Donald Heirman is president of Don HEIRMAN Consultants, LLC, which is a training, standards, and educational electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) consultation corporation. Previously he was with Bell Laboratories for over 30 years in many EMC roles including Manager of Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs) Global Product Compliance Laboratory, which he founded, and where he was in charge of the Corporation’s major EMC and regulatory test facility and its participation in ANSI accredited standards and international EMC standardization committees.
He chairs, or is a principal technical contributor to, US and international EMC standards organizations including ANSI ASC C63® (immediate past chairman and chairman of the C63.4 (emission measurements) working group), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and immediate past chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR). He is the chairman of the IEC’s Advisory Committee on EMC (ACEC) starting in July 2013. He is also a life member of the Technical Management Committee of the US National Committee of the IEC.
In November 2008 he was presented with the prestigious IEC Lord Kelvin award at the IEC General Meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is the highest award in the IEC and recognizes Don’s many contributions to global electrotechnical standardization in the field of EMC. In May 2018, he received the IEEE Emberson award for leadership and service to industry and the IEEE and for distinguished service to the development, viability, advancement, and pursuit of the technical objectives of the IEEE. He is a life Fellow of the IEEE and an honored life member of the IEEE EMC Society and past member of its Board of Directors, chair of its technical committees on EMC measurements and Smart Grid, past Vice President for Standards, past EMCS president, and past chair of its standards development committee.
He is also past president of the IEEE Standards Association (SA), past member of the SA Board of Governors and past member of the IEEE’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He now teaches the practical application of EMC compliance measurement standards at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Currently he is a voting member of the US Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)) and vice chairman of its Testing and Certification Committee. In addition, he chairs the SEPA Electromagnetic Interoperability Issues Working Group which is providing EMC recommendations for Smart Grid equipment and systems.
He serves as the consultant on Smart Grid matters for the Conformity Assessment Section of the American Council of Independent Laboratories. He is a retired Commander in the US Navy.