Ghery S. Pettit, NCE


Experience Summary

41 years of full time EMC design, troubleshooting, laboratory design and operation and standards development.  Leadership in a variety of positions in IEEE and industry committees.  Past President of the IEEE EMC Society.  Chair of CISPR Subcommittee I.


Ghery S. Pettit received the BSEE degree from Washington State University in 1975.  After working at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in the Nuclear Engineering department for a year he transferred to the Naval Electronic Systems Engineering Center, Vallejo, where he joined the Field TEMPEST Team, getting his start in the world of EMC. In this position he performed instrumented TEMPEST surveys on ships and shore installations for the US Navy.

In the fall of 1979 he joined Martin Marietta Denver Aerospace where he worked on what became the Peacekeeper missile system and other projects providing TEMPEST and EMC design and analysis support.

In October 1983 he joined Tandem Computers in Cupertino, California.  While at Tandem he provided EMC design, troubleshooting and EMC compliance testing services to a number of projects.  In 1989 he oversaw the construction of Tandem’s 30 meter Open Area Test Site (OATS) and 10 meter RF semi-anechoic chamber while also providing full EMC support for Tandem’s new top end mainframe system, the Nonstop Cyclone.  For this he was awarded a TOPS (Tandem Outstanding Performers, the highest award program for non-sales personnel) trip in the spring of 1990.  Ghery also received the Technical Excellence Award while at Tandem.

In early 1995 Ghery took a position with Intel Corporation.  Initially this was in Oregon where he aided in the construction of Intel’s first 3 meter RF semi-anechoic chamber and oversaw the design and construction of a 10 meter OATS facility.  While in Oregon he led the work to design and build Intel’s EMC test facilities (a 3 meter RF semi-anechoic chamber and 10 meter OATS) in DuPont, Washington.  When construction of the facility in DuPont was complete in the summer of 1996 he moved to that facility.  He served as the lead engineer in the laboratory until moving to the Corporate Product Regulations and Standards department in 2000.  While in CPRS he served as the focal point within Intel for EMC standards and regulations, represented the company on various industry committees and national and international standards development organizations, provided EMC design and troubleshooting support for various business units in the company and, when needed, made trips to customer sites around the world to aid in resolving EMC problems with customer designs that utilized Intel silicon products.

Ghery retired from Intel on June 1, 2015 and is now continuing his work on national and international standards development organizations and consulting in the areas of EMC design, troubleshooting, testing, standards interpretations and laboratory design.

Ghery is the Chair of CISPR Subcommittee I.  CISPR is an acronym for the French words for the International Special Committee on Radio Interference.  CISPR is a special committee of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) and has been in existence since the 1930s.  CISPR/I is responsible for the creation and maintenance of emissions and immunity standards for ITE, broadcast receivers and multimedia equipment.  He was a member of the USNC IEC / CISPR G TAG from 1998 until Subcommittee G (ITE) was merged with Subcommittee E (broadcast receivers) to form Subcommittee I (multimedia equipment) in 2001 whereupon he became a member of the USNC IEC / CISPR I TAG, on which group he continues to serve.  The I TAG serves to advise the US national expert for SC I on matters arising in CISPR SC I.  He is also a member of the USNC IEC / SC77B TAG providing similar inputs for the US technical expert for IEC SC77B.  He is a member of CISPR SC I WG2 (emissions standards) and CISPR SC I WG4 (immunity standards).  These Working Groups are scheduled to be closed in October and replaced with Maintenance Team 7 (MT7) and Maintenance Team 8 (MT8), maintaining CISPR 32 and CISPR 35.  Ghery was a member of CISPR SC I WG3 from the formation of SC I in 2001 until WG3 was dissolved at the end of 2012.  He served as the Convener (chairman) of this WG from 2007 through the end of 2012.  He was also a member of ASC C63® SC 1.  He served as the Chairman of the Information Technology Industry Council’s (ITI) committee on EMC (TC5) from 1999 until he retired from Intel in 2015.  He served as a member of that committee first as a representative from Tandem Computers and then Intel Corporation starting in the late 1980s.  From 1999 to 2005 he served on the Panel for Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Board on Assessment of NIST Programs for the National Research Council, reviewing and reporting on the activities of the RF laboratory at NIST in Boulder, Colorado.

Ghery has been active in the IEEE EMC Society for over 35 years.  He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Littleton Colorado Chapter in 1983, Secretary of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter in 1985/1987, Vice Chairman of the SCV Chapter in 1987/1989 and Chairman in 1989/1991.  He served as Secretary of the Santa Clara Valley Section of the IEEE in 1991/1992, Treasurer in 1992/1993, Vice Chairman in 1993/1994 and Chairman in 1994/1995.  After moving to the Pacific Northwest he served as Chairman of the Seattle Chapter of the IEEE EMC Society from 1997 to 2000.  He served on the Board of Directors of the IEEE EMC Society as a Director at Large from 1999 to 2004 and 2006 to 2011.  During this time he served as the Chapter Coordinator from 1999 to 2005.  From 2003 to 2008 he was the Vice President for Communications Services.  In 2009 and 2010 he was the Vice President for Conference Services.  He served as President Elect for the IEEE EMC Society in 2011, President in 2012 and 2013 and Immediate Past President in 2014 and 2015.

In 2000 Ghery was a recipient of the IEEE 3rd Millennium Award and was awarded the IEEE EMC Society’s Laurence G. Cumming Award for Outstanding Service in 2007.  Ghery has written 9 papers and articles for publication and contributed a chapter for the 2nd Edition of the ARRL’s Radio Frequency Interference Handbook.  Ghery is a Technical Advisor for the ARRL in the area of EMC and holds an Amateur Extra license (N6TPT).  He is a duo-decade member of the dB Society.  He is also an instrument rated private pilot.  He has been listed in several Marquis Who’s Who publications over the past 28 years, including Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.