A collaborative educational group formed in January and adapted virtually to bring the industry together.

A year ago, after IPC dissolved the Designers Council, its board members formed the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) to continue their pursuit to collaborate, inspire, and educate the PCB design and engineering community.

The PCEA’s mission is to promote the printed circuit engineering profession by encouraging and facilitating the exchange of information and the integration of new design concepts through communications, seminars, and workshops. Its efforts are buttressed by a network of regional chapters and the support of sponsors, including several CAD companies and other firms.

The PCEA has a growing membership of more than 1,000 members, with existing chapters in Phoenix, Orange County (CA), San Diego, Silicon Valley, Ontario (Canada), Minneapolis-St. Paul, Monterrey (Mexico), Nogales (Mexico), Research Triangle Park, and Seattle. Chapters planned for the near future include Columbus-Cincinnati-Dayton; Grand Rapids, MI; Illinois-Wisconsin; New Hampshire-Massachusetts; Albuquerque; Houston; Dallas; and Austin. The PCEA hopes to open another Canadian chapter soon.

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