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36 The PCB Magazine • May 2017 by Patty Goldman I-CONNECT007 I was happy to see Rockwell Collins' Doug Pauls receive IPC's Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame award at IPC APEX EXPO, well-deserved for him, and I wanted to chat with him about it. As with so many conversations at the confer- ence this year, the talk quickly turned to inspir- ing interested young people in our "graying" industry. We also discussed the nature of volun- teering and what we get out of it. Patty Goldman: Doug, congratulations on receiv- ing IPC's highest award for volunteers. We are here at the first evening of the IPC show. I'm sure it was quite a day for you. Tell me a little bit about your- self and your background. Doug Pauls: I've been a materials scientist and engineer for about 32 years. I have a back- ground in chemistry, physics, and electrical en- gineering, but over the course of my career I've morphed into a materials scientist, a materials engineer. All that time has been spent in the electronics manufacturing industry. The first nine years I was working for the De- partment of the Navy as a federal civil servant doing high-volume, low-mix manufacturing, spending time in their materials laboratory. Af- ter that, I spent eight years as technical director of Contamination Studies Laboratories in Ko- komo, Indiana, doing process troubleshooting using chemical analysis, looking at what type of residues were on the circuit boards and what impacts they have. After that, I became a prin- cipal materials and process engineer at Rock- well Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they make high-performance aviation electronics. So, that's kind of the professional background. Goldman: So you've been at Rockwell Collins now 16 years. What has your involvement with IPC con- sisted of, other than obviously quite a bit. FEATURE INTERVIEW

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