RRVS Aug 2020 Section Meeting


Online meeting only


Dear valued IEEE member, 

Hope you are doing well during this difficult time and most of you are likely to be working remotely. To keep as normal as we can with our routine, we are offering this month’s Section meeting by WebEx at our regular monthly Section meeting time.  Due to the recent situation, we are unable to host face to face meetings and hope that this live WebEx meeting will bring a new experience and continue to give opportunities to members for networking and keeping current with technologies.


If you don’t have the application already, please download WebEx application on your desktop, laptop or mobile device before the meeting.


Join us for the May section meeting.

Note: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this meeting is only available online. We will not be meeting face to face for the next couple of months.



  Date and Time




  • Date: 27 Aug 2020
  • Time: 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • Rockford, Illinois
  • United States

  • Co-sponsored by IEEE Rock River Valley Section
  • Starts 16 August 2020 04:01 PM
  • Ends 27 August 2020 07:01 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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Michael K. McInerney, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Michael K. McInerney, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Facility/Building Electromagnetic Shielding and Grounding 


Modern electronic devices and equipment are susceptible to EMI, RFI, electrical transients, and especially high-power EM pulses. Sources of EM interference and pulses can be natural or manmade. Lightning and solar flares are natural sources, while EMP from a nuclear blast and intentional EM interference (IEMI) are manmade. The detrimental effects of these phenomena have been known for many years, and in the case of lightning and EMP, protection methods have been developed. Devices and equipment can be individually protected but it is more effective and economical to house in an enclosure, especially when there are multiple interconnected devices to be protected. The presentation provides an overview of EMI, RFI, and EMP sources, an introduction to the theory of EM protection, and tailored protection methods. Protection topics include shielding, transient protection, grounding, bonding, standards (IEEE, IEC, and military), specifications, and best practices. The severity of destructive effects will vary depending on the EM pulse source. This is because pulse characteristics differ, such as frequency band and energy. These pulse differences will affect the design of EM protection. There are three basic approaches to reducing the impact of an EM pulse: reflect, redirect, and absorb. Design of a protective barrier includes the overall shield and any penetrations through it. To protect from EM infiltration, penetrations, such as doors, HVAC, wires, and antennas, can be modified using transient surge protectors, filters, and waveguides below cutoff.




Michael K. McInerney is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), in Champaign, Illinois. He has more than 35 years of experience in the measurement and modeling of electric and magnetic properties of materials and skilled in the use of acoustic and EM techniques to nondestructively inspect materials. He is also skilled in the use of EM remote-sensing techniques to characterize infrastructure. He has been a registered Professional Engineer since 1990, an iNARTE Certified EMC Engineer since 1996, and holds two FCC radio licenses. Mr. McInerney has more than 60 technical publications in the areas of EMC, corrosion prevention, and electrokinetics. He also holds seven US patents, and has won several prestigious awards, including the 2010 USACE Researcher of the Year. Since 2005, Mr. McInerney has been co-chair of the EMC Society’s TC5 on High-Power Electromagnetics. He participates in many IEEE standards technical committees, including IEEE Std-1302 and IEEE Std-299. Mr. McInerney serves as a subject-matter expert for the USACE in lightning protection and High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP). He serves on EMC-related Department of Defense technical criteria committees such as MIL-HDBK-423 and MIL-STD-188-125. He has an MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois (1984), a BS in Electrical Engineering, and a BS in Mathematics and Physics from Iowa State University (both 1978).



7:00 PM Dial in

7:15 PM Introductions

7:30 PM Presentation 

8:30 PM Q and A

8:45 PM Adjourn

Online meeting only