EMA Consultants

EMA prides ourselves in our employee’s talents and determination for success. Our consultants have the experience and training necessary to help you with all your software, consulting, and measurement needs.

Below you will find a sample of EMA’s Consultants.

We look forward to supporting your future programs!

Timothy McDonald, PhD President and Co-Owner

Tim McDonald is President and Co-Owner at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA). EMA is a leading developer of technologies for engineering simulation. EMA’s engineering specialty is in applied electromagnetics. In this domain, EMA provides software and services to promote the design, certification, and performance of our customers’ products. Tim currently serves as product manager for EMA3D®. He supports EMA3D® users around the world from multiple industries.

Tim holds a PhD in Applied Physics and Applied Math from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Tim previously led consulting engagements for NASA and DoD major primes pertaining to specialty engineering of critical systems, development of novel solutions to electromagnetic compatibility problems, and in the execution of major programs that require verification to electromagnetic environmental effects.

Cody Weber, Principal Scientist II and Co-Owner

Cody Weber is a Principal Scientist II and Co-Owner at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA) where he leads an E3 consulting and complex modeling team.  The consulting team provides E3 certification support while the modeling team uses computational electromagnetics (CEM) to assess platform level aircraft EME interaction for threat evaluation or to set compliance levels. His team has developed complex models for civilian, space, military, and specialty engineering programs around the world simulating aircraft interaction, lightning, HIRF, EMP, and EMI environments.

Cody has used the consulting experience on aircraft certification programs along with his understanding of regulation guidance to enhance the workflow and adapt EMA3D® to solve real world aircraft problems. His team has developed modeling techniques to efficiently and accurately identify important aircraft EM features, including complex cable systems or structural seams, and capture these features in high fidelity FDTD models.

The quality of these techniques and models have been validated for aircraft of metallic and composite structures as well as other unique design applications. Several of these validation efforts have been presented at the International Conference on Lightning and Static Electricity (ICOLSE) that are available to share upon request.

Matt Miller, Principal RF Engineer II and Co-Owner

Matt Miller is a Principal RF Engineer II and Co-Owner at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA) where he leads a group providing analysis services for RF interference, installed antenna performance, and radar signature prediction. He has over 20 years of experience in electromagnetics, business development, marketing, and sales.

Matt worked for the Boeing Company from 1998-2001 as an Electromagnetic Effects (EME) engineer supporting various defense and space programs providing analysis in the areas of antenna-to-antenna coupling, electro-static discharge (ESD), lightning effects, receiver intermodulation product generation, and shielding effectiveness. From 2001-2005, he worked for SAIC-DEMACO in Champaign, IL as a Research Scientist performing code development and analysis for various types of electromagnetic phenomena.

In 2005, Matt co-founded Delcross Technologies, LLC where he served as the President. Delcross developed commercial simulation tools for cosite interference, installed antenna performance, and radar signature prediction.

Greg Rigden, Technical Fellow

Greg Rigden is a Technical Fellow at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA) where he has been involved in various endeavors involving numerical investigations, experimental/laboratory work, and the development of commercially available software products.

Numerical investigations pertain to the study of electromagnetic effects involving computer simulations of EM hazards (e.g., ESD, p-static, EMI/EMC, HIRF, lightning, NEMP, HPM) and the associated interaction with such complex structures as rockets, aircraft, shelters, ground vehicles, ships, antennas, equipment racks, equipment boxes, LRM’s, multilayered circuit boards, microchips, and individual electronic components.

Greg has developed numerous numerical techniques and approaches. Many of these techniques have been combined into the user friendly commercially available software products called EMA3D® and MHARNESS®. Greg is the principal developer of these software products. He has also developed numerous front end GUI tools to aid in preprocessing and problem definition

Bryon Neufeld, PhD Associate Technical Fellow

Bryon Neufeld is an Associate Technical Fellow at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA). During his time at EMA, Bryon has worked on a wide variety of electromagnetic effects projects, including lightning indirect effects, lightning direct effects, HIRF, and space charging. Bryon has developed and implemented computational software algorithms for space charging and mesh generation and has a significant role in the back-end development for EMA3D® Charge.

