and want to “learn how” quickly. Instruction is divided between class lectures and hands-on lab experience. Students are taught how to perform actual tests in a fully instrumented lab that includes a semi-anechoic chamber and a conducted susceptibility test station. Students receive an illustrated textbook written specifically for the Fundamentals of EMC Testing course, with many of the test setups illustrated.

Overview of Radiated Immunity/Emissions Test Facilities – A three-day hands-on course designed for engineers or lab technicians who want to expand their knowledge of Radiated Immunity and Emissions test facilities, or are new to the subject and want to “learn how” quickly. This course will provide a basis for making informed radiated emission/immunity testing decisions. In addition, this course will also cover some standards overview, test planning issues, detailed coverage of major test techniques, sources of uncertainty in test results, and uncertainty propagation and impact on test results.

Henry Ott Consultants offers a three-day course covering the practical aspects of noise and interference control in electronic systems. More information is available on their website, both on the public and in-plant EMC courses.

Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering – This course will provide the participants with a working knowledge of electromagnetic compatibility principles. Emphasis is on cost-effective EMC design for digital systems. The commercial and industrial aspects of EMC Engineering are emphasized. The amount and complexity of mathematics will be kept to a minimum, and ideas will be illustrated with examples of actual case histories.

Kimmel Gerke Associates offers several public seminars throughout the year. Following are course descriptions and dates and locations of those courses currently scheduled:

Design for EMC & Signal Integrity (2 days)

EMI Troubleshooting (1 day – optional add-on) – This very popular class has been co-hosted by Kimmel Gerke Associates and Tektronix since 1992. The focus is “inside the box” at the electronics level – components, printed circuit boards, power electronics, grounding, and shielding, with over 30 specific fixes. The class is introductory and is regularly updated to reflect the latest EMC design issues.

Silent Solutions offers a series of courses designed to expand your skills and improve job performance. Following are their course descriptions.

Electronic Product Design and Retrofit for EMC – This two-day class gives engineering professionals the ability to successfully recognize, solve and avoid common EMI problems. Demonstrations using working hardware illustrate concepts such as radiated emissions, high-frequency antennas, radiated and conducted immunity, and crosstalk in connectors, cables, and IC packages.

EMC – Printed Circuit Board Design – This two-day class provides technical training intended for electrical and EMC engineers interested only in PC board design. It is an excellent follow-up class for students who have recently completed our two or three-day EMC class. Course topics include component placement, signal routing, and stack up, power bus decoupling, signal theory and signal integrity, “ground” splits, and a critique of bad application notes from IC vendors.

Circuit-to-Circuit Interference – This one-day class is for electrical design engineers at all levels challenged by electrical noise problems in products containing RF (wireless), analog, switching power supply, and digital electronics. Through a unique combination of lectures and hands-on experiments, class participants will master the ability to anticipate, solve and avoid electrical noise problems that can inhibit functionality in new product designs. 

Mechanical Design for EMC – This two-day class provides clear applications, theory, and demonstrations for the successful design of mechanical enclosures for good system emissions and immunity performance. Key topics include grounding at the PCB and enclosure, system ground maps, PCB component placement and control drawings, enclosure and cable shielding, PCB device “cans”, resonant slots and enclosures, heat sinks, unintentional antennas, as well as connectors, screw, and conductive gasket spacing.

Grounding for EMC, Signal Integrity and Instrumentation – Theory, applications and hardware demonstrations in this one-day class describes the effective design and troubleshooting techniques. The real-time demonstrations use a spectrum analyzer, oscilloscope, and signal generators to illustrate inductance, common-impedance coupling, and ground loops. Specific examples of single-point, multi-point, “good” and “bad” grounds will be discussed.

Mastering the Spectrum Analyzer for Electrical Noise Measurement – SILENT’s one-day class is packed with practical tips, applications, and demonstrations to help make it easy for you to pick up a spectrum analyzer and start measuring and troubleshooting electrical noise and EMC problems. We will have a minimum of 3 different spectrum analyzers in class to help explain and demonstrate operating techniques that we have honed over the last twenty years.

Doug Smith is offering the following classes in 2015. For additional information, visit his website or email him at doug@emcesd.com.

