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80 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2021 As you may know, the Printed Circuit Engi- neering Association is acquiring the assets of UP Media Group. Once that happens, I'll become president of PCEA. So, for those who know me as the editor of a different industry publication, I can assure you are in the right place. For the past year-plus, this column has been written by Kelly Dack, our erstwhile commu- nications director, and Stephen Chavez, our chairman. In the next couple of months, the PCEA is transitioning from an all-volunteer organization to one with a fulltime staff, which will allow the board of directors to focus on higher-level strategy. Steph's role, then, will no longer be tied to monthly communications but rather leading the board in charting the goals and direction of the association. Filling the gaps is where I come in. ink of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association as a "ground up" organization. We aim to advance the careers of professional engi- neers. We do this primarily through a peer-to- peer network where we offer training, techni- cal knowledge, and career advice across the printed circuit engineering spectrum: design, fabrication, assembly, test. We have nearly 20 local chapters around the world 1 and we are affiliated with multiple other trade associations, including SMTA and the European Institute of Printed Circuits (EIPC). ose chapters engage in periodic meet- ings—in person and online—where they sup- plement their on-the-job training with tailored presentations from a host of industry experts. As a benefit of membership, PCEA is setting up a platform to make some of these presenta- Live or via Zoom, Knowledge Is All Around Us The Digital Layout by Mike Buetow, PCEA

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