Meet our Instructors



Susy Webb, CID, is a senior PCB designer with 40 years of experience. Her career includes experience in coastal and oceanographic oil exploration and monitoring equipment, point-to-point microwave network systems, and CPCI and ATX computer motherboards. Webb is a regular speaker at PCB East and PCB West and international design conferences and consults for individual companies and PCEA chapters as well. Her presentations discuss practical implementation of complex engineering concepts into board layout, and methods to improve the overall design and flow of printed circuit boards. She is CID certified, a former writer/columnist for PCD&F, a chapter writer for Clyde Coombs’ Printed Circuits Handbook, and one of the judges for the annual TLA competition. Webb is also an active member of the PCEA Executive Board and education committee and is a member and past president of the Houston Chapter of the Designers Council.



Zachariah Peterson has an extensive technical background in academia and industry. He currently provides research, design, and marketing services to electronics companies. Prior to working in the PCB industry, he taught at Portland State University. He conducted his applied physics Ph.D. research on random laser theory and stability. His work has been published in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and he has written hundreds of technical blogs on PCB design for a number of companies. He currently works with other companies in the electronics industry providing design, research, and marketing services. He is a member of IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Electronics Packaging Society, and the American Physical Society, and he currently serves as a member of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association®

Rick Hartley

Rick Hartley, a retired senior principal engineer at L-3 Avionics Systems, is principal of RHartley Enterprises, through which he consults and teaches internationally. His focus is on correct design of circuits and PC boards to prevent and/or resolve EMI, noise and signal integrity problems. He has consulted with major corporations in the US and 14 other countries. His career has focused on computers, telecommunications and aircraft avionics, as well as medical, automotive and appliances. He has taught seminars at numerous conferences, including the IEEE EMC Symposium, PCB West, IPC Apex Expo and others. He is on the board of directors of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association, a past member of the Editorial Review Board of Printed Circuit Design magazine and has written numerous technical papers and articles on methods to control noise, EMI and signal integrity.


Phil Zarrow has been involved with PCB fabrication and assembly for more than 35 years. His expertise includes the manufacture of equipment for circuit board fabrication and assembly of through-hole and surface mount technologies. In addition to his background in automated assembly and cleaning, Zarrow is recognized for his expertise in surface mount reflow soldering technology and in design and implementation of SMT placement equipment and reflow soldering systems. He has held key technical and management positions with Vitronics, Excellon-Micronetics and Universal Instruments, and has extensive hands-on experience with setup and troubleshooting through-hole and SMT processes throughout the world. During his tenure as director of technology development for EMS firm GSS/Array Technology, he was responsible for specifying and setting up medium- and high-speed assembly lines, as well as investigating and implementing emerging and leading-edge technologies, equipment and processes.

Zarrow has chaired and instructed at numerous seminars and conferences in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, and holds two US patents concerning PCB fabrication and assembly processes and audit methodologies.



Chrys Shea became an independent consultant in 2008, after nearly 20 years of shop-floor process engineering, laboratory and applications engineering management at leading OEMs and suppliers.
Her area of expertise is on SMT and PCB assembly processes, with a special focus on solder paste stencil printing. A frequent speaker at industry events, she has received the SMTAI “Best of Conference” award three times for her work on solder paste printing. In 2012 she was honored with the SMTA “Member of Technical Distinction” award.
She earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s in manufacturing engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She is a past president of the Philadelphia SMTA chapter and sits on numerous IPC and SMTA technical committees.

Greg Papandrew

Greg Papandrew

Greg Papandrew is the cofounder of Better Board Buying. He has been saving circuit board customers money for over 25 years.
Greg has pioneered a number of innovative approaches to offshore PCB purchasing, including high-mix, low-to-medium volume production. He was also among the first to deploy Asia-based personnel to successfully manage the manufacture of quality product delivered to the United States on time, at competitive prices.
Papandrew has long been steeped in every step of the board buying and manufacturing cycle. He has sold PCBs directly for various fabricators and, for over a decade, he ran one of the fastest-growing circuit board distributors in the United States. He has seen the industry grow and change. He knows what works and what does not work.
Now, he’s once again upending traditional industry practices that have grown stale and bloated with unnecessary overhead. He is using his hard-won expertise to help circuit board buyers and to offer PCB customers a closer, more cost-effective relationship with overseas manufacturers.
For more information, email Papandrew at

Dr. David Bernard


Dr. David Bernard is an x-ray consultant for the electronics industry. He has more than 20 years of experience in the use and understanding of x-ray inspection and test for the electronics industry. He is the author of A Practical Guide to X-ray Inspection Criteria and Common Defect Analysis. Dr. Bernard attained in Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Sussex in the UK.
For more information, email David at