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Integrated Emc Education At San Francisco State University

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.604.1 - 6.604.8

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Zorica Pantic-Tanner

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Session 3232

Integrated EMC Education at San Francisco State University

Zorica Pantic-Tanner

School of Engineering & Computer Science San Francisco State University, CA 94132


This paper describes how EMC principles are integrated throughout the undergraduate curriculum at San Francisco State University (SFSU). With increase in clock frequencies and data rates in digital circuits, as well as with a push toward microwave and higher frequency ranges in communication systems, the problems of electromagnetic interference are becoming more pronounced. It is imperative for graduating engineers to have operative knowledge of EMI and corresponding remedies. The EMC-related principles and applications are incorporated in two electromagnetics, one communications and one EMC course and are supported by hands-on experience in a newly developed state-of-the-art high-frequency laboratory. The lab exercises and design projects are described at the web site They help students understand the difficult EM/EMC concepts and expose them to practical EMC applications.

I. Introduction

In this era of rapid development of communication systems, the trend is toward use of microwave and higher frequency ranges. At the same time circuits and systems are operating at higher data rates, and becoming smaller and more compact. As a result, the environment is rapidly becoming saturated with broadband electromagnetic noise that can be easily coupled to a circuit/system through electric, magnetic or electromagnetic mechanisms. Designing circuits and systems that are electromagnetically compatible, i.e., do not interfere with the other systems and are not susceptible to electromagnetic noise, is becoming more and more challenging. It is necessary for every practicing electrical engineer to be aware of these problems. Undergraduate students should be exposed to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) concepts and learn about possible solutions.

SFSU is one of few universities nationwide that incorporates the EMC principles and solutions into undergraduate curriculum and has also developed an active undergraduate research program in the EMC area. The theoretical principles are integrated in two electromagnetics, one communications and one undergraduate EMC course, and are supported by hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art EMC/Communications laboratory. Students capstone design projects can also contain an EMC component. The seed money for the EMC curriculum development was funded by the Santa Clara Valley (SCV) chapter of the IEEE

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Pantic-Tanner, Z. (2001, June), Integrated Emc Education At San Francisco State University Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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