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News 02/02/23

Summit Interconnect Honors Five New IPC Emerging Engineers Graduates

Summit Employees Represent More Than 25% of IPC’s 2023 Emerging Engineers Graduating Class

IPC first launched the Emerging Engineers program in 2016. The goal of the program is to pair young professionals with mentors who can offer the guidance and tools necessary to apply and develop industry standards. To participate in the program, professionals must have worked in the industry for less than five years or be a university student. Mentors must have at least seven years of industry experience and served on an IPC committee for at least five years. It is a three-year commitment to complete the program.

According to Dr. John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, “The IPC Emerging Engineer program gives new engineers a leg up early in their careers. And it enables industry experts a chance to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of engineers. We’re all working together to make our industry stronger.”

Last week, Summit was proud to have our team members represent five of the 18 graduates. They are:

Michael Lowry, Summit – Orange 

Deivy Bassotto, Summit – Toronto

Kevin Tlaxcalteca, Summit – Orange

Filomeno Ponce, Summit – Santa Clara

Aaron Kennedy, Summit – Anaheim 

Under the guidance of Summit’s VP of Technology, Gerry Partida, these individuals have shown remarkable leadership and exemplify Summit’s unwavering commitment to quality and service. “I think this is an outstanding achievement and recognition for graduates,” said Mr. Partida. “By supporting these emerging thought leaders, Summit continues to invest in the future of our industry.”

When asked why they decided to participate and what graduating from the programs means to them, here’s what a few had to say:

Michael Lowry, Engineering Supervisor at Summit – Orange

” I joined the Emerging Engineers program to get involved with the industry on a larger scale. The exposure has broadened my understanding about Summit’s role in the industry and offered insight into the requirements and daily challenges we face when fabricating PCBs. Graduating from the program shows my personal investment in the industry and is a great foundation for further career growth.”

Deivy Bassotto, AOI Technician at Summit – Toronto

“First of all, I’d like to thank Gerry Partida and Summit for encouraging me to start this program. This opportunity increased my knowledge of manufacturing and assembly. It also has given me experience that will help with continuous improvement at the company. I’ve gotten to communicate and bond with industry experts, which will help me grow and conquer new projects. It has been a great experience and for a person that wants to be in the circuit board industry, this program is a must!”

Filomeno Ponce, Planner at Summit – Santa Clara

“I decided to participate in the program because I am eager to learn as much as possible about the industry. I also saw this as a great networking opportunity, since colleagues, suppliers, and customers from all over the industry attend this event. By participating in this program, I learned how to better interpret the IPC Manufacturing and Design Standards. Now I know what is acceptable and not acceptable based on these Standards.”

Congratulations to all of the recent Emerging Engineers graduates! If you are interested in participating in the program, IPC is accepting applications now. The deadline is November 10, 2023. You can fill out the form on IPC’s website: IPC Emerging Engineers – Plan for the Future | IPC International, Inc.



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