Design Troubleshooting, EMC, and ESD – This three-day seminar takes the best points from Doug Smith’s seminars and compresses them into three action-packed days with lectures, videos, and many demonstrations on live circuits. Time is allowed for attendees to operate the experiments if they want. In two days, you will learn how to make accurate measurements in the lab and then apply those techniques to design verification and troubleshooting as well as EMC problems. The techniques and experiments are geared to the development lab and common equipment found there. During an optional third day, ESD/EMI at the system level will be covered as well as applying system level ESD stress to components, such as LEDs, in a test environment.

Dr. Tom Van Doren teaches participants how to diagnose and solve electromagnetic interference and signal integrity problems.

Grounding & Shielding of Electronic Systems – This course treats signals and currents; explains fundamental grounding, shielding, and signal routing principles; clarifies troublesome terminology; and demonstrates many techniques for identifying and fixing electrical interference problems. The principles will be described as concepts rather than theoretical equations. The emphasis on concepts will make the course useful for people with technical experience ranging from beginners to advanced designers. Since many noise emission and susceptibility problems are related to the mechanical design of systems, mechanical engineers and technicians can benefit from attendance. Several interface mechanisms and shielding techniques will be demonstrated. Additional details about the course can be found here.

Wyatt Technical Services offers several public seminars on EMC design and troubleshooting throughout the year.

> Product Safety and Environmental Testing 

AEMC Instruments offers the following public training opportunity:

Understanding Ground Resistance Testing Training Seminar (In Chicago – 9/22/15) – This one-day training seminar consists of two sessions. The first session consists of classroom presentations and discussions on all aspects of soil resistivity and ground resistance testing. The second session consists of on-site field tests demonstrating the different methods of ground resistance testing discussed during the first half of the day. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experience and demonstrations of proper testing procedures including measurement of soil resistivity, correct placement of test rods, using the 3-Point method, and proper use of the clamp-on test method.

> CST of America offers the following public courses throughout the year. Additional details and a complete course schedule are available on their website.

EMC/EMI Training – The CST STUDIO SUITE® EMC/EMI training course consists of 2 full days. This training class is intended for Engineers involved in Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3), and antenna integration.

Signal Integrity & Power Integrity Training – This 2-day hands-on training course is focused on modeling and solver overview and focuses on EDA/SI/PI applications. The CST MWS Signal Integrity training course consists of 2 full days. It is helpful to be familiar with the Getting Started manual. This training course is focused on modeling and solver overview and concentrates on SI/PI applications.

Training for EDA / Signal Integrity – This CST MWS training course consists of 2 full days. It is helpful to be familiar with the Getting Started manual. This training course is focused on modeling and solver overview and concentrates on EDA / SI / PI applications.

Microwave & Antenna Training – This 2-day hands-on training course focuses on modeling and solver overview and concentrates on antenna simulation. 

Antenna Placement Training – The training consists of one full day. It is intended for customers that are already familiar with the modeling/ solving part of CST or participated in the 2 days training on antennas. This training course is focused on antenna placement simulations.

Multiphysics Training – The MPS training consists of one full day. It is intended for customers that are already familiar with the modeling/ solving part of CST or participated in beginner training. This training course is focused on various em-thermal and mechanical coupled simulations.

> Equipment Reliability Institute offers the following public courses throughout the year. Visit their website for more details about each course and a detailed schedule.

Fundamentals of Random Vibration and Shock Testing, HALT, ESS, HASS Measurements, Analysis and Calibration

Military Standard 810G Testing

Understanding, Planning, and Performing Climatic and Dynamic Tests Thermal & Vibration Reliability

O’Brien Compliance Management offers a training course in IEC 60601, the medical electrical equipment standards for basic safety and essential performance.

IEC 60601 Series, 3rd Edition Training – This course is an intense 3-day training course. There are presentation slides, frequent references to source standards, and skill implementation work group exercises. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about the safety requirements, and how they apply to products currently under development. Our course continues to evolve to stay up to date with the latest standards, interpretations, and regulatory guidance.

> Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) 

The ESD Association holds educational opportunities throughout the year both online and at events. For full details, visit the ESD Association’s website.

Fundamental Handling Practices, Basic ESD Control Program, and Simplified Measurements – This 2-day tutorial set is specifically focused on providing practical ESD information to small to midsize electronic and related companies who do not have in-house ESD experts but want to ensure themselves that they have good ESD practices and processes in place to protect their products. This series is designed primarily for personnel working in a contract manufacturer, parts distributor, electronic repair facility, and electronic field service organizations.

