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.
Susy Webb is a senior PCB designer for the PCB Engineer 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 West, IPC Apex Expo and international design conferences and consults for individual companies and Designers Council chapters in several countries. 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, and has contributed to PCD&F magazine, the Printed Circuits Handbook, and is a judge for Mentor’s Technology Leadership Awards. Webb is an active member of the IPC Designers Council Executive Board and Education committee, and is a member and past president of its Houston chapter.
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.