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Oktoberfest with IEEE EMC and SAE Chicago

October 24, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The SAE and IEEE EMC Chicago chapters welcome another annual Oktoberfest social and technical meeting where members, guests, and interested attendees come together for a festive evening of conversation and professional networking. We will have Oktoberfest-themed food, refreshments, learning, and more, so come and connect with your local technical community colleagues.

This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome to attend – registration is required.

Lightning Protection of Aircraft: Simulation and Test

By Karen Burnham, Principal Scientist, Electro Magnetic Applications

This talk covers lightning basics as well as specific techniques to both protect aircraft from these strikes and prove to certifying agencies that the protection is adequate. This will cover both historical approaches and cutting-edge combinations of simulation and testing.

Karen Burnham is a Principal Scientist at Electro Magnetic Applications in Denver, CO. She is an iNARTE certified EMC engineer with experience in both the aerospace/defense and automotive industries. At NASA JSC, she worked on the Orion spacecraft and pyrotechnic systems. She was able to work on the Dream Chaser spacecraft and the F-35 fighter jet. She spent several years working at Ford Motor Company on traditional vehicles like the Ford Edge and Lincoln Continental as well as on their line of electric hybrid vehicles such as the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. Ms. Burnham is a member of the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors where she serves as Assistant Vice President of Standards. She holds a BS degree in Physics from Northern Arizona University and an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston.



Karen Burnham
Principal Scientist, Electro Magnetic Applications
IEEE EMC Society Distinguished Lecturer


6:00 – 7:00pm  Social Hour (includes Oktoberfest food and drinks)
7:00 – 7:30pm  Chapter Announcements
7:30 – 8:15pm  Technical Presentation


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October 24, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Elite Electronic Engineering, Inc.
1516 Centre Circle
Downers Grove, IL 60515 United States
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