2023 EMI EMC Summit

September 27, 2023 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm America/New York Timezone
NTS Boxborough
1146 Massachusetts Ave.
MA 01719

NTS Labs & IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society

2023 EMI EMC Summit

Parking: Available on site with parking attendants directing traffic as guests arrive

Get your tickets now to join us for the 2023 NTS Labs and the IEEE EMC Society – Boston Chapter EMI/EMC Summit. Learn from world renowned EMI/EMC experts:

  • •Duy Ho, Regulatory Lab Manager with Element
  • •Scott Carlson, EMI Principal Engineer with NTS Labs
  • •Colin E. Brench, Courtesy of IEEE

Vendors will be available to meet with attendees and tours of the Element NTS Labs Boxborough facility will be given throughout the day. Lunch will be provided.

Seating will be limited.



8:00 AM-8:45 AM – Breakfast

8:45 AM-9:00 AM – Introductions

9:00 AM-10:00 AM – Wireless/Bluetooth/5G Interface Requirements

10:00 AM-10:30 AM – Break

10:30 AM-11:30 AM – Methods of Measuring Shielding Effectiveness

11:30 AM-1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM-2:00 PM – Art and Science of EMC Design

2:00 PM-2:30 PM – Break (Ice Cream Truck)

2:30 PM-3:30 PM – Art and Science of EMC design


Duy Ho – Regulatory Compliance Process and challenges for wireless devices

Wireless devices and technologies such as WIFI, Bluetooth, and 5G have become an integral part of modern society, offering connectivity to users worldwide. With the exponential growth of wireless devices on the market, there is a growing need for regulatory compliance testing and certification to ensure that these devices meet the stringent standards and requirements set by regulatory bodies. This presentation explores the process of FCC regulatory compliance testing and certification for radio devices in the US.

Regulatory requirements summary will be provided for some wireless technologies in this presentation, including the standards and protocols that must be met for device to be certified. The summary consists of the testing process for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), radio frequency (RF), and RF Exposure (SAR), to ensure compliance with FCC regulatory standards.

The presentation also discusses the importance of certification and how it provides assurance to not only regular consumers, but also to the wireless device manufacturers (OEM) and regulatory bodies that a device meets the required standards. It also discusses the challenges and considerations when processing regulatory compliance testing and certification, including the complexity of the testing process, the need for specialized equipment and facilities, and the cost and time duration required.

Presented by Duy Ho, Regulatory Lab Manager at Element with 6+ years of experience in compliance RF testing of wireless technologies including WIFI DTS/U-NII 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, WIFI 6E, Bluetooth, NFC, UWB, WPT, 60GHz mmWave and cellular technologies such as GSM, WCDMA, LTE, NR 5G mmWave (FR1/FR2). Mr. Ho is a graduate of University of California, Merced – holding a BS is Mechanical Engineering.

Scott Carlson – Methods of Measuring Shielding Effectiveness

During this discussion we will be covering 4 different standards used to measure shielding effectiveness (SE) of cables, connectors, and materials. We will present data comparing the SE methods for connectors and highlighting the different strengths of each method. We will discuss SE methods for complex shielded cables. We will show the SE methods used to measure materials in this case fiberglass vs carbon fiber panels.

Presented by Scott Carlson, the EMI Principal Engineer with NTS Labs with 20+ years of experience in EMI EMC. From building a new EMI laboratory from the ground up to overseeing engineering at multiple labs simultaneously, Mr. Carlson has a clear vision of what a successful EMI/EMC program is and how to get there.

Colin E. Brench – The Art and Science of EMC Design

EMC design is one of those subjects mired in tradition and often is impaired by design rules that do not quite apply to the situation at hand. Alternatively, there are very sophisticated tools using Computational Electromagnetic (CEM) techniques that are capable of solving complex problems with great precision – providing the user knows how to apply them appropriately.

This class (series of talks…) will provide many insights regarding the use of design tools, the most important lesson is to provide the attendee with a way of thinking through a design to minimize surprises that can so easily occur. Ensuring a balanced approach to EMC design, using a combination of the designers’ experience, measurements, analysis and computational models, can make the resulting EMC design work much less uncertain. EMC design is really not just black magic – it is the combination of a good number of dark grey magic steps.

Presented by Colin E. Brench who provides consulting for multiple EMC industry specialties including development of computational electromagnetics tools for EMC, EMC standards, and EMC & SI training. After an extensive career including Master Engineer at Hewlett Packard, he’s cheerfully retired and always interested in helping to solve unusual RF or EML/EMC challenges while sharing his vast knowledge training on EMC topics. Mr. Brench appears courtesy of IEEE.

IEEE EMC Society – Boston Chapter has a mission to foster the development and facilitate the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge in the discipline of electromagnetic environmental effects and electromagnetic compatibility, as detailed in the EMCS’s field of interest (FOI), and promote literary, educational and professional aspects thereof, that benefit members, the profession and humanity.

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