The Digital Layout: Chapter Roundup and CID+ Certification

This month’s column will detail the proceedings from the most recent IPC Designers Council (DC) Executive Board meeting. You will find updates on local chapters—from the United States (spotlight on the Silicon Valley chapter) to Mexico, France, and Asia—educational opportunities, upcoming events, and one engineer’s story to achieving CID+ certification.

Attendees

The IPC DC Executive Board meeting included local members and leaders and a variety of IPC course instructors representing chapters across the United States: Tony Cosentino, Randy Faucette, Mike Creeden (MIT), Scott McCurdy, Bob Griffith, Gary Ferrari (MIT) Rick Hartley, Bob McCreight, Susy Webb, Paul Fleming (CIT), Faisal Ahmed, and me.

Global Steering Committee

The global steering committee meetings were approved at the last IPC DC Executive Board meeting and formally began at the most recent meeting. The next meetings are scheduled for IPC APEX EXPO 2019, the third week in May, and PCB West. As mentioned in my last column, I was nominated and approved to chair a new communications committee comprised of representatives from each of the IPC DC chapters. The first order of business was to resurrect the council’s newsletter with industry media companies to discuss chapter reports, events, and other related news.

Chapter Spotlight

by Bob McCreight

Silicon Valley Chapter president

This month’s spotlight is the Silicon Valley Chapter. We held our fall quarterly meeting on October 25, 2018, at none other than Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California—yes, the site of Super Bowl 50 and the soon-to-be 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game. This was made possible by our host, Sierra Circuits, and sponsor, Altium. We thank them both graciously. Out of 33 total RSVPs, 24 were able to attend the lunchtime meeting. Fun fact: of the members who RSVPed, six of them were CID certified and 10 were CID+ certified, with Faisal Ahmed being the most recent (hear more from him later).

To read this entire column, which appeared in the November 2018 issue of Design007 Magazine, click here.

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The Digital Layout: Chapter Roundup and CID+ Certification

12-12-2018

This month’s spotlight is the Silicon Valley Chapter. We held our fall quarterly meeting on October 25, 2018, at none other than Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California—yes, the site of Super Bowl 50 and the soon-to-be 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game. This was made possible by our host, Sierra Circuits, and sponsor, Altium. We thank them both graciously. Out of 33 total RSVPs, 24 were able to attend the lunchtime meeting. Fun fact: of the members who RSVPed, six of them were CID certified and 10 were CID+ certified, with Faisal Ahmed being the most recent (hear more from him later).

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The Digital Layout: Designers Council Update and PCB Carolina 2018

10-24-2018

Welcome to the first edition of "The Digital Layout." As a current IPC Designers Council (DC) Executive Board member and a long-time active IPC member, I was nominated to be the chairman of the newly created communications subcommittee. In this role, I will be the main point of contact for global chapter communications and will work with local IPC chapter leaders to publish content in this new column. We want to utilize this column to help spread the IPC DC Executive Board’s goals like a virus.

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