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JULY 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 67 Even with the cancellation of some regular conferences and classes, the design informa- tion is still available online. A second example is observing EDA ven- dors respond so quickly to those using their software to work at home without disruption to their workflow. And while engineering and other tasks are being accomplished remotely from home offices, management teams are devising new ways to support their at-home staff. There are even resources available for leaders who need help and ideas in this new world of managing teams remotely [1] . Our jobs and our industry aren't the only areas where we've seen some of the benefits of working from home; however, there are personal rewards as well. For instance, I've talked to many couples and families who are cherishing the unexpected opportunity to become reacquainted with each other. Fami- lies are spending more quality time together, neighbors spend more time talking over their fences, and personal projects are being worked on at a furious rate. My wife and I even put in a small garden this year, which is something we haven't done in a long time. Conclusion The problems related to COVID-19 are not something to be trivialized, and many have suffered greatly. I know that it is a long road to recovery, getting our personal and work lives back into balance. But for the moment, we can look at the silver linings and be thank- ful for many things. And as could be expected, the PCB design industry has become (in my humble opinion) one of the champions in this changing world in which we work. Well done, designers, you've done an exceptional job. Keep up the good work, everyone, and keep on designing. DESIGN007 Reference 1. E. Bailyn, "How to Manage Remote Teams Success- fully," First Page Sage, April 30, 2020. Tim Haag writes technical, thought- leadership content for First Page Sage on his longtime career as a PCB designer and EDA technologist. To read past columns or contact Haag, click here. Spirit AeroSystems has joined in partnership with Virgin Hyperloop as it prepares to move towards a commercial product. The collaboration will help to solidify the hyper- loop prototype utilizing Spirit Aerosystems engineers, fab- ricators, builders, supply chain and certification experts, and technicians. Hyperloop is a new mode of trans- portation designed to eliminate the barriers of distance and time for both people and freight. It can travel at speeds approaching 700 mph, connecting cities like metro stops— and it has zero direct emissions. With hyperloop, vehicles, called pods, accelerate gradually via electric pro- pulsion through a low-pressure tube. "As a new form of mass trans- portation, hyperloop opens up a new segment of diversification for us in the transporta- tion space. Our collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop is a prime example of our belief that this burgeoning industry is a game changer," said Keith Hamilton, Spirit Executive Director of Programs & Business Development. This new transit mode will unlock exponential growth opportunities for cross- industry manufacturing and devel- opment jobs—across construction, aerospace, rail, automotive, avia- tion, electric vehicles, and autono- mous control. As Virgin Hyperloop looks to create the first Hyperloop Certification Center in the United States, it will bring thousands of jobs for first movers of the technol- ogy and its partners. (Source: Globe Newswire) Virgin Hyperloop, Spirit AeroSystems to Collaborate on Hyperloop

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