March 11th, 2015


Wednesday 11th, March 2015

Cedar Falls “Clarion Inn” Against the Grain Restaurant

(Formerly called the Holiday Inn)

Joint meeting with Cedar Rapids Section Electromagnetic Compatibility Society Chapter

Regulatory Markings – So What Who Cares?

Topic: Jim Blaha will provide an overview of Regulatory Markings you see every day on Information Technology Equipment (ITE) and on Industrial Scientific and Medical (ISM) Products. Many of these Markings are required due to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). The outcome of this presentation is a conceptual understanding of Why EMC is so very important and Why Markings are more than just Marks.

Speaker: Mr. Jim Blaha is Strategic Accounts Manager for National Technical Systems (NTS).

Previously Jim was the Global EMC Lab Manager at GE Healthcare in Wisconsin. In addition, Jim managed the GEHC International EMC Labs located in Beijing – China, Hino – Japan and Buc – France. Responsibilities included acting as the Quality Manager for the Wisconsin EMC Lab to maintain ISO 17025 Laboratory Accreditation.At Ingenium Testing EMC Lab in Rockford, Illinois, Jim served as the Quality Manager and developed the Quality System to achieve ISO 17025 Laboratory Accreditation. The Scope of Accreditation included DO-160 / MIL STD 461 / Wireless and Commercial EMC Testing Standards. Jim also managed the EMC Lab expansion that included the construction of a 10 meter semi-anechoic Chamber for Commercial Testing.At LS Research Jim acted as an ISO 17025 Quality Manager and developed LS Research into an Internationally Recognized Radio Testing / Certification EMC Lab.Jim also has a long history with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) including positions of IEEE Milwaukee Section Chairperson 2004, 2013 and 2014; IEEE Milwaukee Section EMC Chapter Chair 1998 to present; Marketing Chair for the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on EMC, and also as the IEEE Milwaukee Section Representative to IEEE Sections Congress in 2005, 2008 and 2014.

Program Chair: Phil Berger

Price: $15.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)


Social period: 6:00 P.M.

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Location: “Against The Grain” Restaurant, Cedar Falls Clarion Inn 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Dinner Reservations can be made 2 ways:

1. : (preferred)

2. Phone number (319-292-8178)

Please indicate if you are NOT having dinner with us when making a reservation. Please also provide the names of any guests so that nametags can be ready for them.

Please make reservations by 3:00 PM, Monday 9 March 2015. Guests are always welcome.

Note: Checks to purchase meals from the Clarion Inn should be made out to “Clarion Inn.”

Dues: Member dues of $10.00 may be sent to the Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail:

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.