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Reliability Matters Episode 46: “The Experts” - A Special Episode Featuring a Conversation with 4 Industry Experts

Reliability Matters Episode 46: “The Experts” - A Special Episode Featuring a Conversation with 4 Industry Experts

June 30, 2020

On this episode of Reliability Matters, Mike Konrad joins Dr. Jennie Hwang, Phil Zarrow, Bob Willis and Ray Prasad to discuss several industry topics including the pandemic, common technical issues, training and support, and other interesting topics.

Episode 45: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Jackson about Reliability

Episode 45: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Jackson about Reliability

June 26, 2020

Dr. Chris Jackson is founder of Acuitas, a company dedicated to electronics reliability. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New South Wales, and a master's and Ph.D. in reliability engineering from the University of Maryland. He is an American Society of Quality Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) from Engineers Australia.

He has been senior reliability engineer for the Australian Defence Force, and director and founder of multiple research centers at the University of California Los Angeles. He has authored or coauthored multiple textbooks on reliability engineering and implemented several RAM programs across multiple industries.

Chris discusses his five-part article titled "Three Ways to do Reliability Allocation." This article may be viewed here:
https://accendoreliability.com/?s=3+Ways+to+do+Reliability+Allocation

Additional technical works by Chris may be viewed at https://accendoreliability.com/page/2/?s=jackson

PCB Chat Episode 61: InspectAR Discusses Electronics Debugging Tools

PCB Chat Episode 61: InspectAR Discusses Electronics Debugging Tools

June 23, 2020

Inspectar is a startup company whose signature product is a tool for fast debugging of electronics hardware. The novel system highlights the nets on a board and captures and shares the metadata with other engineers, regardless of the native tool environment. Mihir Shah (CEO), Darryl Day (CTO) and Matt Noseworthy (CIO) talk about Inspectar’s origins and highlights of the just-released InspectAR 2.0. 

Reliability Matters Episode 44: A Conversation with Dr. Jennie Hwang About Reliability

Reliability Matters Episode 44: A Conversation with Dr. Jennie Hwang About Reliability

June 11, 2020

Dr. Jennie Hwang's wide-ranging career encompasses international business operations, sustained leadership in worldwide manufacturing and technology services, innovative research, intellectual property management, global leadership positions, as well as corporate and university governance.

Dr. Hwang has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin. SCM Corp., Sherwin Williams., and was the CEO of International Electronic Materials Corp. as well as co-founded entrepreneurial companies. Currently, her company provides business, technology and manufacturing solutions to the global industry. She has served as an advisor to many Fortune 500 multinational companies, as well as the US government programs.

Her formal education includes Harvard Business School’s Executive Program, Columbia University Business School Corporate Governance program, and four academic degrees (Ph.D., MS, MA, BS) in engineering & sciences from Case Western Reserve University, Columbia, Kent State-Liquid Crystal Institute and Cheng-Kung University, respectively. She was the first female to earn a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University's Engineering School - Materials Science & Engineering and has served on the university's board of trustees since 1996.

PCB Chat Episode 60: Audrey McGuckin on Corporate Talent Strategy

PCB Chat Episode 60: Audrey McGuckin on Corporate Talent Strategy

June 8, 2020

To execute a business strategy, you need to figure out your talent and people piece. So says Audrey McGuckin, a global HR executive, who for more than 25 years has lived and worked across the globe in Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France, Spain and the US.

Audrey spent more than 20 years at Jabil, rising to vice president and chief talent officer. Today, as head CEO of Audrey McGuckin Talent Solutions, she consults with top CEOs and CHROs to solve complex business challenges through innovative talent and people solutions. Her client base includes a broad spectrum ranging from startups to Fortune 100 organizations.

She discusses her approach to helping businesses attract and keep key talent with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

PCB Chat Episode 59: John Davignon of the HDP User Group

PCB Chat Episode 59: John Davignon of the HDP User Group

June 2, 2020

The HDP User Group is a nonprofit consortium that conducts electronics manufacturing research. Its members run the gamut of the electronics supply chain, from suppliers of raw materials to fabricators and contract manufacturers to OEMs. John Davignon, a project facilitator with HDP, explains the organization's structure and approach.

PCB Chat Episode 58: Dr. Christopher Tang on Supply Chain Changes in the Era of Covid-19

PCB Chat Episode 58: Dr. Christopher Tang on Supply Chain Changes in the Era of Covid-19

May 28, 2020

Dr. Christopher Tang is a UCLA Distinguished Professor and the holder of the Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration and editor of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, the leading journal for the operations management research community.

His research spans across different areas including: global supply chain management, retail operations, and social business operations. He has co-authored one book  and co-edited four more,  and published over 100 academic articles in research journals and management articles in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Guardian. He also spent a combined 13 years at HP and IBM in supply-chain management, specializing in lean and just-in-time processes.

He offers his view on how the electronics supply chain might respond to the Covid-19 disruption -- and how it might not -- with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

Reliability Matters Episode 43: A Conversation with Cal State University’s Dr. Mike Stull about Entrepreneurship and Today’s Challenging Times

Reliability Matters Episode 43: A Conversation with Cal State University’s Dr. Mike Stull about Entrepreneurship and Today’s Challenging Times

May 28, 2020

With so many people out of work, Reliability Matters speaks with friend and colleague Dr. Mike Stull about entrepreneurship. Dr. Stull is a professor at California State University San Bernardino. He is the director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He also serves as Chair for the Department of Management in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration and academic director for entrepreneurship. 

Reliability Matters Episode 42: A Conversation with X-Ray Expert Keith Bryant

Reliability Matters Episode 42: A Conversation with X-Ray Expert Keith Bryant

May 27, 2020

Keith Bryant discusses the advantages of x-ray technology, its practical uses, and common mistakes made when using x-ray technology. A fully qualified engineer, Keith has over 30 years’ experience in electronics manufacturing.  He is well known and respected for presenting technical papers at many high-profile events around the world and for his many published articles and interviews. 

He started his career in this industry with bare printed circuit boards in the early days of high-count multilayer technology, moving through to running contract manufacturing operations. He had 10 years’ experience with advanced materials and soldering systems before working with high technology x-ray and AOI systems, again for 10 years. 

Then for almost three years Keith worked as a technology and business consultant, assisting many of the major industry names. From 2017 to 2019 he was global sales director of a leading x-ray manufacturer. Last year reverting to a technology and business consultancy role allowing him to pursue other interesting projects, including i4.0 and working with an advanced x-ray tube manufacturer.

Keith was chairman of the SMART Group for 11 years and is now chairman of SMTA Europe, and in 2018 he was presented with the SMTA International Leadership award.

 

PCB Chat Episode 57: Ted Conrad of Fireboard Labs Discusses the Make/Buy Decision

PCB Chat Episode 57: Ted Conrad of Fireboard Labs Discusses the Make/Buy Decision

May 20, 2020

Fireboard Labs is the creator of a cloud-based smart thermometer for kitchens and the grill. A startup -- Fireboard was founded in 2015 -- the company quickly made the decision to build its circuit boards in-house. Ted Conrad, the founder of Fireboard Labs, discusses that decision and lessons learned, plus a breakdown of their signature products, with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

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