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8 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2019 Nolan's Notes by Nolan Johnson, I-CONNECT007 They Don't Know It Can't Be Done The old saying is that youth is wasted on the young. I'm not so sure that saying is even true. Find a young person who has a passion and a purpose, and suddenly the impossible is overcome. Regular readers will notice that there have been many stories in our magazines recently, showcasing young and early-career engineers and designers. The same themes kept coming up, including during October, Novem- ber, and January—almost every month, we've showcased a young engineer somewhere in our magazines. Examples include Project Libre and IPC's STEM Student Outreach Program (Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO 2019 Show & Tell Magazine), just to name a couple. And we expect to see more of this in the coming years. Moreover, we've been following the dialogue in the industry on how to bring more students into electronics manufacturing. I refer you to our "The Next Generation: Who Will Fill Your Shoes?" issue of Design007 Magazine from July 2018. IPC, SMTA, NextFlex, SEMI, and IEEE all have some type of educational engagement program to expose students to modern manu- facturing as early as middle school. So, here we are in April 2019, and we're continuing that discussion by bringing you a taste of who will be filling your shoes, and what they'll be bringing with them. Young people succeed because they don't know it can't be done. We are now far enough into this new millennium that college popula- tions are flipping from 20 th -century babies to 21 st -century kids. The youth and young profes- sionals today see digital models as an innate way to interact with the analog world. Millen- nials see the world differently, which isn't bad; it's simply different. From today forward, if you are hiring entry-level positions in manu-

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