IPC’s Thought Leaders Program (TLP) taps the knowledge of industry experts to inform our efforts on key change drivers and to offer valuable insights to IPC members and external stakeholders.

TLP experts provide ideas and insights in five areas:

  • Education and workforce
  • Technology and innovation
  • The economy
  • Key markets
  • Environment, health, and safety  

Learn more about the TLP:

Interview with Mike Carano, TLP Chair

Mike Carano, Thought Leaders Program (TLP) Chair, gives an overview of the TLP, how it supports industry's migration to factory of the future and next steps for future projects.


Meet Program Members

Nearly a dozen members comprise the TLP. Get to know them!


TLP Member Interviews

TLP Chair Mike Carano Interviews TLP Members on their respective areas of expertise and plans for future projects.


One of the program’s first projects was a report on the U.S. Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), an ambitious effort to better protect the cyber security of the defense industrial base. Read the report and survey results. 

IPC CMMC Report June 2021

The U.S. Defense Dept.’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification aims to enhance national security, but its costs and burdens are officially underestimated and could actually force more electronics manufacturers out of the DoD’s supply chain. Read report.


CMMC Survey Results 2021

This report represents the findings of an online quantitative survey fielded among electronics manufacturers between February 25 and March 5, 2021.


Regardless of the industry one competes, there is constant pressure to develop new products and penetrate new markets. This difficulty is heightened when your company is situated in a high-technology industry such as electronics. The electronics industry requires continuous investment in equipment, infrastructure, processes and, of course, skilled workers.

Jumping the Technology Curve -- Collaboration with your Competition

Mike Carano, TLP Chair and VP of Technology & Business Development at RBP Chemical Technology, Inc. details the four "Cs" of maintaining a company's competitiveness -- collaboration, consortium, clusters and calls to action. Read paper.


It Shouldn’t Be Just Chips -- Rebuilding the U.S. Electronics Manufacturing Industry Is About Much More

It Shouldn’t Be Just Chips

"If America is to reclaim the mantle of global leadership on electronics manufacturing – and capture the benefits of doing so – it will need to focus on the whole ecosystem, not just one of its parts.” Matt Holzmann, president, CGI Americas, stresses the necessity for government to focus on more than semiconductor chips in his “perspectives” piece for EE Times magazine.


Presentation of the Key Findings of the Study on the Competitiveness of the EU Engineering Industries and the Impact of Digitalisation -- Read Full Report

Digitization’s Effects on European Engineering Industries

Digitization is having significant impacts on European engineering industries, and it will require ongoing investments in capital equipment, workforce training, and other competitive factors. Read the summary from TLP Member Olivier Coulon.



It is critically important to develop within Europe advanced workforce skills related to the design and manufacturing of microelectronics. The microelectronics sector in Europe is responsible for directly 200,000 and indirectly 1,000,000 high-skilled jobs and the demand for new skills is unceasing.

EU Skills Strategy

This presentation developed by Olivier Coulon summarizes MicroElectronics Training Industry and Skills (METIS) Strategy which identifies the skills required for Europe to lead in the microelectronics sector. Read report.



Electronics has grown rapidly, driven largely by the industry’s ability to deliver ever-increasing computing power in smaller, more creative packages. Electronics products are global and vast in number, even when compared to the growing world population. At the same time, the demand for more complex electronic materials has grown to a point where two thirds of the Periodic Table elements are used in varying amounts to produce them. To cope with these demands and move beyond the linear vectors of change, a more circular approach is needed on material usage.  

Electronics Materials: From Vectors to Circles

This 14-minute video by Roger L. Franz, a leader in electronics and materials technologies, highlights the existing knowledge, standards, and assessment tools that are available. Seeds of novel approaches to material selection are provided that may help us grow a sustainable future.