The Route
A New Beginning
Introducing the Printed Circuit Engineering Association.
In this column, I share a letter from the legacy officers and board members of the IPC Designers Council, introduce the formation of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA), and invite readers to consider future professional development and event opportunities.
Gratitude, Acceptance, and Future Efforts
To: The PCB Industry
From: Legacy Officers and Board Members of the IPC Designers Council

All,

It is with appreciation we are writing this letter to express our gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the designers in the electronics industry through our affiliation with the IPC Designers Council. Many of us have contributed a significant amount of our careers to the betterment of our industry with this involvement. We have done so with the attitude of an educator with a servant’s heart. Through all the decades of this effort, we have encountered success and challenges. We have no regrets in looking back at our efforts.

We are also writing to convey our acceptance that we have been summarily dissolved effective immediately, at the request of senior management at IPC. We have respectfully ceased all actions in relation to our efforts as an IPC Board. We will make all efforts to continue to represent IPC in a professional and positive manner, as professionals serving in our industry. Many of us continue to serve the IPC community in other capacities and plan to do so with excellence.

With our determination to continue to be involved in the electronics industry, we are informing IPC of the intentions of the Legacy Board Members, along with many others in the engineering/design community, to continue to serve the design professional. We have determined to form a new entity called the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA). In this new organization, we seek to be strong advocates of IPC and all their efforts to better the electronics industry. We will encourage all we encounter to embrace the IPC standards, along with other organizations and standards bodies in the electronics community.

It is our goal and hope to have a professional, cooperative relationship. We truly wish IPC continued success and seek to be professional advocates.

Respectfully (alphabetic order),

Stephen Chavez
Michael Creeden
Kelly Dack
Gary Ferrari
Richard Hartley
Luke Hausherr
Cherie Liston
Bob McCreight
Scott McCurdy
Susy Webb
Stephen Chavez
Michael Creeden
Kelly Dack
Gary Ferrari
Richard Hartley
Luke Hausherr
Cherie Liston
Bob McCreight
Scott McCurdy
Susy Webb
Stephen Chavez
Michael Creeden
Kelly Dack
Gary Ferrari
Richard Hartley
Luke Hausherr
Cherie Liston
Bob McCreight
Scott McCurdy
Susy Webb
Professional Development and Events
As we start the new year with excitement and anticipation for coming industry events regarding professional development opportunities, this section of the column will continue to list details of opportunities that will be available, such as IPC Apex Expo, the Del Mar Electronics Show, DesignCon, PCB West, PCB Carolina, Realize LIVE, AltiumLive, etc., and CID and CID+ certification courses. If you have any local or regional industry events coming up in your area and would like to announce them, please submit the details to be listed in an upcoming column. For 2020 CID and CID+ certification schedules and locations, contact EPTAC to check current dates and availability. (Dates and locations are subject to change.)

The Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) is an international network of engineers, designers, and anyone related to printed circuit development. Its mission is to promote printed circuit engineering as a profession and to encourage, facilitate, and promote the exchange of information and integration of new design concepts through communications, seminars, workshops, and professional certification through a network of local and regional PCEA association groups.

Stephen Chavez headshot
Stephen Chavez, MIT, CID+,
is a master instructor of PCB design for EPTAC, an SME in PCB design for a major aerospace corporation, and is a member of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA); stephen.chavez@collins.com.