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  

One of the program’s first projects will be 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.

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!
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.