Donald N. Heirman

President, Don Heirman Consultants, LLC

Donald N. Heirman
"My Purdue education launched my professional life and career. I’ve gone from working in a major research organization to technical and management leadership positions in national and international standards activity. As a present-day consultant, I am giving back now by training others and providing industry with the impact of EMC standards on product design to meet the EMC regulations set by government entities both nationally and worldwide."
A retired commander in the U.S. Navy, Donald Heirman (BSEE ’62, MSEE ’63) is president of Don HEIRMAN Consultants, a training, standards and educational electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) consultation corporation he started in 1997. He initially spent more than 30 years at Bell Laboratories in many EMC roles, including manager of Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs) Global Product Compliance Laboratory, which he founded.

Mr. Heirman chairs or is a principal contributor to many U.S. and international EMC standards organizations, including the International Special Committee on Radio Interference of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). He received the prestigious IEC Lord Kelvin award at the IEC General Meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2008. This highest award from the IEC recognizes Mr. Heirman’s many contributions to global electrotechnical standardization in the field.  

He is a life Fellow of the IEEE and a life member of the IEEE EMC Society (EMCS), as well as a member of its board of directors, chair of its technical committee on EMC measurements, a past EMCS president, the newly elected vice president for standards and past chair of its standards development committee. He is also the past president of the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation, the past president of the IEEE Standards Association (SA), a former member of the SA Board of Governors and a past member of the IEEE’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In addition to his other duties, Mr. Heirman is the associate director for Wireless EMC at the University of Oklahoma Center for the Study of Wireless EMC.  He has presented numerous workshops, tutorials and technical papers internationally and is listed in several Who’s Who publications.