5 Noteworthy Women in PCB Design

March 8, 2018 Judy Warner

Nicole Pacino and her 16 layer circuit board design


Women in technology is a hot topic, especially how to get more women involved in technology-related fields. What I find most interesting about this subject is what motivates people to pursue a career in technology in the first place. In general, there are a lot of men in this field and, as a woman in tech myself, I think attracting new people to the industry is always positive. I encourage people to pursue careers in technology, no matter their gender or age, because it is so rewarding.


In celebration of International Women’s Day, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the amazing conversations I’ve had with different women in technology over the course of this past year.


Here are 5 Noteworthy Women in PCB Design that I think you should take the time to get to know too.


Susy Webb

Susy Webb at Fairfield Nodal

Susy Webb works for Fairfield Nodal in Houston, Texas, which makes oil exploration and monitoring equipment for land and ocean environments. The devices they make pick up energy waves that are sent down into the earth. Those energy waves can then be interpreted and give an idea of if there may be oil deposits in the earth in a given area.


Nicole Pacino designs 16 layer board on Altium Designer

Nicole Pacino at San Diego PCB

Nicole Pacino is the daughter of Mike Creeden, founder of San Diego PCB, who is also an IPC Master Trainer and IPC Designer’s Council executive board member. As you can imagine, Nicole was exposed to PCB Design at a very young age. Fortunately for the industry, her passion and design skills are not only growing—they’re downright impressive.




Cherie Litson, CID+ at Eptac


Cherie Litson is an accomplished BSEE and Master Instructor for CID and CID+ training at Eptac who spends her days training and certifying other designers. Here, she shares how she became a designer, her thoughts on differences between men and women in business approach, and what advice she would offer to others thinking about a career in PCB design.



Robbin Thompson

Robbin Thompson at Select PCB


Robbin Thompson is bringing a healthy dose of hospitality to the manufacturing world. With years of experience in the manufacturing field, Robbin dishes out her favorite advice on DFM and assembly. Revisit the fundamentals for PCB design and plan your next assembly right, whether at the prototype or production level.




Tara Dunn at OMNI PCB


Tara Dunn answers more questions than ever these days thanks to the proliferation of Flex and Rigid Flex. More people are using Flex and Rigid Flex for the very first time as industries move towards smaller, more user-friendly devices. Join OmniPCB CEO, Tara Dunn, and I for a conversation on industry trends and cost drivers that will make you consider different points of view and approaches to cost reduction in your design.


A special thank you to each of these women who have shared their time and expertise.


As I re-read the interviews and listen to the podcasts again, I can’t help but think of what an incredible wealth of information is available today for students and young professionals.


Those who know me well know how lucky I am. I work for a great company advocating for PCB designers, and I get to make an impact on tools people use to make things - cool things.

What do you make? What made you gravitate to a career in engineering, technology or the sciences? Share your thoughts below, and if you’d like to read more be sure to visit the Altium Resource Hub where the OnTrack Newsletter is published every month. Or go to any of your favorite podcast platforms and search “Altium” to find the new PCB Design Podcast and if you love it, leave us a review on iTunes to help spread the word so more people can connect with PCB designers in the field and in the OnTrack Community.


Happy International Women's Day!


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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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