Reading time ( words)
Every year IPC presents dozens of awards to committee members for their work completing standards and specifications and for other activities within the organization. However, a few awards are extra special and presented for extraordinary efforts, for long-time commitment to both IPC and the electronics industry.
There are six award categories; four go to outstanding individuals and two recognize companies whose IPC involvement has been extensive. The awards are: The Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award; the Dieter Bergman IPC Fellowship Award; the President’s Award; the IPC Rising Star Award; the IPC Stan Plzak Corporate Award; and the IPC Peter Sar-manian Corporate Award.
This year, there were eight award recipients, two each in a couple of the categories. My interviews with the individuals who received these awards are presented in the following pages. This is your opportunity to get to know these people and hopefully catch their passion for and deep-seated interest in both our industry and IPC.
To read the full version of this article which appeared in the Show & Tell Magazine, click here.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
You would be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable and experienced group than that of Gary Ferrari, Gene Weiner, and Happy Holden. In a brief interview with Barry Matties, these three industry icons consider the past, present, and future state of electronics manufacturing while also offering advice to the newest generation of manufacturers.
Dr. John Mitchell, IPC
President Trump kicked off the workforce challenge to U.S. businesses in July. As a longtime leader in education and training within the electronics industry, IPC took it as an opportunity to review our existing programs and identify ways to grow and innovate. The result? IPC joined the Pledge to America’s Workers by promising to create new career opportunities for at least 1 million Americans in the electronics industry.
Philip Carmichael, IPC President of Asia
While the United States may be the world’s most open market, China remains the most competitive, and is still viewed by most U.S. and EU companies as the "last great opportunity for growth.” Many companies want to gain entry to the Chinese market share for their products or services. Thus, the competition for sales of products or services is correspondingly intense. Here's how to succeed in the world's second largest economy.