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Katie Carl, Mission Hills High School teacher
Kelly Dack: You’re the teacher of about 30 students who are here for the IPC STEM Student Outreach Program, touring the show floor. We’re doing a walking interview because we have to keep an eye on the students (laughs). What have the reactions of your students been?
Katie Carl: They’re all really interested. We have a wide range of students, so some have heard about and seen these types of technologies, but others have not. It’s really neat to see their responses.
Dack: What are their ages and grades?
Carl: Most of them are grades 10 through 12, so they’re about 15–18 years old.
Dack: Do you think you’re planting any seeds of technology? Are we looking at future Elon Musks?
Carl: Definitely. Again, we have a wide range of kids. All of them have some sort of interest in technology, which is why they wanted to come in general. It’s neat when they start seeing how these technologies are created because a lot of them have seen robotics or have done a tiny bit of soldering with little circuits, but when they can see how those things are built and created in the industry, it makes it more applicable for them.
Dack: Thanks for all you do as a teacher.
Carl: Thank you.
This brief interview appears in the 2020 edition of Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO Show & Tell Magazine.
Suhani Chitalia, IPC Environmental Regulatory Affairs Manager
Man-made chemicals known as PFAS have regulators busy trying to address previous releases and prevent future releases of this chemical into the environment from widespread uses in manufacturing processes and products used across the globe. PFAS chemicals tend to be persistent in the environment and they have been used long enough and in enough applications that their unwanted presence in the environment has public health policymakers concerned.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
This week has been both speedy and newsy. Of course, those two characteristics often seem to travel as a pair, don’t they? A four-day week here in the United States, accompanied by a wave of high-impact news from a wide variety of sources, would suggest that readers could be expected to spread out all over the news map. Not so much, judging from readership numbers; folks all found their highest value in the same type of news coverage. This week's list of must-reads is dominated by market reports as a result of that focused readership. On our list, we have PCB fabrication and EMS book-to-bill reports, a 10-year market forecast report, and a supply chain sentiment report. In addition, readers flocked to the EWPTE show coverage. Finally, we saw significant reader interest in the most recent podcast on sustainability in our logistical operations.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s been a busy week here at I-Connect007, an even busier week for PCB designers and manufacturers. This week, we published a variety of articles and news items. In this week’s wrap-up, we have an interview with Rex Rozario that is basically a historical look at the birth of commercial PCB manufacturing, and his involvement with the Rolling Stones in their early days. Then we bring you a look at trends in freight costs, which are—fortunately—heading southward right now.