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40 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2019 The IPC Designers Council (DC) Executive Board held its bi-annual meeting on September 10 at PCB West. This year, the Executive Board decided to open up the meeting to the public. This decision turned out to bear good fruit as we had roughly 30+ attendees at the meeting. Gary Ferrari, who is an IPC Hall of Famer and DC Executive Board Chairman, Mike Creeden, and I were the three main Executive Board members on-site who facilitated the meeting, with Gary taking the lead. This was the second time that we implement- ed a Webex for those who could not attend the conference in person. As a result, domes- tic and international Executive Board members were able to attend remotely. We also had indi- vidual IPC DC Chapter leaders connecting on- line as well and a member of the IPC staff in attendance. Further, there were a few represen- tatives from several industry ECAD tools sup- pliers, including Mentor, Altium, Cadence De- sign Systems, and DownStream Technologies. We also had representatives from industry me- dia and EPTAC as well. The meeting was very positive. Each attend- ee added to the "buzz" that could be felt in the room. Everyone was given the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak or make com- ments regarding the agenda. The main topic of discussion involved individual IPC DC Chapter activities. During the open floor dialogue, I pro- vided a status update that covered the ongoing The First Open IPC DC Executive Board Meeting The Digital Layout by Stephen V. Chavez, MIT, CID+, IPC DESIGNERS COUNCIL Figure 1: Gary Ferrari addresses attendees at the IPC DC Executive Board meeting.

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