Prof plays key role in international auto standards

Kin Moy

Kin Moy

Look under the hood of a German-made BMW or an American-made Ford, and you’ll find an intricate maze of electrical and electronic systems and wiring that control everything from the brakes to the CD player.

Kin Moy has spent a good part of the past three decades making sure those systems work.

Moy, associate professor of Electrical Engineering Technology, traveled to Munich, Germany, earlier this year to chair the United States delegation to the International Standards Organization’s Electromagnetic Compatibility working group.

The group, which includes representatives from major automotive manufacturers, suppliers and universities around the world, meets every nine months to develop global EMC test standards to evaluate automotive technology.

“When you chair these groups, you hear a lot of different opinions from different people from different countries,” said Moy, who worked for more than 30 years for General Motors Corp. and Delphi Corp. before joining the YSU faculty fulltime eight years ago. “Even within the U.S., you have different opinions and methodologies. So, you find a way to resolve this and eventually come up with acceptable standard methods.”

Specifically, Moy’s groups work to develop methods to ensure that the array of systems under an automobile’s hood are not adversely impacted by electromagnetic interference — caused by everything from radar, radio and television broadcasts to garage door openers and cellphones — which could potentially result in malfunction for the on-board electronic systems. EMC is designed to protect the systems while also limiting emissions from the vehicle’s electrical and electronic systems — the controllers, computers, speed indicators, airbags, anti-lock brakes, etc.

“The automotive manufacturers have technical people to design the parts so they won’t be affected by electromagnetic interference,” said Moy, a China-native who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from YSU. “Our group comes up with ways to test them to make sure they’re not affected by the electromagnetic interference.”

Many of the standards are used by automotive manufacturers in their product specifications and by governments in their regulations.

Moy joined ISO in 1987, when General Motors assigned him to represent the company. He attended his first meeting in Paris that year, and the working group elected him chair soon after. Moy began teaching part-time at YSU in 1974, retired from Delphi in 2005 and joined the YSU faculty full-time that year.

He is also chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers Electromagnetic Immunity Task Force and vice-chair of the SAE EMC Standards Committee. Additionally, Moy belongs to various technical committees of SAE and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Moy has conducted numerous EMC seminars in Europe and Asia, and in 2011 received SAE’s Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award for his continued leadership in standards development.

Moy’s involvement was one of the reasons he was awarded a three-year research grant from YSU’s Center for Transportation and Materials Engineering, which helped purchase new equipment to establish the Electronic Communications Laboratory for students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program.

Story by Alyssa Italiano