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94 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2023 Medical instrumentation that once was con- fined to hospitals or clinics is now finding a new home in smartwatches. ese devices provide users with unprecedented insight into their health and wellness, allowing them to make better informed decisions about their lifestyle and seek medical treatment when nec- essary. As technology advances, smartwatches will become even more valuable tools for doc- tors and patients alike, helping us to live hap- pier, healthier lives. Say what you will about how smart our watches are today; they have certainly come a long way from the humble pocket watch. PCB007 Henry Crandall is the IPC Student Board Member. He is a graduate of University of Utah and is currently pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering as the Advancing Research in College Scientists Graduate Fellow. To read past columns, click here. A new engineer walks into a reception at IPC APEX EXPO… in other words, there are many ways to connect with one another in the electronics man- ufacturing community. Here's the true story of how a mentor and a mentee met, discussed IPC stan- dards, chaired a committee together, and won top IPC awards. Christina Trussell of Blue Origin was new to her career and eager to learn. Garry McGuire of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center was an established contributor to dozens of IPC standards. After they met at an IPC APEX EXPO Newcomers' Recep- tion, the two built a strong mentor/mentee relation- ship. Christina is an Emerging Engineer (EE), and they both have leadership roles on the 7-31FS IPC/ WHMA-A-620 Space and Military Electronic Assem- blies Addendum Task Group. Coincidentally, they also celebrated two big wins at the IPC annual awards ceremony this year, with Garry taking home IPC's highest honor, the IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award, and Christina emerging as a Rising Star. Let's start with your first meeting. How did that go and what was your expectation? Christina: The first time I attended IPC APEX EXPO, I went to the Newcomers' Reception. While I was there, I had a question regarding the IPC/WHMA-A-620S and I had no idea who to talk to about it. I saw John Mitchell, president and CEO of IPC, greeting every- one and I decided that talking to him would be the best way to find an answer to my question. I was able to speak with John about my question, and he directed me to Teresa Rowe, who eventually intro- duced me to Garry. When I met Garry, he gave me such a great answer to my question that I asked him if he would be my mentor. Garry: Teresa Rowe approached me and said she knew an engineer who would be a great candi- date for me to work with in the Emerging Engineer program. Christina and I met shortly thereafter. The COVID shutdown affected our ability to conduct face-to-face activities, but we did make it to sev- eral IPC meetings, and we had many more virtual meetings. To read the rest of this article, which appeared in the Spring 2023 issue of IPC Community, click here. Garry and Christina: Proving Mentorship Works

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