> Private/Custom Seminars

Many experts offer private seminars designed to train select personnel at your location. These seminars offer companies an opportunity to train multiple compliance personnel with a customized approach designed for their needs. Following is a list of experts who offer private seminars:

Cherry Clough Consultants – Seminars allow for a customized approach to training in basic and advanced EMC design, the EMC Directive, and EMC engineering practices for EMC testing techniques and EMC functional safety.

Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. – Kimmel Gerke offers seminars on EMC design fundamentals and techniques for ensuring EMC Compliance.

Henry Ott Consultants – Henry Ott Consultants offers one to three-day EMC seminars (in plant and public) on over 25 different topics, including “Partitioning and Layout of Mixed-Signal PCBs” and EMC Considerations in Switching Power Supply Designs.”

Wyatt Technical Services, LLC – An independent consulting firm that specializes in EMC design, troubleshooting and training services to commercial and industrial manufacturers with global distribution in the consumer, computer, network & telecommunications, industrial and scientific industries.

> On-Line Training

If webinars are your preferred style of learning, many companies sponsor on-demand style webinars for viewing at your convenience. Please visit the following sites for specific topics:

Associated Research – Associate Research’s webinars provide detailed information on many aspects of electrical safety testing.

> CST of America – CST of America offers webinar programs throughout the year that focus on design challenges across the field of electrical engineering, in microwaves and RF, EMC, EDA, and charged particle dynamics.

Kimmel Gerke Associates – Kimmel Gerke offers webinars throughout the year.

SIEMIC 2015 Regulatory Compliance Webinars – Presented in a series of monthly one-hour presentations, these webinars will present the latest regulation changes, importation requirements, and hot compliance issues for the most important and dynamic market countries.

Elite Electronic Engineering, Inc. also offers webinars throughout the year and also offers on-demand viewing of past webinars.

> Industry Symposia and Table-Top Programs

These annual symposia are an excellent resource for extensive technical training, and the exchange of new ideas and technical concepts. The benefit of attending these events is that attendees can sample a vast array of workshops quickly and efficiently while networking with colleagues and professionals with the same interests.

2015 IEEE Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility & Signal Integrity (EMCSI)
March 15-21, 2015 – Santa Clara, CA

> 31st International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics (ACES 2015)
March 22-26, 2015 – Williamsburg, VA

ESTECH 2015: Fostering Revolutionary Thinking (Environmental Stress-Focused)
April 27-30 — Danvers, MA

9th Annual International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop (IEW)
May 4-6, 2015 – Lake Tahoe, CA

> IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering
May 18-20, 2015 – Chicago, IL

Joint IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and EMC Europe 2015 
August 16-22, 2015 – Dresden, Germany

> IEEE EMC Society 2015 Regional Events

Dearborn, MI: May 7, 2015 – Contact: Scott Lytle, Yazaki North America, scott@emcsociety.org

Bloomington, MN: September 15, 2015 – Contact: Dan Hoolihan, (651) 213-0966, danhoolihanemc@aol.com

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What does it mean to be a part of the IEEE Young Professionals?

IEEE Young Professionals is an international community of enthusiastic, dynamic, and innovative members and volunteers. IEEE is committed to helping young professionals evaluate their career goals, polish their professional image, and create the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network.

Beginning January 1, 2014, IEEE rolled out a change in the IEEE GOLD EMC program. It is now called IEEE Young Professionals EMC and is defined as IEEE members who “graduated with their first professional degree within the last 15 years.” An opt-in option will be available under the membership area of the IEEE application for membership for interested members that do not meet the criteria. The reason for this change was that “IEEE GOLD” was not instantly recognized as a Young Professionals Group. Our goal is to continue to increase member awareness of IEEE products and engagement in IEEE activities.

Furthermore, the program cutoff has been extended to 15 years instead of the previous 10 in recognition of the fact that many students have to render public services such as military service and/or are working towards higher education. This change also removes the age criteria with the “opt-in” option. The IEEE Young Professionals program wants to ensure those that who enter the workforce later can integrate with the Young Professionals community. The opt-in option will be rolled out in August 2014 and will be a line item (free of charge) to be added to your IEEE membership shopping cart.

