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DECEMBER 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 45 What excites me most about the chapter activities is how each of the chapters is col- laborating together and functioning as one col- lective for the better of the industry. For those of us who have been around for many years now, and actively involved within the indus- try, this type of chapter to chapter communi- cation and activity has not been seen before. We truly have collaboration, inspiration, and education taking place, especially within our chapters from one virtual event to another. There is an exciting buzz within the industry about the PCEA. If membership and chapter growth, along with activities, aren't exciting enough to make you want to join the collective, then our indus- try affiliation and collaboration both domestic and internationally will inspire you, which is seeing the same type of growth. Our sponsor- ship also continues to make strides as we con- tinue to get lots of positive feedback and buy- in to what the PCEA is all about. And there are still lots of free webinars out there, so take advantage of them as you can. Our future looks extremely bright. For 2021, look to see more activities, collaboration, and synergy between all PCEA chapters. You'll also see growth with our industry affiliates and sponsors to solidify our mission to collaborate, inspire, and educate. The year will be even better. If you have not yet joined the collective, I highly encourage you to visit our website at and become a member. I continue to wish everyone and their fami- lies to be healthy and to be safe, and much success in 2021. Next Month As our leader Steph is doing his job to set the vision, the PCEA executive staff will be meeting again soon. We will be taking feedback from our local chapters and working with our spon- sors to make concrete plans for PCEA events to help this industry to connect and become more educated. I will report on the materialization of these evolving plans in our first column of 2021, so stay tuned. Upcoming Events • March 6–11: IPC APEX EXPO (San Diego, California) • April 13–15, 2021: DesignCon (Santa Clara, California) • May 11–13, 2021: IPC High-Reliability Forum 2021 (Baltimore, Maryland) • November 10, 2021: PCB Carolina (Raleigh, North Carolina) Spread the word. If you have a significant electronics industry event that you would like to announce, please send me the details at, and we will con- sider adding it to the list. Conclusion It's sometimes a relief to look back through your rearview mirror and clearly see what you've left behind. But through a dirty wind- shield, covered with COVID-19 and other chal- lenges, it can be daunting to drive forward without vision. At the PCEA, we want to be the windshield wipers or the sponge and squeegee to help you wipe your printed circuit engineer- ing apprehensions away. Our collective will help you see where your industry is going and inspire you to take the wheel, hit the gas, and enjoy the ride. Now is a great time to check us out at and make a New Year's resolution to rideshare with us. We're in it for the long haul and have lots of experienced des- ignated drivers. See you next month or sooner! DESIGN007 Kelly Dack, CIT, CID+, is the com- munication officer for the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA). To read past columns or contact Dack, click here.

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