Electromagnetic Compatibility Simulation Laboratory (ECSL)
funded by Motorola, Inc. (’96-’98)

The work cited in this report is a result of research conducted in the Department of Electrical Engineering, under a grant from Motorola, Inc., Phoenix, James N. Arnold, Ph.D., Technical Monitor. The project addresses the issue of initiating an EMI/EMC study at Prairie View A&M University. The subject of electromagnetic interference /electromagnetic compatibility (EMI/EMC) has, on the one hand, has expanded tremendously, in the sense that modern electronic systems have become more complex having to satisfy several conflicting requirements: sophistication in technology – increased speeds of processors, decreased sizes of components and chips; increased competition, and decreased times for testing, marketing; and especially the new even more stringent international regulations for compliance. However, it had not attracted more than the minimum attention from the academic population. In particular, very few universities have academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels that offer basic understanding of the principles behind the EMI/EMC, let alone competent preparation and training for the real world workforce. PVAMU’s approach was to utilize the funds from Motorola as seed funds to initiate an EMI/EMC program. More specifically, the goals were to: (i) develop a course in the field; (ii) put in place a modeling and simulation laboratory – Electromagnetic Compatibility Simulation Laboratory (ECSL); (iii) plan for inclusion of testing equipment in the future; (iv) develop contacts with other universities and the industry; (v) prepare proposals to attract additional funds from Motorola and other agencies for expansion of this work; and (vi) most importantly, educate and train students in this important field. These goals have been achieved successfully. In addition, components of this research are being integrated with the other existing and planned research projects by A. Anil Kumar, Principal Investigator, and his research group. The benefits to Motorola, and our other industrial and government partners, include: the ECSL, which is a simulation laboratory at PVAMU that provides, with excellent certainty, simulations and design criteria (and in future, testing and characterization) in a quick and cost-effective manner; access to faculty expertise through future grants and contracts; availability of well-planned short courses for continuing education and distance learning; and well-trained undergraduate and graduate students, especially African American and other minorities, ready for the workforce.