Bryon earned a PhD in theoretical nuclear and plasma physics from Duke University in 2009. While at Duke he published multiple articles in the Physical Review on dense plasma systems and received a Viewpoint recognizing him for excellent research by the American Physical Society. After graduating from Duke, Bryon worked in the Theory Division at Los Alamos National laboratory, where he was awarded a Director’s Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship. At Los Alamos, he continued to work and publish across a wide array of projects related to hot plasmas and electromagnetic systems. In addition to his technical degrees, Bryon has an MBA from Cornell University, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class.

Bryon has developed computational tools to bridge near-field, table-top measurement data into a format compatible with EMA3D®’s numerical simulation, which can in turn be used to extract the far-field EM emission pattern. He also developed and executed simulation strategies to help determine the space charging risks for NASA’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle’s F-1 and Em-1 missions.

Larry Lallement, Subject Matter Expert

Larry Lallement is a Subject Matter Expert at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA) where he provides Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (EEE) systems engineering consulting services. He has 40 years of experience in electromagnetic compatibility/interference, electrostatic discharge (ESD) and lightning protection program development, design support, analysis and test verification, and production support.

Larry worked for The Boeing Company from 1977-1980 as an Electromagnetic Effects (EME) test engineer supporting various defense aircraft programs. He also worked for Lockheed Martin Space Company from 1980-2020 as an Electromagnetic Effects (EME) engineer supporting various defense and space programs providing complete EEE program guidance and support.

Larry has directed the use of EMA3D® analysis tools and the EMA team to model complete space vehicle responses to lightning and space charging environments to develop requirements leading to component and full system verification testing. These tools were also used to understand the RF threat from nearby high-powered RF transmitters to components for electromagnetic compliance and to assure personnel safety.

Jennifer Kitaygorsky, PhD Principal Scientist I

Jennifer Kitaygorsky is a Principal Scientist I at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA) where she specializes in electromagnetic environmental effects, lightning, HIRF, and EMI/EMC analysis. She also uses her extensive experimental skills for validation and verification of EMA3D® and MHARNESS®, EMA’s computational electromagnetics codes.

Jennifer received a B.S. in physics from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2001, and a PhD from the University of Rochester Electrical Engineering Department in 2008. As an undergraduate, she was a recipient of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) Fellowship. It was followed by a fellowship from the Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) Junior Scientist program when Jennifer was attending the University of Rochester.

Jennifer has consulted for major civilian and military aerospace prime integrators. She has developed full-wave computational electromagnetic (CEM) simulation, converted CAD drawings to sophisticated numerical models, and performed measurements of RF shielding and EM properties of novel and mission-critical materials.

Justin McKennon, Principal Scientist I

Justin McKennon is a Principal Scientist I at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA) and an industry recognized leader in understanding and simulating the effects of lightning and other electromagnetic effects, having published dozens of papers and has been invited to be a speaker at numerous conferences and events.

Justin obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He holds an FAA Designated Engineering Representative license in all lightning disciplines and has played critical roles in certification efforts on many aircraft programs in EMI/EMC, Lightning, HIRF, and design areas.

Justin’s areas of expertise are in lightning effects on aircraft, wind turbines, systems, finite element analysis, aircraft certification, and electromagnetic effects. He previously worked for large contractors and served as the Chief Engineer of NTS Lightning Technologies prior to joining EMA.

Karen Burnham, Principal Scientist I

Karen Burnham is a Principal Scientist I at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA). She is an Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) subject matter expert with experience in the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries. She is familiar with requirements generation, regulatory compliance, verification and validation, systems engineering, test plans, and troubleshooting.

Karen is an iNARTE certified Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Engineer with a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Northern Arizona University. She sits on the SAE EMC working group that advises on CISPR, ISO, and SAE standards for automotive products and on various ANSI committees. In 2020 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the international IEEE EMC Society.

