Design Forum

Monday, March 24

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Technical Education with a Design Focus

A commitment to professional development makes a difference not only to your career, but also to your customers, suppliers and employees. IPC APEX EXPO’s design-focused activities will benefit engineering staff and managers in design, sales, purchasing and quality.

Register today for the Design Forum or get the most education from your investment by registering for the All-Access Package.

  • Design Forum — Half-day educational program featuring presentations by experts in design
  • Professional Development Courses — Three-hour classes led by subject-matter experts
  • Designer Certification Program — Basic (CID) and advanced (CID+)
  • Exhibition — Many of the more than 430 exhibitors can help you address your design challenges.

Design Forum

Monday, March 24

Stay on top of design advancements, sharpen your skills and network with leaders in the industry.

7:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am

Keynote: New Elements of IPC Design Programs
Gregory Munie, Ph.D., Director of Design Programs, IPC

8:15 am Documentation, Documentation, Documentation – And Did I Say Documentation?
Karen McConnell, Manager of EDA, Northrop Grumman Corporation
9:30 am Enabling Efficient, Collaborative Design with IPC-2581
Gary Carter, Senior Manager of CAD Engineering, Fujitsu Network Communications

10:00 am


10:15 am Life is About to Get Better: Status Report on the 770 Re-Write
Dieter Bergman, Director of Technology Transfer, IPC

10:45 am

Single Sourcing Part Libraries
Mark Laing, Product Market Manager, Mentor Graphics

11:30 am

Enabling I/O Optimization with 3-D SoC, SiP and PCB Co-Design
Humair Mandavia, Solutions Architect, Zuken USA

12:15 pm

Real Version Control: Gateway to Effective Data Management and Design Collaboration
Benjamin Jordan, Senior Manager, Content Marketing Strategy, Altium

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

Professional Development courses (separate registration is required)


IPC Designer Certification (CID and CID+)

The IPC Designer Certification or CID (Certified Interconnect Designer) and CID+ (Advanced Certified Interconnect Designer) are the industry’s premier professional development programs focused on PCB design philosophy and requirements. If your passion is the transformation of electrical schematics and descriptions into works of art that can be manufactured, assembled and tested, these programs are for you. 

Workshops: CID and CID+
Exams: CID and CID+
Friday, March 21 • 8:00 am–5:00 pm Sunday, March 23 • 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Saturday, March 22 • 8:00 am–5:00 pm


Separate registration is required at
Courses and exam will be administered by EPTAC.