January 2017

ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD) Essentials

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM-4:30 PM: ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD) Essentials
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Dr. Michael L. McGuire, P.Eng.
Penciltronics, Inc.

Dr. Mihai Sima, P.Eng.
Penciltronics, Inc.
Credit: 6.5 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $419.00 + GST = $439.95 until Jan 11, 2017

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Non-Member Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Student Member Price: $249.50 + GST = $261.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by January 11, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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This seminar provides guidance to engineering professionals who need to address the susceptibility and robustness of electronic circuits and systems to ElectroStatic Discharges (ESD). An engineering professional will be able to tune the implementation of electronic circuits and systems to improve their ESD immunity after attending this seminar.

Seminar Description

Hidden static charges can accumulate in many places with the potential to cause damage to our systems. In North America, billions of dollars of damage are created every year by unwanted electrostatic discharges. In this seminar, a survey of ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD) causes and preventative measures is presented. The seminar also provides a review of ESD standards for electronic equipment. After attending this course, engineering professionals will understand the problems associated with ESD, and be able to generate systems which are robust with respect to ESD events.

Learning Objectives

This seminar focuses on the ESD phenomenon, which is on one of the most difficult aspects of electromagnetic compatibility. It provides an electronic presentation with the attendees being provided a hard copy of all slides with additional notes. A testing demonstration using an ESD testing gun and table will be performed.

The following topics are addressed:

  • The ESD problem and ESD-induced failures.
  • The ESD stress model.
  • Protection against ESD.
  • PCB design for increased robustness against ESD.
  • Instruments and testing techniques which are robust to ESD.
  • The basics of ESD testing gun use.
  • Standards and certification.

Target Audience

The intended audience is electrical and computer engineers working with electronics, embedded systems, computers, and instrumentation systems and measurement systems. The goal of this seminar is to provide guidance to the engineering professional who needs to address general ESD susceptibility and/or robustness problems. It is assumed that the attendee has basic engineering knowledge but no prior exposure to ESD is required.


Dr. Michael L. McGuire, P.Eng.
Penciltronics, Inc.

Michael McGuire has more than 20 years engineering experience in various academic and commercial organizations as a software developer, testing engineer, and researcher. He worked in Wireless Communications, Optical Communications, and Radiolocation. He had been with Lucent Technologies in New Jersey, USA for two years researching high-end radio handsets and Embedded Systems. He has performed research for Bell Canada, and is currently a consultant for Wifarer Canada. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and holds a PhD in electrical engineering. Dr. McGuire is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.

Dr. Mihai Sima, P.Eng.
Penciltronics, Inc.

Mihai Sima has more than 25 years of engineering experience in various academic and commercial organizations as a research and design engineer on various hi-tech projects. He currently works in Integrated Circuits Design and Testing, Embedded Systems and Instrumentation Electronics. He had been with Philips Research Labs in the Netherlands for four years researching media processors augmented with Field-Programmable Gate Arrays. He was a consultant for Sandbridge Technologies, New York, in the fields of Software-Defined Radios and Digital Signal Processing. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and holds a PhD in computer engineering. Dr. Sima is registered as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Ontario, and the European Union.

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