This month’s column highlights the San Diego chapter, which is also where IPC APEX EXPO 2019 will be held at the end of January. You will also find updates on recent CID and CID+ certification success stories, a recap of the PCB Carolina event from the Research Triangle Park (RTP) North Carolina chapter, and upcoming events, so mark your calendars for next year.
by Luke Hausherr
San Diego Chapter secretary
This month’s spotlight is the San Diego chapter. Chapter officers include Bob Griffith (chairman), Ben Savage (vice chairman), Bill Gebhardt (treasurer), me (Luke Hausherr, secretary), John Carney (education coordinator), and Crystal Hardy (member-at-large).
A main goal of our chapter is to bring the PCB design and engineering community together by holding local chapter meetings where industry leaders speak about various topics—such as design and manufacturing trends, capabilities, new technologies, and improving data exchange and communication—in an effort to engage and educate the community as well as take part in networking. Our largest annual meeting with the highest attendance—75+ people—is held at the Del Mar Electronics and Manufacturing Show, which takes place in San Diego at the beginning of May. This show typically runs for two hours and has one or multiple speakers in addition to thousands of dollars in raffle prizes given away.
The four to five other meetings throughout the year are hosted at various venues, and typically have approximately 25-40 people in attendance. There is usually a $10 donation at the door to help contribute towards food, refreshments, and raffle prizes. The meetings are held as luncheons or can be later in the evening.
Some of the various topics that the chapter has covered include:
- Multi-board system-level design
- PCB design calculators
- Signal integrity effects on different PCB technology
- CAD libraries
- Flex and rigid-flex overview and design guidelines
- Power-supply layout
Our next meeting will be held in mid-January of 2019 where officer elections will occur. Our long-time running chapter chairman, Bob Griffith, is being promoted to the IPC Executive Board, so a replacement will be voted in.
Bob has rigorously contributed to the San Diego chapter for over a decade, providing not only his time and expertise but also his personal funds when needed for the chapter to continue to grow and thrive. His hard work and dedication have allowed the San Diego chapter to evolve and stay alive over the years, and he will be greatly missed from the group. It is with much gratitude that the IPC San Diego chapter bids Bob Griffith farewell and the best of luck with his new IPC ventures.
To read this entire column, which appeared in the December 2018 issue of Design007 Magazine, click here.