Karen has been active in industry since 1996. Her most recent prior experience was doing vehicle testing and troubleshooting for Ford Motor Company, both on traditional gas engines and also newer Hybrid Electric vehicles. Prior to that she was the Lead EMC Engineer for the Dream Chaser space vehicle being built by the Sierra Nevada Corporation for crew transport to the International Space Station. She has worked as EMC lead on the NASA side for the European Service Module that will accompany the Orion spacecraft. At NASA she also conducted extensive research into the RF and lightning susceptibility of NASA Standard Initiators.

John DiNicola, Principal Scientist I

John DiNicola is a Principal Scientist I at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA). John is an industry leader in understanding and simulating the effects of lightning in the aerospace and defense industries.

John obtained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. John is a member of the SAE AE-2 Lightning Committee. This committee standardizes the atmospheric electrical environment for lightning simulation and test methods for protection of aerospace vehicles.

John previously worked at Lightning Technologies, Inc./NTS Lightning Technologies for 22.5 years specializing in the simulation and effects of lightning. John has also worked for a large contractor as a member of the EMI engineering team.

Javier Pazos, PhD Senior Scientist

Javier J. Pazos is a Senior Scientist at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA), where his focus has been on developing cutting-edge computational and test tools to optimize for electromagnetic survivability and compatibility. Recent work includes design and certification support for utility rotorcraft, fighter aircraft, and spacecraft.

Javier previously served as the computational electromagnetics lead at SpaceX, optimizing the lightning protection designs of the Falcon rockets, Dragon capsules, and the SLC-4, SLC-40, and LC-39A launch pads. He also served as a signal integrity design engineer at Intel Corporation. As a graduate student, his pioneering work on spatially variant photonic crystals, metamaterials, and additive manufacturing helped produce the world’s tightest bend of an unguided optical beam.

Javier’s work has been published in IEEE, Optics Express, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, PIER, and more. He currently leads an effort with the Air Force Research Lab to develop bioinspired designs for “better optics through imperfection”.

Jason Stanko, Senior Scientist

Jason Stanko is a Senior Scientist at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA) and has primarily been focused on the UI/UX development of EMA’s software offerings. He has designed and implemented numerous features and workflows across EMA’s products helping enable users to simulate and analyze a wide range of complex problems.

Jason earned his MS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State in 2017 where his research focused on optimizing rotorcraft blades through CFD based methods.

Jason has developed a variety of tools spanning from initial model setup and problem definition through postprocessing and results visualization. He has worked to help users get answers quicker by developing efficient workflows that have been successfully used on problems ranging from small circuit boards to full aircraft simulations. Notable, is his work on EMA’s MHARNESS user interface which has allowed EMA customers and consultants to define complex harness models of large electrical systems through a straightforward systematic workflow.

Vittorio Picco, PhD Senior Scientist

Vittorio Picco is a Senior Scientist at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA) where he works on modeling electromagnetic effects for aerospace applications including lightning, space charging, precipitation static effects, EMI/EMC, antenna modeling and co-siting, and others.

Vittorio received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014, where his research focused on electromagnetic imaging for the detection of underground tunnels, through-wall imaging, and other inverse-scattering problems.

Vittorio is involved in the preparation and execution of laboratory testing. Before joining EMA, he worked for Schlumberger as a Tool Physicist where he modeled, designed, tested, and supported the manufacturing and field operations of electromagnetic logging-while-drilling tools used for well placement and reservoir mapping.

Gregory Wilson, PhD Senior Scientist

Gregory Wilson is a Senior Scientist at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA) where he specializes in space environment interactions with materials and spacecraft as well as electromagnetic effects of lightning and other high voltage phenomenon. He has worked on numerous projects contracted by NASA, SpaceX, AFRL, and other space focused organizations.

Gregory received his Masters in Physics at Montana State University and his PhD at Utah State University with a focus on energetic electron interactions with multilayer materials.

Gregory has published dozens of articles focusing on electron ranges in materials, secondary electron yield, surface voltage measurements, and other space based material characterization topics. He has recently worked on high fidelity electromagnetic simulations to understand the coupled interactions of surface and internal spacecraft charging. He is currently participating in the design and construction of EMA’s SERE facility as well as the development of EMA3D® Charge.