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Does a disruptive climate help or hinder women in the workplace? Has diversity improved in electronics? What's the electronics manufacturing industry doing and what else can be done? These are just a few of the topics Jackie Mattox, founder, president and CEO of Women in Electronics (a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional and personal development of women in the electronics industry), will address during the Women in Electronics Reception at IPC APEX EXPO on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Dedicated to personal and professional leadership development, with a focus on women’s issues, Mattox will also cover the economic impact of gender parity, hidden bias in the workplace, and managing a global supply chain during unprecedented times.
“What can our industry do to encourage diversity in our industry? If you can speak it, you can change it,” Mattox has said. The brainchild of Mattox, Women in Electronics was formed in 2017 to provide opportunities and solutions to the unique career development needs for women in our industry.
The Women in Electronics Reception at IPC APEX EXPO invites women in the electronics industry to join with colleagues across the supply chain to network, share ideas, discuss career experiences and engage with a woman who has made a name for herself in the electronics industry.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jackie to IPC APEX EXPO 2022,” said Alicia Balonek, senior director, trade shows and events. “We’re looking forward to hearing her insights on expanding women’s leadership roles within the fast-paced and ever-evolving electronics industry.”
IPC President and CEO John Mitchell recently interviewed Mattox on diversity in the workplace during the APEX EXPO edition of IPC’s podcast “The Art of the Possible."
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.
Jeff Brandman, Aismalibar North America
Heat has been a significant concern in electronics since the beginning of the electronics age when hot glowing vacuum tubes were first used to receive and transmit data bits. The transistor and integrated circuit effectively solved that basic problem, but increases in integration resulted in increased concentration of heat, exacerbated by relentless increases in operating frequency. While improvements in electronics technology have been able to mitigate many thermal issues at chip level thanks to improved semiconductor designs devised to operate at lower voltages (thus requiring less energy) the thermal management challenge continues to vex electronic product developers.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s been a crazy week, with lots of bad news coming out of Ukraine. (I’m a news junkie by trade, but I confess that some days I just unplug from the news completely to avoid overdosing on negativity.) And, as you might have guessed, this is all having ill effects on our electronics supply chain, which is already stretched thin. This is reflected in our IPC news item that shows an uptick in PCB sales in February, but a drop in bookings YOY, in part due to the trouble in Eastern Europe. But there’s positive news in this week’s top reads. We have a NextFlex article about an innovative flexible technology called flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and a great interview by Dan Beaulieu. We also have a column by Travis Kelly, who discusses PCBAA’s efforts to lobby for American manufacturing in Washington. And last but not least, let’s welcome our two newest columnists, Paige Fiet and Hannah Nelson, who discuss their excitement about entering this industry.