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Heirman, Donald N., 1940-2020



  • Existence: 1940 - October 30, 2020

Biographical Information

Donald N. Heirman was born in Mishawaka, Indiana. He received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Purdue University in 1962 and 1963 respectively. Mr. Heirman met his wife, Lois (Smith) Heirman in the administration offices of Wiley Hall. The two married on campus on June 8, 1963.

Mr. Heirman worked at Bell Labs for more than three decades in numerous EMC roles. He was the founding manager of Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs) Global Product Compliance Laboratory (GPCL). In this role, he was in charge of the company’s major EMC and regulatory test facility and its participation in national and international EMC standardization committees. He also served as a senior EMC Consultant for Lucent Technologies before retiring from Bell Labs in 1997.

In 1974, alongside his technical career at Bell Labs, Mr. Heirman started contributing to the IEEE NJ Coast EMC Chapter. Over time his standards development efforts expanded to numerous US and international organizations. He has chaired or been a principal contributor to numerous U.S. and international EMC standards organizations including ANSI ASC C63 (EMC), the IEEE, and the IEC’s International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR).

Mr. Heirman’s dedication to EMC education and training led to establishment of his own EMC training and consultation business – Don HEIRMAN Consultants, in 1997. He currently serves as the President of Don HEIRMAN Consultants.


MSA 291, Donald N. Heirman papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Donald N. Heirman papers, addition 15

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20200302

Donald N. Heirman papers, addition 16

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20210521

Donald N. Heirman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 291
Scope and Contents The Donald N. Heirman Papers (1958-2014; twenty four cubic ft.) documents the professional life and contributions of leading EMC expert Donald Heirman. The papers focus on Mr. Heirman’s professional life starting with his engineering degree at Purdue. The bulk of the collection relates to his career at AT&T Bell Labs and his many contributions to EMC standards development. A few personal items showcasing life at Purdue in the 1960’s also exist in the collection. Types of materials include...
Dates: 1958 - 2014; Majority of material found within 1978 - 2011