Electromagnetic Compatibility & Signal Integrity

Emeritus professor at Missouri S&T and founding member of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory, Grounding & Shielding plus Circuit Board Layout

‌Dr. Thomas Van Doren

Professor Emeritus, Missouri S&T

Electrical & Computer Engineering


Dr. Van Doren has conducted research and education in electromagnetic compatibility for the past 30 years. More than 19,000 engineers and technicians from 105 companies and government agencies have attended his Grounding and Shielding and Circuit Board Layout courses.

Grounding & Shielding + Circuit Board Layout

This video option consists of 15 hours of Grounding & Shielding, plus 5 hours of Circuit Board Layout. Only one final exam must be taken for the two combined courses.

Grounding and Shielding of Electronic Systems
How to Diagnose and Solve Electrical Noise Problems (15 hours)

This course presents an organized introduction to fundamental grounding and shielding principles, clarifies troublesome terminology, and demonstrates many techniques for identifying and fixing electrical noise problems. The principles will be described as concepts rather than theoretical equations. The emphasis on concepts will make the course useful for people with a wide range of experiences. Several interference mechanisms and shielding techniques are demonstrated.

This course will help you:

  1. Use a logical procedure to diagnose and solve electrical noise problems;
  2. Reduce the time and cost required to meet emission and susceptibility specifications;
  3. Determine the optimum grounding technique for safety and low noise;
  4. Recognize that all electrical noise problems are caused by four basic coupling mechanisms; and
  5. Determine the correct connection for cable shields.

Course Outline and Learning Objectives

Circuit Board Layout to Reduce
Electromagnetic Emission and Susceptibility (5 hours)

The course covers circuit board layout issues that span the frequency range from DC to several GHz. Mixed analog and digital designs, and multilayer boards are emphasized. Most of the concepts and techniques presented are applicable to one- and two-sided board designs. Several key concepts are illustrated with demonstrations. You will also learn techniques for diagnosing electromagnetic interference problems at the board level.

This course shows that the issues of safety, emission, and susceptibility can be used to determine if, where, and how to connect the circuit board to a metal enclosure. Each specific case has its own unique result, but all conclusions are based on the same electromagnetic compatibility principles.

This course will help you:

  • Design or manufacture electronic equipment;
  • Design printed circuit boards;
  • Design metal enclosures for circuit boards;
  • Select connectors and cables attached to circuit boards;
  • Design integrated circuits and packages;
  • Design filters to reduce conducted emissions;
  • Select heat sinks for integrated circuit packages; and,
  • Test for electromagnetic compatibility of products containing circuit boards.

Course Outline and Learning Objectives


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