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16 The PCB Design Magazine • May 2017 THE HIRING GAME we use, whether it's faster computer hardware or the newest cell phone. Being rewarded for a job well done may not always be in the form of a bonus, but perhaps a new laptop or upgraded processor. While this sounds small, it's actually a big deal given that we are a software company and accustomed to working at a fast pace. It also keeps us using the latest hardware, which we should have working knowledge of since our end users are the ones designing this same kind of hardware. The majority of employees at Intercept are approaching 20 or more years on the job. We have had some very talented younger people come and go, but the core team has not seen a need to leave. The company gives us all some- thing to believe in, something we feel invest- ed in. We are told that we make a difference, and that we are appreciated. When we demon- strate professionalism and responsibility, we are rewarded with flexibility and trust. It is these small ways that management works that creates such a longevity and loyalty among employees. I have seen first-hand how difficult it is to have a great team member suddenly put in a resignation notice and leave a gaping hole that the rest of us have to try to fill while looking for a new person. It does happen, and for under- standable reasons, but I can say without a doubt that I would never accept a job without my full intention of staying long term. Remember: Whether you're the interviewer or the one being interviewed, integrity and loy- alty are more important than skill level or ex- perience. You can teach a new hire about your software, but we can't teach how to be a good person. PCBDESIGN Abby Monaco is director of Products and Marketing at Inter- cept Technology Inc. She has been with the company for more than 17 years. She can be reached at A recent study affiliated with UNIST has pro- posed the possibility of in situ human health moni- toring simply by wearing a contact lens with built- in wireless smart sensors. This study has been jointly conducted by Pro- fessor Jang-Ung Park of Materials Science and En- gineering, Professor Chang Young Lee of Life Sci- ence, and Professor Franklin Bien of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNIST in collaboration with Professor Hong Kyun Kim of Ophthalmology and Professor Kwi-Hyun Bae of Internal Medicine at Kyungpook National University. In the study, the research team unveiled a smart contact lens sensor that could help moni- tor biomarkers for intraocular pressure (IOP), dia- betes mellitus, and other health conditions. The research team expects that this research breakthrough could lead to the development of biosensors capable of detecting and treating various human diseases, and used as a component of next-gener- ation smart contact lens-related electronic devices. Since blood sugar can be measured with tears, many attempts have been made to monitor diabe- tes with contact lenses. The biggest drawback with conventional smart contact lenses was thought to be poor wearability. Moreover, because they lens- shaped firm plastic material, many people com- plain of comfort issues with contact lens wear which made wearing them impossible. Professor Park and his research team solved these issues by developing a sensor based on transparent and flexible materials. Using this sensor, patients with diabetes and glaucoma may one day be able to self-monitor blood glu- cose levels and eye pressure. Through the em- bedded wireless antenna in the contact lens sensor, patients can also transmit their health information, which allows real- time monitoring of their health conditions, as well. In addition, because the system uses wireless antenna to read sensor informa- tion, no separate power source is required for the smart contact lens sensors. 'Smart Contact Lens Sensor' for Diabetic and Glaucoma Diagnosis

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