We are asking industry experts two simple questions:


What do you see as the big issue for 2018?

What do you see coming on the horizon?


The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Justin Grammens, Lab651

Justin lives at the intersection of emerging technology and leading communities on the Internet of Things. He is a Co-Founder of Lab 651, where he helps companies use machine learning and mobile applications in their IoT products to drive business change. He is the owner of IoT Weekly, a free curated newsletter with industry expert perspectives on the Internet of Things, a co-founder of IoT Fuse, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to position Minnesota as a leader on the Internet of Things and an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Thomas teaching a graduate level course on the Internet of Things.


A proven leader and builder of technology, Grammens was named one of the 2016 (Real) Power 50 by Minnesota Business Magazine, speaks at countless technology conferences, co-launched Minnesota’s first Internet of Things Hack Day where inventors compete to build the best Internet enabled product in 12 hours and is a mentor to students of all ages through CoderDojo Twin Cities and Macalester College's MacStartups program. Most importantly, he enjoys family movie nights with his wife and two boys. You can keep up to date with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.



Mentors:  an Endangered Species

Susy Webb

Susy Webb, CID is head of the Design Science consulting firm. Her career includes experience in coastal and oceanographic oil exploration and monitoring equipment, CPCI and ATX computer motherboards, and point-to-point microwave network systems. Her next classes are in San Diego on February 25 and 26: The Complexities of Fine-Pitch BGA Design and Part Placement Choices and Consequences. For course information: www.ipcapexexpo.org > Education & Technology > Professional Development or connect directly with the expert at DesignScience@Ymail.com

Finding and Training Personnel

Mike Carano, RBP Chemical

Michael Carano directs the global business development and advanced research & development of RPB's electronics, mining and medical chemicals businesses.  This includes materials and processes for PCBs, Semiconductor, Photovoltaic and Functional/ Decorative coatings.  Mike also interfaces with OEMs and ODMs on a global basis helping to develop technology roadmaps to insure new technology continues to meet the needs of the supply chain.  For more information visit www.rbpchemical.net or Connect with the Expert at mcarano@rbpchemical.net.


Machine Learning

Ben Jordan, Altium

Ben Jordan is a leading EDA Product Marketer with Altium. He started his quest for knowledge in electronics as an 8-year-old with a Dick Smith "Funway 2" book and a soldering iron. He obtained his Computer Systems Engineering degree from the University of Southern Queensland with first class honors, and has a deep passion for electronics design, PCB, embedded systems and guitar.  For more information visit: www.altium.com/blog/users/ben-jordan or Connect with the Expert at Ben.Jordan@Altium.com.

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Plan for ,more, don't settle for less.

Cherie Litson, MIT CID+

Cherie Litson, MIT CID+ is a veteran PCB designer with over 30 years of advanced-level experience in every market sector. An independent consultant, she shares her knowledge with the industry as a speaker and instructor. Cherie is a Master Instructor for the IPC Designer Certification program, and her next class will be in Seattle on September 15-19. For more information about the course: www.EPTAC.com or Connect with the Expert at Cherie@CalderaDev.com

Engineering Recruiting

Dave Neville, NewTown Solutions

Dave Neville, specializes in placing Electrical Engineers both HW & SW. NewTown works with IoT, Aerospace, Medical, Consumer and Defense companies. He also is the founder and President of Minnesota Innovates, a non-profit helping early stage Entrepreneurs. His passion for technology and helping others provides a unique insight into the PCB market.  For more information visit: www.newtownsolutions.com or Connect with the Expert at Dave.Neville@NewTownSolutions.com.


False Alarms Are Just the Beginning

Louis Y. Ungar, A.T.E Solutions Inc.

Louis Y. Ungar is president of A.T.E. Solutions, Inc., a testability consulting and educational firm. www.BestTest.oom Mr. Ungar is the founding president of Testability Management Action Group, a Consultant to The American Society of Test Engineers, has served as Testability Chair for the Surface Mount Technology Association and on committees for IEEE standards, , and is in the working committee of the IPC Design for Excellence Standard. He has taught at UCLA and other universities.  Contact him at:  LouisUngar@ieee.org.   www.BestTest.com