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58 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2021 Message from the Chairman As I was closing out my weekly "post-a- notes" of action items, I noticed that many of them are regarding PCEA. One common theme that puts a huge smile on my face is the fact that PCEA is truly active and alive within the industry. Here are just a few highlights: 1. PCEA had its first major physical presence (booth) at an industry conference at DesignCon 2021. 2. PCEA Ohio had its initial kickoff meeting to jump start this new chapter. 3. An industry veteran has contacted me acknowledging his willingness to initiate a new PCEA chapter in Texas. 4. Our education committee is set to publicly release an official process for publishing industry technical content on our website. And now, I am looking forward to our next major event. My focus is a PCEA booth and presence at PCB West 2021. It will be the first face-to-face event I will have attended since this pandemic hit the public. I can't wait for that integration with friends and fellow indus- try colleagues at this event. As I reviewed the list of PCB West 2021 presenters, I noticed several of them are PCEA members. I love this fact. Let us look forward to and continue to show a strong support for our fel- low PCEA members, as well as our support the PCEA presence within the industry and at our next major event. Best Regards, Stephen V. Chavez MIT, CPCD, CID+, Chairman Next Month As Steph mentions, our PCEA educational committee has been hard at work craing poli- cies for publishing educational materials on the PCEA website and making them available to our members. Tomas Chester, our new head of the education committee, tells me that the committee will continue to review educational article submissions and even web links to out- side existing resources. He hopes they will serve as an educational resource to the PCB engineering community. With some of the best minds in PCB engineering education on our PCEA educational committee, I look forward to hearing more from Tomas and reporting on what they come up with. Upcoming Events Here is our list of upcoming events. Hope to see you at any or all of these. PCB West 2021 October 5–8, 2021 Santa Clara, California SMTA International 2021 November 1–4, 2021 Minneapolis, Minnesota productronica November 16–19, 2021 Munich, Germany Stephen Chavez Figure 2: Michael Creeden and Tara Dunn looking forward to greeting show attendees at the PCEA booth.

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