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From the IPC website: The Dieter Bergman IPC Fellowship Award is given to individuals who have fostered a collaborative spirit, made significant contributions to standards development, and have consistently demonstrated a commitment to global standardization efforts and the electronics industry. Each recipient will be eligible to bestow the Dieter Bergman Memorial Scholarship upon the university or college of his/her choice.
Patty Goldman speaks with Michael Ford of Aegis Software, Dieter Bergman IPC Fellowship Award recipient, about his extensive involvement with IPC on many committees developing standards, especially the CFX and digital twin activities.
Patty Goldman: Congratulations, Michael! You are a recipient this year of the Dieter Bergman IPC Fellowship Award.
Michael Ford: Thank you very much indeed.
Goldman: That’s quite an honor, as you know, and very impressive. What were your thoughts when you first got the phone call?
Ford: Disbelief! It was quite a surprise. We have been busy this last year, there have been a lot of achievements in the various task groups that I work with but, compared with the whole range of work that is done within IPC teams every year, I feel just a very small part of what everyone contributes overall.
Goldman: I understand. Tell us about yourself and your involvement with IPC, which I’m sure was and is extensive.
Ford: I’ve been working in the industry since the 1980s. I started developing software long before it was recognizable in manufacturing and am basically self-taught in terms of finding solutions for things in the digital domain. That’s always been my interest, and I’m fortunate to have had some excellent opportunities and encouragement to create innovation throughout my various roles in the industry. That is what drove my career toward Aegis, with their modern progressive approach. Aegis genuinely wants to create solutions and technologies that help the industry, embracing leadership through example, which fits very well with my personal goals. I’ve been working as a part of IPC committees now for about six or seven years. I started out with the traceability standard, IPC-1782, which the group completed within record time, and then things have gone from strength to strength. It was a gradual introduction and has developed into a great environment for me to be able to share my thoughts and ideas.
To read this entire interview, which appeared in the 2021 edition of Show & Tell Magazine, click here.