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Colloquium Announcement for April 4

Apr 2, 2014

Speaker: Brett McCarty
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 4 PM
Room: 205 Currens Hall

Black Magic: EMC, a Physicist's Perspective


Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is colloquially referred to by some engineering professionals as black magic or voodoo. This stigma results from a lack of understanding of some basic physical concepts as well as not appreciating the complexity of real world environments and solutions. In this talk, I will begin with a general overview of EMC followed by an attempt to demystify this field by describing how my degree in physics has helped to prepare me for a career performing "black magic."

About the speaker:
Brett McCarty graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in both History and Physics. He went on to achieve a Master's degree in Condensed Matter Physics from Iowa State University in 2010. He held several odd jobs including census worker, carpenter, and lecturer before landing an Adjunct physics position at St. Ambrose University. After teaching for 3 semesters, he transitioned to the field of EMC. For the past 2 years, he has worked as an Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) engineer at a prominent aerospace company.

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