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Background and Experience
Douglas C. Smith

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Personal Background - CV

Education:

B. E. E. E. (Electrical Engineering) 1969 Vanderbilt Univ.
M. S. E. E.  (Electrical Engineering) 1970 Cal Inst. of Tech.
Honors:
1959 Amateur Radio Operator - K4OAP (General class at age 12)
1962 FCC Second Class Commercial Radiotelephone License
1963 FCC First Class Commercial Radiotelephone License
1969 Eta Kappa Nu, Engineering Honor Society
1969 Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
1983 Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Labs
1989 AT&T Bell Labs, Inventor's Hall of Fame
1990 Senior Member of IEEE
1995 Co-General Chair, EOS/ESD Symposium held in Phoenix, AZ
1998 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society Board of Directors
2001 (to present) Teach courses in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University
2011 Narte Certified Electromagnetic Compatibility Master Design Engineer
Hobbies and Activities:
Amateur Radio Operator, K4OAP
Bicyclist
Runner
SCUBA Diver
Employment History:
June 2001-present

Teaching courses at the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University. My current courses (taught once or twice per year) are:
http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/H600-5
http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/H600-8

April 2000-present:
I am currently an independent consultant specializing in high frequency measurements, circuit/system design and verification, switching power supply noise and specifications, EMC, and immunity to transient noise. I teach laboratory demonstration based courses on device, circuit, and system design, as well as high frequency measurement techniques as well as offer consulting services to solve difficult design problems in a wide range of electronic equipment. Currently, I am based in Boulder City, NV where I hold public and private seminars for my US clients.
1996-April 2000: Manager EMC Development and Test, Auspex Systems, a maker of high performance network servers in Santa Clara, CA
I was responsible for insuring that Auspex products meet international standards for EMC, both emissions and immunity, and safety. In addition, the group that I headed worked to insure the robustness of Auspex designs.

During my time at Auspex, no product introduction was ever delayed by an EMC or safety agency issue. In some cases, I helped suppliers design their products, especially switching power supplies.

Standards committee participation at Auspex includes:

1970-1996: Member/Distinguished Member of Technical Staff of AT&T Bell Labs, Holmdel and Middletown, NJ
My work with Bell Labs encompassed linear circuit design, telephone transmission theory, digital design, digital and analog ASIC design, pulsed electromagnetic interference including electrostatic discharge (ESD), and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). More specifically, I designed the time division bus structure and many of the interfaces to the telephone network in the Definity Communications System (TM), a number of linear and digital integrated circuits, and analog transmission plans and circuitry for a number of other AT&T products. I have been granted over fifteen patents.

I have directed EMC and ESD studies over the years that have resulted in novel, low cost solutions. Projects have ranged from ESD interference affecting manufacturing robots to problems resulting from radiated interference generated by loose pocket change.

My designs included improvements to unshielded twisted pair, UTP, interfaces for local area network equipment. These designs have helped UTP achieve performance equivalent to shielded systems in many cases.

I have participated in standards work for AT&T including (all current participation except as noted):

I had taught and consulted for many organizations throughout AT&T essentially as an internal consultant. My High Frequency Measurement Techniques Seminar was one of the most popular in-hours education courses offered at Bell Labs.
Before 1970:

1969-Summer  Member of Technical Staff
    Bell Labs    Holmdel, NJ

During the summer before my graduate work, I designed circuitry and performed testing for the MJ/MK Mobile Radiotelephone System. One of my circuits helped to insure that a mobile radio would lock onto its local idle tone instead of the tone from a nearby city.


1969-Fall/Sp  Transmitter Engineer (AM)
    Radio Station WMAK  Nashville, TN

My responsibilities included the operation of station's remote transmitter site and some maintenance.
1968-Summer  Electronic Technician
    Bendix Avionics   Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Working in the instrument pool, I was involved in the repair and calibration of test equipment. My specialty was repairing equipment that was considered beyond local capabilities to fix.
1967-Fall   Transmitter Engineer (AM)
    Radio Station WWGM  Nashville, TN
I was responsible for operation of the remote transmitter.
1967-Summer  Electronic Technician
    Bendix Avionics   Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Working in the instrument pool, I was involved in the repair and calibration of test equipment and the building of custom test sets.
1966-Summer  Electronic Technician
    Civil Defense HQ,   Ft. Lauderdale, FL
My responsibilities included maintaining radio communication gear, including building some custom equipment. I was also responsible for maintaining electronic equipment at fallout shelter locations around the county.
1965-Summer  Electronic Technician
    Civil Defense HQ,   Ft. Lauderdale, FL
My responsibilities included maintaining radio communication gear, including building some custom equipment. I was also responsible for maintaining electronic equipment at fallout shelter locations around the county.
1962-Summer  Electronic Technician
    Solar Research Inc.  Ft. Lauderdale, FL
I designed and helped to set up production for a solid state galvanic response "lie detector."
1960-Summer  Electronic technician trainee
    MicroDyne Corp.   Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Technical Development:

Published book:

High Frequency Measurements and Noise In Electronic Circuits, 1992, published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, ISBN #0-442-00636-5, 231 pages


Published papers:


Seminars:

Over the last 26 years, I have independently developed seminars on high frequency measurement techniques, EMC design an troubleshooting techniques, and system level ESD design. These seminars have been taught at many companies in the US and overseas. In 1997 I delivered a guest lecture at a Norwegian University on high frequency measurement techniques. Since 2001 I have delivered classes in the Continuing Education Department of Oxford University.

1987- present

I have conducted dozens of workshops, tutorials, and technical demonstrations at both the IEEE EMC Symposium and the EOS/ESD Symposum.


1987-1995 Electrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge (EOS/ESD) Symposium

During this period of time I served on the Steering Committee in many capacities including: General Chairman, Vice-General Chairman, Technical Program Chairman, Secretary, and Registration Chairman. In addition, I presented many tutorial programs on ESD immunity of electronic equipment, served as a technical session moderator many times and moderated many workshop discussion sessions.
1990-1 KeyTek Pulsed EMI Seminar
I lectured for KeyTek Instrument Corporation using their material on pulsed EMI. These were two day lectures covering the IEC 801 series of pulsed EMI standards as well as design techniques to meet them that were given in various locations in the US.
Early experience:
1968-69, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN: Chief Engineer for WRVU, the campus radio station.

1962-65, various locations in Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Several times in this period I taught radio theory and Morse code classes for people studying to become amateur radio operators.

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