In Praise of Parrish

Congrats to old friend Mel Parrish, who has been named chair of the Technical Activities Executive Committee, which oversees all IPC technical programs.

This is a significant achievement. Mel, who has a long and storied history dating to the soldering schools China Lake, has spent the last several years at STI Electronics Inc., and has intimate knowledge of the IPC’s best-selling standards (IPC-A-610, IPC-A-600 and J-STD-001) and the correlated training programs.

It’s a well-deserved nod.

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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