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IPC COMMUNITY 66 FALL 2023 A s I reflect on my opportunity to serve as the IPC Student Board Mem- ber, I'm eager to share three impressions with our wonderful commu- nity: Executive leaders of IPC value the input of students and young professionals; the electronics manufacturing industry is undergoing a changing of the guard, and many of the most experienced players are look- ing to share their hard-earned wisdom. I've been exceptionally fortunate to receive invaluable career advice that I wish to pass on to anyone else beginning their professional career. Input From a Young Professional By Henry Crandall, IPC Student Board Member ASSOCIATION 1. The board values the next generation of industry members. I naturally felt a massive sense of intimidation when I assumed this position. How was I supposed to meaningfully contrib- ute with C-suite-level leaders who have decades of industry experience? In an introductory meeting with IPC CEO Dr. John W. Mitchell, he erased any sense of hesitation I felt. He looked me square in the eye and, in his smooth broadcaster voice, plainly told me, "You are a full-fledged member of the board of direc- tors." Since then, John and many other members of the board have echoed that sentiment. They don't view the student board position as second class; in fact, it's quite the opposite. Steve Pudles of Zentech, a longtime IPC board member and now member of the IPC Hall of Fame, put it best: "We haven't been in school for decades. We need your perspective." They aren't just providing lip service; they mean it. When I have shared my opinion about student chapters, how IPC could use social media better, or adjustments to the Careers in Henry Crandall is a graduate of the University of Utah and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in elec- trical engineering as the Advancing Research in College Scientists Graduate Fellow.

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