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36 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2020 meetings going on at the same time. I have never used my laptop and cellphones as much as I do now. I live on them! However, I'm not alone in doing this. There are so many others who have adapted to this new "normal" as well, such as members of the PCEA Executive Board. With most of us on this board having day jobs, a lot of passion, hard work, dedication, and extra effort are going into getting this right. Things are moving fast, to say the least. We continue to solidify the foundation of the PCEA. Our website is a work in progress with a new and improved version ready this spring. The team working on this is doing an out- standing job. I'm truly looking forward to its official release. The PCEA business structure is also coming together as planned. We should be ready for an official virtual open house in the near future. As always, I highly encourage you to get in- volved. Join the PCEA by visiting our website and registering as a member to become part of the PCEA collective. Reach out to me (stephen. chavez.pcea@gmail.com) or Kelly Dack (kelly. dack.pcea@gmail.com) to get more informa- tion, as well. Professional Development and Events It has been our custom to highlight all up- and-coming industry events to look out for in 2020. We will continue this; however, with the challenges brought upon our industry by the COVID-19 outbreak, we can only remain hope- ful that these events will not be affected. If you have an interest in any of these events, please search and contact the event coordinators di- rectly for the latest updates. • June 9–10: PCB2Day—SMT Assembly Boot Camp (Austin, Texas)—Postponed • June 11–12: PCB2Day—Design Essentials for PCB Engineers (Austin, Texas)— Postponed • June 14–20: IPC SummerCom 2020 (Raleigh, North Carolina)—Canceled • June 22–25: Realize LIVE 2020 (Las Vegas, Nevada)—Virtual • September 8–11: PCB West (Santa Clara, California) • September 16–17: Del Mar Electronics & Manufacturing Show (San Diego, California) • October 7–9: AltiumLive 2020 (San Diego, California) • November 11: PCB Carolina (Raleigh, North Carolina) • May 11–13, 2021: IPC High-Reliability Forum 2021 (Baltimore, Maryland) Spread the word. If you have a significant electronics industry event that you would like to announce, please send me the details at kel- ly.dack.pcea@gmail.com, and we will consid- er adding it to the list. Conclusion No matter what your part is in this indus- try, let's continue to move forward together by finding solutions for the unknown and having hope for the future. DESIGN007 Kelly Dack, CIT, CID+, is the communica- tion officer for the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA). To read past columns or contact Dack, click here.

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