Mike Buetow is editor-in-chief of PCD&F/Circuits Assembly magazine, mikebuetowcurrentissuethe world’s leading publication for electronics design and manufacturing, and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversees all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

Dr. Ron Lasky

Materials expert Dr. Ron Lasky (left) is a professor of engineering and senior lecturer at Dartmouth, and senior technologist at Indium Corp. He has a Ph.D. in materials science from Cornell University, and is a prolific author and lecturer, having published more than 40 papers. He received the SMTA Founders Award in 2003.

Duane Benson (right) is marketing manager at Screaming Circuits, an EMS company based in Canby, Oregon. He has been blogging since September 2006, which is only 20 years fewer than he’s spent in electrical engineering. He blogs regularly on matters ranging from circuit board design and assembly to general industry observations.

Roy Akber is chief executive office of RUSH PCB, a printed circuit design, fabrication and assembly company located in San Jose. He writes on design and assembly issues.




Kal Kawar, CIH, PE, (right) has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and a master’s in industrial hygiene. His professional experience includes serving as staff industrial hygienist for IBM’s New York semiconductor manufacturing facility, and as industrial hygienist for IBM’s US headquarters. Now executive vice president of Actio, Kal taps more than 20 years’ worth of chemical engineering, industrial hygiene, and environmental engineering experience.  His far-reaching expertise with global regulatory challenges created by EPA, TSCA, REACH, RoHS, WEEE – and hundreds of others – aid in developing Actio software solutions for MSDS management, raw material disclosure compliance, and product stewardship in a supply chain.

Industry veteran Chris Jellen is a substance and chemical regulations advisor to Actio. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business & Economics, and reports on chemicals in manufacturing, supply-chain product stewardship and evolving collective thinking about manufacturing.

Pete Waddell, who doubles as Design Technical Editor, founded UPMG in 2002. He previously was publisher and editor-in-chief of Printed Circuit Design magazine and also conference director of the PCB Design Conferences. He spent over 20 years as a draftsman and designer in the electronics industry, working for some of the largest military and commercial contractors in the US. He is based in Atlanta.

Gene Weiner has spent his entire career — spanning more than 50 years — in the printed circuit industry.  He spent the early part of his career in chemical engineering at MIT Lincoln Laboratories, then became employee no. 4 at Shipley, and later vice president of sales and marketing of Dynachem and president of New England Laminates. He has been a consultant to leading materials, circuit board and semiconductor companies for several years, and sits on the boards of Wong’s Kong King International and PD Circuits. He was inducted to the IPC Hall of Fame in 2006.

Thomas Smiley (right) is founder and president of Precision Circuit Board Source (Precision PCBs). An electronic components industry veteran and previously divisional executive of Emerson Electric, Thomas has spent a career manufacturing and marketing electronic components from all corners of Asia. He is on the board of IceMOS Technologies.

Jim Norton (left) is president and CEO of Custom Products & Services, Inc., a supplier of industrial and manufacturing equipment. He has run CPS since 1988. He blogs on equipment and handling.

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  1. Hi Duane,

    regarding the Geiger Counter post from 4. November 2011.
    “The only difference from his instructions is that the RS232 is 1200 baud instead of 9600. I’m not entirely sure why that is.”
    I had the same Problem. The solution for me was to that i forgot to set the fuse settings correct. Switch off the Clock Divide fuse CKDIV8 and set fuse to use external resonator.

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