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32 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2019 Feature Interview I-CONNECT007 Megan Teta, CID+, is a field application engi- neer with Insulectro. She graduated from col- lege about five years ago and is now one of the few young female engineers in our industry. Teta discusses her job and shares her thoughts on ways that we can draw more young people into the PCB community. Andy Shaughnessy: Can you start with a little background about yourself and how you got into this industry? Megan Teta: I graduated from college in 2014 with a degree in chemical engineering. Then, I applied for a job through LinkedIn with a chemical company; they sell plating and final finish chemistry to the PCB world. I thought I was applying to work with their offshore busi- ness with oil, but I ended up getting in the electronics division. After that, there was an opportunity with Insulectro, a large distributor of Isola, DuPont laminate, and flex materials, as well as other PCB material suppliers, such as Pacothane, LCOA, and CAC, and some other PCB manufacturing materials. I've been with them for about a year and a half now. Shaughnessy: When you were first going to col- lege, did you have an idea of what you wanted to do or what you wanted to be when you grew up? Teta: I actually started in the pharmacy pro- gram. From that, I transferred into chemical engineering, thinking I could do something in pharmaceuticals. I quickly learned that that's a lot more paperwork and a lot less fun stuff than actually changing and making an impact on anything. I wanted a job where I could work with more people versus being pigeonholed and only doing one thing day in and day out. When I graduated in 2014, it was well after the recession, but it was still difficult to find jobs. I applied to anything and everything. I received three or four job offers, and I chose to take the position with MacDermid. It gave me a chance to get into a different type of indus- The PCB Industry Must Work to Attract Young People Megan Teta

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