Global PCB Designers and Innovators: OnTrack Newsletter October 2017

October 20, 2017 Judy Warner
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On Track Newsletter
October 2017 VOL. 1 No 7

Welcome to the October 2017 issue of Altium’s On Track Newsletter. This month we celebrate a few unique engineers and designers from our global user community. The first is Omer Mahgoub from South Africa who is designing boards for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope ever built, spanning two continents and providing unprecedented views of space.

Next, you’ll read about a group of passionate engineering students at the University of Waterloo in Canada. This team is busy creating a passenger class solar car to compete on the world stage in 2018.

This month’s On Track video kicks off a 3-part series on Thermal Management with Chris Carlson.

Finally, we pass on some great content to read and share, and give you a list of upcoming electronics events.

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Enjoy and always stay On Track!

Warm regards,
Judy M. Warner
Director of Community Engagement
Highlighting Exceptional PCB Designers from Around the Globe
As a result of our call for presenters for AltiumLive 2017: ANNUAL PCB DESIGN SUMMIT, we became acquainted with several PCB designers doing inspiring work from around the world. One such designer is Omer Mahgoub from Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Africa who is designing PCBs that will help give the world an unprecedented view of space. Read the interview I had with Omer, and take a peek into the world of radio astronomy.
3Thermal Management (Part 1 of 3)
This month in the On Track video series, Senior FAE Chris Carlson begins a new 3-part series on Thermal Management. Here, in part 1, he will discuss the base concept of Thermal Resistance.

About the Author

Judy Warner

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry since 1984. She has a deep background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing with a focus on Mil/Aero applications in technical sales and marketing. She has been a blogger, writer, contributor and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, The PCB Magazine, The PCB Design Magazine, PDCF&A and IEEE Microwave Magazine and is an active member of multiple IPC Designers Council chapters. In March 2017, Warner became the Director of Community Engagement for Altium and was immediately tasked with the launch of Altium’s monthly On Track Newsletter. She was also instrumental in launching AltiumLive 2017: Annual PCB Design Summit in San Diego and Munich, a newly founded annual Altium User Conference. Her passion is providing resources, supporting and advocating for PCB Designers around the world and acting as brand ambassador for Altium.

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