Hands-on Learning for PCB Design Students

Zachariah Peterson
|  Created: May 3, 2022  |  Updated: May 4, 2022
Hands-on Learning for PCB Design Students

In this episode, we will talk about the importance of engaging and exposing the PCB Design students to today’s real-world industry demands. Our guest Sid Deliwala is the Director of Lab Programs in the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Sid will share with us how he makes Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) fun and meaningful for our future innovators.

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Show Highlights:

  • Sid talks about his background and his advocacy for hands-on training 
  • Tinker and play – learn the fundamentals, try new things and take risks
  • Making the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) major meaningful
    • Everything in the circuit world, in the hardware world, is also very data-driven
    • End to end experience for students, holistic understanding of Software, hardware, and PCB design
    • Preparing students to work in a multidisciplinary engineering environment
  • If the cloud, the analog world, and all the digital circuitry that's needed to make things work rolled into one, it'll certainly be a very, very exciting time for all the future innovations
  • You don't have to be an expert on everything, but you should at least have been exposed to everything in engineering
  • Sid talks about the Penn Electric Racing – every year they participate in FSAE annual competition
  • The problem with offshore PCB manufacturing – students have to wait for at least 3-weeks to receive their PCB for their project
  • Importance of DFM and the difference it will make for students if they get the chance to visit the manufacturing company
  • The supply chain and semiconductors shortage is real, the students experience current industry problems first-hand
  • Sid expresses his sentiments toward a completely optimized system, it has some disadvantages

Links and Resources:

Sid Deliwala’s Director Profile, University of Pennsylvania
Podcast with Eric Bogatin: Pathological Design Features
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About Author

Zachariah Peterson has an extensive technical background in academia and industry. He currently provides research, design, and marketing services to companies in the electronics industry. Prior to working in the PCB industry, he taught at Portland State University and conducted research on random laser theory, materials, and stability. His background in scientific research spans topics in nanoparticle lasers, electronic and optoelectronic semiconductor devices, environmental sensors, and stochastics. His work has been published in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and he has written 1000+ technical blogs on PCB design for a number of companies. He is a member of IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Electronics Packaging Society, American Physical Society, and the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA), and he previously served on the INCITS Quantum Computing Technical Advisory Committee.

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