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    Learn from the Master of Signal Integrity: OnTrack Newsletter June 2017

    Judy Warner
    |  September 12, 2017
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    On Track Newsletter
    On Track Newsletter
    June 2017 VOL. 1 No 3

    If the PCB design galaxy had Jedi knights, Rick Hartley would be the Obi-Wan Kenobi of signal integrity. In this month’s edition of Altium’s On Track newsletter, you will have the unique privilege to hear first-hand about Hartley’s failures and triumphs throughout his design career. Next month, in part two of this interview, he will share a few of his “Jedi mind tricks” and offer some advice for today’s PCB .

    In the Makers section, you will learn about the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) SAE Baja Racing team and how they recently built a winning Baja racing car from the ground up.

    Finally, Chris Carlson steps behind the camera once again to offer a few tips on Layer Stacks for High-Speed Design in the On Track Video education series.

    As always, your thoughts are always welcome at

    Judy M. Warner
    Director of Community Engagement
    Highlighting Exceptional PCB Designers
    Rick Hartley is a familiar name when it comes to PCB design and signal integrity, particularly in North America. Beyond an impressive, lengthy career as both an EE and PCB Designer, he is a very popular teacher to fellow engineers and PCB designers at electronics conferences around the country. In this article, Rick gives a no-nonsense account of his learning curve over the years. So, lean in... I’m confident you’ll enjoy learning from the one-and-only Rick Hartley!
    Maker Space
    Makers and Their Cool Stuff
    Among our favorite things to do here at Altium is to help equip the next generation of engineers and designers through providing design software and sponsoring student engineering competitions. One such competition is the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) SAE Baja Racing team. The team has the goal of designing, fabricating, and then racing a single seat semi-professional off-road car. There are three competitions in which 100 universities from around the world showcase their best in engineering and design capabilities. Recently, we talked to one of the team leads, Bob Burghart, to learn about their recent competition.
    Featured Blog/Video
    Layer Stack for High-Speed Designs
    Chris Carlson discusses layer stack for high-speed designs and how to optimize for cost and performance with thru-hole vias and back-drilling.
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    About Author

    About Author

    Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry for over 25 years. She has a background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing, focusing on Mil/Aero applications. 

    She has also been a writer, blogger, and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, PCB007 Magazine, PCB Design007, PCD&F, and IEEE Microwave Magazine, and an active board member for PCEA (Printed Circuit Engineering Association). In 2017, Warner joined Altium as the Director of Community Engagement. In addition to hosting the OnTrack Podcast and creating the OnTrack Newsletter, she launched Altium's annual user conference, AltiumLive. Warner's passion is to provide resources, support, and advocate for PCB Design Engineers worldwide.

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