Many exciting Young Professional activities are scheduled for the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Santa Clara, California. Each year, we devote considerable time to organizing different social events and career development training. Remember to make sure to look and sign up for events during your registration for the Symposium.  Please contact Caroline Chan via email if you have any questions or consult the link at the bottom of this page.

Feel free to check the IEEE YP Facebook Page for info and updates on scheduled Young Professionals EMC webinars and other news.

For more on the IEEE YP Community, Benefits, and Career/Volunteer Resources, please follow this link.

Labels: IEEE Young Professionals; Electromagnetic Compliance Professionals

A Look Back at Elite’s 60th Year

With 2014 coming to a close, we’d like to thank everyone who helped make this year a success and look back at some of the changes. We added a new full-time team member, Jake Fanning, who also just completed his CBAP (Certificate in Business Administration) through UIC. We updated and acquired several pieces of equipment and added services to enhance and expedite testing, including;

Elite has also gone through a bit of a marketing facelift with an updated logo, a mobile-optimized website, improved tradeshow booths, corporate video, and several other things here and there in celebration of our 60th year in testing.  We’ve also attended or sponsored several events (see below) that made us appreciate what a great EMC community we are a part of and got to visit with several of you out there viewing this!

Events:

  • 1st JCK Scholarship awarded – 2014 recipient, Benjamin Toby
  • IEEE – Canton MI
  • FCC Certification Webinar
  • R&TTE Directive Webinar
  • IEEE – Milwaukee
  • IEEE – Chicago Mini-Symposium
  • ESTECH San Antonio
  • Food Revolution Day
  • IEST DO-160 course
  • IEEE – Rockford
  • Elite Chicago River Cruise
  • IEEE International Symposium – Raleigh NC
  • Knowledge Tuesdays Recap
  • ACIL Conference – Chicago
  • C-130 Hercules Operators Council – Atlanta
  • C-130 Technical Coordination Group Tech Program – Orlando
  • Oktoberfest 2014
  • IEEE – Schaumburg

Now looking to 2015 and the next 60 years, we already have a few projects in the works.  We are currently in the process of replacing one of our earliest EMI-shielded test chambers (Military/Aerospace Room 11) and plan on having the new-and-improved chamber running early next year.

Finally, Elite couldn’t do any of this without you and we wish you all the best during this holiday season. Please let us know how we can help you achieve continued success in the new year!

Labels: 2014; EMC Test Lab; 60 Years in Testing Business

JCK Memorial Scholarship 2014

The IEEE James C. Klouda Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of James C. Klouda and his professional career in the field of electromagnetic compatibility. The Scholarship Fund awards, on an annual basis, a scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student who seeks an electrical engineering degree with an emphasis in the field of EMC or a related discipline, from an accredited U.S. university or college.

Administration:  The selection of the Scholarship recipients will be administered by IEEE EMC-S. EMC-S will serve as administrator of the IEEE JCK Memorial Scholarship Selection Committee.

Eligibility:  The Scholarship Candidate must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in electrical engineering at an accredited university or college and inside the U.S. (no distance learning or online course students are eligible)
  • Have completed freshman year in an electrical engineering program at an accredited university or college in the U.S.
  • Hold a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Have completed college coursework in electromagnetic compatibility or in a related discipline

Prize Items: The Scholarship Fund will be used to fund on an annual basis the following annual expenses:

  • A maximum of US$1,000 for one student for school expenses (tuition, books, students fees)
  • EMC-S Student Membership for 12 months to one student

The basis for Judging:

  • Evidence of maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • One referral letter from an individual who is qualified to evaluate the applicant’s academic accomplishments (e.g., professor, administrator, employer, internship organization)
  • Additional consideration will be afforded to scholarship applicants that reside in IEEE Region 4

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2015 *Deadline subject to change*

APPLY NOW

Stay tuned for more updates.

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This August, Elite was proud to hand out the 1st IEEE James C. Klouda Memorial Scholarship Award to Benjamin Toby. An electrical engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Mr. Toby was a bright and humble young man with a lot of promise. We hope that the award helps Benjamin in his pursuit of EMC knowledge and that next year’s recipient is as deserving and sincere as this year’s! Contact us for more details on the scholarship and how to apply.

Labels: EMC Scholarship; JCK Memorial Scholarship; IEEE EMC