EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Jeff Bader, Micron Technology
Harrison Beasley, Global Semiconductor Alliance
Carlos Castillo, Engineering Manager position, Midmak Medical Device Division
Stacey M. DelVecchio, 2014 President, Society of Women Engineers
Tom Donofrio, Central Semiconductor Corp.
Christian Fell, FRABA Inc.
Joshua Israelsohn, JAS Technical Media
Dan Jones, Motor/Motion Controls expert
Anthony Le, Spansion
Ron Moore, Avnet Electronics Marketing
David Niewolny, Freescale Semiconductor
Robbie Paul, Digi-Key
Steve Sargeant, The Marvin Group
Aung Thet Tu, Fairchild Semiconductor
Rick Weitfeldt, Qualcomm
It’s that time of year again—or a little past hat time, but we’ll get to that in a minute— and I’m very excited and proud to announce
the launch of the third annual 2016 ECN
IMPACT Awards. For those of you who don’t
know, the ECN IMPACT Awards are the modern
version of a legacy of award shows dating back
ECN has a tradition of recognizing the
best products on the market for engineers and companies, which
continues today in print and online. These awards look for the best
products available in the field today and establish a standard of
excellence for years to come.
The IMPACT Awards celebrate the hard work and innovation
on the part of the designers, engineers, and their teams in creating
products that will change the electronics industry. The ECN
IMPACT Awards, which debuted in 2014, are designed to celebrate
the products that had the greatest impact on the electronic
The competition seeks to honor ingenuity and creativity among
companies large and small who are making a difference in the
industry and in the lives of engineer.
The 2016 IMPACT Awards, as some of you may know, are taking
place a little bit later than the past two years. This year, the awards
will be given out during a virtual awards show hosted by yours
truly—and a few friends—on October 13 at 12 pm (EST).
Though the awards presentation is a little different, the awards
offer the same prestige and honor as they always have. Finalists and
winners will be featured in the print publication and online, which
is a great opportunity to showcase your most impactful products
As someone who has worked on this version of the awards since
its conception in 2013, I’m excited to showcase the evolution of the
show and celebrate its continued success.
If you’re looking for more information on categories or judging,
head over to www.ecnawards.com.
In other news, we’re still celebrating engineering with stories from
engineers like you. This month’s story comes from James Lane.
(Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Initially, I didn’t even know what an engineer did or was. I was
good with math and science so my senior High School counselor
told me I should pursue engineering. I didn’t elect to attend the
Colorado School of Mines until late in my senior year of HS. I hit
the ground running and terrified of what I was doing. It was a tough
college, but well worth the investment. I obtained an undergraduate
degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mining
Engineering. My entire career of 23 years has been in Industrial
Automation (Instrumentation and Controls) in food processing,
DOE nuclear test facilities, hydroelectric power generation, and oil
and gas industry.
I have always loved tinkering with things to discover how they
worked. In some cases, the device never worked again. I have a few
old hobby car restoration projects I like to work on. I grew up on a
cattle ranch, cutting, bailing, and hand staking hay bales, branding
and vaccinating calves, herding cattle, tending to the sheep, collecting
eggs in the morning, and milking the cow. So I was challenged to
develop a good work ethic and learned how to fix farm equipment
with bailing wire and duct tape and a variety of other patches. I
think the ranching environment taught me practicality, can-do,
getting by with what you have, and common sense.
I am currently setting up a special mobile robot at one of our local
high schools in hopes to inspire students to consider a STEM career.
It’s exciting. It’s in the BETA stages of set up and testing and has
been a dream of mine for over a decade in development, both concept
and assembly. When we complete the robot, it will be accessible via
any internet browser from anywhere in the world. It has an
on board webcam so the students can see in real time as they
manipulate the robot’s manipulator arm, webcam, or robot
navigation. It’s a 2 foot by 2 foot robot, track driven like a
Anyway, I don’t know of any one particular event that got me
into engineering just a culmination of many things and a HS
advisor giving good advice. My parents strongly encouraged me
to go to college, as well. For a while, I had just planned on being
an auto mechanic since I enjoy working on cars.
Until Next Issue,