My Top Three Reads from Winter Issue of IPC Community

I just finished the latest issue of IPC Community which is chock full of great content, including timely updates on IPC standards, workforce programs, and events like IPC APEX EXPO 2024. The issue also spotlights the certification team that works with our community to develop, implement and promote industry credentialing and workforce programs. The Community magazine is truly an indispensable resource!
But the articles I enjoy most are those that feature the amazing people in our community—electronics professionals who commit themselves every day to building electronics better through industry collaboration. In the spirit, here are my top 3 reads from the latest issue:
A Farmer at Heart. How can you not love this profile of IPC standards volunteer Joe Russeau? He brings the same passion, precision, and sense of responsibility to his cattle farm that he brings to his work at Precision Analytical Lab Inc.  
Demystifying the Technical Activities Executive Committee. The headline undersells an article that pops through the voices of those on the committee. The true gem though is the mini-profile of Karen McConnell, a giant in our industry and who I learned is also a “Harry Potter nut.” On the kind of collaboration that takes place in IPC standards committee meetings, she says, “We can do things better together than any one of us could individually.” That truly is the IPC spirit which places problem solving at the heart of what we do!
IPC Day Romania. I'm jealous of those who attended this amazing Flex-sponsored event in #Romania which drew more than 230 participants and great speakers from the industry’s leading companies. Congrats again to IPC Europe for organizing such an incredible event. This piece is just one of many in Community that exemplifies IPC’s global reach.

Also don’t miss Shawn DuBravac, PhD, CFA DuBravac’s take on near-shoring with a focus on Mexico, Jan Pedersen’s piece on recycling of PCBs, Mike Carano’s update on IPC’s Thought Leadership Program, an interview with IPC chapter leaders at Auburn University, and the profiles of American Standard Circuits, LLC Standard Circuits-Sunstone Circuits and BOSTONtec.     
And if you have ideas for the next issue, reach out to the editorial team! Share your suggestions and questions. After all, as Karen McConnell reminds us, doing things together is better!