Design to Win

Glad to see Mentor is continuing with its annual Technology Leadership Awards competition.

The program, which has been around since 1988, uses a panel of judges to select the best designs in six end-product categories. (The only catch is that you have to use Mentor’s software; not sure what would happen if someone tried to enter a design using, say, OrCad. But since you send in screen shots, it would be self-evident.)

Apply online at

Oh, and our own Pete Waddell is a judge. But don’t let that stop you.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 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 in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

2 thoughts on “Design to Win

  1. Gotcha James. The shirt came in handy recently. Of course I accidentally put in on wrong side out. Someone finally told me that they could not tell who that was on my shirt. Sometimes I should not be allowed to go out in public.
    Seriously, the TLA awards are something Mentor has been doing for a long time. They do a good job of focusing attention on designers and engineers who use their tools. I wish more EDA companies would do something similar.
    And thanks to Mike for getting this post up. As y’all can probably tell, Mike is a lot better at posting and blogging than I am.

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