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Seminar: Unintentional Antennas and Solving EMI Problems

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Karen Burnham

Vice President of Standards
IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors

Date and time:

July 16th, 2024

From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific time

Location: This event will be hosted online via Zoom

Price: $195 for early birds through June 15th (then $245)


Antennas and EMI

This one-day seminar on antennas and EMI will be presented by Karen Burnham.

One of the biggest causes of EMC test failures is radiating structures in a unit, whether from the PCB or cabling, that are acting in ways designers never intended. This course will aim to combine theory and demonstration of some of the counterintuitive ways physics and electrical engineering interact to cause EMI problems.



Among the topics covered:

  • Demonstration of PCB picking up RF signals
  • Basic antenna theory
  • Demonstration of noise from switch mode power supplies
  • Fundamentals of how switching signals produce RF noise

The goal is for the attendee to leave with a better understanding of how and why EMI/EMC problems occur and simple approaches to improve designs before experiencing late EMC testing failures.


About Karen Burnham

Karen Burnham, a Principal Scientist at Electro Magnetic Applications in Denver, CO, brings a wealth of experience as an iNARTE certified EMC engineer. Her career spans the aerospace/defense and automotive industries, including impactful contributions at NASA JSC, where she worked on the Orion spacecraft and pyrotechnic systems. Her expertise extends to projects like the Dream Chaser spacecraft and the F-35 fighter jet. With several years at Ford Motor Company, she has worked on various vehicles, from traditional models like the Ford Edge and Lincoln Continental to electric hybrid vehicles like the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.

Ms. Burnham is also a valuable member of the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors, serving as Vice President of Standards. She holds a BS degree in Physics from Northern Arizona University and an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston.

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