I just wanted to thank Angela Alexander from Iconnect007.com for attending our workshop and doing this write up. Angela also took the pictures you see here as well.
Recently I was invited to Bay Area Circuits for an evening of Pizza, Pop, and PCBs.
The event was organized by Peter Brissette, Marketing Manager at Bay Area Circuits in Redwood City, CA. The seminar has long been a dream of Peter’s to educate the “next generation” of engineers – to show them the real thing and the real problems that are seen on the shop floor. Peter had contacted all the surrounding University’s which offer EE courses and invited their seniors to pizza, pop, and pcbs.
The event is a start to Bay Area Circuits giving back to the community and an effort to help excite and educate future pcb designers. The Bay Area manufacturer has been in business for over 35 years and several of their employees have been with them from the start! Bay Area Circuits are a small facility with a loyal customer base – their mantra is “Quality Delivered. On-Time”.
The evening was an informal, educational and informative occasion. After the pizza had arrived we sat down to a power point presentation given by Peter, with technical help and interjections from Glenn Ishida, Quality Control Manager, on the steps involved in the manufacture of printed circuit boards.
There were about 15 or so students – a good turn-out for the first ever seminar. Hopefully they will all go back to their respective colleges (DeVries, UCSF, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz to name a few) and spread the word.
We were then taken on a tour of the facility by Glenn Ishida who was very knowledgeable and answered all the students’ questions. Talking to the students after the event they seemed very impressed with the evening. Mostly the comment was “We see videos of pcb manufacturing and learn how pcbs are made but it makes a big difference to actually see the manufacturing facility and talk to the technicians themselves”.
At the end of the evening Peter handed out T-shirts and we were on the road home – a great experience.
Thanks again to all that attended. It was great to have you there. Angela thanks to you for taking the time to come out and see what we had going as well!
We had a great time putting the event on and look forward to do more in the near future. The students were excited and asked great questions.