PCBs from Space to Snow Plowing OnTrack Newsletter February 2018

February 26, 2018 Judy Warner
 
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On Track Newsletter
February 2018 VOL. 1 No 11
 

Welcome to the February edition of the Altium® On Track Newsletter. There is justifiable concern in our industry about where the next generation of PCB designers will come from. Estimates show that in approximately ten years, 50% of currently working PCB designers will be retiring—which is an alarming statistic!

Since joining Altium exactly one year ago, I have seen overwhelming evidence from around the globe of emerging designers and technologies that are indeed giving rise to the next generation.

In this month’s edition, you will find two such examples. In Rock Stars and Superheroes, you will meet James MacKinnon who just joined NASA 18 months ago after a stellar experience in an NSF-funded laboratory during his master’s program at the University of Florida.

In Startup Snapshot, you’ll hear about a new and novel robotics application that was inspired in part by kids in the FIRST robotics competitions.

John Magyar takes to the whiteboard once again in On Track Video Series to discuss embedded active and passive components.

Finally, we top it all off this month with some excellent Brain Food and Regional News to keep you sharp and in the know.

Enjoy and always...stay On Track!

Director of Community Engagement
 
 
 
Highlighting Exceptional PCB Designers
 
James MacKinnon always dreamed of working at NASA. He was inspired at a young age by his dad (and fellow EE), as well as countless space shuttle launches he would watch from his backyard in Jacksonville, Florida. After working on CubeSats in an NSF-funded research center and completing his master’s degree at the University of Florida, he got snatched up by NASA just 18 months ago. In this interview, MacKinnon describes his unconventional path to NASA which all began at a dead-end job at Sears.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Embedded Components: Actives and Passives
 
John Magyar returns to the whiteboard to discuss embedded components.
 
 
 
 
 

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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