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Ralf Bruening is product manager and senior consultant for high-speed design systems at the Zuken EMC Technology Center in Paderborn, Germany, responsible for product marketing and business development for the Zuken SI, PI and EMC analysis tools. Part of his responsibility is helping customers implement signal- and power-integrity analysis in PCB design flows. He and his group have customer project consulting and technology development experience of multiple years. He holds degrees in computer science, electrical engineering and economics from the University of Paderborn. He has 30 years’ experience in electronics and EDA. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and is involved in national and European Union-organized technology research and standardization activities (e.g., IBIS).

Stephen Chavez is a senior printed circuit engineer with three decades’ experience. He has spent the last 10 years as a staff engineer and global technical lead of PCB design for the Electronic Systems Center (ESC) division of Collins Aerospace. He is an IPC Certified Master Instructor Trainer (MIT) for PCB design and an IPC Certified Advanced PCB Designer (CID+). He is chairman of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA). An active IPC member since 2003, he is currently involved in several subcommittees including specifications IPC-6012, IPC-2221/2222. Chavez is recognized as an industry subject matter expert in PCB design by PCEA, IPC, and within Collins Aerospace. His focus is on a global scale, regarding the continuous improvement, professional development, and the evolution of the strategic business unit ECAD teams and the PCB designer throughout Collins Aerospace.

Tomas Chester, P.Eng., CPCD, has over a decade of experience designing hardware products through all phases of its lifecycle. He has managed a variety of multifaceted, interdisciplinary projects, from simple interconnect interfaces to complex microprocessors. His creative designs utilize cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, while adhering to strict industry standards and specifications. Tomas has extensive experience designing standalone single-sided circuit boards, as well as multi-board assemblies with mechanical integration. With an Engineering Systems and Computing Degree from The University of Guelph, Tomas is now sharing his knowledge by instructing Altium and PCB engineering design courses.

Mike Creeden, CID+, has over 44 years of industry experience as an educator, PCB designer, applications engineer and business owner. As technical director design education at Insulectro, he helps OEMs and fabricators achieve design success for best material utilization. He is vice chairman of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA), and cowrote and teaches the PCE-EDU Printed Circuit Engineering Professional workshop. He was a Master Instructor for the CID+ IPC Designer Certification program, for which he was a primary contributor. He founded San Diego PCB Design, a nationally recognized design center he sold in 2016.

Mark Finstad is senior application engineer at Flexible Circuit Technologies. He co-chairs the IPC-2223, Flexible Circuit Design standard, sits on IPC-6013, IPC-4202, IPC-4203 and IPC-4204 committees, and has over 35 years of experience designing and manufacturing flexible circuits for commercial, medical, and military/avionics applications. He has authored articles in numerous trade magazines, and currently coauthors the “Ask the Flexperts” column for PCD&F magazine with Nick Koop.

Ray Fugitt has 35+ years of printed circuit board experience, 15 on the manufacturing side, primarily with Hadco. Joining Advanced CAM Technologies as an application engineer, he supported the CAM350 product through the PADS and Innoveda mergers. In 2002, he joined Downstream Technologies in technical marketing and later technical sales. He continues to support and train for the BluePrint PCB and CAM350 products.

Dave Hoover is a senior field application engineer at TTM Technologies, supporting some of its top telecom customers. He has 40+ years’ experience in printed circuit board fabrication and has been involved with the development of HDI, microvias, and other leading high-speed technologies. His career includes some large PCB fabrication companies such as Hadco/Sanmina, Data Circuits, Litronic Industries, and Multek.

Rick Hartley, a retired senior principal engineer at L-3 Avionics Systems, is principal of RHartley Enterprises, through which he consults and teaches internationally. His focus is on correct design of circuits and PC boards to prevent and/or resolve EMI, noise and signal integrity problems. He has consulted with major corporations in the US and 14 other countries. His career has focused on computers, telecommunications and aircraft avionics, as well as medical, automotive and appliances. He has taught seminars at numerous conferences, including the IEEE EMC Symposium, PCB West, IPC Apex Expo and others. He is on the board of directors of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association, a past member of the Editorial Review Board of Printed Circuit Design magazine and has written numerous technical papers and articles on methods to control noise, EMI and signal integrity.

Nick Koop is director of application engineer at TTM Technologies. He has developed and applied advanced PCB technologies to support a wide range of medical, military, and global security applications. He is vice chairman of the IPC Flexible Circuits Committee and co-chair for the IPC-6013 Qualification and Performance Specification for Flexible Printed Boards Subcommittee. Koop has over 35 years of experience in design, manufacture, and management in the flexible circuit industry. He coauthors the “Ask the Flexperts” column in PCD&F.

Zachariah Peterson has an extensive technical background in academia and industry. He currently provides research, design, and marketing services to electronics companies. Prior to working in the PCB industry, he taught at Portland State University. He conducted his physics M.S. research on chemisorptive gas sensors and his applied physics Ph.D. research on random laser theory and stability. His work has been published in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and he has written hundreds of technical blogs on PCB design for a number of companies. He currently works with other companies in the electronics industry providing design, research, and marketing services. He is a member of IEEE Photonics Society and the American Physical Society, and he currently serves on the INCITS Quantum Computing Technical Advisory Committee.

Susy Webb, CID, is a senior PCB designer with 40 years of experience. Her career includes experience in coastal and oceanographic oil exploration and monitoring equipment, point-to-point microwave network systems, and CPCI and ATX computer motherboards. Webb is a regular speaker at the PCB, IPC and international design conferences and consults for individual companies and PCEA chapters as well. Her presentations discuss practical implementation of complex engineering concepts into board layout and methods to improve the overall design and flow of printed circuit boards. She is CID certified, a former writer/columnist for PCD&F, a chapter writer for Clyde Coombs’ Printed Circuits Handbook, and one of the judges for the annual TLA competition. Webb is also an active member of the PCEA Executive Board and education committee and is a member and past president of the Houston Chapter of the Designers Council.