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Assessing The Need To Introduce Electromagnetic Compliance And Interference In Engineering Technology Programs

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.92.1 - 4.92.6

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Albert Lozano-Nieto

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Willie Ofosu

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Session 3547

Assessing the need to introduce Electromagnetic Compliance and Interference (EMC/EMI) in Engineering Technology programs. Albert Lozano-Nieto and Willie Ofosu Penn State University Wilkes-Barre Campus P.O. Box PSU. Lehman, PA 18627 Phone: (717) 675-9245. FAX: (717) 675-7713 email:


A common goal of Engineering Technology programs is to produce highly qualified graduates serving industry and the society. They need to provide students with not only practical hands-on experience, but also with the critical thinking and technical skills to solve the problems and challenges that graduates will face in their professional careers. Engineering Technology programs need then to anticipate the future needs of industry in order to be abreast of the ever- changing market in technological fields.

Our experience in the Biomedical Engineering and Telecommunication Engineering Technology programs show that Electromagnetic Compliance and Interference (EMC/EMI) will be a key issue for the US industry in the very near future, if not today. We can expect in the future regulatory agencies will issue new Standards in a manner similar to the European experience, which will result in a demand of graduates with background in EMC/EMI.

In this paper, we analyze the industry needs to address EMC/EMI issues, presenting a tentative EMC course suitable for an Electrical Engineering Technology program. Our goal is to contribute to prepare students to become successful professionals in the next millennium.


Engineering Technology programs are designed to produce highly qualified professionals to solve the problems that industry faces today. These programs are aimed at training future professionals in the maintenance, repair, acquisition and management of technical equipment. However, it is widely recognized that industry and technology are undergoing major changes and consequently the training of these future professionals needs to be reviewed and updated. In particular, Electrical Engineering Technology programs should respond to the needs of today’s industry, as well as to anticipate what will be required from professionals in the upcoming years.

Lozano-Nieto, A., & Ofosu, W. (1999, June), Assessing The Need To Introduce Electromagnetic Compliance And Interference In Engineering Technology Programs Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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