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!



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 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.