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8 The PCB Design Magazine • March 2015 by Andy Shaughnessy i-ConneCT007 ThE ShAUGhnESSy REPORT Good Vibes at IPC APEX EXPO 2015 column IPC APEX EXPO has come and gone, and I'm still exhausted. Of course, I caught the creeping crud and lost my voice at the show. I'm used to being one of the louder people in the room, but for almost a week, all I could do was whisper. I wonder if I caught a bug from someone on the plane. Half the passengers on the plane were coughing and sneezing for the whole four- and-a-half-hour flight. I think that flight atten- dants should force you to wear a mask if you cough or sneeze more than one time on a flight. I'm surprised we don't get sick every time we fly. Still, if you're going to be under the weather, there are a lot worse places to be than San Di- ego. It's just tough to have a bad time there. Before the show kicked off, Guest Editor Kelly Dack and I went in search of sushi in the Gaslamp District. I love the way restaurants in the Gaslamp post their menus outside; some su- shi restaurants were asking $25 per roll. But we found the perfect sushi place, and it was in the middle of happy hour, so we got an ocean full of sushi for not very much money. Kelly is not just a PCB designer and guest editor; he recently branched out and became an IPC Certified Interconnect Designer (CID) instructor with EPTAC. He spent days teaching the CID curriculum, and almost everyone in the class passed the certification exam, so I guess Kelly knows what he's talking about. Soon we'll see him hanging out in the teachers' lounge in a blazer with elbow patches! On Monday, the Design Forum crowd near- ly filled the room. Carl Schattke, a PCB design engineer with Tesla Motors, gave the keynote speech. He was followed by Rainer Taube of Taube Electronic GmbH and FED discussing IPC-7070 component mounting issues, and

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